UPDATE: from Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association, Mon. 3-19:
Biathlon Minus Five
Yee Haw! The weekend storm dropped three feet of wonderful snow here at our house in town and up to five feet on Mammoth Mountain. Conditions are going to be perfect for the Fifth Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon.
Last year we had four elite biathletes who were competing on the national and international level. This year, so far, we will have thirteen elite athletes instructing at the Friday clinics and racing in the Elite race on Sunday. Sunday, we’re going to have a biathlon race not to be missed.
Biathlon range survey is today, and range build is tomorrow. Range and course will be ready for a Biathlon Celebration Saturday and Sunday.
Remember, registration for both Friday clinics and the biathlon closes at midnight Tuesday, 20 March. This is your final notice. Register now before it’s too late. http://www.active.com/skiing/
Andrea Mead Lawrence: The spirit of sport is really the essence and ideal of all our human efforts. It is the exercising and joining of our individual energy with those of others in furthering the human race. Thus, competition strikes me as being for one another, not against. I see it as participation, an unusual teamwork. Each contribution of spiritual and physical vitality establishes new plateaus from which others may thrust. It is a shared current; it is important to play well.
UPDATE: From founder of Winter Biathlon, Mike Karch:
We are growing….last year we had four…so far, we are up to 13 elite athletes competing.
Thank you Charlie Comfort and Tom Cage for your generosity and making this happen.
Sunday is going to be one heck of a showdown at 9000 feet!
The elite 7.5k race will be Sunday March 25 at 10 am. This will be filmed for the ATSN/Pursuit Channel.
Brit Cogan will be your elite athlete liaison and your personal contact for all things Mammoth.
Please send your athlete Bio to race announcer Chris Hollingsworth so he can speak about you during the race for the spectators benefit.
Clayton Mendel will be in charge of the Laser Biathlon Clinic Friday night. He will contact you and assign you as a clinic instructor.
Kami Boyer is our Race Volunteer Coordinator. She will contact you with regards to helping on the firing line during the Saturday kids and beginner adult races.
Finally, Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association has $500 stipends for elite athlete airfare. During the event on Saturday or Sunday, please go to the ESNSA tent and ask for Katie Quinlan. Please bring your flight receipts as well as travel food receipts. Katie will cut you a check for these as well as $70 to refund your for signing up on active.com. Your housing and meals here as well as rental car will be taken care by ESNSA. Brit Cogan will coordinate this with you.
Friday night after the clinic, there will be a athlete/town Meet and Greet at Snowcreek Athletic Club.
Sunday after the race there will be a casual get together with the athletes for burgers and beer at Burgers Restaurant.
Can’t wait for you to be here! I want you guys to show California what biathlon is all about.
Mike Karch, MD
Founder, Mammoth Winter Biathlon
North America’s Largest Biathlon.
The Fifth Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon is going to be the best yet!
Please get your entries in. http://www.active.com/skiing/
You can rent XC gear at Brian’s Bicycles and Cross Country Skis. http://mammothbikesandskis.
You can also rent at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Pick up at the Ski-Center Yurt until 5 PM the day before. After skiing, you can return equipment at Main Lodge area. Call for details, 760-934-2442, extension 8.
Eleven elite biathletes, including 2010 Mammoth Winter Biathlon Winner and 2006 Olympian Katja Ivanova, will race on Sunday. The race will be hotly contested for both men and women. Don’t miss this one.
We still need volunteers. If you’re not going to race, please volunteer and help make the Fifth Annual Mammoth Winter Biathlon a real celebration. We particularly need help Sunday, both during the event and afterward to tear down the range. Please contact Kami Boyer, 2012 Mammoth Biathlon Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org .
It looks as if we’re going to get snow, lots of it, this weekend. The Biathlon is going to be magical.
Bill Koch: The world would be a little better place to live if more people went cross-country skiing.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Elevation 8083 feet in John Muir’s Range of Light