Sign-ups open for Feb. 29 HVNC Biathlon

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 8:15am

Snow enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate Leap Year at Midcoast Conservancy’s eighth annual Biathlon at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson on Saturday, Feb. 29. 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. This year, the race will include a fat bike option as well, where racers bike rather than ski. 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. Gear for skiing, snowshoeing and biking will be available to rent at the event.

Races will begin about 9 a.m. and continue into the early afternoon. All day long there will be bonfires and spectators are encouraged. Vegetarian chili and hot chocolate from Alna General Store will sustain racers and fans alike.

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 $20 for adults, $10 for kids and students. Register at

Day-of registrations as space allows. Questions? Call Midcoast Conservancy at (207) 389-5150.