FILE PHOTO: Participants of the 32nd annual 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Ironman Competition begin the race at 4:00 AM on September 23, 2015 at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. (Photo by MCpl Melissa Spence, 4 Cdn Div - Canadian Army Public Affairs)

Petawawa soldiers prepare to test their mettle for United Way

Military News


Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

PETAWAWA - Several hundred soldiers from Garrison Petawawa, as well as other bases and formations across Canada, are logging long kilometres of marching, portaging and canoeing in preparation for the 33rd annual Ironman Competition taking place in Petawawa on September 8 and 9.

To complete the grueling endurance race, a soldier must carry his or her 40 pound Army issue rucksack over a 50 km course. The race is broken down into a 32 km rucksack march, a four km canoe portage with rucksack, an eight km paddle on the Ottawa River and finishes with a six km rucksack sprint to the finish line.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage individual soldiers and the units within 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) to personally challenge themselves in order to promote a culture of physical robustness and mental resilience within the military community, all while raising funds for the United Way.

“I am fiercely proud to see the warriors of Task Force Tomahawk, as well as other military competitors from across the CAF challenge themselves to this gruelling competition,” said Colonel Conrad Mialkowski, Commander 2 CMBG/Task Force Tomahawk. “We are preparing to be Canada’s High Readiness Task Force and the Ironman symbolizes the mental, physical and emotional toughness that will be required when we receive the call to deploy on operations.”

Both races will begin at 4 a.m., rain or shine. Participants undergo a rigorous inspection of themselves and their 40 pound rucksack before commencing the race.

Individuals wishing to support the Petawawa Ironman may do so at or by googling “2016 Petawawa Ironman”.

As a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, the Renfrew County United Way (RCUW) relies on the on-going generosity of many people, organizations and businesses within the 23 municipal jurisdictions it serves.

Funding from RCUW supports a variety of health and social programs that are delivered by registered Canadian charities operating in Renfrew County. This support includes base or program funding to organizations referred to as Funded Agencies. Allocations to Funded Agencies are approved yearly.

Those agencies include the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, and the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.

For more information about the RCUW, visit