The Terrace Rod and Gun Club hosted its fifth annual bike biathlon earlier this month.
Thirty athletes participated, with ages ranging from six-years-old up to masters (“I promised not to release ages of those over 18,” said organizer Chris Schooner in an email) on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.
“This was our second year hosting a pre-race training camp, to teach biking and shooting skills to participants and to familiarize them with biathlon competitions,” he said.
Biathlon consists of two sports combined – in this case mountain bike racing and marksmanship. Competitors race around a trail, shoot, race again, shoot, etc. Distance raced, and number of circuits increases with age and ability. Fifteen seconds is added to a racer’s time for each target missed.
New this year was an enthusiastic group of six- and seven-year-olds who participated in our pre-race training days, and did a demonstration competition on race day.
6 & 7 year olds (5 participants): 1st – Eagle Cote
2nd – Buddy McCarthy
3rd – Jacob Hartman
8 to 10 year olds (11 participants): 1st – Pavlo Schooner
2nd – Braden Clunas 3rd – Scarlett Cote
11 & 12 year olds (4 participants): 1st – Logan Clunas 2nd – Jonas Struyk
3rd – Jacob Ringma
13 & 14 year olds (3 participants): 1st – Yohannes Vandenberg 2nd – Zachary Bilash
3rd – Gabriel Vandenberg
15 & 16 year olds (1 participant): 1st – Liam Clunas, who raced against the adults, and placed in the top four.
Adult Ladies (4 participants) 1st – Heidi Siebring
2nd – Hanna Gordon 3rd – Debbie Helsdon
Adult Men (2 participants) 1st – Mike Talstra
2nd – Ryan Gordon
“Our most prestigious award, the President’s Award, is given to the athlete(s) who try their hardest, giving their best efforts to the whole event. It was presented to Felicity Cote and Anika Juergensen – with our thanks for inspiring those who competed with them and those who had the pleasure of working with them.
“We would like to thank all of those who volunteered their services, time and resources to help make this event so much fun and such a success,” he said.
Winter Biathlon (skiing and marksmanship) training will be starting this Saturday, October 25th at 10 a.m. at the Terrace Rod and Gun Club. Please contact Biathlon.Terrace@telus.net or phone 250-638-8270 for more information.