The Atlatl, a predecessor of the bow and arrow, was used thousands of years ago by Anasazi hunters at Valley of Fire as both a big game hunting tool and weapon. To celebrate the atlatl, Valley of Fire State Park will be hosting the 23rd Annual World Atlatl Competition Weekend with three days of events.
March 14: Atlatl Demonstration Join members of the World Atlatl Association and park staff for a demonstration on how to properly use the ancient spear-throwing tool known as the atlatl. Participants are welcome to try throwing atlatls on their own.
WHEN: Friday, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
March 15: World Atlatl Championship
This competition attracts participants from across the globe. Registration for the competition begins at 8 a.m. Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in the women’s, men’s, and children’s divisions. Atlatls will be available for those who do not own an atlatl but still wish to participate in the competition.
WHEN: Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 16: Atlatl Endurance Challenge
Join competitors from around the world as they put their endurance and hunting skills to the test in the Atlatl Endurance Challenge. This event features a 5k, 10k, and a one-mile “fun run”. After completing the run/walk, competitors will throw atlatls at various targets to test their shooting skills while fatigued. Medals will be awarded to the top three competitors for each distance. Registration for the competition begins at 8 a.m. Participants should wear appropriate footwear for running/walking.
WHEN: Sunday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All events are free of cost; however, the per vehicle entrance fee is $10. Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. All events are open to the public. All events will be held at the Atlatl Rock picnic area located at 29450 Valley of Fire Road in Overton, NV 89040. Valley of Fire State Park is approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, Exit 75.
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