Elk River Daycamps this coming weekend

Good Afternoon All!!

Coming right up starting on Saturday are the first MN Biathlon Daycamps of the new training year!! We still have two openings [3 on Saturday] if you would still like to sign up with Lynda Bouley lyndabouley@gmail.com

For those needing a rifle fit—please try to arrive early—even by 8:00 would be good!! 

The tentative schedule is attached. We are expecting some rain, but the time and amount forecast keeps changing. In any case, bring a change of clothes! [maybe two?]

Thanks and hope to see you there!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Shooting camps May 6th and 7th at Elk River

Good Evening All!!Attached please find the Invitation to the Shooting/Ski Technique daycamps scheduled for 6th/7th of May at Elk River!! 

This Invitation has been in the hands of our newcomers for a week to allow the majority of them a first chance to sign up. We have 8 so far, and will give precedence for up to 2 more to fill in one of the two groups we are expecting. Therefore at this point we have a total remaining of 12 openings—so if you wish to attend, be sure to get your name in to Lynda Bouley asap!! 

There is scheduled a followup camp at Mt Itasca two weeks after the Elk River event. More information will be forthcoming on that soon. 

If you want to attend the Elk River daycamps please let Lynda know at lyndabouley@gmail.com

In addition to the daycamps for Youth and Juniors, on Saturday evening we will have a 2 hr Level One Officials class at a nearby location. This class is sanctioned by USBA and is the first level for Officials at any Regional or National events. I will be conducting that class—so please let me know if you would like to attend. wmeyer@nisswa.net

Hope to see you there!!  Please contact Lynda or me if you have any questions!! 
Bill Meyer, Coach

Report from 2023 US Biathlon National Championships

A report from Holly Hanson, the MN Biathlon Lead Coach to Nationals, late last month. Thanks, Holly for stepping up to that and for putting together a detailed report!!

2023 US Biathlon National Championships
A total of 7 athletes from Minnesota competed in the 2023 US Biathlon National Championships in Casper, Wyoming. 

The team consisted of:  Lauren Huber – Wolf Pack Club, Maeve Lindsey, Twin Cities Club, Gregory Haugen MN at Large  (lives in Fargo) and Audrey Lahammer, Eric Anderson, Adelaide Bielke and Carson Peterson from Bluff Country Biathlon. The team had great experiences and stepped up into a whole new level of competition with challenging shooting due to flip-flopping winds coupled with the high altitude of Casper Mountain. There were some warm weather days producing headband tan marks and some slightly sunburned faces (even with sunscreen!) intermixed with forecasted snow storms and days of finger numbing cold conditions. 

The venue was the dream of one man who worked tirelessly for many decades to build a biathlon range in Casper. This is a new venue, and it was the first time they hosted Nationals. Many volunteers put in long days to help the athletes, coaches, and spectators.  A BIG thank you to all of them!

According to many Garmin watches, the elevation of the facility was over 8200’!  The layout was open, which gave the coaches and spectators a good viewing vantage point at the shooting range, which afforded them nice views of multiple sections of the race course. Snow arrived overnight/mornings on several occasions which caused some of the course to be wind-blown with 2-3” of new dry powdery snow, especially on the hills.  However, despite these challenges the grooming was good overall.  There were several very challenging hills and gusty high winds that frequently shifted direction on the range.  The athletes did well competing at altitude by focusing on sleep, recovery, fueling, hydration, and following a training progression that helped them acclimate and prepare for competition at altitude.  They executed brilliantly on the well-thought-out race strategies each athlete developed and everyone raced competitively at altitude. Here’s a snapshot of the results:

Sprint Race

  • Carson Peterson Youth (7.5K), shot 2+1, and finished 23:42.2 (3rd place).  Carson raced  up a level and competed in the Youth Men’s class. 
  • Eric Anderson Youth (7.5K), shot 3+1, and finished 24:56.3 (4th place). Eric raced up a level and competed in the Youth Men’s Class. 
  • Audrey Lahammer Youth (6K), shot 1+1, and finished 22:54.4 (3rd place). Audrey was tied for best shooter in the Women’s Youth category  
  • Lauren Huber Youth (6K), shot 2+4, and finished 26:35.2 (10th place) 
  • Maeve Lindsay Youth (6K), shot 5+4, and finished 27:31.6 (11th place) 
  • Adelaide Bielke U17 (6K), shot 0+1, and finished 26:53.5 (8th place). Top shooter in U17 Women
  •   Gregory Haugen 50-59 (7.5K), shot 1+3, and finished 31:05.7 (2nd place)

Pursuit Race

  • Carson Peterson Youth (10K), shot 0+1+3+3, and finished 35:58.3 (5th place).  Carson raced up a level. 
  • Eric Anderson Youth (10K), shot 1+2+4+2, and finished 36:00.2 (6th place).  Eric raced up a level. 
  • Audrey Lahammer Youth (7.5K), shot 1+1+4+1, and finished 41:42.6 (7th place).  She tied for 3rd best shooter. 
  • Maeve Lindsay Youth (7.5K), shot 3+3+5+2, and finished 43:36.0 (8th place) 
  • Lauren Huber Youth (7.5K), shot 3+2+4+3, and finished 46:31.2 (10th place) 
  • Adelaide Bielke U17 (7.5K), shot 0+0+1+2, and finished 44:48.8 (7th place). Best shooter in U17 Girls class.
  • Gregory Haugen 50-59  (10K), shot 1+1+4+2, and finished 53:29.1 (7th place, tied for 2nd best shooter in class)


  • Team Racer Girls finished 49:28.2 (7th place)(3x 1.5K P,P)
    • Adelaide Bielke, shot 1+3, had rifle mechanical issues 
      • Teammate Megan Lemoine (Auburn Ski Club)
  • Team Reverse Cowboys finished 48:58.6 (4th place)(3×1.5K P,S)
    • Eric Anderson, shot 3+0, was cross-fired upon 
    • Teammates Van Ledger (Crosscut) and Scott Lacy (Crosscut)
  • Team MMM Good, finished 51:24.8 (5th place)(3×1.5K P,S)
    • Carson Peterson, shot 1+2 
    • Teammate Lucas Daly (HSC Mass)
  • Team Shoot Ski Slayers, finished 1:01:04.8 (4th place) (3×1.5K P,S)
    • Maeve Lindsay, shot 1+2 
    • Audrey Lahammer, shot 0+0
  • Team Do You Have Any Lapua?, finished 1:10:12.9 (6th place) (3x 1.5K P,S)
    • Gregory Haugen (MN at Large), shot 2+2 
    • Gregg Pattison (WI), shot 4+1 
    • Matthew Meyer (Bay Nordic, WI), shot 3+2

In addition, 3 athletes from WI were at the event; 

  • Gregg Pattison 60-69 2nd in the sprint and 1st in the pursuit! Congrats, Gregg!!!
  • Matt Weber 50-59  8th in sprint and 8th in pursuit
  • Matt Meyer 40-49 4th in sprint and 3rd in the pursuit

It was a great week of training and racing in Casper, WY, with a lot of team laughter which fell away to serious race faces on competition days. A HUGE THANKS to the athletes and all the parents who made this trip a success! Abra for always being our amazing travel director Julia Bielke – Co-driver, range rifle handler, chaperone, cook, grocery shopper Christine Anderson – Driver, chaperone, on-course corrections, cook, grocery shopper, photographer Tom Lindsay – Driver, On the scope Jackie Peterson – Driver, On the scope for Adelaide Laurie Huber – Driver, Range helperCongratulations to everyone on successfully navigating a challenging National Championship.

Best, Holly 
Bluff Country Biathlon Coach 
MN Biathlon Lead Coach for Nationals

MNCup #6 – Snowflake Biathlon Race & Novice Race – Sat, March 4, 2023 – RESULTS

Snowflake Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Minnesota Cup #6

Hosted by Duluth Biathlon and Snowflake Nordic Ski Center

Rankby AgeAthleteM/FClassDistanceBibStartFinishTotalPPSST
1Cheresa BouleyFSF1050:010:40:590:39:5921328
2Hanne GuthrieFSF1060:010:43:510:42:5121328
1Audrey LahammerFYF10100:010:48:580:47:5821317
2Maeve LindsayFYF10110:020:54:060:52:06243211
1Annelise BairdF<17F1080:010:46:580:45:58553215
2River FenaF<17F10130:020:59:580:57:58224412
1Adelaide BielkeF<17F (P)(A)10140:021:00:580:58:5840037
1Selah BinsfeldF<15F1090:010:47:330:46:3324118
2Irina ViskovatvkhF<15F1070:010:51:200:50:20214512
1Harriet HillF<15F (A)8.5210:030:56:520:53:52555520
1Louisa Hill F<13F (A)7.5240:030:52:040:49:0402428
2Charlotte HillF<13F (A)7.5230:030:55:120:52:12422311
Rankby AgeAthleteM/FClassDistanceBibStartFinishTotalPPSST
1Blake WagonerMSM10150:020:55:070:53:07443314
1 Joel BouleyMYM10170:020:47:120:45:12554418
1Carson PetersonM<17M1030:010:40:210:39:21322411
2Eric AndersonM<17M1020:010:41:550:40:5531217
3Sergei ViskovatvkhM<17M1040:010:42:020:41:0212159
4Jack CashmanM<17M1010:010:42:030:41:0320035
1Caleb GilbertsonM<13M (A)8.5200:030:44:590:41:59434415
2Carson GilbertsonM<13M (A)8.5220:030:45:390:42:39222410
3Mateo WatsonM<13M (A)8.5180:030:47:350:44:3510337
4Pat Lammerson JrM<13M (A)8.5190:030:58:370:55:37133310

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Location: Snowflake Nordic, 4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth (1/2 mile north of the intersection of the Rice Lake and Arrowhead Roads)

Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

Distance: U13: 7.5 or 8.5 km 

      All other: 10 km

Registration: 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Zero: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Race Start: 11:00 AM, Mass Start

Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to John Gould)

Awards/MN Biathlon Cup #6 at range at approx: 12:15

Novice Race

Registration: 9:00 AM to 11 AM at Snowflake Nordic Chalet

Safety Clinic and Practice Shooting at approx.:    12:30 PM

Race Start: 1:00 PM

Race Format:   Mass Start/ 4.5K (3 x 1.5 km), PP + penalty loop 

                           Classic or Skating

Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to John Gould) Rifles and Ammunition Supplied by Duluth Biathlon.

Questions? Call John Gould at 218-269-2854 

or e-mail: jgould1952@yahoo.com

MN Cup #5 – Elk River – Sunday, February 19th, 2023 – RESULTS

Presented by Minnesota Biathlon

Sunday, February 19th, 2023

We have had good news from the groomers at Woodland Trails! They managed to break up the crust and will be doing a lot more on Saturday as the weather warms up. We will have skiable conditions, with the final decision on courses to be made on Saturday. The weather forecasts look really good!! 

The race will be a 7.5km Relay Format with 15-sec interval starts, hopefully on an exact 2.5 km course. Age classes <13 will do a 4.5km event. 

Please jump in and join us for the last race of the winter season in the Twin Cities area—and stick around and help with the Novice event following right behind the race and get the entry fee reduced to zero!! We have 24 or 25 Novices signed up—and are looking forward to greeting some new faces, encouraging newcomers to try our great sport, and generating the continuance of our MN Biathlon growth!!

We are approaching 20 signups for the experienced race event—and with the MN State Meet completed today—we should pick up a number of new entries before tomorrow evening! 

The deadline for signup is 9:00 Pm tomorrow [Friday] to allow us time to get the timing set up with start lists.

Hope to see you there!!

Bill Meyer, Coach

Woodland Trails Park

20135 Elk Lake Rd NW, Elk River, MN 55330

Sprint ”Relay” Format

2 shooting stages, and 3 skiing laps. Individual start….but with relay rounds!

U13 – 4.8km 
All others – 7.5km


9:15 am – Registration opens 
10:00 am – Zero opens 
~11:00 am – Race start

$15/race per U15 racer.
$20/race for all others.
Free entry if you stay afterward
and help with a novice event, 12 pm – 2 pmAmmunition for the novices will be provided by the club. Just provide your rifle and expertise!

Payable by cash or check to “Minnesota Biathlon” on the day of the race.

Beat the crowd, sign-up early and online: Online Signup

Volunteers are needed and appreciated!

Contact Chad and Lynda Bouley at chadandlyndab@live.com for opportunities. Questions? Concerns? Contact administration@minnesotabiathlon.com