One of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s signature events is going virtual, so people across Canada can take part. 

The RCAF Run is taking place until June 19 as a virtual race for all Canadians from civilians to members of the military. 

“We're really excited that it is virtual this year because in the past the run was held in Winnipeg and that was really great for 17 Wing and the Winnipeg community but a lot of folks weren't able to participate, so with it being virtual hoping to have folks from coast to coast participate,” said race director Col. Maggie Jacula. 

Participants can take part in four different distances: 3k, 5k, 10k and half-marathon. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal. Those taking part in the 5k, 10k and half-marathon will also receive a race t-shirt. 

The RCAF Run has been taking place for over 10 years, raising funds to help veterans. In 2018, the RCAF Run raised $20,000 for Support Our Troops. The 2019 RCAF Run raised $25,000 for Support Our Troops.   

Woman standing in front of a fountainRace director Col. Maggie Jacula. (Photo courtesy of Col. Maggie Jacula)

April 1, 2024, marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, so this year’s run will be raising funds for the RCAF Centennial Fund as well as for INSPIRE Canada, which engages young Canadians to pursue careers in aviation. 

“We have a team that's in place now that is organizing events for the Centennial year, and so the proceeds from the RCAF run are going to support the Centennial Fund, and we're going to use that to both funds the Centennial activities as well as partner with charities that support RCAF families and are inspiring the next generation of aviators,” Jacula said. 

You can sign up or donate to the cause at