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Article / July 7, 2014 / Project number: 14-0112

Hull, Quebec — As the Régiment de Hull nears its 100th anniversary on August 7, a small team of 12 soldiers from the regiment are preparing for a 160 km march.

The annual Nijmegen is a four day march through the villages and country side of the Netherlands with participants from all over the world, over 40,000 take part – including 5,000 military.

For someone in good shape, it might not sound like much of a challenge, but there’s catch – “we have ten kilograms on our back,”   said Lieutenant Francis Ménard Guy,  Assistant-Adjutant and team leader for the Régiment de Hull.

Military participants, including the team from the Régiment de Hull, will also be wearing full combat clothing.

Lt Guy, a 26-year-old Masters student in project managements and part-time reservist, happily took on the role of team leader when the regiment’s former team leader had to leave for a deployment in Egypt. 

“We’ve been walking since January and putting on more and more kilometers every week to prepare,”  he said.  “We just finished a 40 km march on June 14th and another one on June 15th.” 

As team leader, it is Lt Guy’s responsibility to organize the training and make sure that the group is well prepared for the march.

Part of that training means each team must complete two 40 km back-to-back marches and complete a total of 500 km in order to qualify for the Nijmegen. Although his team has the minimum number of participants, 12, they were still able to qualify.

It is the regiment’s first year participating in the march although the Canadian Army has participated every year.

“It’s a great opportunity as a junior officer to be a part of this event and commemorate our regiment’s 100th anniversary.” 

The Royal 22e Regiment, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and The Royal Montreal Regiments will also be celebrating their 100th anniversaries and sending a team to the Nijmegen.

At 98 years old, the Nijmegen event is only two years younger than the Régiment de Hull.

“A lot of people think the Nijmegen started because of the war, but it’s actually a sporting event.  Canadians took part because of our relationship with the Netherlands.” 

For Lt Guy, the event is an opportunity to meet soldiers from all around the world, one of the things he is most looking forward to. 

The Nijmegen march will take place July 11 to 21st this year.

Participation in Nijmegen is not the only event the Régiment de Hull will organize to celebrate its 100th birthday.

The regiment recently held a golf tournament in order to raise funds for the anniversary and is planning an open house and wine and cheese on August 7th for the community. 

The regiment will also march in the Roi de Cité parade on the 4th of October.

For more information about the Régiment de Hull visit this website:

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/en/regiment-de-hull/index.page?

By Tamir Virani, Army Public Affairs

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