Month: January 2011

NorAm Pursuit Race Proves to be Good Race for Phaneuf

Maddie Phaneuf had the best race of her young biathlon career today in Lake Placid. Phaneuf raced for the third time this season at the North American Biathlon Race Series #6 this past weekend. A pursuit race is a five lap, four shooting station race. Maddie was entered in the youth female class which meant that she raced a 1.5 km loop five times. She had to shoot prone after each of the first two loops and standing after the third and fourth loops. She hit a total of 45% of her targets during her race.
At race time the temperature was 14 degrees with snow falling during the race. The humidity was high, which made it seem colder than it actually was. There were 66 racers in the field today with about 50% of them from Canada.
Maddie Phaneuf has raced in four other biathlon races this season. The first being in Osceola on December 19th. Her next three races were in Jerecho, Vermont during the Christmas break from school. Those races were called the Junior Trials. There were several participants in those races that were trying to make the World Juniors team that were to take place in the Czech Republic during January.
On February 6th Maddie will join Colin Criss, Megan Greene and Damon Kull in the Old Forge Biathlon Race, one of the several Empire State Games Qualifiers. More after this coming weekends races.

Winter Carnival Weekend sets stage for Polar Bear Biathlon Race!

The weekend of February 5th and 6th is Winter Carnival Weekend in Old Forge. The weekend will be highlighted by many family fun activities in the village as well as at McCauley Mountain. There will also be numerous nordic events on Saturday and Sunday for skiers of all ages.
On Sunday, February 6th at 11 a.m. there will be an Empire States Qualifier in biathlon at McCauley Moutain. This race will be a 7.5 km and 10 km race for all those that cross the start line. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each class. Classes will be novice, non-carrying class; boy/girl, non-carrying class; youth; junior; open; master and grandmaster; all carring classes. These races will have competitors skiing three laps of a course with shooting stops between lap one and two, and also between laps two and three. Each competitor will shoot five shots prone and five shots standing.
We hope that you will come out and support our local Polar Bear athletes in their first home biathlon race of the season.