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 demonstations 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 profliforation 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!
Get off the Wrightsville Exit of Route 30. Head South once you exit Route 30 until you get to a stop light. Turn left onto 462, heading East through Wrightsville. In Wrightsville follow the main street(462) to 624 South. 462 branches right in a 'Y' right before you cross the Susquehanna River. You want to bear LEFT (more straight than left), don't cross the Wrightsville-Columbia Bridge. In a hundred yards take a RIGHT at the T. Follow this road for 5.2 miles to Shank's Mare.
2092 Long Level Road, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania 17368 717-252-1616
From Route 30 take the Wrightsville Exit and go South off exit ramp. Turn left at first traffic light, Rt. 462. Turn left onto 462, heading East through Wrightsville. In Wrightsville follow the main street(462) to 624 South. 462 branches right in a 'Y' right before you cross the Susquehanna River. You want to bear LEFT (more straight than left), don't cross the Wrightsville-Columbia Bridge. In a hundred yards take a LEFT at the stop sign at the T at Front St. The John Wright is on your right after less than a half mile. We are at the parking lot AFTER or North of John Wright Restaurant.
234 North Front Street, Wrightsville, PA 17368-1374
From Route 30 take the Wrightsville exit and go NORTH off the ramp onto Cool Springs Rd. After a 1/2 mile turn LEFT onto Dark Hollow Rd as it winds through hills. On the top of the hill the road will appear to bear left, but continue going straight on Dark Hollow Rd. At the bottom of the hill, turn RIGHT onto State Rd 1037/Accomac Rd. Accomac Rd becomes River Dr at the waterfront. Turn LEFT to get to the launch area. If you get to the Accomac Inn you have gone too far.