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    Canadian Armed Forces members at Garrison Petawawa practice their routes for Iron Warrior 2021 on the mornings of August 26 and 27. The event will be held on September 11 and 12, 2021. Photo by Cpl Peter Grieves, Garrison Imaging Petawawa

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IRON WARRIOR 2021: changes to format and location


Posted on Thursday September 9, 2021

GARRISON PETAWAWA - The 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group’s (2 CMBG) IRON WARRIOR 2021 will be held on Sept. 11 and 12, with an altered format that includes a “sprint” length on Saturday, and a longer marathon length on Sunday.

The annual event tests both the physical and mental fortitude of its competitors, and includes weighted ruck march, portage and canoe segments.

The course location has also changed this year, bringing competitors outside the garrison gates to publicly accessible areas of the Ottawa River, Petawawa Point, and Laurentian Drive.

“I am very excited about the changes made to the IRON WARRIOR competition for 2021. This year, in addition to the traditional 42 km distance, a 21 km “sprint” distance has been added to encourage participation by as many of our members as possible,” said Colonel Eric Landry, Commander, 2 CMBG. “Additionally, the competition route now includes the Town of Petawawa and our finish line will be at the Civic Centre.

“By bringing this event into the community, everyone has the opportunity to come out and support the competitors along the route this weekend,” he added. “Every Canadian Armed Forces member who takes on this incredibly challenging competition should be proud of their accomplishments and I look forward to competing, but also to joining them, and the members of our community, in celebrating their achievements.”

2 CMBG Brigade Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Jeramie Leamon shared those sentiments, thanking families and the local community for their ongoing support.

“As a participant, I look forward to seeing fellow participants and supporters along the route, and I would like to remind everyone to be safe and have fun.,” he said.

IRON WARRIOR 2021 will start at Dundonald Hall with the firing of a blank round from a cannon at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning and at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. This is the traditional start signal for the competition, held annually since 1983.

From early morning to late afternoon on both days, the public will see increased foot and vehicle traffic from spectators and military staff on the competition routes; caution is advised when travelling to and from the area of Petawawa Point and the Petawawa Civic Centre.

Boaters on the Ottawa River can also expect to see hundreds of canoeists paddling from Black Point, near Green Island, to Petawawa Point, and are reminded to use caution and low speeds in and around non-motorized water craft.

If attending to watch, spectators are asked to follow all public health measures regarding pandemic restrictions, as laid out by the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to finish line will be limited and enforced, so those who come out to cheer on competitors are asked to choose alternate locations along the route. The first competitors could arrive at the finish line on either day as early as 8 a.m.

For more information on the event, including maps, check out 2 CMBG on Facebook and Instagram.