2016 Susquehanna Biathlon
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Race Start 10 a.m.
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That’s right! The Susquehanna Biathlon is back better than ever for 2016 with the same unique run-paddle combination and beautiful course! No other event in Central PA combines two of our favorite hobbies – trail running and river paddling – for the best cause of all: supporting clean water. We hope you will run and paddle with us on June 25, 2016 and support Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association’s work keeping our water fishable, swimmable, and drinkable!
What new for 2016? Our first MAYFLY FESTIVAL. 10 AM to 2 PM While the race is on and immediately after there is musical entertainment, food and watersports for kids & families in celebration of the Return of the Mayflies to the Lower Susquehanna. Fun youth paddling demonstrations will be held during the festival with cool prizes (This is a great way to get kids to be introduced to a safe paddling experience). After generations of polluted water, the work of the Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER Association and others groups has started to make a positive measurable improvement. One of the results of this is the return of the Mayflies, which are harmless insects that are an important part of the food system for smallmouth bass and other river fish. They have a 48 hour lifespan. The Mayfly hatch can number in the billions and the recent proliferation of the hatch over the past 2 years means our river is on its way back to good health. Thank you for joining us in this fight for clean water.
Like previous years, the Biathlon is roughly a 5.2 km run from the lot adjacent the John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville, to a paddling launch site just upriver from the Accomac Inn. The second leg is a paddle downriver with an exciting finish back at the start by the John Wright’s public boat launch.
The running course starts with a brief road section, followed by gravel and private road with a short rocky trail section. There are slight uphills and downhills, and of course the paddle always refreshes and stimulates starting with an easy flatwater paddle followed by an exciting class I whitewater finish!
We know some folks just want to support Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, so we’ve kept the race open for two hours to accommodate both those speedy racers and those who want to enjoy the race in a more leisurely fashion.
Top Male, Female, and Team Finishers receive prizes!
All participants need to provide their own equipment and transportation to the race’s start. After you check-in at the John Wright you can drive to the paddle start, two houses north of the Accomac Inn on River Road, to drop your watercraft at the launch site. Volunteers will watch your equipment until you come running in for the swap.
Commonly accepted rules of sportsmanship apply. Intentional damaging or interference with an opponent will result in disqualification. Local rescue squads and volunteers will provide assistance for maximum safety on both land and water.
Registration: 8:30 AM @ John Wright, field adjacent parking lot. All Participants MUST check-in prior to start!
Pre-Race Mtg: 9:45am @ John Wright
Biathlon Start: 10:00am with a 2 hour time limit
Awards Ceremony: 11:30 am @ John Wright
*FOR RENTAL EQUIPMENT CALL SHANK’S MARE (717) 252-1616 FOR GEAR RESERVATIONS!*
- Participants may drop off their paddling equipment starting at 8:30AM, June 25, 2016, to the launch site at 6292 River Dr (two riverfront lots upriver from the Accomac parking lot).
Please park at the Accomac’s North lot and walk your gear the 200′ feet to the launch area!