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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 18, 2019 with an awards ceremony starting around 6:30 PM CST in the main pavilion area.

Biathlon Racing will continue on Sunday, May 19, 2019 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.

RUN. RACE. HAVE FUN.
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EVENT INFORMATION

Learn more about everything going on at this year’s U.S. Canine Biathlon.

Special thanks to all our sponsors for helping us put on a world-class event!

Schedule & Entertainment

Friday, May 17th – 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 18th – On Saturday, May 18th, 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 19th – 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.

Overnight Tent & RV Camping

Bring your RV camper or tent and plan to stay on-site. This will be “dry-camping” style camping with access to porta showers and porta potties. To register for a spot in our campsite, please email: phammond@vwk9.org or purchase a spot from the store within RunSignUp.

Food & Vendors

Each Biathlon runner will receive 1 meal ticket in their race packets to be redeemed at one of our on-site food vendors. Extra meals are available for purchase from on-site food vendors.

Family

If you have not heard, this Biathlon is about your canine and you bonding, we love our canine friends more than humans. If this is your first Biathlon, be prepare to be challenged, meet great canine people and have a lot of fun. Welcome to the Biathlon Family.

Hiking Trails

Want an additional challenge? We’re opening up a few hiking trails nearby for our biathloners to warm up their legs before or after taking on our course.

Photography

We’ve secured full event photography to enable us to capture in the moment photography throughout our course and in the pavilion area. We know these photos are very important to you and we want to make sure we capture your moments with your canines and team partners.

Biathlon Bag Check

We’ve heard your wishes for a bag check, and will implement a bag check this year. Stay tuned for more details on this later on.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE U.S. CANINE BIATHLON

  • 4 + miles

  • 15+ water obstacles

  • 15+ purpose built obstacles

  • Age Handicap Bonus System

  • Compete together or compete alone

  • Live concert on Saturday night

  • Food and drinks available (who doesn’t love BBQ?)

  • T-shirt and medallion for every participant

  • Music entertainment on Friday night

  • Professional photography

  • Dedicated (very scenic) Hiking Trails for those wishing to walk their canines the day prior or after race day.

  • RV/Camping Access

  • Vendor Booths (canine related)

U.S. CANINE BIATHLON REVIEWS

We love hearing from our biathloners! Below are a few reviews from past events!

“EPIC – Insane course with brilliant set up & management”

“Epic, insane course with brilliant set up and management, amazing staff, fantastic K9s and the most fun I’ve had in years! I did this while still on chemo, recovering from cancer and if I can do it – anyone can!! Paul is brilliant (and a bit mad but he’s English so that’s normal) and he and his team organized this event with military precision. Bring it on!!!” – Helen and Lads

Hands down the best thing I’ve ever done with my dog. (And she’s played lots of sports!) The sense of partnership and adventure is incredible!
Plus these folks run a GREAT event! Don’t miss it.

Christine

What an amazing experience. The staff was very helpful and answered all my questions up to the race. Race day was something out of this world. The vendors, the music, and food were amazing. Staff encouraged you and your pup the entire race. My first biathlon, and even though I am exhausted, I am already looking forward to next year!

Melissa

This was my second Biathlon! The course was harder than last year but so much more fun! The staff/volunteers are great. Can’t wait to come back for round three next year!

Kaylan

This was my first time here. Five minutes in (and already soaked and dirty), Lloyd looked up at me with a big happy smile and we proceeded to conquer every obstacle in our path. It is incredible to see the trust and confidence in a dog just blossom on this course. We had so much fun and we are so excited to see what’s in store for next year (more woods?) Thank you, Paul, for a great event, thank you AMK9 and all the sponsors, thank you Helen (Muddy Paws) for being such an inspiration, and thank you to my own group who we traveled with for your support and laughs!

Kelsey

This event was fantastic! The course was amazing and the staff was superb! The bonding I shared with my dog during this race was priceless! I will definitely be back with friends! Thank you to the photographers. The pictures make the event comprehendible to other people interested in running an event with their dog. I understand how difficult it is for you to capture everyone and even to get a clear good shot when you are right there. I appreciate your efforts even though everyone will not be happy. Would love to see AM K9 demonstrations in the future, and would love to have this event twice a year! Thank you for such an incredible weekend!

Brenda