Biathlon

Last updated by biathlon on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 11:35 am

 

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Combining Cross Country Skiing and Target Shooting

The biathlon program at Blackhawk Ski Club gives club members the opportunity to participate in winter biathlon which combines cross country skiing and target shooting. Participants in the past have included novices with no prior experience to experienced biathletes looking for a place to practice and race.

The Blackhawk biathlon area is open to members that are participating in club practices, involved in an introduction to biathlon program, or have previous biathlon experience. Blackhawk has a lighted 8pt shooting area that is connected to a Nordic trail system complete with a large loop of man-made snow. Our snow making capabilities along with area lighting makes Blackhawk a great place to train and compete regardless of weather conditions.  Club members interested in using the 50-meter shooting area either need to have prior biathlon safety certification or be involved in an organized club biathlon activity. The biathlon area also includes a set up for air rifles at a shooting distance of 10 meters. During the year the opportunity to learn about and participate in biathlon will be available to Blackhawk members including those enrolled in the Middle School and High School Nordic programs.

If you are interested in helping with the biathlon activities, construction and maintenance of the shooting area and trails, or you want to try biathlon, contact biathlon@blackhawkskiclub.org.

Requirements

All participants in practice or races must be members of Blackhawk Ski Club AND need to have previously completed a biathlon safety training program prior to use of the biathlon facilities and equipment. The one exception is involvement in an introduction to biathlon event at Blackhawk. The use of the Blackhawk biathlon area and equipment is restricted to biathlon practice and participants only. No free shooting or non-biathlon shooting is allowed.

Practices

During fall and ski season, practices are usually held on Wednesday or Thursday evening from ~5-7:00 and Sunday from 2-4:00.  Please sign up for our google group email list to receive weekly announcements of the practice schedule. During summer, we may only have one evening practice per week, depending on interest.  Please check www.blackhawkskiclub.org for updates. There may be a very limited number of club rifles at each practice.  Club members that are serious about participating in biathlon should provide their own rifle and ammunition.

There is no open shooting.  A club range marshall must be present anytime the range is open.

Additional Biathlon races will be coordinated with Wisconsin Biathlon Club at www.wisconsinbiathlon.com

Locations

All events occur in the Blackhawk Ski Club biathlon area at the bottom of hill 3/4.  Enter the eastern driveway and go left down the hill.  If it is icy and you do not have 4WD, consider parking at the top and skiing or walking down.

Equipment

A very limited number of air rifles and 22 caliber biathlon rifles, 10-meter targets for the air rifles, and nine 50-meter target are available for use by Blackhawk members at scheduled practices and competitions.

Cost

There is no separate fee to participate in Blackhawk biathlon. Everyone who practices with our club is required to be a Blackhawk Ski Club member and a USBA member.  A reciprocal agreement exists for those who have paid memberships at other clubs (Wisconsin Biathlon, Minnesota Biathlon, etc) for races held at Blackhawk and vice versa.  A nominal fee of $10 per session will be collected from participants who need to use club rifles at practices to help cover the costs of targets, ammunition and rifle maintenance. A $50 annual or $10 daily Membership in US Biathlon is required to participate in races for insurance purposes.

For more information

For more information about these programs, please contact us via email.

Race schedule and results

The race schedule for 2017/18 is:

TBD

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
We are building a new biathlon shelter this summer, stay tuned for announcements of which weekends we will be building.  All labor will be volunteer.  Please also consider a donation to help fund the project.
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Red Book Safety Certification:  Everyone who competes will need this certification prior to competing (unless it’s in one of the novice races).
We will host a Red Book course in fall/winter 2017, stay tuned for details.
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A novice event for those with no prior biathlon experience will occur a couple times each season. Watch for emails and notifications to register for these races about a week before the race date.
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Race Results:

All results are listed under WI Biathlon Association on Webscorer.com

www.webscorer.com/wibiathlon

SEASON SERIES WINNERS:

2015/16 winners announced here:  Series_Shooting_2015 updated

2016/17 winners announced here: 2016 2017 Race Series Winners

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