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NEWS | Aug. 25, 2008

Slots available for Randolph biathlon Saturday

By Thomas Warner Staff writer

The Randolph Biathlon currently has available slots open to those interested in competing in Saturday's event.

Organizers are hoping as many as 50 people will turn out for a two-person biathlon at Eberle Park. 

Sign-up is 6:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 7 a.m.

"The two-person format will allow one person to ride a bike on a 10-mile route and the other person will make a 5K run," said Rey Salinas, Rambler Fitness Center coordinator and point of contact for the biathlon. 

A 5K run is roughly 3.25 miles and, coupled with the bike ride, the event should last about two hours. Top finishers will earn trophies and everyone who participates will be given a T-shirt. 

"It's a way for people to get out and be active, but this specific event lets you do it with a wingman," Salinas said. "Events like this have a lot of walk-up, day-of-event signing up so we hope this is no different." 

Designated as one of Randolph Fitness Center's "special events" that happen throughout the year, the biathlon follows a marathon training run that had 33 participants and a bike ride earlier this month that brought 48 people out. 

"We plan around 36 of these special events each year and it gives us an average of three per month," Mr. Salinas said. "The entire route for the biathlon will be on-base and it's a way for people to do more intense training than they might do with their regular routines inside the fitness center." 

The center's next sponsored event is Sept. 11 at the "Freedom 5K Run." The short run, which drew in excess of 250 people last year, came into being at Randolph following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. 

The annual Air Force Marathon takes place Sept. 20 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

For information on Saturday's biathlon, call the Rambler Fitness Center at 652-2955.