The biathlon I chose for my debut was held in my backyard at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, March 21-23. The Mammoth Winter Biathlon was created by local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mike Karch, seven years ago and continues to grow its following each year.
A biathlon is the combination of Nordic skiing and target shooting. Participants ski a certain distant, then shoot at targets. Every shot you miss means taking a penalty lap.
The race I entered, perhaps foolishly, was the Masters course, somewhere in between beginner and advanced. We had to ski a total of 4.5 km and shoot two rounds of five shots each. The first round of shooting was prone or laying down, and the second round was standing. Shots were taken from 50 meters away.
Here are the reasons you should put the Mammoth Winter Biathlon on your list of events to check out and try.