Date(s) - May 14 2021 - May 16 2021
VaporWake K9 Academy
What is the U.S. Canine Biathlon?
Held at VWK9’s world-class 320-acre canine training facility in Anniston, Alabama, The U.S. Canine Biathlon® was founded by our Race Director – Paul Hammond (the Mad Brit) not only for those who love the challenge of obstacle racing but their canine companions. This 4+ mile event features more than 40+ purpose-built obstacles over varied terrain including forest, sand, and water.
The U.S. Canine Biathlon® is open to all types of Handler-Canine teams including Civilian pets, Search & Rescue, Military working dogs, or Police Dog teams. In addition, the race is open to challengers and thrill seekers of all ages and experience levels. Scores will be determined not only by course time but also criteria based on the age of both the runner and the canine partner. The U.S. Canine Biathlon® is also open to individual entries who wish to complete without a canine partner or those canine teams who wish to take on the course as a group.
Serious competitors and serious group competitors will race on Saturday, May 15, 2021 with an awards ceremony starting around 6:30 PM CST in the main pavilion area.
Biathlon Racing will continue on Sunday, May 16, 2021 for competitors and groups that want to take on the challenge but are in it for the fun of it. Sunday Funday will include all of the same amenities as the Saturday racing (vendors, food trucks, beer truck, children’s bouncy house), and each racer will be timed, but their times will not be considered for top prizes.
Schedule & Entertainment
Friday, May 14th – We’ll kick off biathlon weekend with an early packet pickup from 5:00 PM CST to 8:00 PM CST accompanied by music on the nearby stage.
Saturday, May 15th – On Saturday, May 15th, we’ll have packet pickup from 7:00 AM CST to 12:00 noon CST and will include a full day of competitive biathlon running. All day Saturday we’ll have the biathlon pavilion filled with vendor booths, live music, games, demonstrations, and multiple food vendors. Only Saturday runners and groups will be considered for biathlon prizes, which will be handed out at an awards ceremony starting around 6:30 PM CST on Saturday evening. Saturday night will be capped off with a live band on the main stage.
Sunday, May 16th – we’ll host another packet pickup, followed by a morning of biathlon running. Sunday Funday is perfect for those biathlon runners that are up for the challenge but do not want to be considered for top prizes