MN Biathlon 2019/2020 Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule


Mon – 4/15/19:  Begin 19/20   Training Plan


Fri Eve- Sun – 5/17-5/19:  Weekend Shooting Camp- Mt Itasca-leased rifle issuing/fitting


Wed-Sun – 6/19 -6/23:  Mt Itasca Midwest Shooting Camp; Cross Bia race

Tue- Thurs – 6/25-6/27:  Elk River continuation Shooting Camp – time trial on rs


Thurs eve7/18MN/ER RS Biathlon race #1


Thurs eve 8/8MN/ER RS Biathlon race #2

Sun- Sun – 8/11-8/18:  Vermont National Camp  & Nat RS Bia Championship races


Sun9/15MN/ER RS Biathlon race #3


Sat-Sun –  10/19- 10/20:  Elk River Camp & MN/ER RS Bia race #4


Sun-Sun – 11/24-12/1:  Thanksgiving camp West Yellowstone & Biathlon race

Training plans are coming out currently. Let me know if you want a plan—divided into B/G; YJr; Advanced; and marathon skier categories plus adjusted by annual volume goals.  To qualify for a plan you must be an active member of MN Biathlon.

Also please note: If you intend to lease a rifle from MNBiathlon this year, you will need to agree to attend most of the MN races including those in bold print above plus 6-7 winter MNCup races.

Last minute fun event in Nisswa

The past few days I have skied every morning at the ARB between the groomer breaking up the crust and the softening conditions when the sun and 45F temps take over. It has been great!!

So today I stopped over to the Nisswa range on my way home. For the most part we have 8” or so of crusty snow on the trails. I was able to ski most of the loop on top of the crust and look over the rest, with one small area going through the gate needing some shovel work and some rerouting around a couple of big puddles. Over a foot of snow off trail.

My groomer is back, so on Saturday am early we will groom the trails. You are invited to come down/over/up for a 9:30 zero.

If 2 show up we will have a good practice with a lot of easy combos
If 3-4 show up we will have some fun drills head to head
If 5 + show up we will have a 4.5km sprint race maybe followed by a single mixed [up] relay on a really short course.

So let me know if you are interested! Should be the nicest training weather of the year! And skiing is FAST. Put a lot of structure in your skis—or let me know and I will bring a bench and riller to the range. The wax is almost irrelevant.

Thanks—and Enjoy a little extra Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Nisswa Time Trial/Open House – Sat, Feb 23 – RESULTS

Yesterday we had a training session culminating in a time trial scaled by age/experience:

10 km
Jackson Grant 10 penalties 45:59
Connor Grant 9 penalties 49:45 [no carry]
Zean Baker 1,2,3,2 50:00

5.5 km
Jordan Fellbaum 13 penalties 38:52

1.5 km sprint [prone on standing x 2]
Kaylee Tipple – 2,0 14:37
Aspen Berg 3,0 15:10

I think a good time was had by all!! Weather was great!

Yesterday we started grooming the trails at the range. Several weeks of accumulation. Went well—this was the beginning..looked almost normal when the groomer left. He will be back early in the am to touch things up and pack any snow we get tonight.

The “open house range ” will start at 1:00 and include some safety instructions for any newcomers, a chance to shoot a biathlon rifle, and for anyone interested, a chance to do an informal time trial.
Distance choices will be 3.3, 5.5 7.5 or 10.0 km and targets for shooting will vary by skill level. Most newcomers will shoot prone off of a support at the normal standing target.

Cost is $10 for newcomers, no charge for MNBiathlon members.

There are no facilities at the Nisswa range. If you would like to stop at my house to change or use the bathroom, here is the address. The door will be open:
6054 Shady Acres Court
Nisswa, MN

The address for the range is
24757 Charmin Ave
Nisswa, MN

This will be a casual event. You can arrive anytime after 1:00 and we will try to fit you in. Starts for the time trial will be random clock times [no race clock] and you can do the course you select [plus shooting and penalty loops Smile] at your own pace. A finish clock time will be kept and your timetrial time will be sent out in the evening.

So different format for sure!
Please let me know if you plan to attend if you have not already done so [about 10 so far- mix of experienced and novices]

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Novice Biathlon Clinic Elk River Saturday 2nd of March

“The registration cap for this event has been reached. Stay tuned to this website for further novice clinics at the Duluth and Mt. Itasca venues.”

See the revised schedule below:

Hi Everyone-
Here is a signup sheet for the Novice Clinic to be held at the Elk River Range on Saturday the 2nd of March, 2019.

10:00 Novice clinic begins on the range at Woodland Trails –[1 km from the parking lot—so allow time to get out there]
11:00 Experienced athletes will zero- Novices observe procedure and actual race
11:45 approx Experience athletes will race
1:00 pm Novice race

Space will be very limited. We will try to keep a measured number of slots open for those under age 20. Please get in touch with Brian Wray at for more information. There will also likely be Novice Clinics held in conjunction with the upcoming races on the 9th of March at Snowflake and the 16th of March at Mt Itasca.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Eleven high school biathletes make Nordic Skiing State Meet

Eleven High School age Minnesota Biathletes were successful at their respective section meets and will move up to the State Nordic Skiing Meet next week.

Name, Club                            Grade  Place at Sections            
Garrett Beckrich, Mt Itasca Biathlon  12th   1st [2018 State Champ]
Kaisa Bosek,  Wolfpack Biathlon       10th   4th
Cheresa Bouley, TC Biathlon,          12th   4th
Jackson Grant, NNW                    10th   4th
Connor Grant, NNW                     8th    27th [team member]
Stormy Hegg, Wolfpack                 12th   8th
Maj Lis Helmer, Duluth                11th   14th [team member]
Clara Kramer, Duluth                  11th   3rd
Sam Stertz, Mt Itasca                 10th   4th
Elsa Viren, Mt Itasca                 10th   2nd
Annika Viren, Mt Itasca               12th   11th

Our congratulations to all, and our best wishes for your State meet races!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup revised schedule

After spending most of the week trying to put together a race this coming weekend, we have decided that wasn’t going to work. The Elk River venue didn’t get enough snow to revive the trails, and the northern venues are forecast to be in the low single digits at best with wind chills in the teens below zero. Not a lot of fun for anyone.

Accordingly, here is our revised MNCup Schedule:

  • #4 Saturday the 2nd of March—Elk River with Nisswa as a backup
  • #5 Saturday the 9th of March—Snowflake
  • #6 Saturday the 16th of March—Mt Itasca finale..

We probably will have a novice race with each of these events. Watch the Invitations that come out for each individual race for details.

Nationals will be starting the 28th of March in Jericho VT..

Meanwhile, this coming Sunday is the Youth Individual races in Slovakia at the Youth and Junior World Champs. Garrett, Vasek and Emma are all in Europe presently. You can pick up some video clips and the results on the IBU webpage.

Also, starting tomorrow will be full race videos on replay for the World Cup now in Antholz Italy. The past World Cup races are all available as well. 20,000 fans at the Sunday mass start races in Germany.

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach