seemingly unlikely combination of events – one is an aerobic activity
(skiing, running/walking or mountain biking) 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/walking, or biking all out!).
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 Mountaineer competitions.
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 two Youth Classes (12 & Under
and 13 to 16) 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 Mountaineers proud to also offer a WHEELCHAIR CLASS at all events as well as
alternative ADAPTIVE CLASSES. These are in cooperation with New England
Disables Sports headquartered in Lincoln, NH and with Eastern Adaptive
Sports headquartered in Ashland, NH. For more information on EAS please
contact Geoff Krill at 603-616-6067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their web site at easternadaptivesports.org
a great and well attended '15 season, we are ready to begin the Pemi
Mountaineers eighth season of biathlon with three winter events, four
summer events and a mountain bike event to round out 2016.
Jan 31st (Sun.) - winter
Feb 20th (Sat.) - winter
Mar 12th (Sat.) - winter
May 21st (Sat.) - summer
Jun 18th (Sat.) - summer
Jul 3rd (Sun.) - summer
Sep 17th (Sat.) - summer
Oct 8th (Sat.) - mountain bike (& summer)
The Biathlon are held snow/rain or shine, but will be cancelled if
thunder is heard from the property during a race. The Winter Biathlon
dates are subject to snow cover; please refer to the Event Calendar for
announcements or email email@example.com. Rifles may be protected from rain
by clear plastic garbage bags if necessary.
plan to have two relays: 11:00 and 1:00 and the match fee is $15 for
either relay or $25 for both relays – if you bring your own
rifle. If you need to use a Club rifle, the match fee is $20 for
either relay or $30 for both relays. There will be divisions for cross
country skiing and snowshoeing. Skate skiing will be available
depending on snow cover and snow grooming availability.
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 only. All other biathletes will
stage their rifles on the racks provided at the firing line. Sign-in
for summer and mountain bike events will be on the field, weather
permitting. Participants can download sign-in (one-sided, two
individuals) and liability waver (two-sided, one individual) forms from
the Pemi.org web site and bring them to facilitate sign-in.
briefing and sight-in will follow sign-in. All participants are
required to attend the safety briefing, and it is also highly
recommended for all spectators. During sight-in any
new-to-shooting and new-to-biathlon competitors will be trained.
Coaching is available. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent
or legal guardian. Adaptive class participants are welcome at all
events and the course will be modified to the ability of the
Some club rifles are available for use. Notify administrator on sign-in if you will need to use a club rifle.
Ammo needs to be subsonic and we will continue to use Eley subsonic Match Ammo this year.
Basics of Biathlon Event:
penalty can be taken in place of penalty loops, but most competitors
complete penalty loop in less than the time penalty, and choose the
Click Here For Biathlon Forms
For further information see the Event Calendar or email firstname.lastname@example.org,