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

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

Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Biathlon Results: Mass Start, 3.10.2018
10K Mass Start (5×2.0K) – Overall Results
Place Categ. Name Shooting Time
1 1YM Garrett Beckrich 2132 30:03
2 1SM Jake Dalberg 2130 31:43
3 2YM Hunter Zupko 1223 31:58
4 1MM Frank Gangi 4221 36:38
5 1B Frank  Gangi Jr. 1355 43:08
7.5K Mass Start (5×1.5K) – Overall Results
Place Categ. Name Shooting Time
1 1YW Emma Stertz 1123 30:54
2 1G Kaisa Bosek 1121 32:23
3 1B Ryker Bosek 1000 32:45 PP PP PS PS
4 2YW Stormy Hegg 2213 33:15
5 2G Emma Watson 1103 36:36
6 3YW Cheresa Bouley 3152 37:37
7 3G Lucy Watson 1311 38:18
8 4G Clara Kramer 3554 38:59
Place Categ. Name Shooting Time
1 M52 Tom Wagner O1 17:16
2 M16 Joseph DelToro 30 17:39
3 M17 Zach Fouguerel 21 18:18
4 M16 Railey Schollett O1 18:30
5 M16 Jack Lee 24 18:38
6 M28 Jordan Fellbaum OO 19:31
7 M14 Jon Hakala 32 20:45
8 M16 John Stockard 20 21:09
9 M12 Ethan Yorek 10 21:12
10 M13 Matthew Broderson 11 21:48
11 M29 Michael Carson OO 22:11
12 M15 Ailan Hagen 20 22:29
13 M14 Grant Yorek 32 22:33
14 M14 Hayden Hommes 34 23:36
15 M13 Conor Grant 30 24:21
16 M12 Angus Rustad 13 24:58
17 M12 Bjorn Krona O4 25:07
18 M35 Afton Clarke-Satener 12 25:31
19 M15 Jackson Grant OO 25:33
20 M15 Logan Jensen 32 25:51
21 M18 Colton Gottwalt 25 29:02
22 M13 Baden Bastian O1 29:57
23 M33 Graham Litters
1 W14 Lilly Krona 12 19:28
2 W16 Claire Wagner 13 21:18
3 W16 Caitlin Gustafson 12 21:46
4 W40 Emily Broderson 20 22:26
5 W12 Dorothea Kramer O4 28:53
6 W16 Molly Lange 20 29:56
7 W13 Raina Lederman 31 37:31
8 W31 Paula FuchLitters
shorter course 3x800m
1 W8 Elaine Jackson 20 15:05
1 M6 James Jackson 20:40

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 cervenkv@gmail.com

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 www.skinnyski.com
Please pre-register by sending the entry form to pcervenkova@hotmail.com,

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, cervenkv@hotmail.com , 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: https://live.1500espn.com/listen/