Join Hidden Valley Nature Center on Sunday, January 26, 2014 for the third annual Liberal Cup Biathlon. The Liberal Cup Biathlon is an amateur, family event in which skiers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to register.
The biathlon is a traditional winter Olympic event that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. Skiers will race a certain number of laps, and between each lap they will have to stop and take a shot at five targets. Race distances will vary depending on the age class. While Maine is a haven for elite biathletes the HVNC Liberal Cup Biathlon is all about fun!
Don’t know how to shoot? That’s okay, many racers will be handling a gun for the first time. The Southern Maine Biathlon Club is generously donating their gun equipment, and each racer will have to complete a mandatory gun safety training the morning of the race.
Are you a timid skier? That’s okay too! This event embraces all levels of skiers from novice to master. In fact, if you don’t have your own equipment there will be an opportunity to lease modern, quality ski equipment for free! Adults and children.
HVNC, located at 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson, is also offering a snowshoe division for those who would rather run the course. This event will be held snow or shine, in all but the worst conditions. If there is limited snow come prepared with running shoes or boots!
The Liberal Cup Biathlon is generously supported by the Liberal Cup Brewpub and Restaurant in Hallowell. In keeping with their strong sense of community and fun all racers are encouraged to dress up in costume, and create four-person teams. Awards will be given based on best costume, best team name, and on finish times. There will be a bonfire, homemade soup and bread, and snacks during and after the races.
Additional community support from Teens to Trails, Bath Savings Institution, Reny’s, Newcastle Chrysler and the Southern Maine Biathlon Club.
Registration and event details available online at hvnc.org/biathlon-2. Prices increase after January 1 so don’t delay. Space is limited. For more informaion, email email@example.com, visit www.hvnc.org, or call 207-200-8840.