Month: July 2011

Polar Bear Biathlon Club hosts Modified Pursuit Race on August 14th

August 14th will be the first non-sprint biathlon race ever hosted at McCauley Mountain.  This event will be a modified pursuit race, which means that there will be four shooting stops with five running bouts.  The course will travel over McCauley’s nordic trails.  As always all participants should be aware that these are not paved or graveled trails.  You should expect that there will be uneven ground with possible stones/rocks and roots on the course.  The race will start and finish in the parking lot opposite the range at McCauley Mountain.  There will be a walk zone at the range.  Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in each class with all competitors receiving a finisher ribbon.  No written results will be available at the race site, but will be posted on NY Biathlon and Polar Bear Biathlon websites that afternoon or evening.  Race time will be at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 and zero at 10.  A safety clinic will be offered before the race to any first time competitors.

Race entry fees will be $15 if pre-registered by August 13th with race day registration set at $25.  If you do not belong to a registered biathlon club there is a one day club membership fee of $5.  All competitors must be members of USBA for insurance purposes.  If you are not a member of USBA a one day membership is available for $10.

Shooting Schedule Updates for Polar Bear Biathlon Club

A big thank you to everyone that has given time to shoot this summer.  Our schedule for the remainder of the summer is changing due to schedule changes and work schedules.  We will be shooting at Woodcraft Camps on Tuesday, August 2nd and 9th.  On the weekend of August 13th and 14th Woodcraft will close their regular season which means that we will stop shooting there after the 9th of August.  I will move the three targets that are at Woodcraft to McCauley mountain for the upcoming race on Sunday August 14th.  After the race on the 14th we will return to Sunday shooting beginning on the 28th of August.  Once September rolls around we will see what is best for the shooters.

I know that the fall sporting schedule begins around the 22nd of August, which means that all of our youth will be involved evenings.  Therefore the only time that could meet would be on Sundays.  More on this at the end of August.

I hope to see you during our last two scheduled shooting sessions and at the race on August 14th!

Shooting Practice Continues to be a big hit at Woodcraft Camps!

Shooting practice at Woodcraft Camps in Old Forge has produced a great turnout again this year.  This evening we had two adults that have been coming to practice since our June Biathlon and two student/youth shooters.  One of the youth, Henry Uzdavinis showed that he is ready to continue his success from last year.  He zeroed very quickly and then proceeded to shoot clean for the entire evening.  He used two different guns and was able to have the same results on both.  Henry will be returning to Woodcraft camps for the second half of the summer, which means that he will shoot with us almost every Tuesday evening until camp closes at the end of August.

Also we had a new shooter join us this evening.  His name is Charlie Doublet.   Charlie is the newest member of the Polar Bear Biathlon Club and has a knack for shooting.  After reviewing all the safety procedures he began shooting.  His first five clips of ammo gave him 15 hits out of 25!  Not bad for a first outing!  Charlie is currently a resident of Cypress, the country of!  He is our first international member!  It is great to have him with us!

Our other shooters this evening were Ms. Anne Greene and Ms. Leslie Leach, both new shooters this year and both adults.  They have taken to biathlon like a duck to water!  Both women are intent on their skills and are shooting quite well.  It is good to have adults that have a knack for the sport and like to do it.

It is a pleasure to have so much support for our club!  Good job gang and keep up the good work!

Biathlon Shooting Practice-Sunday July 17th!

We will be shooting on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. for those that would like attend.  Our location for this session will be at McCauley Mountain.  If you are going to attend and have time to let me know I would appreciate it.  Thanks, Carl Klossner (c underscore klossner at