Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WRAP to host biathlon

Shooting and racing event will be July 1

Express Staff Writer

    The Wood River Ability Program plans to add a special event to this year’s Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival—a biathlon on July 1 for both runners and mountain bikers. The biathlon will be open to both able-bodied and disabled competitors for a $10 entry fee (to cover the insurance necessary to hold an event that combines shooting and racing).
    The event will be open to spectators free of charge, though WRAP will be accepting donations from those who feel the event is worth contributing to. After expenses, 60 percent of donations will go to WRAP, and the remaining 40 percent will go to the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s and WRAP’s official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site.
    “Recently, there has been renewed biathlon interest in Sun Valley,” WRAP Director Marc Mast said. “It’s our hope that this event will spur further interest that will eventually lead to the establishment of a biathlon range in the valley.”
    Mast said that nationally, biathlons are becoming more popular.
    “Now is a great time for us to jump on board in order to stay ahead of the curve and hopefully bring more visitors to our valley by creating a new recreation opportunity,” he said.
    The course will be an approximately one-kilometer loop near the River Run base area. Racers will bike or run four laps and shoot three separate times. Each shooting stage will require five shots. For each shot a biathlete misses, he or she will have to complete an approximately 100-meter penalty lap.
    Mast said two Olympian biathletes, Rob Rosser and Jon Engen, will host a shooting clinic that day at 2:30 p.m. The race will start between 4:30 and 5 p.m., depending on the number of last-minute registrations. WRAP asks that those interested in competing RSVP to Mast at 720-7254 or

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