The origins of The Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel.
Eric Dawson and Kevin Wiebe were best friends and huge fans of curling. For years they dreamed of taking the game back to its roots and back to the outdoors. The two talked about the concept for years in the curling rink bars across the city of Winnipeg, and in 2002, with the help of many amazing friends, they organized and created the first Ironman Outdoor Curling bonspiel. The inaugural event was held on the Assiniboine River, February 2-3, 2002, at The Forks Historic Port. There were 12 curling teams on two official size sheets of ice with full size rocks. It was a historic moment, and after 10 years the dream had finally come true. Curling outside was only part of the dream though, and under Eric’s guidance, the founding principal was that the bonspiel should always be to everyone, and that funds raised from the bonspiel should go to charity.
The Ironman organizers continue to appreciate what Eric and Kevin did to create this unique event. The mission of the Ironman Curling event continues to be about raising funds for a charity, keeping the sport of curling affordable, and for making life-long memories. We continue to do that each year and we invite you to join us in continuing that dream. Hurry Hard!
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