Runners take aim at unique Bloomsburg biathlon

4K event scheduled for May 17.

Duathlons and triathlons start gaining momentum around this time of year. Out in Bloomsburg, the Pennsylvania Biathlon Club is holding a running biathlon, that is, a 4-kilometer run with two shooting stops on May 17 at Whitetail Preserve, 118 Boulevard Road, Bloomsburg.

Biathlon is a popular winter event in Scandinavian countries and Northern Europe where competitors cross country ski along trails with shooting stops. This springtime take on biathlon requires running shoes, not cross country skis and boots.

Beginners are welcome for the event, but must take a safety clinic at 8 a.m. in order to compete. The race begins at 9:15 a.m. and draws the largest field of running biathletes on the East Coast. Entry fee is $20, but free for anyone under 19.

Entry forms are available at http://www.NEPARunner.com. For more information, contact Frank Gaval 570-788-4219 or email barb123@ptd.net.

Race for Adam: The 9th Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Cure, part of the Race for Adam campaign, will be held in the Lehigh Parkway 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Entry fee is $25 for runners (includes a tech T-shirt) and $20 for walkers (includes a cotton T-shirt). Registration is $30 day of event. Go online to http://www.RaceforAdam.org to register or for more details.

Velofest Sunday: Here's a reminder that the annual Spring VeloFest, the annual spring bargain sale of cycling, running and other fitness equipment at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, will take place 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

VeloFest had traditionally been a Saturday event, but has been switched to Sunday to allow for more national vendors, manufacturers and bike shops to participated.

To rent a space or to get tickets, call the VPCC office at 610-395-7000, extension 331.

Jacobsburg trail hikes: Lauren Forster, an environmental education specialist at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, is holding Tuesday Trails evening hikes 5:30-7 p.m. May 6 and 20.

The brisk hikes cover about 2-2.5 miles over uneven train, so hikers should bring sturdy boots or shoes and water. Starting and ending locations vary. Register to receive information on where they each Tuesday. To register, contact Lauren Forster at 610-746-2801 or LaForster@pa.gov.

Music on the Run: The William Allen Alumni Association is holding "Music on the Run," a 5-kilometer run and walk, and 1-mile fun run in the Lehigh Parkway on Saturday, May 24 to benefit the William Allen High School Chorale.

The chorale is an independently funded audition-based show choir that performs more than 50 times throughout the year. Students in the chorale typically raise $1,500 a year for uniforms, music license, travel expenses and an annual service trip.

The Music on the Run 5K will kick off with a 9 a.m. 1-mile walk followed by the 9:40 a.m. 5K from the Iron Bridge area of the parkway. Registration is $25 online at http://www.pretzelcitysports.com by May 17, and $30 after that. Allentown School students receive a $5 discount.

gary.blockus@mcall.com

Twitter @gblockus

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