MN Cup #9 Elk River – Feb 25, 2018


Elk River Winter Biathlon

Sunday, Feburary 25th, 2018

Woodland Trails Park, Elk River, Minnesota – Directions

2018-02-25 Elk River Winter Biathlon Registration

Interval Start, 4 shooting stages
Men – 12km
Women – 9km

Registration opens 9:30 AM
Zero at 10:00 AM
Race starts at 11:00 AM

$10 per racer entry fee, checks payable to Minnesota Biathlon

Volunteers needed for race timing, range control, and setup/teardown. Contact Brian at or 651-366-2952

Sign-up online at or day-of in-person.

Race for free!

Immediately following the main race, we’ll be holding another novice race for attendees of the novice clinic the day prior. We need experienced athletes to lend their rifles and supervise the shooting points for this event and the novice clinic on Saturday.

Don’t worry, novices will not be skiing with your rifle – you’ll be keeping it at the shooting point and handing it to the racer when they arrive. All ammunition will be supplied by Minnesota Biathlon.

Any racer who helps out on Saturday and on the novice clinic Sunday will have their entry fees waived. Contact Brian Wray (details above if you’re able to help out)!

Details on the novice clinic are here:


Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic – February 24-25, 2018


Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic

February 24-25, 2018
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range, Elk River, Minnesota
20135 Elk Lake Rd NW, Elk River, MN 55330

Saturday: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Sunday: 12:00PM – 1:00PM, immediately after the race for experienced biathletes.
Come early to spectate!

Cost: $50 for the Saturday clinic, additional $10 for optional Sunday race

What you’ll do:

on Saturday

  • Rifle safety and basic operation.
  • Shooting practice from the prone position.
  • An untimed “race” with 4 shooting stages to apply your newly acquired shooting skills.
  • Attending on Saturday is mandatory for participants.

on Sunday

  • Another novice-only race, greater in length and difficulty than Saturday’s practice race.
  • This race will be timed and have published results.
  • The race will follow after the race for more experienced athletes. Come early to watch some top competitors!
  • Sunday’s events are only available to folks who attended Saturday’s clinic.

What to bring:

  • Personal ski gear. Skate equipment is strongly preferred.
  • Bring at least one pair of gloves (not mittens or “lobster” mitts) as biathlon rifles require finger dexterity. A few pairs are better!
  • Lunch and/or snacks for yourself.
  • Water.
  • A positive attitude!

This clinic is currently capped at 15 participants. Participants beyond that will be placed on a wait list and will be notified prior to the event if space has opened up.

If you have signed up but cannot attend, please notify Brian (contact info at the bottom of the form) so we can open your slot for another attendee.

Please note that there is no water, warming, or bathroom access at the shooting range. There is a toilet located at the parking lot, a few minutes of skiing or walking from the range area.

Questions? Contact Brian at or 651-366-2952.

Note: We have reached the 15-person registration cap but we are still accepting registrations for the wait list. Register online:

MN Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race at Mt.Itasca – Saturday, March 10, 2018

Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

MN Cup March 2018

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: G, YW, JW, SW, MW: 7.5km
B, YM, JM, SM, MM: 10km;
Registration: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Zero: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start: 10:45 AM Mass Start
Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Novice Race (recommended age: 13+) ~ Registration: 9:30 – 11:30am
~ No previous shooting experience necessary! ~ Instruction, Rifles, and Ammo provided.

~ Novice Race will follow the main race.
~ Safety Clinic prior to the race
~ Start approx. at 12-12:15PM
~ Race Format: Mass Start – 4.5k (3×1.5k), PP + penalty loop ~ Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Awards for Biathlon & Novice Race: after completion of both races. Questions? Call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046 or e-mail

2018 Springloppet – Sunday, March 11, 2018, Sugar Hills Ski Trails/ Itasca County

2018 Springloppet

Sunday, March 11, 2018, Sugar Hills Ski Trails/ Itasca County

2018 Springloppet

Springloppet: 24k Skate, 12k Skate, 12k Classic

Age groups for Springloppet: 18 years old and under, Men and Women 19-39,

Masters Men and Women 40+

Schedule: 10:00 AM Registration opens, bib pick-up
11:00 AM Start

Entry Fee: Springloppet $ 25.00, 18 years old and under $15.00

Registration: Race day at Sugar Hills.
Registration form and schedule available at
Please pre-register by sending the entry form to,

Directions: From South: 169 North 10miles – after Hill City left on 17 – then 2.5miles left on CR 449 up the hill 3miles – Sugar Hills on your left.

From North: 169 South from Grand Rapids 5miles right on 17 – after 2.5 miles left on CR 449 up the hill 3 miles – Sugar Hills on your left – watch for new parking lot!!!!.

Contacts: Vlad Cervenka – Race Coordinator, , phone: (218) 999-504

Brian Wray on 1500ESPN Radio talking about biathlon in Minnesota

Dennis Anderson of the Star Tribune and 1500ESPN radio called me Brian Wray about a short chat about biathlon in Minnesota. I agreed to go on his radio show this evening on 1500 AM at about 6:10pm as part of their weekly outdoor sports show, talking about the details of biathlon and biathlon in Minnesota.

Not sure how far out of the cities that station’s signal extends, but we’ll be on air! It looks like they also stream online:


Congrats to MN State Meet qualifiers

Good Morning Everyone!

Looking over the recent Section meet results, it looks like the MNBiathlon crew will be having a big reunion at State! Aside for a couple that were sick, and one recently injured in soccer, it looks like a pretty full crew.

Our congrats go out to:
Cheresa Bouley 3rd in section
Stormy Hegg
Kaisa Bosek
Emma Reinecke
Emma Stertz- 2nd in section
Clara Kramer
Maj Lis Helmer
Annika Viren
Elsa Viren

Garrett Beckrich 1st in section
Sam Stertz 3rd in section
Frank Gangi
Matej Cervenka

Also should note that Lochlan Baird—recent biathlete from Hibbing also made the cut.

My apologies if I missed anyone!
So good luck to all—and stay warm!!
Bill Meyer

Izhmash stock for sale

Newer Izhmash stock with custom features includes:
– Stock with anti-slip grip
– Hand stop
– Adjustable cheek plate
– Block for standing shooting
– Anschutz harness
– Adjustable butt plate
– Larsen spares holder
– Barnett rifle bag with clear window and foldable snow/rain cover

Mint condition. Price $400 + shipping
Vancouver/Whistler, BC or US shipping
For any questions, please contact Anna at
+1 604 446 8713


Kind regards,
Anna Parkhomenka