What Really Is A Biathlon?

It is not tough to figure out that a biathlon consists of two sports. In Team River Runner’s case, it is the combination of running/hand cycling for three miles and kayaking for one mile. In a biathlon you can compete by yourself or with a partner. If you compete as a team, one person does one event followed by the other person completing the other event.

In 1955 the biathlon became an olympic sport. 2013 marks the 9th year that Team River Runner will host a biathlon. Last year, Team River Runner expected to raise $140,000 between corporate and individual donations. This is an extremely important event because the proceeds benefit the rehabilitation of service members active and veteran.

Each year, check in starts at 7:00 a.m. leading up to the first race that begins at 9 a.m. Last year the event took place at The Washington Canoe Club but this year’s event venue has not yet been announced.

Transportation to the event is offered for active duty military from surrounding medical and military facilities.

The entry fee is $30 for the early birds and after that the price increases to $40. There is no fee for adaptive racers. Team River Runner stresses the importance of signing up in advance because no registrations can be made the day of the event.

The awards include kayak gear and there is a chili feast for everyone at the end of the race.

Throughout the day different heats take place including an early heat and elite heat. This allows participants to compete with others with similar abilities. This allows for beginners and professionals to have a great time at the event. My favorite heat is the Hooligan heat. At the end of the day, participants in this heat are asked to dress up in costume. This is a really fun way to be silly and goofy but still help a good cause.

The purpose of this biathlon is to have a great time and raise money. A donation of $100 outfits one veteran with a life jacket and helmet. $10,000 covers the cost of three veterans paddling in the grand canyon. Other monetary increments provide enough boats to equip a start-up chapter and even outfit veterans with ALL of the equipment they need to kayak safely.

Some fundraising tips include:

  • Decorating a collection box to collect donations at work or school
  • Taking advantage of corporate gift matching programs
  • Asking family or friends to collect donations from their network
  • Host a happy hour or other event and in-turn donating the proceeds

You should also…

  • Take advantage of social media. Create a fundraising page and stay connected with people who have donated. Make sure to share pictures and updates so everyone will know how well you are doing
  • Remind everyone that Team River Runner donations are tax-deductible
  • Thank your supporters!!

This biathlon is such an awesome event and I am excited to see what is in store for 2013!


About Lindsey

Hi everyone! My name is Lindsey and I am a senior studying Public Relations at the University of Maryland, College Park. I have created this blog to talk about Team River Runner for my Specialized Writing in PR class. I am excited to do this project because this is my first time blogging!

Posted on February 19, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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