MN Biathlon Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 2019 – Elk River

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Woodland Trails Biathlon Range https://www.minnesotabiathlon.com/venues/

Practice – Saturday, 10/19
10:00AM – 4:00PM

Includes novice event from​ 10:00AM-12:00PM. S​ee separate flier for participation in this event. Experienced athletes needed during this event to help out on shooting points!
Cost: $10​ – b​ut​ f​ree​ ​if you help out with the novice race at 10AM!

Race – Sunday, 10/29

Youth/Junior/Senior Men – 11.4km
5x medium loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.
All Others – 9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.
9.3km distance allowed for novices/masters if requested. Junior women and older may race 11.4km distance if requested.

Registration @ 9:30 AM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.
Either print and complete the second page of the pdf above or online at https://forms.gle/KRAgDVtw8vxE1rAE7

Zero @ 10:00 AM
Race Start @ 11:00 AM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.
$10 / racer
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.
Racing or practicing?
Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/KRAgDVtw8vxE1rAE7

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?
Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

2019 Fall Biathlon Novice Clinic – Elk River – Sat, October 19th, 2019

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range, Elk River, MN

Directionshttps://goo.gl/maps/fPMgDVz8HswsvDbMA

Interested in biathlon?​ ​Come try it out at our fall novice clinic.
● Learn about biathlon technical basics and race formats.
● Receive instruction on rifle safety and marksmanship.
● Try out what you’ve learned in an untimed, low-key race combining rollerskiing and marksmanship.
● Watch experienced biathletes practice their skills afterwards.
● This clinic is geared towards athletes 13 years and older who are already
comfortable on rollerskis. Younger participants are allowed with some discretion and an adult guardian present​. The rifles will be adult size.

The following will be ​provided by Minnesota Biathlon​:
● Biathlon rifles and ammunition.
● Expert coaching and advice.

The following should be ​provided by attendees:​
● Comfortable workout clothing appropriate to the day’s weather.
● Some water, perhaps a light snack.
● Personal ​rollerski ​equipment (skis, boots, poles). ​Helmets are required!

Cost: $40/participant
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon, paid in-person on the day of the event. All proceeds fund biathlon range work and club operations.
Sign up online: ​https://forms.gle/KXJW9S4kcEYcRjcP9
Clinic is capped at 20 participants.
When the registration cap is reached, those beyond the cap will be placed on a waitlist and notified if a spot has opened up prior to the event.

Questions? ​Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 652-366-2952.

Crossfiring

Good Morning Everyone-
We had another good race yesterday at Elk River. That series is really good to help you put together all the training elements that you work on all year long! Unfortunately the number of participants was quite low—hopefully all the active biathletes in MN will come for the finale in Oct. This morning I sent out the schedule for MN Biathlon events this winter. Try to make them all!!

One reason these races are so good, is the surprises that pop up unexpectantly. Yesterday it was a crossfiring. If you are crossfired upon, you need to raise your hand and yell ‘Crossfire”. That will stop the action—they will clear your target—and you can continue—and they will tell you how many penalties to do before you leave the range. You will also get some time credit for the time you lost.

If you are the crossfirer be aware if there is no one on the wrong target you are shooting at, no one will say anything and it is up to you to check your own target as you leave the range to avoid many 2 min penalties for missed penalty loops.

If you are a coach- in a formal race—you should not say anything except to make the officials aware it is happening and they should stop it when there is shooter on the target being shot at by the crossfirer. If there is no shooter on that target—the crossfirer must be allowed to continue.

If you are a line official and observe someone being crossfired upon—you need to stop the shooting by both—record the target status—clear it—and then give the correct shooter the number of penalties to do and also give the timers the amount of time credit. If there is no one on the target being shot at, the crossfirer must be allowed to continue.

“There are those who have crossfired and those who will.”

Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Sun, Sept 15th, 2019 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Photo set Courtesy of Brian Wray – (link to set)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019 Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Youth/Junior/Senior Men – 11.4km
5x medium loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

All Others – 9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

9.3km distance allowed for novices/masters if requested. Junior women and older may race 11.4km distance if requested.

Registration @ 9:30 AM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand. Either print and complete the last page of this announcement or online at https://forms.gle/M8f8nmamff8GHE6T8

Zero @ 10:00 AM Race Start @ 11:00 AM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

$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/M8f8nmamff8GHE6T8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?
Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

Kaisa Bosek Nominated to 2020 Youth Olympic Games by United States Biathlon Association

Kaisa Bosek, 16, from Alexandria MN and a member of the Wolfpack/MN Biathlon Club has been nominated by the US Biathlon Association to be a member of the 6 athlete US Biathlon Team to the Youth Olympic Games to be held Jan 9-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This event is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and includes all the Winter Olympic sports.

The US team will consist of 3 men and 3 women who were selected based on each athlete’s best 4 of 8 national level races starting with Team Trials in Utah, continuing at Nationals in VT and finishing at the National Roller ski Biathlon Championships in VT early in August. Only one roller ski event could be counted even though the competitors skied on matched roller skis provided by USBA.

Bosek was in 3rd place on the Youth Women roster coming into the last races then dominated in the final two, finishing the series with a 7.5km Pursuit race shooting 0,0,0,1 [one miss in 20 shots] and finishing over 3 min ahead of her nearest YOG competitor and scoring 107.3% based on the avg of the top 3 finishers to move her up to 1st in the selection process, which is based on percent back scores.

Our congratulations to Kaisa and her coach, Jeff Bosek!