First Annual Masters Biathlon Jamboree @ Soldier Hollow, Oct 11-15

Attached please find an announcement for the First Annual Masters Biathlon Jamboree @ Soldier Hollow. The Jamboree will happen this year in association with the Western Regional Junior Biathlon Camp and includes a joint Time Trial and dinner with the Junior athletes.

2017 SoHo Masters Jamboree, Oct 11-15

Please pass on the info to anyone you think might be interested and please feel free to get in touch with any questions.


Zach Hall
Biathlon Program Manager –

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Thurs, August 24, 2017 – RESULTS

Minnesota Biathlon Summer Series Race #2 Recap

Link to Photos

On a beautiful and cool summer evening, MN Biathlon held their second race in the Summer Rollerski Race series on the paved trails at Woodland Park in Elk River. Fifteen athletes from around the state participated in the Pursuit format event.

In the Men’s and Senior Women 11.4 km race, Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon, shooting 1,1,1,2 finished in 34:35 beating out second place Cam Christiansen, Nisswa Northwest, who shot 1,0,0,1 and finished 4 min back.
In the Woman’s event Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca and USBA Development, shot 3,1,2,2 and finished in 41:56.

In the Youth Women and Older Girls 9.3 km race Stormy Hegg, Wolfpack Biathlon from Alexandria, shot 2,1,0,2 to take the top honors in 35:55 edging out second place Emma Stertz, Mt Itasca, 2,2,0,3 by 5 sec.

In the Younger Girls/Boys 7.1 km race, Frank Gangi, Mt Itasca, 0,2,3,2 finished in 29:38 just ahead of Matej Cervenka Mt Itasca, 0,0,2,3 who finished in 30:12.

On the Girls side, Clara Kramer, Duluth Biathlon, shooting 3,2,4,5 finished in 35:45, ahead of Maj Lis Helmer, Duluth Biathlon, 5,4,4,2 who finished in 39:52.

The next event in the series will be again at Elk River on Sunday, the 24th of Sept with a 10:00 zero.

Name Race Start Finish Overall Time P1 P2 S1 S2 Total Misses
Jakob Ellingson 11.4km 0:01:00 0:35:35 0:34:35 1 1 1 2 5
Cam Christiansen 11.4km 0:01:10 0:39:49 0:38:39 1 0 0 1 2
Garret Beckrich 11.4km 0:01:20 0:40:44 0:39:24 1 4 2 0 7
Siena Ellingson 11.4km 0:01:50 0:43:46 0:41:56 3 1 2 2 8
Warren Rosholt 11.4km 0:01:40 0:47:46 0:46:06 1 2 2 2 7
Sam Stertz 11.4km 0:01:30 0:48:45 0:47:15 2 4 3 1 10
Frank Gangi 7.1km 0:02:50 0:32:28 0:29:38 0 2 3 2 7
Matej Cervenka 7.1km 0:03:00 0:33:12 0:30:12 0 0 2 3 5
Ryker Bosek 7.1km 0:03:40 0:37:11 0:33:31 1 2 0 0 3
Clara Kramer 7.1km 0:03:20 0:39:05 0:35:45 3 2 4 5 14
Maj Lis Helmer 7.1km 0:03:30 0:43:22 0:39:52 5 4 4 2 15
Stormy Hegg 9.3km 0:02:20 0:38:15 0:35:55 2 1 0 2 5
Emma Stertz 9.3km 0:02:00 0:38:00 0:36:00 2 2 0 3 7
Kaisa Bosek 9.3km 0:02:10 0:41:00 0:38:50 2 0 4 2 8
Cheresa Bouley 9.3km 0:02:30 0:44:34 0:42:04 2 1 4 3 10

Notes: Cam Christiansen: Assessed +2:00 for missed penalty loop.
Ryker Bosek: Shot prone-on-standing in stages 3/4

Photos by Brian Wray

Anshutz broken magazine follower

Hi All-

We are having some problems with the short Anschutz magazines. Below is a remedy short of replacing the follower. It sounds like Anschutz is sending Marc Sheppard a supply of followers for replacements.

As I think about it, if you are having problems with some magazines and need to use them for the races, you should get those chips out of them. It is not too difficult. In the attached mag 1 pic is a small slot at the end of the pencil lead. Note that lines up with the slot in the side of the metal body. In Mag 2 pic at the end of the pencil lead is the end of the mag spring that is sticking up through that slot.

So if you press that end back into the body, the red plastic end will slide off. [It will actually only go on one way, but best to keep them all lined up as you pull it apart]. Slide off the end and the spring and follower will fall out of the body. Waste any small chips—if big like this one of Hanne’s, try to replace the mag from someone else for the races.

If relatively small—dump out the chip, then reassembly. The follower can go in two ways. So be sure when it is in, it sits snug against the top of the mag and on the bullet end there should be an 1/8” or so piece of red exposed on the edge. Compare it with the other mags you have.

Then the spring with the pointed end shown in mag 2 pic lined up with the slots shown in mag 1. The tricky part is to hold that up into the body and in while you slide the red bottom into place. When all is correct the spring should audibly snap up into the slot. Then try it with 5 rounds—load– then strip out with your fingers..

Engineering 101—fixing things..

Bill Meyer

Open European Championships – Seniors

Tomorrow morning the Seniors will race the Individual Events in Poland. From WI and MN, Paul Schommer and Jakob Ellingson will be among the 6 men and 2 women in the events.

The Individual is the oldest event currently used in International Biathlon. It is more of a shooters race than most of the other formats, with a one minute penalty added on for each miss. Five shots each time they come in..and the order of shooting alternates, prone, standing, prone, standing. The shooters can use any point on the prone end #1-15 for prone and #16-30 for standing. Normally they will try to shoot as close as possible to their assigned zero lane [randomly assigned by team each day].

Online in the graphics, the electronics are so good they actually show the 1 min addon the instant the miss occurs. This is the only event without a penalty loop. For women they will do 5 x 3km for 15km total; for men it is 5 x 4km lap for 20km total. Still, with the huge penalty [approximately 2+ x the time it takes to ski the normal 150 meter loop] it favors biathletes who are really good on the range.

So if you are an insomniac or really into watching live—the men are on at 3:00 am cst and the women at 6:30 am cst.

Coming up on Fri with the younger athletes will be the IBU Jr Cup races. More on those formats later.

Bill Meyer, Coach