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

Update for MNCup #3

This morning we groomed the race loops at the Nisswa range. Really worked up better than I expected. We will touch them up on Saturday am also.

There are a few windblown areas with some grass showing and the windy days brought down some pine needles on the camel humps..but otherwise should be great skiing! These courses will reward quick technique transitions, and good cornering skills. The snow will be cold with some ice mixed in—so really fast. Temps are forecast in the low 20’s.

I will send out a start list on Saturday for the Sprint. It will be randomly selected; while the following Pursuit format at 10 sec start intervals will be in the order of finish from the Sprint. Eleven athletes so far are planning on starting.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Team Trials registration- mailing address correction

Good Morning Everyone,

For those trying to register for Trials in Utah, please use the mailing address below. The address on the registration is incorrect.


Please note the return address in the registration is incorrect. The correct address is:
Soldier Hollow Nordic Center
Attn: Sara Studebaker-Hall
PO Box 2002
Midway, UT 84049

Liatoppen Biathlon Festival 2019

We will be taking a team to the Liatoppen Biathlon Festival in Norway again this season in April, 2019.  As most of you know, this Biathlon Festival for ages 11-16 has the largest participation annually of any Biathlon event in the world.  Over 1100 kids race!  It has been a great experience for the athletes we have taken over the last 3 years.

I will be leading the trip this year and have prepared the attached information sheet and application form.  Note that we will accept applications from 14-16 year old Girls (born 2003, 2004, 2005) and 15-16 year old Boys (born 2003-2004) for the trip this season.  Please forward to your eligible athletes and to other interested programs if I have missed someone in this email.

Applications are due 5 December 2018.

liatoppen application 2019

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Marc Sheppard
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