Daycamp and Races on Oct 31 and Nov 1

Good Morning Everyone-

First, both the daycamp and the race have capped numbers [20 and 25 respectively] and we are at or very close to the caps. If you want to go onto a waiting list, please get in touch with me.

As I checked the COVID statistics this morning, MN appears to be experiencing a big spike in both new positive cases and related deaths. We will need to watch this closely for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, whether you are planning on coming to ER or not, but especially if you are, PLEASE be very careful over the next two weeks, wear your mask when indoors and social distance where possible. And wash wash wash. Keep your hands away from your face. Try really hard not to become a statistic!!!

You should also get your annual flu shot as soon as possible.

If we all take these precautions now, and no one comes to the end of the month events feeling under the weather, I think we can be pretty much assured we aren’t bringing the virus to the gatherings.

AT THE EVENTS, MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED UNLESS YOU ARE ON THE FIRING LINE OR SKIING. SOCIAL DISTANCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. We will have extra rifle racks down at the firing line on Saturday and during zero on Sunday. All spectators, coaches, and officials should be masked at all times. Please spread out!

If these rules bother you, please stay home. No one should end up regretting they came sick and passed it on, or on the other hand, be concerned because someone else is trying to be macho!!!

Now, this morning we woke up to this:

It is too early to predict the weather two weeks out, but watch your email after next weekend. We may need to modify our plans. While roller skiing with a skim of snow on the ground is futile, running, hill bounding, and shooting all work fine.

In any case, be careful, be safe, and keep an eye on your email for updates!!

The best season of the year is on its way!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Info: Schedule changes, upcoming daycamp, and rollerski race at ER

Big schedule changes and reservations for the upcoming daycamp and last rollerski race at ER

Good Afternoon All!!!

Ok—top of the news is that the USBA Youth and Junior Worlds Team Trials have been moved from Anchorage to Mt Itasca, and the dates changed to 28th-31st of Jan. All biathletes in the Jr, Youth and <17 age class should participate. I am checking for eligibility ages for the US team on the <17, but the experience is invaluable for all!!

We will have the first Midwest Regional races or MN Cups the first weekend in Dec at Mt Itasca. More to be announced soon on that schedule—and of course both are subject to COVID and snowmaking temps!!

We are also going to change the dates of some of the MN Cup races in Dec and early Jan. For sure we will have MN Cup races or makeup Midwest Regional races during Christmas Holiday—likely on the 2nd and 3rd of Jan at Mt Itasca. The MN Cup #3 scheduled for the 13th at Mt Itasca will be one of those now and the 13th race will be cancelled.

CXC has moved the Michigan JNQ qualifier to Duluth on the 12th and 13th of Dec. I would suggest you jump into that or the one the following weekend at Mt Itasca for the upper level ski experience.

Ok—now as to the upcoming daycamp at Elk River on the 31st of Oct and the last roller ski biathlon race there on the 1st of Nov. So far response has been heavy! If you want to participate in the daycamp or the race you need to let me know ASAP. We have 20 slots for the daycamp and I think 13 are taken. We have a cap of 25 for the race and have about 20 signed up so far.

So again, please let me know if you want to attend!!

Thanks,
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – PHOTOS

Photo set from Brian Wray from Sunday’s race: https://photo.wrocket.org/2020/september_elk_river_biathlon/
 
Feel free to forward as appropriate. Thanks again for coming!
 -Brian

Awesome pictures, Brian!! Thank you so much for doing that, along with starting, timing, signing and all the other things you do!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Elk River practices this week–the 21st of Sept

Hi Everyone- 

We are attempting to put together some organized practices for the TC group at Elk River. While once you are familiar with biathlon shooting you are welcome to use the range on your own—just be sure you clean up, lock up, and leave things as you found them. And don’t leave any paint in the range building in case it gets vandalized again.

There are, however, a lot of advantages to organized training with other athletes. Recognizing that we will offer two sessions this week:

  • Wed morning from 10:30 to noon with Lynda 
  • Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 with Tara

Now here is the key: You need to check in with the appropriate leader before you come out for an organized practice. That will allow them to: 

  1. let you know of any schedule change before the practice 
  2. Set up the correct number of targets before shooting starts 
  3. not take breaks to set up for late comers 
  4. the Leader can avoid showing up on the above schedule when sometime else would be more appropriate if no one is coming 
  5. Keep me out of the loop.

The leader will bring a scope. There is paper in the building if you know how to get in or have a key. 

So we need to try this for a week. In particular, Tara’s house is undergoing a major remodeling and she can’t commit to more than a week so far. If someone else would be able to jump in as leader—even on a different schedule, please let me know. 

Thanks!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Elk River Roller Ski Race – Sun, Sept. 20th, 2020 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions

11.4km

All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Paul Schommer SM Moose 1:00 35:24 34:24 +0:00 2 3 2 1 8
2 / 1 Sam Stertz YM Mt. Itasca 1:20 38:51 37:31 +3:07 0 2 1 2 5
3 / 2 Matej Cervenka YM Mt. Itasca 2:00 41:51 39:51 +5:27 0 2 2 2 6
4 / 1 Ethan Livingston JM Maine/SS 3:00 44:46 41:46 +7:22 2 0 2 2 6
5 / 3 Edison Byrum YM Indiana 2:20 46:44 44:24 +10:00 1 2 2 3 8
6 / 4 Logan Jenson YM NNW 2:40 49:05 46:25 +12:01 2 2 2 2 8


9.3km

All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Emma Stertz JW MI/SS 4:20 39:43 35:23 +0:00 1 0 0 2 3
2 / 1 Ryker Bosek U17M Wolfpack 3:20 39:38 36:18 +0:55 1 1 3 2 7 Given 30s time credit for range issue
3 / 2 Cheresa Bouley JW Twin Cities 3:40 40:37 36:57 +1:34 2 4 2 1 9
4 / 1 Greg Pattison MM Wisconsin Biathlon 5:20 42:51 37:31 +2:08 1 2 0 1 4
5 / 1 Kaisa Bosek YW Wolfpack 6:00 46:35 40:35 +5:12 1 3 0 2 6
6 / 2 Matthew Broderson U17M Twin Cities 4:40 45:37 40:57 +5:34 4 3 2 4 13
7 / 1 Saylor Landrum U17W 5:00 45:58 40:58 +5:35 3 1 3 1 8
8 / 2 Lauren Huber U17W Wolfpack 7:20 50:49 43:29 +8:06 3 1 5 4 13
9 / 3 Audrey Lahammer U17W Bluff 6:20 49:50 43:30 +8:07 2 3 2 5 12 Cross-fired last shooting.
10 / 2 Kevin Ousdigian MM Twin Cities 5:40 49:54 44:14 +8:51 4 4 4 2 14
11 / 3 Noah Besemann U17M Twin Cities 4:00 48:41 44:41 +9:18 3 1 4 5 13
12 / 3 Keith Kranz MM 7:00 58:44 51:44 +16:21 2 2 5 1 10
13 / 4 Owen Fischer U17M Duluth 7:40 1:04:33 56:53 +21:30 4 4 3 4 15


7.1km

All / Group Racer Category Club Start Finish Time Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Jack Cashman U15M Bluff 8:00 41:39 33:39 +0:00 2 1 1 2 6 Shot PPPS
2 / 1 Linnea Ousdigian U15W Twin Cities 8:20 48:10 39:50 +6:11 4 4 3 2 13 Shot PPPS
3 / 2 Selah Binsfeld U15W Twin Cities 8:40 53:59 45:19 +11:40 3 3 1 3 10 Shot PPPP; third shooting on standing targets.

Online Registration: https://forms.gle/rYjS66BdZufCB7JH8

Y/J/S Men – 11.4km
All Others* – 9.3km

20 second interval start
5 loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

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

Registration @ 9:30 AM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand or sign up online.

Zero @ 10:00 AM
Race Start @ 11:00 AM

$10 / racer

Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

Racing?

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net,​ or sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/rYjS66BdZufCB7JH8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

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

Keep Everybody Healthy!

We ask all participants and spectators to bring, and wear, a face covering, and to maintain personal space at the range area. Athletes may take theirs off for zero and racing.

Updated race schedule for Fall 2020

Featured

Sunday, Sept 20 at Elk River
10:00 zero—Pursuit format

Some will be going out to Utah in mid Oct 12th-16th for their Fall Festival—let Bill Meyer know if you are interested.

The finale at Elk River will be a Daycamp on Saturday 31 Oct and a final race for the season there on Sunday 1 Nov.

Please mark your calendars!!!