Month: December 2010

New Year’s Day Races are in Jeopardy!

After waiting with great anticipation, the Polar Bear Biathlon Club looks like it may come up short with it’s Christmas wish list. We asked Santa for snow, snow and more snow! We are hoping that the storm currently traveling up the coast will send some snow our way. We have approximately 1/2 inch of rolled snow on the course to ski on. It is no where enough for us to race on this coming weekend. Our range is in worse shape. A foot of wet snow would do the trick, but it isn’t suppose to happen for us. Added to our lack of snow we are also looking at above normal temperatures for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We could have rain on the 31st, which would wipe us out completely. Our long range forecast isn’t much better.
The final decision on the race will be posted on December 29th here and also on the New York State Biathlon webpage. Please check back to see what is happening with the Polar Bear Biathlon Club!

Empire State Games are back on in all of their glory!

The Empire State Games have been reinstated with private sponsorship. They are remaining in Lake Placid on the last weekend in Febrary, 2/25; 2/26/; and 2/27. Those that qualify for the Empire State Games will race on Friday, February 25th at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. This will be a sprint race with distances varying from 6 km. to 10 km. The second race will be an individual relay running at 1 p.m. on Saturday, 2/26. The race will be run as a relay, but with no teams. Each person will ski for themselves and have individual results.
We all hope that there will be a seamless transition from Parks and Recreation running the races to the private sponsors that ORDA found. We will know soon!

Polar Bear Winter Schedule is set!

The Polar Bear Biathlon schedule is set for two races this year. If you are interested in registering for either of the races you can sign up for them or view the race details by going to
The two dates are January 1, 2011 and February 6, 2011. Both races are sprint format and will have two shooting stops. There will be a penalty zone for both races. As in past years we will have all USBA classes plus a novice class for those that want to see what it is all about. I hope that you will come and join us at one or both of our races! See you on the range!