Kodiak Daily Mirror - Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon set for Saturday
Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon set for Saturday
by Derek Clarkston
Aug 07, 2014 | 24 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of Kodiak Island’s most unique endurance events takes places this Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park.

The 18th annual Kodiak Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon begins at 11:30 a.m., and is a fundraiser for Kodiak High School’s cross country team.

The event begins with a 500-yard Lake Gertrude swim, a 9.5-mile bike ride to the Veterans of Foreign War entrance. At the VFW, competitors compete in a biathlon — running and shooting — then bike back to Fort Abercrombie.

The bike ride is followed by a 1.9-mile kayak trip beginning and ending at the Ram site beach. The race finishes with a 2.5-mile run around the park.

“It is a very diverse set of talents that you have to have,” Kodiak cross country coach and event organizer Marcus Dunbar said. “Certainly, overall endurance plays a big part in the whole game … I don’t know of an event like it anywhere.”

The event was started by John Pruitt and eventually became a fundraiser for the cross country team.

Pruitt roped Dunbar into participating in the quintathlon when he first arrived to the island in 1997.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said.

Pruitt organized the event for a few more years before Dunbar took it over.

Brave souls can attack the five events as a soloist, while others can form a relay team of up to five people.

“At first there was only soloist and we added a relay division, because obviously we could add more people that way,” Dunbar said. “Not everybody is ready to take on the whole event solo.”

Dunbar also changed the time deducted from hitting targets in the shooting events — a minute for each target hit from the standing position and 30 seconds from each target hit from the prone position.

“Hit targets are worth more than they used to be because we found out that people were just missing them on purpose to get through it quicker,” Dunbar said.

Some years the race is decided by the shooting event.

Last year, Levi Fried, professional runner Trevor Dunbar and Luke Nymeyer took team honors with a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes, 22 seconds — 11 minutes ahead of the runner-up team.

Dakota Benton won the solo title in 2:01:57.

Registration for the race begins at 10:30 a.m. in the overflow parking lot at Fort Abercrombie.

Race fee is $50 per team and $10 for an individual.

Contact Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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