You are probably wondering what a bowathalon is. You are not alone; Wikipedia isn’t sure, and Google doesn’t really know either. Both of those sources will try to point you to a biathalon, which is close.
“Bowathalon” is a term being used by the guys from Bowcast to describe an event at their upcoming Bowcast at the Bird 3D shoot. The bowathalon event is a timed competition in which archers will compete against one another, in real-time, on a course that includes several shots at 3D targets. The competition is part foot race, part obstacle course (it is being taken place in rugged mountain terrain), and part 3D shoot.
The Bowcast guys aren’t the only ones trying their hand at this type of event. My buddy Steve has teamed up with the Train to Hunt crew and put together a special competitive course for the upcoming Bogus Challenge 3D shoot. I’ll let the guys from Train to Hunt explain the course…
If you don’t see the video above, please watch it here.
To be honest, I am not sure what to think of this “sport” yet. I definitely think it sounds like fun! I am excited to see it take shape, and excited about what it could become, but I also have some reservations about the impact that it may have on the bowhunting world. I will probably write something soon about why I think it is good, and conversely, what reservations or cautions that I think we should consider, but for now I want to hear from you?
Do you think this sport will grow?
Do you think that the growth of this sport would be good for bowhunting?
Do you think it is a good test of realistic hunting ability?
Would you be interested in participating in such an event?
Let’s hear it! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.