The Ridge Ramble Biathlon, organized by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, is one of Tumbler Ridge?s longest-running annual events. This year it turns twenty on May 30th. All are welcome to come out and enjoy the celebrations, either as a participant, spectator or volunteer (please call Linda Helm at 242 3984 if you are able to help out).
The start and finish are near Skateboard Park. Kids 15 and under start at 9 a.m., and do a 4 kilometre cycle followed by a 2 kilometre run. Thanks to the support of District of Tumbler Ridge, roads will be barricaded for this event so as to ensure a safe race for the kids.
Adults start at 10 a.m., and follow a five kilometre loop: 2 laps of cycling, then one lap of running.
The courses are paved, smooth, flat and fast. Participants can do the whole event of can choose to enter as a two-person team in various categories. Registration opens on race day at 8-15 a.m., with nominal entry fees. Prizegiving (medals and ribbons) follows the end of each race, and there are refreshments for all participants and volunteers.
While there are some super-fit racers, the emphasis is on participation, as anyone or any team with reasonable fitness can complete the event. In 2008 there was a record field of fifty participants, and this year?s organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout for this twentieth-birthday milestone.