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History of Rybatlon

Rybatlon is a new competitive sport. It’s a mix of fishing and running in summer and fishing and skiing in winter. Rybatlon was founded in January of 2011 in Ryazan, Russia by Dmitry Belyaev, a famous journalist and showman. (Ryazan is a town in Russia with population over 520 000 people, located in 200 km South-East Moscow).

The first Rybatlon competition took place in Ryazan, Russia at the lake of Shumash on the 28th of May 2011. Since that time annually 5 or 6 national competitions are held in Ryazan. In 2013 other Russian regions (e.g. Udmurtia) started  organizing Rybatlon competitions as well.

First winter Rybatlon took place on January 28 2012 in the center of Ryazan on Rumin pond.


Summer Rybatlon

In Rybatlon competition a sportsman runs a distance and stops at fishing range to catch a fish of any kind and size.

Sprint is a Mass Start with a distance of three rounds 1,5 km each. The sportsmen start simultaneously from the fishing range with their rods reeled on. Each sportsman is free to choose either a rod or a spinning rod as his/her basic competition equipment.

The fishing range is equipped with three containers with different types of bate (worm, maggot, pearl barley or any other) depending on the type of the water reservoir (water body) and the preferences of the fish.

The sportsman that reaches the fishing range first picks up bate, selects a place at the fishing range, reels out his rod and starts fishing. Other competitors coming to the fishing range are free to select any vacant place for fishing.

Throughout the competition every competitor takes two fishing bouts. Each time a sportsman catches one fish of any type and size. After that a competitor is to raze his/her hand to let the range judge register the fact of catching the fish by making a flag cue and making an entry in the formulary. All caught fish is released back to the water. The competitor reels the rod on and starts for the next loop. In essence, each sportsman starts at the start line, runs one course loop, comes to the range and catches a fish, then runs another loop, fishes again and after the final third loop finishes with his rod (spinning rod) reeled on.

In a pursuit (if planned), starts are based on time intervals from the previous competition.

Winter Rybatlon

Unlike summer competitions, Winter Rybatlon is team sport. Each team includes two members – a Catcher (fisherman) and a  Runner (racing skier). Winter Rybatlon is Relay competitions, after completing their part, the members of one team exchange. In principle, throughout the competition a Catcher is to catch two fishes of any type and size and a Runner is to ski two loops 2 km each exchanging by tagging one another to start on their way. The switchover is made from the Catcher to the Runner and vice versa.

For the Relay the first members of the team – Catchers – start simultaneously and then exchange with the Runners. The team finishes when its Runner crosses the finish line.

The competition is held at the water reservoir, covered with thick ice.

The fishing range is pegged in the middle of the reservoir. It has one entry up to 10 meters long. The runners and attendance are not allowed to enter the fishing range.

Catchers start from the bank simultaneously with all their fishing tackle (rods reeled on), while runners wait for the exchange at the bank. The Catchers run to the fishing range, pick a place for fishing, drill a hole in the ice (no closer than 2m to the nearest hole) and start fishing. Every Catcher can drill any amount of holes till he/she is satisfied with the result. But switching holes is forbidden while the team Runner is on the distance or the target hole is occupied by another Catcher (in this case it should be marked by the sportsman’s fishing tackle).

Having caught the first fish, the Catcher is to make a signal (be razing hand) to the range judge and make sure the fact is registered in the formulary. After that the Catcher releases the fish back to the water, leaves his tackle at the hole in the ice and runs to the corridor to exchange with the Runner, who also skies to the exchange corridor after the judge’s sign off.

The Catcher tags his team’s Runner to start on his/her way and stays to wait for the Runner to complete the loop in the exchange corridor. After completing the loop the Runner tags the Catcher and the Catcher starts for his second fishing bout to the fishing range.

After catching his second fish the Catcher signals to the judge again, releases the fish, reels his/her rod on, takes the fishing tackle and runs to the corridor to tag the Runner. The Runner completes his second loop and finishes by crossing the finish line.

In case no fish is caught after 1,5 hours of fishing, the judge stops fishing and all the Catchers are to reel on their rods, take the tackle and run to the exchange corridor, where they tag their Runners. The Runners ski the final loop and finish by crossing the finish line.

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