A seemingly unlikely combination of events – one is an aerobic activity (skiing or running) which requires strength, speed and endurance; the other is a passive activity (shooting) which requires concentration and a steady hand (difficult after you’ve been skiing, running or walking all out!).
The earliest known reference to hunting from skis goes back to Norwegian cave paintings dated 2000 years ago. The first known biathlon with firearms was held in Scandanavia in the mid 1700’s. Biathlon was adopted as an Olympic sport in 1955. Well-known local competitive skier, Jack Armstrong, visited the club at our first event in '07 and told us about being on the United States team in the first World Biathlon Championships held in Saalfelden, Austria in 1958. This was the US introduction to winter biathlon competition and the training ground for the US participation in the first Olympic Biathlon which was held in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. Olympic Biathlons use the same caliber rifles on the same-sized targets at the same distances as we will be using here at the Pemi competitions.
After a great and well attended '12 season, we are ready to begin the Pemigewasset
Valley Fish and Game Club Pemi Mountaineers seventh season of Biathlon
with at least three winter events and with five events this summer (2013).
We acquired ten of the Devin BT-500 "real" official biathlon
match targets three years ago, each with a bank of five bulls-eyes and
when the target is hit a white paddle comes up and covers the black! They
reset with the pull of a nylon rope and can change from the prone ("small")
to the offhand ("big"), also with a pull of the rope. Scoring
and shooter satisfaction is much enhanced with these targets! The ten steel
Devin-100 Practice Targets purchased with a generous grant from the NRA
Foundation will still be used for practice sessions
Summer Biathlon grew naturally out of Winter Biathlon as a means of keeping in shape for the whole season. Cross-country running is the most popular form of Summer Biathlon in the U.S.A. and Canada.
In addition to the Match Class for experienced biathletes, we offer a Walk Class, a Beginner Class, a Novice Class and a Youth Class where the same or alternative distances are walked or run. This allows everyone to take part in this sport! In addition, we initiated a Mountain Bike Biathlon event in 2008. This event was very well received and will continue to be among our offerings.
The Pemi is proud to now also offer a WHEELCHAIR CLASS at all events as well as alternative Adaptive classes. These are in cooperation with New England Disabled Sports headquartered in Lincoln, NH. For information on NEDS, contact Geoff Krill at 603-745-9333 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
season is scheduled for Saturdays, Jan
12, Feb 9 and March 2, 2013. These dates are subject to snow cover; please refer to the Event Calendar for announcements or call Fred Allen at 603-968-9944. This year we will have two relays: 11:00 and 1:00 and the match fee is $15 for either relay or $25 for both. There will be divisions for cross country skiing and also for those choosing snowshoeing. Skate skiing will be available depending on snow cover and snow grooming availability. Registration will start at 8:30 at the clubhouse. In winter biathlon the rifles are carried slung across the back in the skiing or snow shoeing phases of the match for Match Class participants, others will stage their rifles at the firing line.
The Summer Biathlon season at the Pemi will get started on Saturday, June
1. There will be teams registered as “Match Teams” and as “Sport Teams”.
The “Sport Team” is designed for novices/beginners/youth/adaptive and they
will shoot at the larger targets prone as well as offhand and they will
run/walk shorter distances.
Registration for the Pemi Summer Biathlon events will take place at the clubhouse from 8:00 to 9:00 AM for the Match Team participants and from 8:30 – 9:30 for the Sport Team biathletes on the day of the event. The sight-in period and a safety and range briefing will be at the range starting at 9:00 am for the Match Team. Matches will be scheduled to start at 10:00 with the Match Class first followed by the Youth, Beginner, Novice and Adaptive participants. All events are open to the public regardless of shooting experience and all ages are welcome. (Well, 99 is the limit to protect the youngsters from being humiliated). Coaching is available. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration fee is $15 per match.
Some club rifles are available. Also, eye/ear protection is required. If loaners are needed please request these at least 2 days prior to an event. Races are held rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunder is heard from the property during a race. Rifles may be protected from rain by clear plastic garbage bags if necessary.
Saturday, June 1 2
This will be a “Fun Shoot”: Introductory instruction, some shortened courses of fire, a biathlon clinic by veteran bi-athlete Kevin Brooker, "pickup" teams with prizes and just a fun, family time including dogs and burgers and fixn's! This event will provide a great chance for those new to the sport to get started!
Saturdays, July 6, August 17, September 14
Men will run a total of 4 km (about 2-1/2 miles) and women will run 3.5 km in the match class. Both men and women will shoot a total of 20 shots and will run an additional 100 m (109 yd) per missed shot. All rifles must be bolt-action (or Fortner) with iron sights and single-feed or four 5-shot clips. All ammunition must be .22 LR lead only and sub-sonic (below 1150 f.p.s.) CCI Standard Velocity is subsonic. Rifles will be stored in a rack between shooting bouts. The winners are determined by the shortest elapsed time. The clock keeps running continuously from start to finish. NOTE: In the Sport Class the rifles are staged at the shooting line for safety considerations and a 30 second or one minute penalty per miss may be used instead of penalty loops. The rifles are NOT carried in the running phase in summer biathlon.
There are 2 shooting positions: prone (laying down) and offhand (standing). 45mm (1.77 inch) and 115mm (4.53 inch) diameter “bullseyes” on official BT-500 steel targets are used (thereby eliminating the frustrations experienced by the shooter and the scorer when using paper targets or our old practice steel targets). Both bullseyes, however, present to the shooter black bullseyes that are 115mm diameter, and both positions are shot from 50 meters (54 yd, 2 ft).
There are 5 parts to the match for the Match Classes:
Part 1 – run 800m shoot 5 shots prone, run penalty loops.
Part 2 – run 800m shoot 5 shots prone, run penalty loops.
Part 3 – run 800m shoot 5 shots standing, run penalty loops.
Part 4 – run 800m shoot 5 shots standing, run penalty loops.
Part 5 – run 800m
Sunday October 6
A Mountain Bike Biathlon where biking is done rather than running!
Adaptive class participants are welcome at all events and the course will be modified to the ability of the participant
Adaptive class participants are welcome at all events and the course will be modified to the ability of the participant.
For further information see the Event Calendar or contact Fred Allen, 603-968-9944, email@example.com
Map to club grounds.