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Read All About The History Behind Our Three Race Events...

What is the “StrongPoint 1500m”? Juno Beach (Normandy, France) was well fortified in 1944. Mines, barbed wire, and beach obstacles to Allied tanks and landing craft littered the sands. German machine guns, mortars, and artillery, often positioned in concrete bunkers, overlooked the likely Allied landing areas. Strongpoints in the German-held towns of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer, and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer dominated the beaches.

Courseulles was the most heavily defended area attacked by British and Canadian forces on D-Day. The strongpoints at Courseulles and nearby Graye-sur-Mer contained a dozen concrete machine-gun posts covering a total of six artillery pieces overlooking the beach. Today, the Juno Beach Centre stands on the same ground as Stützpunkt (Strongpoint) 31, located on Mike Red Sector of Juno Beach.

This shorter distance event (1500m) is for ideal children, older participants, and anyone else who does not want to run or walk the 8k or 21k distances. It is named for the strongpoint and 1500 metre stretch of beach overcome by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the 1st Hussars (6th Canadian Armoured Regiment), and the 6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers on D-Day.

What is the significance of the “Juno Beach 8K”?  D-Day, June 6th 1944, was among the greatest moments of the 20th century. The landings started the battle to liberate France from Nazi Germany. The Canadians stormed an 8-kilometre stretch of sand featuring coastal villages fortified into German strongholds. Code-named JUNO, some 14,000 Canadian soldiers with hometowns from coast to coast landed here. A further 7,000 British troops joined them. When you run this fall, you are running in remembrance of every Canadian or Allied soldier who landed at Juno Beach.

Why Is It Named The Remembrance 21.1K?  The total number of troops landed on Juno Beach on D-Day was approximately 21,000. We offer a half-marathon (which is 21.1 kilometres long), in honour of those troops.

The Remembrance Day Races are Virtual Running & Walking Events to benefit Juno Beach Centre (junobeach.org).

Register now for one of three historically  significant virtual race distances and receive a race kit including this beautiful, oversized, commemorative medal (pictured at left), along with a keepsake race bib, an imprinted neck gaitor or mask, a Remembrance Day Poppy, a beautifully printed Juno Beach D-Day souvenir map, and more!  Then, run or walk your event distance of choice anytime between September 1 and December 31, 2020. $10 from each entry will go to support the Juno Beach Centre honouring those brave men and the sacrifices they made. (Click any one of the race event logos below or the registration button below to register.)

Three Virtual Running or Walking Events to Benefit Juno Beach Centre -

Beautifully imprinted, multi-use Remembrance Day Races Neck Gaitors, Masks, and Medals are on sale now!

Participants in this year’s Remembrance Day Races to Benefit Juno Beach Centre not only have their choice of one of three Virtual Running & Walking Events, they can also choose between a beautifully imprinted neck gaitor or washable imprinted mask.

This neck gaitor (or buff) is stylish and functional and it can be worn in a variety of ways including as a scarf, as a headband, or even as a protective face covering.

In addition to the neck gaitor or mask, each participant will receive the beautiful medal  pictured at left.

Due to the overwhelming number of requests, VR PRO is offering a limited number of these uniquely beautiful event premiums for sale in their online store.

If you would like to purchase one of these items for yourself or as a gift for someone else, just click here to visit the VR PRO Store.

Sponsor a Canadian Flag at the Juno Beach Centre

Visitors are filled with pride when they see the Canadian flag flapping in the breeze above the sands of Juno Beach. Help us ensure that there is always a pristine Maple Leaf flying at the Juno Beach Centre.

Support the Juno Beach Centre by sponsoring a Canadian flag. The Centre flies the Canadian flag or Maple Leaf every day, even on days with inclement weather. To keep these flags in acceptable conditions, they are replaced regularly at a cost to the museum. The importance of the symbolism these flags represent is paramount both to our staff and our visitors.

The minimum donation for each flag (measuring 100 x 150 cm), including shipping to an address of your choice and a certificate of authenticity, is $500.

Please click here for more information or to donate and own a piece of history.

Several of these flags will also be given to Remembrance Day Race event participants through draws. You must register for one of the events to be eligible to win.

A note to Remembrance Day Race runners and walkers regarding results...

Upon completion of your virtual race, please submit your results to speedrivertiming@gmail.com. All results will be posted within a few days on SpeedRiverTiming.com along with a link to your finisher's certificate. Please include in the email how you timed and measured your run/walk.

If you register on RunSignUp.com, you will have access to a free app called Race Joy, that will follow you on your virtual run and cheer for you at each kilometer, as well as report your time automatically into the results.  If you have signed up on another site and wish to use RaceJoy, contact speedrivertiming@gmail.com.

More info about RaceJoy at http://www.racejoy.net/

(Countdown clock displays the days, hours, minutes, and seconds remaining until Remembrance Day.)