Midwest Regional Biathlon May Camp

Hello Everyone,

here is the information for our Midwest Region May Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is a great jump start to the season and a perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or fitting rifle for a new athletes.

A few details below:
Dates: May 18-20 2018


1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, under 25, who want to try Biathlon. Athletes will go through a basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure.
2) experienced athletes – check position – make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.


Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6 pm – having eaten dinner. ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)
6:30-8:30pm Rifle fitting, dry fire
Training all day with breaks for lunch and dinner. Main focus will be on shooting, though there will be time for physical training ( rollerski and running).

More shooting drills and shooting games.
Training will wrap up approx 11:30 am with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food-  $90, please make checks payable to Vlad Cervenka.  Bring checks or cash with you, along with the attached registration form.   Note that the USBA membership is required.

– New athletes will be able to purchase an ammunition for $40.00/ 500 rounds ( check or cash  made to Vlad Cervenka)  All experienced athletes need to bring their own ammo.   Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

All athletes please confirm  that you coming with Bill Meyer wmeyer@nisswa.net or Vladimir Cervenka cervenkv@gmail.com.

What to bring:

You will be “camping” at Mt Itasca, sleeping in the Headquarters building or in your own tent (or you can stay in hotel on your own).  There are bathrooms and kitchen in the Alpine Chalet.   You’ll eat breakfast and lunches at Mt Itasca and have dinners out.  Bring $ for dinners – breakfast and lunch food will be provided.

You will need a camping mat/air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow  for sleeping.  You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, as well as skate rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear.  Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.

New athletes contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net  or Vlad at cervenkv@gmail.com if this camp is suitable for you. Everyone, please let us know if you plan to attend!!

In June there will be another  camp 6.13 – 6.17  at Mt. Itasca with more  focus on  biathlon training.[ Also a longer camp for the older more experienced biathletes.]

For more info contact

Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323
Bill Meyer : 218 839 4727

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

US Youth and Junior Trials for World Championships – Second Race Recap & Results

The second race in the US Trials for the Youth and Junior World Championships upcoming in Estonia in Feb were held at Mt Itasca this pm. The wind was up from the NW along with temps hovering around zero F.

2017 Jr&Y Trials 12.29.17

In the Men’s 7.5km Sprint, Junior Cody Johnson of the National Guard team won, shooting clean in 19:55.Youth Vasek Cervenka of MN Biathlon Mt Itasca was 2nd with 5 misses 39.6 sec back, and Junior Cam Christiansen of MN Biathlon NNW, also shooting clean, was 3rd 1:04 behind.

On the Women’s side in the 6.0 km Sprint, Junior Amanda Kautzer, MN Biathlon LNR won, shooting 1,0 in 21:12. She was followed by Youth Helen Wilson of Alaska Biathlon with 3 misses 1:15 behind, and in 3rd was Youth Sara Beaulieu of OSI, with 2 misses finishing 1:37 behind.

Due to the grim forecasts for Saturday and Sunday, the third race was cancelled by the Jury late pm. The results for the two races will be considered by the International Competition Committee and with their recommendation by the USBA Board early in the coming week.

US Youth and Junior Trials for World Championships – First Race Recap & Results

On the warmest day of a cold week, with temps in the single digits but only a light wind, the first race of the YJr Trials took place on Thursday late afternoon. Shooting conditions were a little tricky with a reversing wind at times. Trail conditions were excellent thanks to Regional Coach Vlad Cervenka and his snowmaking crew!!

2017 Jr&Y Trials 12.28.17 Results

On the combined list for the Youth and Junior Women’s 7.5km Sprint, Youth Helen Wilson of Alaska Biathlon dominated, shooting 1,0 and finishing in 25:17. She was followed by Junior Amanda Kautzer, MNBiathlon, LNR with 3 misses 42 sec back. In Third was Youth Emma Stertz, MNBiathlon Mt Itasca, also with 3 misses 1:07 back.

In the Men’s 10km Sprint, Mt Itasca Youth athletes dominated with Vasek Cervenka shooting 2,1 and finishing in 26:36 for 1st place, and Garrett Beckrich shooting 1,2 and finishing 1:15 back for 2nd. In 3rd was Youth Eli Nielsen of Methow Valley WA, shooting 1,0 and finishing 1:31 back.

The second race of the Trials will be held this afternoon with temps hopefully up to 0F. That will also be a Sprint race but slightly shorter distances, 7.5 km for the Men and 6.0 km for the Women.

The Trials are planned to conclude on Saturday with a Pursuit Format event. The final team will be selected by the International Competition Committee based on the results of the Trials.