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.
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