Almost Happy New Year to one and all! The Polar Bear Ski Club and Polar Bear Biathlon Club are anxiously awaiting a good snow storm to make this years races open on January 1st! Anyone interested in registering for either the biathlon race, start time is 10 a.m., or the cross country race, start time noon, can go to Skireg and sign up. As always anyone preregistered will pay $15 when they arrive at the race site, anyone waiting until January 1st to register will pay a day of race registration fee of $25. The biathlon is a 7.5 km race for all classes. A relatively flat rolly course. All racers start at one minute intervals with prizes for the first three in each class. Results will be posted on the Polar Bear Biathlon webpage as well as on NY Biathlon Webpage. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and zero is at 9:00 a.m. At 9:50 the range will be closed to set up for the start. This is a sprint format race. Novice are welcome to give it a try as well. There will be a safety clinic for anyone that needs it given at 9:15. Depending on the turnout there will be spare guns available as loner rifles for this race. If you need to borrow a rifle please contact us at c underscore klossne at hotmail dot com. , no space between any of the letters. Be sure to check the NYB or the Polar Bear Biathlon websites before leaving for the race to be sure that the race is a go or not!
This is a great way to kick off your New Year’s biathlon races.
Even though it is still October we need to start thinking of the upcoming racing season. The racing schedule is taking shape and the first races are on the calendar. As of now, it looks like there will be a short race, possible sprint, on December 17th, after a Toko Waxing Clinic. The race will be held at Osceola Ski Center. Then on January 1st we will host our first race at McCauley Mountain. This is part of our Resolution Day Races. We will hold a 7.5 km sprint race for all classes. Then on Saturday, January 7th Syracuse will host their second race at Osceola Ski Center. On January 28th Saratoga Biathlol Club will host their first race of the season, a sprint, in Day, NY, at the Saratoga Biathlon Club. The next day, January 29th, the Polar Bear Biathlon Club will host our second race of the season. It is a sprint scheduled to start at 1 p.m. This will give us a possible four races before the Empire State Games on February 5th.
Last year several of our possible racers were unable to qualify because we didn’t have two races in before the Empire State Games. This year we have the chance to race in Osceola, Saratoga and Old Forge before the games. Start planning your racing schedule now! Let me know what your plans are so that the Polar Bear Biathlon Club can work with you to help you meet your goals for this season.
Our next shooting session will be on Sunday, October 16th. I hope to see you there!
The Empire States Winter Games are going to be scheduled, at least for now, for February 2nd through the 5th. This is a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There was much discussion between the chair’s of each of the winter sports and the Lake Placid Planning committee. This past week through a phone conference the decision was made to go ahead with the dates listed earlier. Throughout the summer and early fall plans will be put in place to set up a race schedule that will be challenging to all. One of the details that will have to be resolved will be the Lake Placid Loppet. This 50 km. race is scheduled to take place on February 4th. For us to have a two day event, we will need to come up with something that will allow our racers to compete on two days and that will also not force people to stay in Lake Placid the entire time. More news will be posted as soon as a schedule has been put in place.
Check back often to see what is happening with the ESWGs and also the regular race schedules!