June 1st is the beginning of the new biathlon season for the Polar Bear Biathlon Club. On the 1st we will have a family shooting session at McCauley Mountain beginning at 1 p.m. The following week two Polar Bears will travel to Day, New York for a Junior Development Clinic. This clinic will be hosted at the Saratoga Biathlon Club and instructed by Algis Shalna, USBA Development Coach. Henry Uzdavinis and Tyler Rudolph will be spending the day learning proper shooting techniques and developing their shooting skills. This clinic is by invitation only. Two weeks later we will host the second Junior Development Clinic at McCauley Mountain, Saturday June 21st. The instructors for this clinic will be Art Stegen and Sean Halligan. Coach Stegen was the USBA Coach for the national team in previous years. Coach Halligan raced on the National Guard Team in previous years and worked with Coach Stegen during his earlier career. This clinic is also by invitation only. Henry Uzdavinis, Tyler Rudolph, Megan Green, and Connor Hrynuk will all be attending. These clinics are designed to enhance the development of the youth in New York State to reach a higher level of skill in the sport of biathlon.
On June 22nd there will be a Summer Biathlon Running Race at McCauley Mountain. The course will be approximately 5 km in length and classified as a sprint race. This means that the course will be a three lap event with two stops to shoot. Each competitor will shoot five targets at each stop. For each miss they will run an additional penalty lap. There will be two sets of classes, one for seasoned biathletes and one for novice biathletes. Awards will be given for the top three in each race class, both men and women. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; Zero at 9:00; and race starts at 10:00 a.m. Registration for the race can be done online at Skireg.com or day of race. Racers must be a current member of a NYS Biathlon Club, and a member of USBA. Day of race membership can be obtained for both requirements at the race site for $10 each. Preregistration is $15 per racer and day of race registration is $20. Please come out and join us. There will be a safety clinic at 9:40 for all new competitors.
Future shooting dates and race information will be published on this site throughout the summer. Please check this site weekly to see what is happening in Polar Bear Biathlon! More to come!!!