Task Force Tomahawk soldier represents Canadian Army at 48th Annual CISM World Military Marathon in Turin, Italy

Article / October 7, 2016 / Project number: c-ar-1007-cism-cdn

Petawawa, Ont - Corporal James MacLellan, from 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR) based out of Gagetown, New Brunswick, completed the 48th annual International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Military Marathon on August 2nd in Turin, Italy.

1500 runners participated in this year’s military marathon from 22 countries: Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Palestine, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and USA.

Corporal MacLellan was the top Canadian participant placing 55th out of 1500 runners with a time of 2:39:29, averaging a time of 3:46 min per kilometer. 

Corporal MacLellan is no stranger to driving himself in athletic competition.  Last year he was the top finishing male competitor in the 2015 Petawawa Ironman race finishing with a time of 5:12:59, nearly beating the lifetime Ironman record set in 1992.  This year, Corporal MacLellan chose to represent the Canadian Army (CA) in the World Military Marathon instead of challenging the 2016 Ironman, and his achievement in Italy is one the Royal Canadian Regiment, Task Force Tomahawk and the whole of the CA is immensely proud of.

“Congratulations to Corporal MacLellan of 2 RCR.  You are a true tactical athlete and an excellent example of the mental and physical tenacity demanded of Task Force Tomahawk soldiers.”

 -Colonel Conrad Mialkowski, Commander Task Force Tomahawk.

Next year, the international military sport community will be focused on Canada, when the 49th annual CISM World Military Marathon will be hosted in Ottawa.  By then, Task Force Tomahawk will have moved into High Readiness and some 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group soldiers may be unavailable due to High Readiness tasks.  The standard set by Corporal MacLellan, however, will no doubt inspire other members to proudly represent the Canadian Army at the race in 2017.

By Lieutenant Dan Mazurek, Public Affairs Officer for Task Force Tomahawk / 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

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