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Oil Creek State Park Summer Biathlon

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Location : Oil Creek State Park
Event Cost : $25 to compete
Start Date: 10 Aug 2019
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Date: 10 Aug 2019
End Time: 05:00 pm
Contact Name: John Sims
Contact Email:
Organization: Friends of Oil Creek State Park
Phone: 814-354-2802
Website URL:

August 10, 2019 Mandatory First Timers Safety Clinic at 8:30 AM

Race Starts at 10 AM

Sponsored by: Friends of Oil Creek State Park, and PA Biathlon Club

Proceeds from event benefit: “Friends of Oil Creek State Park Volunteer Group” and PA Biathlon Club

Location: Oil Creek State Park Cross-Country Ski Area, Petroleum Center Course: 6K Cross Country Run with 2 shooting stops!

First timers welcome. All equipment provided

Open to all athletes age 12 and over who complete the mandatory pre-race safety clinic.

What is a Summer Biathlon and how does it work? The 6K running race is divided into three parts. First: The timing starts with waves of one or two runners leaving every minute and running an approximately 1.2 mile loop. As you approach the shooting range at the end of the first running loop, you will run into the range, catching your breath, lie down in the prone position and pick up an easy to use .22 caliber target rifle. You shoot 5 shots at a 4.5-inch metal knock down target 33 meters away. For each missed target you are required to run a 70-meter penalty loop after the shooting stop. Second: After this first shooting stop, you run out of the range and run the same 1.2-mile loop again. The second time at the range you will shoot 5 shots at the same type target from the standing position and run the 70-meter penalty loop for each missed target. Third: Once you’ve completed the standing position, you run out of the range and run the 1.2-mile loop a final time ending at the finish line. Remember every second counts!

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SCHEDULE: 7:00-8:00 AM: Check-in for first-time participants 7:00-9:00 AM: Check-in for experienced participants 8:30-9:30 AM: Zero for personal rifles (Use Standard Velocity Ammo only) 8:30-9:30 AM: Familiarization Safety Clinic (mandatory for first Time participants) 10:00 AM: Race begins

CLINIC: All first-time participants are required to attend the pre-race biathlon familiarization/safety clinic. You will learn the rules of the sport; correct shooting positions, safety procedures and race strategy. The clinic will start promptly at 8:30 AM on race day.

AWARDS: Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall men and women. There will also be age group awards in each of the following age categories: 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50- 59, 60-69, 70+

ACCOMMODATIONS: HOTELS: Quality Inn & Conference Center, 1411 Liberty St, Franklin, PA 814/437-3031 Super 8 Motel, Rt. 8 Franklin, PA 814/432-2101 Days Inn, 1 Seneca St., Oil City, PA 814/677-1221 Comfort Inn, 511 W. Central Ave., Titusville, PA 814/827-0041 Caboose Motel, Perry Street, Titusville, PA 800/827-0690 Holiday Inn Express, Route 257, Cranberry, PA 16319 814/677-2640

CAMPING: Oil Creek State Park, Tenting and Adirondack type shelters (walk in only) 814/676-5915 Oil Creek Camp Ground, 340 Shreve Rd., Titusville, PA 814/827-1023

REGISTRATION: The field size will be limited to the first 100 registrants. Entries received after the limit has been reached will be returned promptly. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 80 registrants. A Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable registration fee of $25.00 is required for entry. Make check payable to: John Sims (In memo line write: “Oil Creek State Park Biathlon”)

CONTACT: John Sims Phone# 814/354-2802 or e-mail:

PARK INFORMATION: Oil Creek State Park, 305 State Park Road, Oil City, PA 16301, 814/676- 5915, e-mail: Web: click on find a park or DIRECTIONS: From South: Take Route 8 North thru Oil City to Rouseville at the red light turn right on to Route 227 East. Proceed on Route 227 East for approx. 2.8 miles to the Village of Plumer. Turn left at sign marked “Oil Creek State Park” onto Petroleum Center Road and follow directions to the Cross-Country Ski Area, which is on the right. From North: Take Route 8 South thru Titusville. Five mile below Titusville turn left at the “Oil Creek State Park” sign (Tune Town concert ground). Take this road 4 miles to Petroleum Center. At stop sign turn left onto SR1004 to Plumer, cross old metal bridge, go past park office and proceed to the top of the hill, approx. 1.2 miles. Cross-Country Ski Area is on left.