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    On July 25, prizes were presented to a number of participants in the Active Transportation and Commander’s Fitness Challenge. From left are Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe, Manager of Health Promotion Dana Lawson, winners Sandra Heidel, Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Coleman-McLean and Kent Henderson, unit winners 2 Field Ambulance (2 Fd Amb) Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Steven Pirie and Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Stephane Parent, and CWO Tom Verner, Garrison Petawawa Chief Warrant Officer. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The challenge, held from June 4-29, was open to all ages; Logan Dupuis, 7, collected every punch on his Orienteering Punch Card. Accompanied by his mother Sandra Heidel (right), he received a prize from Dana Lawson. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



Active Transportation and Commander’s Fitness Challenge winners

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday August 2, 2018

The Active Transportation and Commander’s Fitness Challenge in June ended with a giveaway for the top participants.

The challenge was primarily held on the Garrison Fitness Trail. Places to collect punches on an Orienteering Punch Card were hidden throughout the trail, and those who wanted to win a prize had to collect as many as possible. Another way to win was to keep track of cycling/running/walking kilometres from June 4-29.

“The goal was to encourage people to move more during the month as well as to explore the fitness trail on the Garrison,” said Dana Lawson, Manager of Health Promotion.

In the 10-15 punches category, Desiree Krieger won a $50 CANEX gift card while Sandra Heidel won a $100 GearHeads gift card in the 16-22 punches category. Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Coleman-McLean won a $50 GearHeads gift card and Kent Henderson won a $100 CANEX gift card in the Tracking Kilometres category. 2 Field Ambulance was the overall winner for combined unit punches, and they will receive a specialized bicycle rack.

Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe was pleased to see so many people take part in the challenge.

“I think it is very important to promote a healthy lifestyle for a soldier,” said Col Lapointe. “Having the great trails we have, it is important that we try to benefit as much as we can.

” The trail is a great resource for the community and can be used for biking, walking, running as well as any other non-motorized activity.

The challenge helped people stay fit and active, reduced traffic on Petawawa Boulevard and allowed people to discover the trail.

“This (challenge) pushed them to ... really experience it, and see what a great facility it is,” said Col Lapointe.

But it wasn’t just adults who participated; the youngest participant Logan Dupuis, 7, collected every orienteering punch.

Lawson presented a special prize package to him, including safety equipment, a water bottle, a bicycle bell and a reusable bag.

“He absolutely loves biking,” said his mother Sandra Heidel. “We never had the chance to bike the trail so we thought this was the perfect opportunity to do that and get him out on his bike more.”

She is a firm believer that life-long fitness begins at a young age, and was incredibly proud of her son for completing the difficult challenge.

“Some of the days that we were doing it in June were hot days so we got up extra early,” she added. “He worked super hard.”