Thanks to all that attended our no-snow race! It’s likely been close to twenty years since we’ve had an official running biathlon at Elk River, and likely never before in February, so you were part of something truly unique!
Full results are attached to this post. Photo set will arrive in a few days.
Minnesota Cup #6 – 2024-02-25 – Elk River – Special 5k Running Edition
After assessing the conditions at Woodland Trails, we have decided the race tomorrow (February 25th) will be a running race. There clearly not enough snow to ski – indeed, the ski trails are closed – but too much snow and ice still on trails to safely rollerski the entire course.
The race distance will be five laps of an approximately 1km loop, on pavement, with an interval (time-trial) start. Younger athletes can run a shorter race.
While the recent snowfall at Elk River has provided some B-ski conditions, the persistent warm temperatures and lack of forecasted precipitation ensure we will not be skiing for the race on the 25th.
At this point, racers should plan for either rollerskis or running. An exact determination will be made later this week.
If we’re running, we will of course shorten the distances, aiming for approximately the same race times. The exact course and distance would be determined by trail conditions, with both paved and unpaved options on the table.
Your invitation for MN Cup #6 is attached to this post!
We intend to hold a race on-snow or otherwise. If the the park trails are open in some fashion, we will adjust the race to perhaps be a running biathlon, or possibly a rollerski biathlon. We are all hoping for a proper on-snow biathlon, of course!
Immediately following the race will be a novice clinic for newcomers interested in trying the sport. We need volunteers to stay afterwards, ideally with their rifles, to help out with this clinic. The club will provide ammunition. Racers that stay for the clinic receive discounted race admission.
We regret to announce the cancellation of the planned races at Elk River on January 13th and 14th.
Our Elk River facility is a natural-snow venue, and there is currently minimal snow on the trails. The current forecast predicts at most a couple inches of further accumulation – not quite enough for a ski race.
We hope the snow situation turns around and that we see you at Elk River on February 25th!