Shown here, participants lined up for the novice race and “Best Costume” winners dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland.
photo: Chuck Dinsmore
Shown here, participants lined up for the novice race and “Best Costume” winners dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland. photo: Chuck Dinsmore
Midcoast Conservancy will host its eighth annual biathlon — for participants of all ages and skill levels — at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson, on Saturday, February 29, from 9 a.m. to early afternoon. Racers can compete individually or in teams of four and everyone is encouraged to compete in costume.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. This year, the race will include a fat-bike option, in which racers will bike rather than ski. Midcoast Conservancy’s event is a twist on the classic, using paintball rifles, which will be provided. Racers will receive safety training and instructions on how to use the rifle. Snowshoe racers are welcome.

Race categories are based on self-identified skill levels;  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 age participants. The biathlon will be held even if there is no snow; trail running would then replace skiing. Postponement will be for dangerous conditions only.

Registration fees are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children. Early registration is encouraged; space is limited and prices go up $5 per participant on February 23. To register, visit midcoastconservancy.org/events. Registration will be accepted the day of the event as space allows.

For more information, call 389-5150.