From Race Director Mike Karch, MD:
Thank you for participating in the 7th Annual 2014 Mammoth Winter Biathlon. Whether you are competing for the first time, attempting to beat your time from last year, returning from the World Cup or volunteering, your presence is important to the development of this amazing sport called Winter Biathlon.
The vision was simply to expose our local youth and their parents to biathlon and motivate people to cross country ski. By building the program from the “bottom up”, we felt that we could generate energy in our community and attract our youth to biathlon. In this way, we could both begin to teach a lifelong sport, as well as potentially build a pipeline for our National Cross Country and Biathlon teams.
Given the abundant snowpack and the sun-filled, California days in Mammoth Lakes, I also envisioned building the program from the “top down” by attracting higher level Nordic athletes to the area in order to live and train at high altitude. Mammoth has already gained a successful reputation amongst elite summer endurance athletes, see Mammoth Track Club. Our early and late season is advantageous in many ways to elite Nordic athletes given the potential for extended training and racing seasons and exposure to high altitude training environments. Juniors need role models in order to succeed and what better way to be inspired than to be living and training on the same trails as the giants in the sport.
If you are an old hand or first timer to cross country skiing and shooting, lose yourself in our website. Like you, the sport of Biathlon is as primitive as it is new. Feel the magic and the history of hunters and soldiers and Olympians on skis. Ever wonder who gets to try the elusive Winter Olympic sports of Biathlon, Bobsled, Skeleton, or Luge? How would you do if you had the opportunity? Now, the opportunity is yours…. with no expectations. Sign up for the 2014 event. Dare yourself to try something new this Winter.