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The Final Summer Biathlon

Was held August 12, 2023

8 AM to 2 PM


Since 2023 will be the 18th and final Oil Creek Summer Biathlon, we hope to go out with a "bang" and make this one special. We are also joining together with the PA Biathlon Club in sponsoring a special series including 3 PA events: Altoona 6/17/23, Nescopeck 7/15/23, and Oil Creek to declare a PA State Champions . To be eligible for the PA State Champion, a competitor must compete in 2 of the 3 events.

Entries and more info can be found on .

Awards will be given in each age group and we will have a top shooter award.

Remember there is a limit of 100 on Oil Creek entries so send yours in soon. We hope all our faithful biathlon friends will join us for our last one!

Location: Oil Creek State Park Cross-Country Ski Area, Petroleum Center

Proceeds benefit "Friends of Oil Creek State Park".

Course: 6K Cross Country Run with 2 shooting stops!

Mandatory First Timers Safety Clinic at 8:30 AM - Race Starts at 10 AM

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 five parts.

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.

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

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

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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2023 was the final year for the Oil Creek Biathlon


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


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.

Safety clinic photo


John Sims 814-354-2802 or


Oil Creek State Park
305 State Park Road
Oil City, PA 16301


The Petroleum Center Bridge is Closed.

Directions to Cross Country Ski Area

From South: Take Route 8 North thru Oil City to Rouseville at the red light turn right on to Route 227. 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 to Rouseville Rt 227. Take Rt 227 to Plumer. Look for signs to Oil Creek State Park and take Petroleum Center Road on the left and continue to the Cross Country Ski Area.

Biathlon sign
Biathlon Start Banner

Biathlon finish line
Finish line

Biathlon range
Shooting Range