Midcoast Conservancy will host its seventh annual Biathlon at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson on Saturday, March 2. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate! Racers can compete individually or in teams of four, and everyone is encouraged to compete in costume.
Biathlon is an Olympic sport that combines cross country skiing and target shooting. Midcoast Conservancy’s event is a twist on the classic, using paintball rifles. All rifles are provided by Midcoast Conservancy, and each racer will receive safety training on how to use the rifle. Snowshoe racers are welcome.
Races will begin about 9 a.m. and continue into early afternoon. All day long there will be bonfires, along with great food and hot chocolate from the Alna General Store. Spectators are encouraged. And biathlon fans should consider volunteering if they are not planning to race; the race volunteer crew can always use extra hands!
Race categories are based on self-selected skill levels upon pre-race check in, and there is a special category for youth racers. Awards will be given out for best costume, best team name, and for youth and high school aged participants. The biathlon will held even if there is no snow; trail running will replace skiing in that case. Postponement will be for dangerous conditions only.
Registration fees are $35 for adults, $10 for kids and students. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited and prices go up $5 per participant on Feb. 23. Day-of registrations as space allows. Anyone having questions should call Midcoast Conservancy at (207) 389-5150.