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A Colorado National Guard Biathlon Team member shoots on skis during a competition at Camp Riley, Minn., Jan. 26, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Staff Sgt. Joseph Labutka

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – This weekend the Colorado National Guard Biathlon team will compete in the Colorado State Biathlon Championships at Snow Mountain Ranch,
YMCA of the Rockies in Granby, Colo., February 15-16.

The biathlon team, consisting of 11 competitors, recently participated in the western regional biathlon competition in
Anchorage, Alaska, where they took second place after previously defending their championship title three years running.

The team captain, Sgt. Andy Wilkens, says they are fortunate to compete in the Colorado State Biathlon Championships against civilians who are highly formidable and in
conditions such as altitudes of more than 8,000 feet at Tabernash Mountain.

The team plans to participate in both days races.   

The events will take place as follows:

For Saturday's Sprint, a three lap, two shoot (PS) race: Senior Men and Junior Men (19-20) will race the 3 x 3.3km; Senior Women, Junior Women (19-20) and |
Youth Men (17-18) will race 3 x 2.5km; Youth Women (17-18) and all kids between 15 and 16 will race 3 x 2.0km; 13-14 year olds will race 3 x 1.5km (shooting PP); and tots will
race 3 x 1km (shooting PP). Also note that Masters racers wanting to compete as Masters can opt for the 3 x 2.5km for Masters Men and the 3 x 2.0 for Masters Women. There is, of course, no
requirement that Masters-aged athletes compete as such.

For Sunday's Pursuit, a five lap, four shoot (PPSS) race will cover: 3 x 2.0 & 2 x 3.3 km for Senior and Junior Men; 5 x 2.0km for Senior/Junior women and Youth Men; 5 x 1.5km for Youth Women
and 15-16 year olds; 4 x 1.0km (shooting PPP) for 13-14 year olds; and the tots will do another Sprint. Again, Masters races can opt for Masters distances (Sr Women and Youth Women for men and women resp)

Race day schedule: 

·  0900 - 0945: Registration and check-in at the range (pre-registration required for ages 13 and up!)

·  0945 - 1030: Zero

·  1035: Pre-Race meeting

·  1045: Wave 1 start

·  1200: Wave 2 start  

Directions to Nordic Center (building 15 on map)  http://ymcarockies.org/documents/YMCA_documents/SMR_documents/SMR_General_Overview_Map.pdf?trace_from=smr 

The awards ceremony will be at the Skinny Ski Café. 

Directions to Snow Mountain Ranch:


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Media interested in covering this event should note that everything takes place about one kilometer up the trail from the Nordic Center at the Biathlon Range.  Anyone coming to cover this event
will have to snowshoe via the trail up to the range and dress appropriately in layers to accommodate potential single digit temps to above 30 degrees. 

For information regarding Colorado National Guard participants, contact Staff Sgt. Joseph Labutka 720-633-5699. For all other inquiries contact the YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch 970-887-2152


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