It’s going to be the biggest Winter Biathlon that Mammoth has ever hosted.  During the third week of March, Biathletes and Nordic skiers from around California and the US will descend upon Mammoth Lakes and our Red’s Lake biathlon course. The organizers of this event are looking for a lot of great volunteers.

The activities for volunteers include just about everything and every skill level.  We need volunteers for the Stadium Buildout, Race Packet Pickup, Firing Range, Shot counting, and Course Management.  Of course, at the end of the event, we need lots of help with Post Race Stadium Takedown.  As they say, many hands make light work, and in the past, the Takedown has gone very quickly indeed.

Come and join us!  Have a great time volunteering for this very exciting event.  Please fill out the form below if you’re interested in helping out with America’s Largest Winter Biathlon.  See you there! Kami Boyer can get you on the crew list.

** STADIUM BUILDOUT: Tuesday, March 18
** POST RACE “barn raising” TAKEDOWN: Immediately following event, Sunday, March 23

Note on buildout: The Biathlon stadium backdrop and lead collection system was designed by Cliff Stanton. Boyer Construction has generously volunteered time toward the buildout. To help out, please fill out the form below. Construction crew will meet Tuesday March 18 0800 at Mammoth Mountain Inn. If you can, bring a cordless power drill with star-drive bits. There will be generators on site for charging. Tools can be taken up by snowmachine. Plan on hiking or skiing to the site via chair 11, 12. For non-skiers there will be limited snowmachine transportation. Please bring appropriate clothing. Deli meat, bread and water will be provided for lunch.

On training and race days there will be limited snowmachine transportation available. Please sign up!

FaMiLy FuN RaCe

In addition to your main race event, on Saturday March 22nd, you’ll be able to participate in a Family Fun Race.  Families of all ages and abilities will be invited to race in any manner they like.  Here’s Mom’s opportunity to race against her 7 year old Glider.  Or Dad and Teen can compete together in a relay type scenario against that other Dad and teen team.  Battle it out for bragging rights, or who’s going to wash the car that week.

The Family Fun Race will have the same format as the other Saturday races with a distance of 3km (if you shoot clean!), and a 25m shooting distance. There will be experienced biathletes at each shooting lane to help you shoot.  This is a Fun Race.  Be creative, dress up.  This race will not have a medal award component, but the stakes and the competition might be the most intense of the weekend.  Be sure to sign up for this $10 fun race on Active.com when you register.

Kids ages 12-19 also have the option to sign up for the 4.5km race with a 50m shooting distance on Sunday.  The fee for this extra race will be an additional $35.  Master and Senior Parents be warned, in last year’s event EVERY kid beat their parent!

Please note that in order to participate in the Family Fun Race, at least the child must also be participating in the Youth race.  Adults may choose to only race in the Family Fun Race with their child, but we encourage adults to also test their skills in one of the other races.

2014 Live Fire Rifle Clinics

There will be 2 Live Fire Clinics held for biathlon rifle owners at the Reds Lake Biathlon Venue. Sign up for this clinic is on Active.com with standard clinic fees.

Strict restrictions apply to this clinic offering: Lanes 11-20 will be used for the class which will be instructed by Eastern Sierra Armory owner, Clayton Mendel. Please note the following: Unlike Saturday and Sunday race events, no mechanized transport will be provided for this clinic; participants will need to get to the venue via xc skis or Alpine equipment with a Mammoth Mountain Alpine Ski Pass. Estimate xc ski distance to site is 1.5 miles uphill. Participants must provide their own rifle and ammunition. Community biathlon rifles will not be onsite for this clinic.  PLEASE DO NOT show up to the clinic if you are unpaid or unregistered as for liability reasons this Will NOT BE PERMITTED. NO EXCEPTIONS. All registrants must have completed their liability waivers.  Sign up for this clinic is onActive.com.

Friday March 21st

0900 – 1100 – Level 1 – Beginning Skills  - This clinic will be basically procedural and cover the basics of redbook certification.  Rifle and 100 rounds mandatory.

1200 – 1400 – Level 2  - Advanced Skills – This clinic will be coaching and refinement of range procedures, technique, and transitions.  Rifle, skis and at least 250 rounds mandatory.

Skate Race Clinics

Beginner and Intermediate Biathlon Skate clinics will be held at Tamarack. Improve your cross country skiing with a 4 week, fast paced clinic that will get you up to speed in no time.  Skating clinics are offered for all levels on Thursdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 12:00 through February and March.  See Tamarackxc.com for more details, or call the Tamarack Ski Center at 760-934-2442 ext 8.

Pre-race biathlon Laser Shooting/Race Clinics will also be offered.  Check back soon for dates and times.

Junior Racer Shooting Clinic (Age12-17)

This course is offered to young athletes between the ages of 12 and 17.  The purpose of the course is to provide biathlon participants in the Eastern Sierra entry level competence in firearms safety, range procedures and marksmanship in preparation for participation in the biathlon.  The course will emphasize safety over all other concerns; accordingly, any horseplay or safety violations will result in exclusion from the course.

Targets, ammunition and biathlon style .22lr rifles will be provided.  Class size is limited and preference will be given to athletes who are members of the local school Nordic teams and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team.  Parent participation is welcome.

This program is not affiliated in any way with the Mammoth Lakes School District, The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area or the Mammoth Biathlon.  Liability waivers will be required.

Class Schedule:

Tuesday 2/18/14 – 4pm  First safety meeting and review (1hr).

Friday 2/21/14 – 2pm  Range Safety Review and Live Fire at Bishop Gun Club

Sunday 3/2/14 – 10am  Live Fire, 25m and 50m

Live Fire sessions with be held at the Bishop Gun Club (times TBD) on Fridays and Sundays in March until the biathlon.

Contact John Manzano at jmanzano@mammothattorney.com to register for this clinic.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Biathlon Camp 2014

March 19-23, 2014

This program is open to biathletes of all skill levels with physical and/or visual disabilities.

Wednesday – On snow training in the afternoon and evening social.

Thursday/Friday – On snow training in the morning, shooting and tactics in the afternoon.

Saturday/Sunday – Biathlon training and Mammoth Lakes Biathlon.

Cost: $300 – Includes trail passes, coaching, equipment, lunches and race entry.  Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Maggie Palchak at 760-934-0791 or at mpalchak@disabledsportseasternsierra.org