Kodiak Daily Mirror - Bearfoot in Park Saturday
Bearfoot in Park Saturday
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
Aug 03, 2012 | 44 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of Kodiak’s most unique athletic events takes place Saturday.

The 16th Annual Kodiak Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon begins 11 a.m. at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park.

The race is a grab bag of events from shooting to biking and swimming to kayaking.

“There is no event like it, that I know of, anywhere else in the world,” organizer Marcus Dunbar said.

The race begins with a 500-yard Lake Gertrude swim, transitions to a 9.5-mile bike ride to the VFW. There, competitors fire 10 shots — prone and standing — then bike back to Fort Abercrombie.

That is followed by a 1.9-mile kayak journey from the Ram site beach to buoy No. 1 and ends with a 2.5-mile run around the park.

“You don’t have to be a runner that has been doing some elite training to participate,” Dunbar said.

The quintathlon is split into team — five people — and solo efforts.

Team One-ders, comprised of various Kodiak High School graduates, has won the team title eight years running.

Jaymi Bethea is the defending women’s champion, while there was no male solo entry last year.

Registration for the race is $10 per person and begins at 10 a.m. in the overflow parking lot at Fort Abercrombie. Proceeds from the event go to the KHS cross country team.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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