Summer 2015 Schedule

Month Date Day Location Description Zero Start
May 15 Friday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
16 Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
17 Sunday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
16 Coaching Biathlon for Parents – evening – Bill Meyer
June 15 – 26 Monday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
Saturday Mt. Itasca Mass Start – Running 10 AM 10:40 AM
       July 10 – 24 – High Altitude Camp – Colorado – Vlad Cervenka
July 30 Thursday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
     August 9 – August 16 – Jericho VT Camp (Races ?? and ??)
August 27 Thursday Elk River Mass Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
September 20 Sunday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM
MN Biathlon Fall Festival
October 25 Sunday Elk River Pursuit Format – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM
Novice Race – Roller Ski 1:45 PM
TBD – Another experienced race might be added.

2015 Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN

Hello Everyone,

Here is the information for our Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is great jump start to the season and perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or  fitting rifle for a new athletes.

In June there will be another 12 day long camp 6.15-6.26  at Mt. Itasca with more  focus on shooting + distance/ technique training.

A few details below:


1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, who wants to try Biathlon. Athletes  will go through a basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a  start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure

2) experienced athletes- check position- make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.

Basic Schedule:

-Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6pm- having eaten dinner.   ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)

6:30-8:30 Rifle fitting, dry fire


Training all day with breaks for lunch and dinner.   Main focus will be on shooting, though there will be time for physical training ( rollerski technique and running).


More shooting drills and shooting games.

Training will wrap up approx 12:30pm with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food-  $90, please make checks payable to Mt Itasca Winter Sports Association ( MINSA) .  Bring checks with you, along with the attached registration form.   Note that USBA membership is required.

May Shooting Camp 2015 Waiver and Registration

-Ammo will be provided for rookie athletes.  All experienced biathletes need to bring their own ammo.   Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

-For Twin Cities  athletes, Please confirm you attendance with Piotr Bednarski    All others confirm with Bill Meyer or Vladimir Cervenka

What to bring:

You will be “camping” at Mt Itasca, sleeping in the Headquarters building or in your own tent (or you can stay in hotel on your own).  There are bathrooms and kitchen in the Alpine Chalet.   You’ll eat breakfast and lunches at Mt Itasca and have dinners out.  Bring $ for dinners- breakfast and lunch food will be provided.

You will need a camping mat/air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow  for sleeping.  You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, as well as skate rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear.  Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.   Bug spray may be a good idea as well.

New athletes who needs a rifle contact Bill Meyer at  or Vlad at

Athletes from Twin Cities- contact Piotr at


from downtown Grand Rapids, take Hwy 169 North, traveling east out of Grand Rapids to Coleraine, about 6 miles. When entering Coleraine, turn left at Curly Ave

– follow the Ole N. Mangseth Ski Jump signs. Go past the arena, left on Cty Rd 61 for ½ mile. Turn left into the Mt. Itasca driveway – stay left at the Y.

Please let me know if you have any question

Vlad Cervenka

Rifle Collection Time!

It is that time of year again when we need to collect all MNBiathlon rifles. Your lease period is now over. If you have had a lease this past year you should be looking at purchasing a rifle of your own. The MN basic plan is to lease the rifles out for one year to Senior Boy/Girl/Youth [15,16,17, & 18]  and Junior [19,20] age biathletes. In some cases we have gone multiple years, but that will depend on the number of new athletes, your dedication and success in biathlon this past year, and your age and the availability.

 There will be a shooting oriented weekend camp on May 16th and 17th at Mt Itasca. If you are attending that, you should bring any leased rifle to that camp. If you are not planning on attending you have 3 options:

  1.  turn it in to Piotr in the cities
  2.  to Bill in Nisswa
  3.  to Vlad in Grand Rapids

 If you have a MNBiathlon rifle—please email Bill Meyer and indicate your plan on returning the rifle. [camp or 1,2,or 3]

Hope to see you at the camp.
Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race at Mt.Itasca – Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS) Distance: G, YW, JW, SW, MW: 7.5km


B, YM, JM, SM, MM: 10km; Registration: 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

Zero: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Race Start: 12:00 PM Mass Start
Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Novice Race (recommended age: 13+) ~ Registration: noon – 12:45pm

~ 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 1-1:15pm
~ Race Format: Mass Start – 4.5k (3×1.5k), PP + penalty loop
~ Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)
Volunteers (US IBU Cup Biathlon Races in Dec. 2014) are welcome to try out biathlon rifle at zero/safety clinic–approx. at noon.
Awards for Biathlon & Novice Race: after completion of both races. Questions? Call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046 or e-mail