On Jan. 25, Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson will host the fourth annual Liberal Cup Biathlon. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.
Biathlon is an Olympic sport that combines cross country skiing and target shooting. The Liberal Cup Biathlon is a twist on that classic event. Racers can compete in self-selected skill categories, they can compete in teams of four, and everyone is encouraged to compete in costume. For the kids ages 5 to 9, there will be a cross-country skiing obstacle course known as the Ski-Daddle.
If you don’t have cross-country ski equipment you can still participate. Racers can rent cross-country skis, boots, and poles for free, thanks to the Maine Winter Sports Center, as long as supplies last. All air rifles are provided by the Southern Maine Biathlon club, and each racer will receive safety training on how to use the rifle.
Registration fees range from $10 to $25. Categories include the Ski-Daddle, Novice, Intermediate, and Expert. While classic skis are recommended there will be a skate ski category. Awards will be given out for best costume, best team name, and for youth and high school aged participants. The winning team will take home the official Liberal Cup trophy.
More details and registration information available online at http://hvnc.org/biathlon-2/. Registration is limited, and spots are filling quickly. Don’t delay!
Races will begin about 9 a.m. and continue into the late morning. All day long there will be bonfires, great food, and something on tap from the Liberal Cup. Spectators are encouraged.
The Biathlon at HVNC has generous community support from the Liberal Cup Brewpub and restaurant, Reny’s, Bath Savings Institution, Mid-Coast Energy Solutions, Newcastle Chrysler, and Teens to Trails.