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Fort DeRussy Biathlon 2008

reviews Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 mens start
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 mens start. Photo by Asti Tomsic.

By Louis Tomsic

The Fort DeRussy Biathlon was held on March 8, 2008 at 7A. The day was sunny and beautiful. Packets were picked up from the Point gym at the Hale Koa hotel the day before. If you are doing the team event, be careful to check that the volunteers give you 2 packets with 2 shirts. Sign up early for this event because it fills fast and was the largest the race has been in its 10 year history.

reviews Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 females start
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 females start. Photo by Asti Tomsic.

The light green t-shirts were beautiful this year with a big flower in the lower right. The refreshments after the race included several fruits, baegels, jamba juice, other drinks and popsicles.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 refreshments for Louis Tomsic
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 refreshments. Photo by Asti Tomsic.

This years competition was close between Ashley Dustow, Chad Seymore and his brother.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 Ashley Dustow and Chad Seymore
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 Chad Seymore and Ashley Dustow. Photo by Asti Tomsic.

The biathlons have a short course and a long course to do. The short course is half the distance of the long course. the long course runs 5K first by doing 2 loops around Fort Derussy Park. The run to swim transition is in front of Hale Koa Hotel.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 swim transition Asti Tomsic
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 swim transition. Photo by Louis Tomsic.

The long course swims a 1000m course around several bueys finishing about 5o meters up the beach Diamond Head side. The swimmers have a bit of disoriention till they race the final 30 meters to the finish on the sand. Kelly Hupp who is the race director does and excellent job to ensure the swimmers know where to go to the finish. A lot of spectators line the shore watching all the competitors.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 swim finish
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 swim finish. Photo by Louis Tomsic.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 swim finish for Asti Tomsic
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 Asti Tomsic swim finish. Photo by Louis Tomsic.

Once the adults finished thier biathlon, the different heats for the kids biathlon began and finished on a shorter race course. If you live in Hawaii or visiting, The Fort DeRussy Biathlon is a quality race to do in the Waikiki area with your family.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 kids start.
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 kids start . Photo by Asti Tomsic.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 kids start.
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 older kids start . Photo by Asti Tomsic.

Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 kids finish.
Fort Derussy Biathlon 2008 kids finish . Photo by Asti Tomsic.

Last Updated: March 8, 2008