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Summer Biathlon

  • Mandatory First Timers Safety Clinic at 8:30 AM Race Starts at 10 AM
  • Sponsored by: Friends of Oil Creek State Park, Range Resources and PA Biathlon Club
  • Location: Oil Creek State Park Cross-Country Ski Area, Petroleum Center
  • Proceeds benefit "Friends of Oil Creek State Park". The volunteer group that supports the park's activities.
  • Course: 6K Cross Country Run with 2 shooting stops!

First timers welcome. All equipment provided

Open to all athletes age 12 and over who complete the mandatory pre-race safety clinic.

What is a Summer Biathlon and how does it work?

The 6K running race is divided into three parts.

First: The timing starts with waves of two runners leaving every minute and running an approximately 1.2 mile loop. As you approach the shooting range at the end of the first running loop, you will run into the range, catch your breath lie down in the prone position and pick up an easy to use .22 caliber target rifle. You shoot 5 shots at a 4.5-inch metal knock down target 33 meters away. For each missed target you are required to run a 70-meter penalty loop after the shooting stop.

Second: After this first shooting stop, you run out of the range and run the same 1.2-mile loop again.

Third:The second time at the range you will shoot 5 shots at the same target from the standing position and run the 70-meter penalty loop for each missed target.

Fourth: Once you’ve completed the standing position, you run out of the range and run the 1.2-mile loop a final time ending at the finish line. Remember every second counts!

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7:00-8:00 AMCheck-in for first-time participants
7:00-9:00 AMCheck-in for experienced participants
8:30-9:30 AMZero for personal rifles
8:30 - 9:30 AMFamiliarization Safety Clinic (mandatory for first time participants)
10:00 AMRace begins
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SAFETY CLINIC: Safety clinic photo

All first-time participants are required to attend the pre-race biathlon familiarization / safety clinic. You will learn the rules of the sport; correct shooting positions, safety procedures, and race strategy. The clinic will start promptly at 8:30 AM on race day.

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Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall men and women. There will also be age group awards in each of the following age categories: 12-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.


The field size will be limited to the first 100 registrants. Entries received after the limit has been reached will be returned promptly. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 80 registrants. A registration fee of $25.00 is required for entry. Make check payable to: John Sims (in memo line write: “Oil Creek State Park Biathlon”)

Download the Registration Form

Print the registration form and mail to:
John Sims, 259 Aaron Road, Venus, PA 16364

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John Sims 814-354-2802 or email:

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Oil Creek State Park, 305 State Park Road, Oil City, PA 16301, 814/676-5915


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From South: Take Route 8 North thru Oil City to Rouseville at the red light turn right on to Route 227 East. Proceed on Route 227 East for approx. 2.8 miles to the Village of Plumer. Turn left at a sign marked “Oil Creek State Park” onto Petroleum Center Road and continue to the Cross-Country Ski Area, which is on the right.

From North: Take Route 8 South thru Titusville. Five mile below Titusville turn left at the “Oil Creek State Park” sign (Tune Town concert ground). Take this road 4 miles to Petroleum Centre. At stop sign turn left onto SR1004 to Plumer, cross old metal bridge, go past park office and proceed to the top of the hill, approx. 1.2 miles. Cross-Country Ski Area is on left.

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Quality Inn & Conference Center1411 Liberty St, Franklin, PA 814
Super 8 MotelRt. 8 Franklin, PA814
Days Inn1 Seneca St., Oil City, PA 814
Comfort Inn511 W. Central Ave., Titusville, PA814
Caboose MotelPerry Street, Titusville, PA 800
Holiday Inn Express225 Sinch Dr.,Route 257, Cranberry, PA 814


Oil Creek State Park, Tenting and Adirondack type shelters (walk in only) 814/676-5915

Oil Creek Camp Ground, 340 Shreve Rd., Titusville, PA 814/827-1023

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The Summer Biathlon is the Friends of Oil Creek State Park's largest fund raiser. All procedes from this event are used in the park to improve trails and provide resources for other projects.

You can help in the following ways:

1. Participate in the race. Your entry fee, after expenses goes to support the park. This is a unique event combining the skills of running and shooting a .22 rifle. it is the only one held in a PA State Park.

2. Volunteer to help at the event. There are many jobs that you can do. Be a Biathlon Helper

If you want to know something about the different positions, click the button below.

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If you can help out for the day, please contact Peg Sims 814-354-2802 or email:

Or send an email to

Additional photo are available Here

Biathlon sign Shooting prone photo Runner getting rifle photo

Runners can either use their own rifle or those provided by PA Biathlon Club.

Rifle range photo

OCSP is the only state park to have a shooting range.

Shooting standing photo

Combination of two shooting positions.

Biathlon award photo

Awards are presented

Biathlon crowd photo

Group gathering before race.

Photo of Jim Benson

In memory Jim Benson.

Biathlon rifle range

Race involves both shooting while standing and prone.

Membership and Support

We welcome new members and volunteers. There are many ways you can help.

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