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: https://live.1500espn.com/listen/

-Brian

MN Cup #9 Elk River – RESCHEDULED For SATURDAY, March 3rd – RESULTS

Elk River Winter Biathlon

NEW DATE – Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

(Previously Sunday, February 25th, 2018)

Woodland Trails Park, Elk River, Minnesota – Directions

Elk River Spring Race – 2018-03-03 – By Event
9.0km (5×1.8km)
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Gangi, Frank Jr YM 1:40 48:16 46:36 +0:00 0 1 3 2 6
2 / 1 Gangi, Frank Sr MM 1:20 48:26 47:06 +0:30 3 2 2 2 9
3 / 1 Jones, Justin N 5:40 54:59 49:19 +2:43 1 1 0 0 2
4 / 2 Cervenka, Matej YM 2:00 51:59 49:59 +3:23 0 3 3 2 8
5 / 2 Del Toro, Joey N 5:20 56:05 50:45 +4:09 3 1 0 0 4
6 / 3 Tessier, Violet N 4:20 1:01:20 57:00 +10:24 1 0 3 0 4
7 / 1 Bosek, Kaisa YW 1:00 59:13 58:13 +11:37 1 1 2 0 4
8 / 4 Ewing, Grace N 5:00 1:09:04 1:04:04 +17:28 1 1 0 4 6
6.6km (2×1.8km, 3x1km)
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Bosek, Ryker B 2:20 47:32 45:12 +0:00 4 2 0 0 6
5.0km (5x1km)
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Beyer, Tom N 2:40 21:51 19:11 +0:00 0 0 2 0 2
2 / 2 Petroff, Ricky N 3:00 22:29 19:29 +0:18 0 0 0 0 0
3 / 3 Christensen, Noah N 3:20 28:20 25:00 +5:49 1 2 0 0 3
4 / 4 Swanson, James N 6:20 33:22 27:02 +7:51 1 0 2 0 3
5 / 5 Thoen, Josh N 6:40 34:15 27:35 +8:24 0 2 0 2 4
6 / 6 Christensen, Eli N 3:40 35:37 31:57 +12:46 1 1 1 1 4
7 / 7 Casey, Aaron N 4:00 36:43 32:43 +13:32 1 1 0 0 2
7 / 7 Saxton, Tim N 4:40 37:23 32:43 +13:32 0 0 0 0 0
9 / 9 Ambrose, Will N 6:00 40:22 34:22 +15:11 4 1 2 2 9
Note: All novice racers (N) shot from the prone position on standing targets.

2018-02-25 Elk River Winter Biathlon Registration

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

Registration opens 12:00 PM
Zero at 12:30 PM
Race starts at 1:30 PM

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

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

Sign-up online at  https://goo.gl/forms/bvFHrhBwW6fS0N352  or day-of in-person.

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 brian@minnesotabiathlon.com 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: https://goo.gl/forms/xKGb69OsEn6ryYRC2

MN Cup #8 – Nisswa – Sunday Jan 21st, 2018 – RESULTS

NISSWA MNCUP #8—Sunday JAN 21st, 2018

Photos from Lynda Bouley: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9lQSPRaNWtSqunkt2

BIATHLON Results- PURSUIT Format MN Cup #8   Jan 21st, 2018
NAME START P P S S T FIN TIME RACE TIME CLASS PLACE OVERALL PLACE CLASS
Garrett Bechrich 00:10.0 3 1 2 2 8 35:27.0 35:17.0 1 1 YM 10 km
Cam Christiansen 00:00.0 1 1 2 0 4 37:11.0 37:11.0 1 2 JM 10 km
Josh Duda 00:20.0 4 3 2 2 11 55:20.0 55:00.0 1 3 SM 10 Km
Stormy Hegg 01:10.0 2 1 2 0 5 30:21.0 29:11.0 1 1 YW 7 km
Kaisa Bosek 00:50.0 0 2 1 1 4 30:31.0 29:41.0 2 2 YW 7 km
Halcyon Brown 00:40.0 1 0 1 1 3 31:41.0 31:01.0 1 3 JW 7 km
Cheresa Bouley 01:00.0 1 1 2 2 6 33:55.0 32:55.0 3 4 YW 7 km
Emma Watson 01:20.0 0 0 0 1 1 35:23.0 34:03.0 4 5 YW 7 km
Lucy Watson 01:30.0 2 2 4 2 10 31:29.0 29:59.0 1 JG 5 km
Ryker Bosek 01:40.0 na na na na 25:40.0 24:00.0 1 JB 5km**
** Did not shoot 45 sec x 4 hold in range

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 21st, 2018
TIME: Zero at 10:00 am, races begin when all are zeroed—10:45- 11:00
WHERE: Nisswa range. Lower Roy Lake Rd, Nisswa. Next to the Nisswa Wastewater Treatment Plant/Nisswa Maintenance Facility. Note: there are no bathroom facilities available at the range. Park on road and ski down to the range.
WHAT: Two races are planned, both Pursuit Format with 10 sec interval starts based on estimated ski speeds. Depending on numbers, we will likely combine the two and run continuous.

First race:
> MM, SM, JM, YM, MW, SW, JW …10 km… 5 x Blue loop
> YW…7 km.. 2 x Blue + 3 x Yellow…..All carry rifles
> Note: Youth classes are normally AGES 16,17,18

Second race immediately after completion of first race:
> Senior B/G …7 km …2 x Blue + 3 x Yellow
> Younger B/G ..5 km..1 x Blue + 2 x Yellow + 2 x Green
> Note: Senior B/G will not carry and can include athletes 16 yrs old or younger. They will shoot at normal targets.
> Younger B/G will not carry and are athletes 14 yrs old or younger

WHO: Any athlete who has been taught biathlon safety and who has shot on their home range is eligible to participate. All will zero at 10:00 am. All participants will use their own slings/cuffs unless they provide a rest for the rifle. Target size/shooting position for Younger B/G will be adjusted according to their ability.

WEATHER: Current conditions are good at the range. We received 3” new snow yesterday on top of 3” earlier last week. We will groom on Wed and I will update after that. Prior to the last 3” snowfall we had good coverage. I expect to be able to recommend good skis.

SIGNUP AND LUNCH: Please let Bill Meyer know by Wed eve if you plan to attend so I can adjust the schedule if need be. A lunch will be provided at Meyer’s after the races. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN US FOR LUNCH.

Notice: Changes to race schedule for MNCup #7 at Snowflake

Hi Everyone,

Today I have been in touch with the Duluth organizers and lastly with John Gould. Based on the forecasts with overnight temps below zero and highs in the single digits in the pm on Sunday, we will revise the race schedule Sunday as follows:

noon to 1:00 –Registration at the Chalet—[can change there, but must remove all gear by 1:00—reserved by the Youth Ski League in pm]

Zero at 1:00
Race at 2:00

We will continue to watch the weather, but provided the forecast doesn’t change, we will proceed. In any case we will use the afternoon schedule.

Any questions, please get in touch. If you have not already done so, please let me know if you are coming.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Snowflake Biathlon Race Minnesota Cup #7 – Sun, Jan 14, 2018 – RESULTS

Snowflake Biathlon Race

Minnesota Cup #7

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Area

MN Cup #7 — January 14, 2018 — Snowflake Nordic, Duluth
9.5K Mass Start
Place Name Category Time P P S S Total Notes
1 Cam Christensen SM 38:49 0 0 1 1 2 Target malfunction caused unnecessary penalty loops. Adjustment applied: -1:15
2 Hanne Guthrie SW 46:20 3 1 1 2 7
3 Halcyon Brown JW 52:04 1 0 1 2 4
4 Kaisa Bosek G 54:40 0 3 2 0 5
5 Emma Watson YW 57:51 0 2 1 0 3
7.5km Mass Start
1 Mia Zutter JW-VI 44:43 5 5 5 5 20 Audio target malfunction, skied all penalty loops
2 Lucy Watson G 50:20 2 3 2 4 11
Clara Kramer G DNF
Ryker Bosek B DNF

Snowflake Biathlon Race 2018 Registration

Date: Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Location: Snowflake Nordic, 4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth (one mile north of the intersection of the Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads)

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: B, G, YW, MW:       7.5 km;
              YM, JW:                9 km;
              JM, SM, SW, MM: 10.5 km

Registration: Noon to 1:00PM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Zero:           1:00 PM to 1:45 PM

Race Start:   2:00 PM, Mass Start

Cost:           $15 (cash or check payable to John Gould)

There will not be a Novice Race this year.

Questions?   Call John Gould at 218-269-2854

                  or e-mail: jgould1952@yahoo.com