Wiarton to host Bruce Peninsula Multi-Sport Race

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After a two-year hiatus, the 11th annual Bruce Peninsula Multi-Sport Race and Festival presented by Bruce Power returns on Saturday August 6th to Wiarton.

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Live music, vendors and food will once again be available this year at Wiarton’s Bluewater Park as endurance athletes cross the BPMR finish line throughout the afternoon.

The secret racetrack (a tradition of the event) is again designed by local athlete Jack Van Dorp. The route, set up by volunteers, offers many kayak and canoe departures in Colpoy Bay.

The BPMR is now hosted by Bob Miller, who was featured as captain of Team Canada Adventure in the Amazon Prime series “Eco-Challenge Fiji: World’s Toughest Race”, and who resides in the Blue Mountains.

“The Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race is a great introduction to multisport, a great local event and a really tough test of endurance,” Miller said. “We are extremely happy to have the festival returning to Bluewater Park so we can all celebrate with the runners.”

All this year’s entrants will receive a racing buff fashioned with Ajiijak, the crane, a painting by Neyaashiinigmiing artist Charmaine Jenner Tauchkwe, commissioned in 2021 by the Oxenden Indigenous Art Project.

“This year, each runner will pass through Oxenden at one leg of the race, so they will pass right by Ajiijak’s future home, on the corner of Gray Road 1 and Zion Church Road in Oxenden Village,” says Miller.

Ajiijak’s official unveiling ceremony will take place the weekend following the BPMR. The public artwork was funded by Oxenden neighbors as a step towards reconciliation.

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Artist Jenner Tauchkwe generously gave permission to feature the artwork on the BPMR race giveaway, organizers said.

A limited number of buffs will be available for purchase during the Finish Line Festival on August 6, with proceeds going to the nonprofit Peninsula Adventure Sports Association.

There are three distances at the BPMR race, and all have a few entries available at the time of writing the press release.

The 100 kilometer “Owen Sound Subaru Long Course” will take most of the day for athletes and endurance teams to complete a mix of paddling, trail running and mountain biking, while the “Suntrail Course” The more forgiving 25 kilometer race aims to get residents outdoors and active in a sprint version of the race.

The Summer House Park Kids Race will take place entirely at Bluewater Park. Children ages 5-11 who arrive before noon to register for the Kids Race are invited to ride their bikes and race over fun obstacles to win prizes and share the same finish line arch as the kids. multisport runners.

The race organizers are still looking for some volunteers for August 5, 6 and 7. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and BBQ lunch along with basic safety training.

Learn more about the race organizers by visiting pasacanada.wordpress.com and register with one of the last minute registrations, or find out who’s participating in the race by visiting www.brucepeninsulamultisportrace.ca.

“Spectators are welcome along the Wiarton waterfront and at the finish line at Bluewater Park,” Miller said. “After almost three years of waiting, it will be amazing to have raucous crowds to give the runners an extra push towards the finish.”

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