Rifles for MN Biathlon

Hi Everyone,
Hope the late spring has been fun for you all!! I believe they are still skiing at Mt Itasca! The past few days of sunshine and 60’s do feel good, however!

Minnesota Biathlon has been working with youth athletes for many years. As most of you are aware, our program consists of local training, statewide camps, nationwide camps and competitions at all levels, statewide, regional, national and international. We put 5 of our biathletes onto the US Youth and Junior Worlds Team for the World Championships in Estonia this past year out of 15 from across the country! Currently we have programs with rifle ranges in Alexandria, Duluth, Elk River, Mt Itasca in Coleraine and here in Nisswa. Our first camp of this training year is coming up in the middle of May at Mt Itasca.

A few years back MN Biathlon was actively acquiring used biathlon rifles for use by the junior level athletes aged from 14 to 21. These are leased out annually at a nominal cost and the proceeds are used to maintain and upgrade the rifles. The acquisition program has not been productive in the past few years, and with our current growth, we need more rifles. We are limited now in how many younger athletes we can invite to camps or training due to the number of rifles available.

Basically we are looking for Anschutz Bolt actions or Fortner actions or the Russian Izmach rifles. Most of our current need is for right handed versions, but we also could use one more left handed Fortner.

If anyone has a rifle that is not being used, and would like to donate it to the organization, it could be considered as a tax writeoff on your taxes as we are a 501c3 Nonprofit corporation. If you wish to sell the rifle, we can consider a couple of possibilities: a] find a buyer for you from amongst our active members or b] consider a direct purchase at a reasonable price with consideration for the state of our finances.

In any case, if you have a biathlon rifle you are no longer in need of, please contact me, Bill Meyer, wmeyer@nisswa.net with a description of the firearm and your thoughts on passing it on.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon May Camp

Hello Everyone,

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

A few details below:
Dates: May 18-20 2018


1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, under 25, who want 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.


Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6 pm – having eaten dinner. ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)
6:30-8:30pm 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 and running).

More shooting drills and shooting games.
Training will wrap up approx 11:30 am with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food-  $90, please make checks payable to Vlad Cervenka.  Bring checks or cash with you, along with the attached registration form.   Note that the USBA membership is required.

– New athletes will be able to purchase an ammunition for $40.00/ 500 rounds ( check or cash  made to Vlad Cervenka)  All experienced athletes need to bring their own ammo.   Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

All athletes please confirm  that you coming with Bill Meyer wmeyer@nisswa.net or Vladimir Cervenka cervenkv@gmail.com.

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.

New athletes contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net  or Vlad at cervenkv@gmail.com if this camp is suitable for you. Everyone, please let us know if you plan to attend!!

In June there will be another  camp 6.13 – 6.17  at Mt. Itasca with more  focus on  biathlon training.[ Also a longer camp for the older more experienced biathletes.]

For more info contact

Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323
Bill Meyer : 218 839 4727

ER Clinic and Race photos – from Brian Wray – Saturday, March 3, 2018

Higher resolution images here: https://photo.wrocket.org/2018/elk_river_novice_clinic_part_ii_and_race/

MN Biathlon Summer/Fall Schedule – 2018/2019 Training



New Training year begins April 16th, 2018

May Camp 5.19-20 Mt Itasca- Introduction to biathlon, fitting rifles, and shooting focus

June Camp 6.13-23 Mt Itasca- Shooting camp. First week for all, second for 2nd yr + athletes

July Biathlon Race- 7.19 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis –Thurs eve

Vermont Training Camp 8.5-12. Plus travel days. High level training at Jericho, VT

August Biathlon Race- 8.23 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis- Thurs eve

Sept Biathlon Race- 9.23 Elk River- Biathlon on roller skis- Sunday morning

Oct Camp-10.18-21 Mt Itasca- Intensity focus-Sunday moves to Elk River

Oct Biathlon Race- 10.21 Elk River—Biathlon on roller skis- Sunday morning

Please note the above schedule is subject to changes. Normally about 2 weeks ahead of the event an “Invitation” will be sent out by email. Please respond to those so the organizers can plan for the appropriate number of participants.

The Camps are designed for younger athletes—generally age 13-25. Those older are invited to all the races, and to participate in the camps as coaches or coach/parents.

2nd Novice Clinic and Rescheduled MNCup #9 – 3rd of March, 2018

Hi Everyone–
Unfortunately we had to reschedule the race planned for today due to a lot of snow over the past couple of days, anticipated poor driving conditions [they were]  and a low number of experienced participants interested in racing.
Accordingly, a decision was made yesterday to do the race immediately after the novice clinic next weekend. That Novice clinic is only open to those contacted by Brian Wray as the second tier of those who signed up a few weeks ago.
We again need volunteers to come for the novice clinic with their rifles and help pass on that knowledge to the newcomers. The first group, yesterday, had a great time as did the volunteers helping!!
This coming Saturday we are going to revise the program a little. Instead of a small practice race, novices will be doing the full timed course with 4 shootings, starting in the lineup immediately after the experienced racers. Novices will not carry, but be directed to a shooting point with a rifle as they come into the range, shooting prone on standing. Experienced athletes will carry their own rifles.
An alternate course will be provided for those uncomfortable with the longer distances. Those athletes will start after the first leg of shooting.
The schedule: Saturday the 3rd
10:00 am arrive to help set up the range
11:00 Novice clinic begins
12:30 zero for experienced athletes—and a few shots for returning novices from yesterday
1:30 or when zero is done…race begins.
Please let me know if you plan to attend by Wed evening!!
For others with interest, there will be another novice event at Mt Itasca on Saturday, the 10th of March in conjunction with MNCup #10
Bill Meyer, Coach
Nisswa NW Biathlon

Y & Jr World Championships



Hi Everyone,

The YJr World Championships have started in Estonia as of this am. The above top webpage has a view of the facility. On the biathlon page you can scroll down under calendar and see the schedule and results.

Today the Youth [ages 15-18] raced in the Individual format [1 min time penalties] . Tomorrow is the Junior relays [ages 19, 20] Different schedule this year with the relays early in the lineup due apparently to some rescheduling..

In the Youth Womens 10km Individual:
1st Elvira Oeberg Sweden 1 miss 35:35
60th Emma Stertz Grand Rapids MN 2 misses 6:01 behind
74th Helen Wilson, Anchorage AK, 5 misses 8:00 behind
83rd Lexie Madigan, California, 9 misses 10:45 behind
84th Grace Gilliland, Anchorage, 9 misses 11:26 back

In the Youth Men’s 12.5 km Individual
1st Mikhail Pervushin, Russia, 1 miss 37:41
27th Vasek Cervenka 6 misses 4:25 behind [note he had 5 more minutes of penalty added]
48th Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, 7 misses 6:03 behind
64th Cam Nielsen, Washington, 4 misses, 7:21 back

For tomorrows Junior relays, the US will not field a womans team.
The men’s running order is:
Cody Johnson, Maine
Tim Cunningham, Vermont
Cam Christiansen, Nisswa
Jake Pierson, Casper Wyoming