“Virtual” Biathlon Summer Nationals 2020

Now is your chance to compete head to head with other biathletes from Canada and the US. See the note below from Danika Frisbie, with USBA, for the “virtual” summer biathlon competition August 3 to 9. Lets show what the Midwest has in numbers of biathletes and what we can do. All age groups and abilities encouraged to participate. Sign up and instructions are below in Danika’s emial. The competition consists of a 3K run on a track and the American shooting test.

Lets have some fun with this!

Please pass this note along to others that may be interested.

Mark Torresani
USBA Midwest Coordinator

Virtual North American Biathlon Summer Nationals 2020

Coaches and athletes,

Here is an opportunity for you to compete from your home training grounds at a national level.

While it’s not the same as Jericho, we hope this alternative competition format will give athletes in all stages of development a chance to challenge themselves against peers across the U.S. and Canada while head-to-head opportunities remain limited.

Registration is online at: www.skireg.com/virtual-biathlon-summer-nationals. There is no cost to compete. A summary of the competition format is below; see attachment for further details.

To compete, you should be an active athlete or coach member of U.S. Biathlon or Biathlon Canada.

Let’s do this! Best regards, Danika & U.S. Biathlon Staff

The Competition

The competition is to achieve the fastest overall combined time from a 3000m running time trial and an American test executed to completion. A 15 second time penalty will be added to the overall time for each missed target in the American test.

3000m time trial
+ American test (P,S,P,S)
+ 0:15 seconds per penalty
= total competition time

This format allows us to best mimic elements of biathlon competition with standardized, repeatable components that can be completed from any track or range in the county.

U15 athletes will follow a shorter format. All other competition categories will use the format above. The competition categories are: U15, U17, U19 (Youth), Junior, Senior, Open Masters, Grand Masters.  See competition rules for details and competition category guidelines.

How it works

  1. Sign up to participate at www.skireg.com/virtual-biathlon-summer-nationals. You will be sent a link to an online form to submit your results.
  2. Plan sessions between August 3-9th to complete your competition segments.
  3. Compete! Get a coach, training partner, or friend to time an American test for you, and head to the track to complete a 3000m time trial. The tests do not need to be completed on the same day.
  4. Submit your run time and your American test results by August 9th at 4:00pm EDT using the online entry form sent to you.
  5. Results and awards will be announced on August 10th, and the traditional Jericho race socks will be mailed to all North American competitors!

Details on competition format, categories, and instructions are provided below. Please do your best to follow the competition rules! Though we cannot guarantee standard conditions were met for every competition entry, we trust that everyone entering this event will participate in the spirit of a fair and honest competition. Do your best!

Other ways to celebrate biathlon

  • All competitors will receive a pair of race socks from “the summer nationals that never was” thanks to the generous spirit of Ethan Allen Biathlon Club.
  • Design the socks for this year’s competition in our sock design contest!  Submit your designs to Danika Frisbie at dfrisbie@usbiathlon.org by August 1, 2020 using the template attached to this guide. Socks are produced by Save our Soles knitting in Colorado.
  • Share photos of you and/or your teammates competing! Use the hashtags #usbiathlon, #biathloncanada, and #jericho2020.

MNB Rollerski race #1 – Elk River – July 16, 2020 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon
Thursday, July 16th, 2020 Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Elk River Rollerski Biathlon – 2020-07-16 – By Event
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P S Total Notes
1 / 1 Durtschi, Max SM 2:00 29:48 27m 48s 0m 0s 1 1 2
2 / 1 Stertz, Sam YM 3:00 32:25 29m 25s 1m 37s 1 2 3
3 / 1 Beckrich, Garrett JM 2:30 32:21 29m 51s 2m 3s 3 1 4
4 / 2 Cervenka, Matej YM 3:30 35:32 32m 2s 4m 14s 3 1 4
5 / 2 DelToro, Joey JM 4:00 36:44 32m 44s 0ms 4m 56s 0ms 2 1 3
6 / 3 Grant, Jackson YM 1:00 34:11 33m 11s 5m 23s 3 1 4
7 / 1 Pattison, Greg MM 4:30 43:35 39m 5s 11m 17s 2 3 5
8 / 4 Jensen, Logan YM 1:30 46:23 44m 53s 0ms 17m 5s 0ms 3 5 8
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P S Total Notes
1 / 1 Stertz, Emma JW 8:30 34:10 25m 40s 0m 0s 0 1 1
2 / 1 Grant, Connor U17M 5:30 32:52 27m 22s 1m 42s 2 2 4
3 / 2 Bouley, Cheresa JW 8:00 37:02 29m 2s 0ms 3m 22s 0ms 5 3 8 Skied one extra penalty.
4 / 2 Bosek, Ryker U17M 6:30 35:39 29m 9s 0ms 3m 29s 0ms 1 3 4
5 / 3 Besemann, Noah U17M 6:00 35:32 29m 32s 3m 52s 4 5 9
6 / 1 Landrum, Saylor U17W 10:30 41:32 31m 2s 5m 22s 1 2 3
7 / 2 Karkela, Ella U17W 11:00 43:56 32m 56s 0ms 7m 16s 0ms 1 2 3 Prone-on-prone for both stages.
8 / 1 Bosek, Kaisa YW 9:00 42:09 33m 9s 0ms 7m 29s 0ms 0 0 0
9 / 4 Anderson, Eric U17M 7:00 40:13 33m 13s 7m 33s 4 2 6
10 / 3 Lahammer, Audrey U17W 9:30 43:25 33m 55s 8m 15s 4 3 7
11 / 4 Hudrlik, Evelyn U17W 10:00 44:58 34m 58s 9m 18s 4 2 6
12 / 1 Cashman, Jack Boy 12:00 48:19 36m 19s 10m 39s 3 2 5 Prone-on-prone for both stages.
13 / 1 Oustigian, Linnea Girl 12:30 50:12 37m 42s 12m 2s 3 4 7 Prone-on-prone for both stages.
14 / 1 Saxton, Tim MM 11:30 49:59 38m 29s 0ms 12m 49s 0ms 2 3 5

Register here:  ​https://forms.gle/6BDUY8CtPywsKayA8

Due to the construction taking place at Elk River’s Woodland Trail system, we are planning on modifying the race from our normal routine. Please see the attached trail map. The only loop available is too long for an early season four shooting stage race, so we are planning a Sprint with two shooting stages.

I am anticipating an invitation to come out shortly, but please put this event on your calendar for next week!!

3 loops, 2 shooting stages, PS.
30 second flat penalty, no loops.

Younger/novice race categories may have a shorter race depending on coach/athlete decision.

Registration @ 4:30 PM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.
Zero @ 5:00 PM
Race Start @ 5:45 PM
Time-trial start, 30 second interval.
$10 / racer
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/6BDUY8CtPywsKayA8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

Bill Meyer, Coach

Vermont camp and Lake Placid camps cancelled

All Athletes, Coaches and Parents,

The Saga continues.

Yesterday we received notice from the USBA office that both the Vermont camp and races there plus the follow-up elite camp at Lake Placid have been cancelled due to the virus concerns and inability to host large numbers of people safely. For those who were looking at the scheduled races as part of the Trials for IBU or World Cup Team positions, USBA will be scheduling some additional events later in the summer/fall for a fair trials contest.

In MN our plans will be to continue to hold Daycamps around the state, and localized weekly training practices; along with 3 or 4 rollerski races at Elk River as scheduled pending any changes in the rules. Currently MN is one of the few states where the numbers of new cases are declining.

With all this in mind, it is even more important that you do your own training as planned, work at improving your own Personal Records and keep up with the tests and times we are asking you to do. And keep reporting those back to me. At the end of the upcoming Mt Itasca Day camp, I will circulate some of the up to date spreadsheets so you can compare yourself with others. Collectively we have made equal or better gains in the basics this year than we have in normal years!! We are stronger, skiing better, and shooting better than ever before!!

Stay safe and practice good personal habits, even if those around you are careless or don’t recognize their obligation to other people!

Bill Meyer, Coach

Practices at Elk River bi-weekly

MN Biathlon in cooperation with the Elk River Parks Dept has been trying to put together a series of practices twice a week at the ER facility. This would be in addition to the already scheduled Thurs the 25th of June which might already be full [10 athletes].

Currently we are looking at Mondays and Thursdays. We are working on the time of day:

Mid morning to avoid rush hour
Early afternoon to avoid late afternoon rush
Evenings while we have long daylight

We may end up with different times of day on Mondays vs Thursdays. And as we are looking at two of us to be the alternate facilitators on Mondays—could end up with alternating times on that day.

So please let me know a] if you are interested and b] if so rank the days/ times you would prefer.

I am considering starting this on Thursday the 18th of June. As I pointed out above, the 25th might already be full. Otherwise open to any athlete who has their own /or leased rifle.

We would need to have a sign up program for each practice to a] avoid overfilling the range – so 10 max per practice and b] to be sure the facilitator has someone coming. More on that later. Each practice will have a shooting/combo plan that is structured to match the MN Biathlon training plans. We still are planning a race on Thursday the 16th of July—and that will not have a 10 person limit.

Thank you for getting back to me as soon as possible.
Bill Meyer, Coach

MN Biathlon June and Early July 2020 Schedule

Please find below the tentative schedule of training events and day camps around the state. All these events are subject to any new rules by the Governor, or other unforeseen changes. Note: the RR grade at Elk River is closed to roller skiing until 1 July. Access to the range is open. Please bring a facemask to all training. Masks are mandatory for rifle fitting for both coach and athlete! Hand sanitizer is also recommended. Limited ammo will be available for sale at $35 a brick [500 rds]. Also note: helmets are mandatory for all roller skiing. Knee pads, elbow guards, and gloves are optional but recommended for beginners. 

Rifle fitting focus- by invitation only: 

  • 5 June, Friday- Elk River- 2:00 pm in the parking lot at Woodland Trails. Bring roller skis etc. also. 
    Open shooting after- 4:00 until 6:00 pm. Max numbers 10. Please contact me for signup. Bill & Holly. 
  • 11 June, Thursday- Elk River- 2:00 pm- fitting by invitation only
    Open shooting 3:00 until 6:00 pm. Max numbers 10. Please contact me for signup. Bill & ??

Daycamps- day long training–9:00 am to 4:00 pm—bring your own lunch and water! Max group size 10. 

  • 13 June- Bosek range at Alexandria- coaches: Kaisa, Jeff, and Bill. Please contact me for signup. 
  • 20 June- Snowflake range at Duluth- coaches John, Sean and Bill. Please contact me for signup
  • 27 June- Mt Itasca at Coleraine- coaches Vlad, Bill and maybe Jeff. Please contact me for signup

Shooting practices- 


The Elk River event scheduled for the 25th of June is cancelled due to the RR grade construction. Local events running or biking can be scheduled by the local coach as long as the starts are well spread out and the event has no more than 10 total participants counting both coaches and athletes. 

16 July, 13 August, and 17/18 October- Elk River. These events are tentatively scheduled pending completion of the construction work. We will get an invitation out when closer to those dates.

For further information, please contact me or one of the coaches listed above. Stay safe, be careful, and encourage others to do the same!!

Bill Meyer,
MN Biathlon Coach