Garrison Petawawa Triathlon scheduled for June 18

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Third Annual Garrison Petawawa Triathlon will kick off the running season for athletes in the Ottawa Valley. “It ... gets things going and back into the groove of it from the winter,” said Race Director Jennifer McPhee.

The competition will be held on June 18 at Dundonald Hall at Garrison Petawawa. The first wave of swimmers will kick off at 8 a.m. The traditional race starts with a 750 m pool swim, followed by 20 km bike race around the garrison and finishing with a 5 km. It is possible to do this event as a team of two or three, allowing people to take advantage to their athletic strengths. For those who aren’t sure whether or not this challenge is for them, there will also be a try-a-tri, which is a shorter version of the real thing.

“It is a fun community event,” said McPhee. “It is a mixture of some competitive athletes in the community and some totally new athletes. And somebody who cannot swim can still participate because they can run or bike. Or vice-versa ... It is a great way to spend a morning.”

According to McPhee, the Petawawa Triathlon Club itself has also grown in numbers. More people are seeing the benefits of the sport, and are enjoying the challenge of mastering three separate athletic skills. Many of the members will also be participating in this event, and there will be a legion of volunteers to help out with logistics as spectators cheer participants on, she confirmed.

There is still time to sign up for this event. Those who participate will be gifted with a triathlon transition towel. “We are sitting at about 57 (participants),” McPhee said. “We have about 20 entries still available for people who still haven’t registered yet. We even started an hour earlier this year to get people out in the cooler part of the morning.”

Registration is open until June 15, and both civilians and military members over the age of 15 can sign up. For more race information and details, please visit