Kayakers, paddle boarders, runners & spectators will fill Hunting Island State Park on Saturday, March 17th, for the 2018 Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon. The area’s only biathlon, a spectacle of sorts, has grown substantially over the past 10 years into one of the Southeast’s premiere Adventure Kayak/Run Biathlons. Athletes travel from other countries to participate in the field of nearly 200 participants.
The race starts at 11am when participants take to the water in kayaks and stand-up paddle boards in Fripp Inlet and race for 6 miles returning back to the launch site. Upon beaching their boats and boards, the running leg commences with runners racing a 4 mile trail course through the pristine maritime forests of Hunting Island State Park.
It’s called an Adventure Biathlon because each year unexpected challenges are introduced along the way. The challenges are normally announced just before the start of the race. For example, one year the runners had to complete the run with their paddle in hand. In other years, runners had to stop and do push-ups and sit-ups, crawl under mesh nets or hurdle over stumps.
Participants can paddle and run solo or form a team made up of tandem paddlers and runners, or form a relay team. Arrangements have been made for interested entrants who do not have a kayak to rent one from the Kayak Farm on St. Helena Island.
“The objective of this event is to have fun and raise money for our local charities,” says the Sea Island Rotary. “Our signature charities include: CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, and various Rotary service projects. The Adventure Biathlon is a lot of fun and, as a fundraiser, is second only to the club’s Annual Shrimp Race held during the Fall at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival. For the past several years we have been able to donate more than $50,000 annually toward charity.”
“This is a wonderful way to help charity and compete in a unique athletic event.”
The race organizer said the event attracts participants from all over the Southeast U.S. “The location of this event is spectacular and its uniqueness is a great draw. This is truly a one of a kind experience.”
For photos from a previous year’s event, visit here. For more information and to register for the March 17 event, visit this link….if you think you can handle it.