Terrace Rod & Gun Club volunteer coaches/safety guys Bob Jenkins and Mike Graham with competitors Jonus Lecuyer

Biathlon hits its mark

A healthy pack of volunteers and a whack of keen participants helped the 3rd annual Terrace Rod and Gun Club Bike Biathlon ride steady

A healthy pack of volunteers and a whack of keen participants helped the 3rd annual Terrace Rod and Gun Club Bike Biathlon ride steady on Saturday, Oct. 13.

More than 30 competitors, and nearly as many volunteers, came out for the event, which saw competitors bike and shoot their way to the finish line at the Terrace Rod and Gun Club on Rifle Range Rd.

“It went very well,” said organizer Chris Schooner. “We had a great number of volunteers – people just came out of the woodwork. And there were more competitors than we thought.”

“A number of the competitors also filled in some of the needed jobs while others were racing,” he said. “An excellent showing of true sportsmanship.”

The weather held up for the most part, as competitors raced the forest route, stopping in between laps to shoot at different levels of targets. Although, one heat did get hit with “what we might call a monsoon,” said Schooner, who noted they had to drain the rifles afterwards.

And with three coaches now trained, the Rod and Gun Club is starting its Biathlon Bears program this Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. for ages 8 – 16. It is a program similar to Can-Ski or Can-Skate programs for youth to learn the sporting skills needed for biathlon.  For more details, call 250-638-8270.

Here are the top finishers:

Midget Boys and Girls 10 years and younger:

1. Braden Clunas

2. Thomas Dame

3. William Edmond

Recreational 25 m targets 11-13:

1. Liam Clunas

2. Chance Soden

3. Tyler Henry

11-13 50 m targets:

1. Jonus Lecuyer

2.     Levi Dame

3. Liam Tweedie

Recreational 17+ 25 m targets:

1. Angela Rabut

2. Michael Bruce

3. Lia Wallace

17+ 50 m targets:

1. Ryan Gordon

2. Angus Tweedie

3. Daniel Henery

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