Published Date Written by Barbara Tetreault
More than 200 athletes from all over the United States and Canada come as individuals and teams to the White Mountains each summer to experience this event, challenging their endurance amid some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northeast.
The Wildman Biathlon consists of a 10-K run in the picturesque town of Shelburne, a 22.3 mile bicycle trek through Gorham towards a 3-mile hill climb up the Polecat ski trail to the finish line at the summit of Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch.
The race begins with a shot of the race gun at 8 a.m. The winners usually cross the finish line about two hours and fifteen minutes later. Though many individual competitors complete the entire race, many others choose to combine their abilities as two-person and three-person teams.
The last minute entry fees for the 2013 Wildman Biathlon before August 10 are $65 for an individual, $130 for a two-person team, and $195 for a three-person team. Registrations received on race day August 10 are $80 for an individual, $160 for a two person team and $240 for a three person team. The entry fee includes a limited edition Wildman T-shirt (while supplies last), a ride down from the summit on the Wildcat Gondola, a support person Gondola ticket, and one meal ticket for the "après-race" meal. Additional meal tickets and Gondola tickets are available for purchase if needed.
Categories are available for most ages and team configurations. Overall and category winners receive commemorative awards, and numerous other prizes are awarded through random drawings.
The Wildman Biathlon is a fundraising event for the Coos County RSVP, a Tri-County Community Action Program sponsored program. RSVP matches individuals age 55 and older with volunteer opportunities at non-profit and public agencies in their communities. About 350 volunteers gave more than 54,000 hours of service at 58 sites throughout Coos County. Through a variety of service roles these volunteers are helping to meet community needs.
Major sponsors who make the Wildman possible include: Crooker Cycle Sports, Davis & Towle Insurance Group, Inc., Embroidery Designs by Suzanne, Gill's Flower Shop, Great Glen Trails, Munce's Superior, Inc., Mutual Of America, New England Employees Benefit Company Inc, Northeast Credit Union, Northway Bank, Porky Gulch, The Royalty Inn & Athletic Club, Subway, Tender Corps, Timberland Campground, Varsity Beverage/Pepsi, WPKQ and Wildcat Mountain.
Additional sponsors and contributors are: Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Appalachian Mountain Club, Attitash, Berlin IGA Foodliner, Birch Bend Moto Lodge, Brian Lang Home Remodeling & Construction, Conway & Coos Eye Care, Corrigan Screen Printing, Edward Jones-Rich Landry, Gallus & Green Realtors, Gorham Circle K, Gorham Family Dentistry, Gorham Moose Tours, Guardian Angel Credit Union, Güldie's, Hair By Dena, J's Corner Restaurant, Kelley's Auto Parts, Inc., La Botega ~ Saladino's, Middle Earth, Mount Washington Bed and Breakfast, Mt. Washington Cog Railway, North Woods Rafting, Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar, Peebles, Pete's Auto Body, Pizza Hut of Gorham, Pleasant Street Konvenience, Road I. D., Save A Lot, Settler's Green, Storyland, TeaBirds Café &Restaurant, Top Notch Inn, Town & Country Inn & Resort, Town of Gorham, Tremaine Opticians, Trican Capital Inc.,White Birches Camping Park, White Mtn. Café, and WMUR.
Several volunteers staff the crucial water and timing stations along the race route. Gorham Emergency Services, Gorham Police, Landscape Impressions, N.H. State Police, and volunteer "sweepers" from the Androscoggin Valley Amateur Radio Club help with traffic control and competitor safety.
Wildman Biathlon information and the Wildman registration form are available on line at www.tccap.org/wildman or call RSVP at 603-752-4103.