Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve Tug of War

Since its inaugural event in 2007, where a standing grudge-match between The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders played out to a packed house of some 10,000 spectators and fans, the event has become an annual crowd pleaser with teams from Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve units from across Canada competing for the cup in an ever growing field of tug-o-war struggle.




Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve Tug of War – Saturday, August 3, 2019

All Primary Reserve units of the Canadian Armed Forces are invited to send a team for this annual headline event at The Glengarry Highland Games.

All that is needed is a team of 8 personnel. Check the rules and regulations for details.

Entry is FREE plus there is FREE camping on site for the Military Teams. Tons of amenities as well...after all, it's the biggest Highland Games in the country!

The Prize: The Highlanders Tug-o-War Challenge Cup plus a prize purse donation in the winning team’s name to Soldier On!

Want to learn more about the Challenge Cup and the Tug Of War? Download the Rules and Regulations.  

Location: Infield

Schedule to be announced

The Highlanders Tug-o-War Challenge inspires the character necessary to build physical fitness, leadership and self-discipline while promoting teamwork, esprit de corps, loyalty and commitment.

These are the hallmarks of our citizen soldiers, our primary Reserve forces.
— General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC, CD, Chief of the Defence Staff, 29 July 2015
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I’ve seen firsthand the spirit and dedication that is required to field a team and compete in the Highlanders Tug-o-War Challenge. It’s a tough and physically demanding team sport that helps promote morale, dedication and commitment among our soldiers. I believe this type of sporting event creates strong community bonds as it gives Canadians a chance to meet and interact with soldiers from across the country.
— Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, CMM, MSC, CD, Commander Canadian Army, 2 June 2016
This competition is an excellent example of the importance of sport to military training and operational readiness. Physically demanding team sports are key to building the strong, dedicated spirit that is critical to success in the Canadian Armed Forces.  There is no doubt that sports, such as Tug of War, help to develop leadership, self-discipline, teamwork, loyalty, and commitment.
— Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, CMM, MSC, CD Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, 31 May 2016.
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