2018 U.S. Canine Biathlon®
About the Biathlon
VWK9 is excited to announce the 2018 U.S. Canine Biathlon®! This year, VWK9 is offering a Full Weekend event for our biathlon family. On Friday, May 18th we’ll kick off biathlon weekend with an early packet pickup 4pm-7pm accompanied by music on the nearby stage 6pm-9pm. The Beer Truck will be open 🙂
On Saturday, May 19th our Biathloners will storm the 3.5 to 4 mile course during the AM Block (9am-12:30pm) or PM Block (12:30pm-4pm). Saturday evening you will enjoy a live concert, beer, and BBQ in the biathlon area 7pm – 1am. Those that are able to camp overnight in tents and RVs are encouraged to do so. VWK9 will work hard to move the camping site next to the event area, where the 2017 mass photograph was taken. (Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org), there are hotels in the area for those who need their comforts. On Sunday, May 20th a we will offer a second morning AM Block (9:00am – 1pm) of biathlon racing following by the awards ceremony in the early afternoon (Approx. 2pm). Medals can be mailed to winners, but those in attendance will receive onsite.
Held at VWK9’s world class 320-acre canine training facility in Anniston, Alabama, The U.S. Canine Biathlon® was founded by our Race Director – Paul Hammond (the Mad Brit) not only for those who love the challenge of obstacle racing, but their canine companions. This 3.5+ mile event features more than 40+ purpose-built obstacles over varied terrain including forest, sand, and water.
The U.S. Canine Biathlon® is open to all types of Handler-Canine teams including Civilian pets, Search & Rescue, Military working dogs, or Police Dog teams. In addition, the race is open to challengers and thrill seekers of all ages and experience levels. Scores will be determined not only by course time, but also criteria based on the age of both the runner and the canine partner. The U.S. Canine Biathlon® is also open to individual entries who wish to complete without a canine partner or those canine teams who wish to take on the course as a group. Following the close of the race on Sunday, May 20th, top scores will be presented at an awards presentation.
Quick Biathlon Facts
- 3.5 miles (5k)
- 15+ water obstacles
- 15+ purpose built obstacles
- Age Handicap Bonus System
- Compete together or compete alone
- Food and drinks available (who doesn’t love BBQ?)
- T-shirt and medallion for every participant
Biathlon breakfast on Saturday & Sunday
- Music entertainment on Friday night
- Live concert on Saturday night
- Professional photography
- Dedicated (very scenic) Hiking Trails for those wishing to walk their canines the day prior or after race day.
- RV/Camping Access
Vendor Booths (canine related)
On Friday, May 18th we’ll kick off biathlon weekend with an early packet pickup accompanied by music on the nearby stage.
On Saturday morning, we’ll have a biathlon breakfast and packet pickup followed by a full day of running. All day Saturday we’ll have the biathlon pavilion filled with vendor booths, live music, games, demonstrations, and multiple food vendors. Saturday night will be capped off with a live band on the main stage.
On Sunday, May 20th we’ll host another biathlon breakfast, packet pickup, and a morning of biathlon running. The weekend will end with a lunch under the big tent followed by an awards ceremony.
Want an additional challenge? We’re opening up a few hiking trails nearby for our biathloners to warm up their legs before or after taking on our course. We’ll provide color coded trail maps so that our biathloners can explore these trails at their leisure with their canines.
Food & Vendors
Each Biathlon runner will receive 2 x meal tickets in their race packets to be redeemed at one of our on-site food vendors. We aim to have multiple food vendors in 2018. In addition to the lunch ticket from years past, we will also offer biathlon breakfast tickets for Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th. Extra tickets for each meal are available for purchase during race registration and on-site.
Overnight Tent & RV Camping
Bring your RV camper or tent and plan to stay on-site. This will be “dry-camping” style camping with access to porta showers and porta potties. In 2018 we aim to position camp sites within close walking distance to the main event area. To register for a spot in our campsite, please email: email@example.com or click the Camping link below.
Biathlon Bag Check
We’ve heard your wishes for a bag check, and will implement a bag check this year. Stay tuned for more details on this later on.
We’ve secured full event photography to enable us to capture in the moment photography throughout our course and in the pavilion area. We know these photos are very important to you and we want to make sure we capture your moments with your canines and team partners.
If you have not heard, this Biathlon is about your canine and you bonding, we love our canine friends more than humans. If this is your first Biathlon, be prepare to be challenged, meet great canine people and have a lot of fun. Welcome to the Biathlon Family.
Are you ready to take on the challenge? Click the Register for Biathlon link below.
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