Mother Nature has served up a healthy dose of the white stuff which means the 7th Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon is on! Whether you're a first-timer or you're an Elite Biathlete, the Mammoth Biathlon, scheduled for March 21-23, has an event for you.
The announcement was officially made on Feb. 13 when Race Director and event founder Mike Karch surveyed the Reds Lake area and found there was enough snow. Recent storms in the area since then have been icing on the cake to make sure this year’s event will be the best yet.
“We really wanted to keep the momentum going,” Karch said of the decision last month to press on with the event despite a lower than average snow year. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm behind it, especially with the kids.”
Biathlon is a Winter Olympic Sport, most recently featured in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, that combines cross-country skiing with precision target shooting. The sport is unique in that it occurs at opposite ends of the athletic physiology spectrum, combining extreme cardiovascular stress with absolute mental focus.
Participate in this year’s event and combine your love for Nordic skiing and marksmanship and compete like an Olympian. Separate starts for children, beginners, masters, elite and disabled athletes.
According to mammothbiathlon.org, even if you've never shot a rifle before there are clinics to help. Even if you can't make a clinic, there will be an experienced biathlete at each shooting lane who can help you shoot and will keep you and everyone else safe.
Don't have a rifle? Community rifles and ammunition are supplied. Both kid's and adult rifle sizes are available.
Own your own rifle? You can use it. You can either ski with your rifle or leave it in the racks at the range while you ski.
Registration for the 2014 Mammoth Biathlon is now open and closes March 16 at 11:59 p.m.