MN Cup #6 – Final Update

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.

MN Cup #6 – Conditions Update

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.

Race Invitation – MN Cup #6 – February 25th – Elk River

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.

Three Minnesota Juniors Qualify for Biathlon World Junior Team

Three Minnesota Juniors Qualify for Biathlon World Junior Team

Mt. Itasca, Coleraine, MN.

The Biathlon Jr World Championship Team Selection Trials concluded on Sunday at Mt Itasca. Conditions at Mt Itasca were spectacular, with a perfect grooming on a 2.5km loop. Mt Itasca’s hilly terrain tested athletes with infamous “waterfall climb” right before coming into the shooting range.  Very light wind and good visibility also made for excellent shooting conditions. The three day series started off on Friday, Dec 28 with a 7.5km Sprint for Youth (age 17-18) and Junior Women (age 19-20) and 10km Sprint for Youth and Junior Men. Athletes raced a 4 stage Pursuit Format on Saturday and another 2 stage Sprint race on Sunday.

Anna Kubek

Anna Kubek

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