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Great Weekend of Racing

The weather held out for the races on both Saturday and Sunday. Conditions were near perfect on both days. On Saturday Mike Wynn (Peru Nordic) claimed yet another Great Sacandaga Mini Marathon Title. Matt Forshey (HURT) just beat Matt Torniainen (Adirondack Vauhti) for second place. In the Micro Marathon (15 km), Mike Tuthill (Paul Smith’s) and Karen Domas (Paul Smith’s) took the top honors.

Mini Marathon and Micro Marathon Results

Sunday featured two biathlon races. The first race was the Spring Biathlon Relay, which features teams of two alternating laps. In the Men’s division Brian Wieghaus and Joe Iwan had only 3 penalties (25 shots) to take the win.¬† Doug Diehl and Jeff Lintz finished second, and the team of Darrell Rikert and Tom Bielli finished third. In the mixed division, the brother-sister team of Erik and Katrin Schreiner easily cruised to victory. In second place was the team of Tom and Marque Moffett. Rounding out the podium were J.J. and Shannon Valera.

The final race of the weekend was a modified biathlon mass start. This short race featured two 1.4 km loops, followed by a 300 m loop. Doug Diehl took first place, followed by Joe Iwan and Brian Wieghaus. Magali Haas won the women’s race, and the award for the best finish of the day for outsprinting three time Olympian Curt Schreiner to the line.

Spring Biathlon Relay Results

Spring Biathlon Mass Start Results

The skiing is still really nice, and should be good for the next couple of weeks. Come out and enjoy some great spring skiing. There will be a potluck dinner on Saturday, we hope to see you there.

 

Mini Marathon and Spring Biathlon Races This Weekend

We will be holding the Great Sacandaga Mini Marathon on Saturday. This is a 30 km freestyle cross country ski race. There is also the option of registering for the 13 km Micro Marathon. Bib puck up and day of registration will open at 10:00 AM. The race will start at 11:00 AM. The start will either be waves or a mass start depending on the number of athletes registered. The entry fee is $25 for pre-registered, $35 day of race. Pre-Registration closes on Friday at 6:00 PM.

Pre-Register for the Mini Marathon

Schedule for Saturday:

  • 10:00 AM – Registration Opens
  • 11:00 AM – Start

On Sunday, we will hold our annual Spring Biathlon Races.This is a fun event to close out the racing season. In the race two person teams will compete, by skiing alternating loops of 1.4 km. There will be two divisions, Men’s (two men on a team) and Mixed (at least one woman).

You can register as a team, or as an individual. Individuals will be paired up the morning of the race, before zero.

Pre-Register for the Spring Biathlon Races

All competitors must have completed a prior safety clinic.

Format of the Race:

  • Each team will complete six laps of the course (3 by each skier).
  • The teammates will alternate laps.
  • There will be five shooting stops, the first skier will shoot three times (prone, prone, standing), and the second skier will shoot twice (prone, standing).
  • On the second skiers third loop, they will ski to the finish line.
  • Each team will be assigned a target for the race. All shooting (including zero) should be done at this point.
  • Relay rounds will not be used in this race (in other words, you only have five bullets for each shooting stage).
  • A penalty loop must be skied for every miss.
  • The tag zone will be located immediately after the exit of the penalty loop.
  • The race will begin as a mass start, the first team across the finish line after six laps is the winner.

After the relay races we will hold a short mass start biathlon race.

Schedule for Sunday:

  • 9:00 AM Registration Opens
  • 10:00 AM Zero Opens
  • 11:00 AM Relay Race Start
  • 12:00 PM Mass Start

Entry Fee: $15 pre-registered; $20 day of race

Decision on Mini Marathon This Afternoon

A decision on whether to hold the Great Sacandaga Mini Marathon will be made at 3:00 PM this afternoon. There is a dangerous windchill forecast for tomorrow. Current projections are for a windchill of -20 to -35 oF at race time. If the forecast does not improve we will postpone the race. The new date for the race will be Saturday March 14, 2015.

Check back here for a final decision this afternoon.

Great Conditions for the Mini Marathon

The club has received several feet of snow in the past couple of weeks and is primed to hold Sunday’s Great Sacandaga Mini Marathon. There are two race options, 30 km (4 loops) and 15 km (2 loops).

Pre-register Here

Bib pickup will begin at 11:00 AM, the start will be at Noon.

Also on Saturday, we are hosting the Shenendahowa Classic, for those who like to classic ski. This is an event run by the Shenedahowa Nordic Club.

Forshey and Frittelli Repeat

The weather was colder, and the tracks a little slower as an inch of powder fell overnight. The results however looked just like the day before, with repeat winners in both the men’s and women’s races. Matthew Forshey (HURT) won today’s pursuit race by nearly three minutes over second place Tom Moffett (Saratoga Biathlon). Sean Halligan (Saratoga Biathlon) finished in third for the second day in a row.

In the women’s race Gabriella Frittelli (Saratoga Biathlon) out skied Ann Seyse (Glenville Hills Nordic).

The Boys and Girls (16 and younger) completed a 6 km sprint race. In the girls race, Jordan Nagel (Saratoga Biathlon) defeated unofficial skier (Katrin Schreiner (Saratoga Biathlon). In the boys race, Erik Schreiner (Saratoga Biathlon) took the title.

Pursuit Race Results

The next events at the club will be the Shen Classic on Valentine’s day and the Mini Marathon the following day. We will be holding one more biathlon race, an individual on February 28th.

Biathlon Races This Weekend

We will be holding two biathlon  races this weekend, a sprint on Saturday (all classes will race 7.5 km), and a pursuit on Sunday (10 km for all classes except boys, girls, and novice Р6 km). There is good snow coverage and conditions are expected to be fast.

The schedule for both days:

  • 10:00 AM – Registration/ Bib Pick Up
  • 11:00 AM – Zero
  • 12:00 PM – Start

The entry fee for each race is $20 (payable at bib pickup) for pre-registered. Pre-registration will close at 6:00 PM on Friday. Day of race registration will be available ($30). All competitors must be a member of the USBA or Biathlon Canada. Non-members must purchase a $10 member for a day.

Register for Saturday’s Race

Register for Sunday’s Race

2.5 km race loop

2.5 km race loop

2 km race Loop

2 km race Loop

 

Halligans Dominate Spring Biathlon Races

Conditions were perfect for the last biathlon races of the season, with cold temperatures and fast snow.

The father-son team of Sean and Brian Halligan won the two person alternate lap Spring Biathlon Relay Race on Sunday. Skiers traded off skiing a 1.4 km loop, tagging after the penalty loop. The first skier shot prone, prone, and standing. The second skier shot prone and standing, thenn skied to the finish on their last loop. In second place was the team of Doug Diehl and Eric Seyse. Darrell Rikert and Joe Iwan took third.  In the mixed division, former Olympians used superior shooting (hitting 21 out of 25 targets) to ski to an easy victory over Tom and Marque Moffett. Pat Clancy and Ann Seyse finished in third.

Following the relay races, competitors lined up for a mass start race, that featured a number of innovations which I’m sure you will see in World Cup races soon. The race started with a Le Mans start, with skiers running to their skis and poles. The race was four laps, with skiers shooting prone, standing, and then their choice of prone or standing. Skiers had the option of using relay rounds for the last stage. Brian Halligan took his second win of the day, followed by Eli Walker, and Sean Halligan.

Relay Race Results

Mass Start Results

The skiing is not done for the year, we plan on holding a cross country race the first weekend in April. Comment on our facebook page what day work best. The format of the race is to be determined, but should be fun.

Basia Smolinska posted a video on our facebook page of the Le Mans start:

Race Added

We will be holding a two person biathlon relay on Sunday March 23, 2014. The format of the race is as follows:

  • Each team will complete six laps of the course (3 by each skier).
  • The teammates will alternate laps.
  • There will be five shooting stops, the first skier will shoot three times
    (prone, prone, standing), and the second skier will shoot twice (prone,
    standing).
  • On the second skiers third loop, they will ski to the finish line.
  • Each team will be assigned a target for the race. All shooting (including
    zero) should be done at this point.
  • Relay rounds will not be used in this race (in other words, you only have
    five bullets for each shooting stage).
  • A penalty loop must be skied for every miss.
  • The tag zone will be located immediately after the exit of the penalty
    loop.
  • The race will begin as a mass start, the first team across the finish line
    after six laps is the winner.

After the relay races we will hold a short mass start race (or races depending on how many people want to do it),.

Schedule:

  • 8:00 AM Registration Opens
  • 9:00 AM Zero Opens
  • 10:00 AM Men’s Race Start
  • 11:00 AM Mixed Race Start
  • 12:00 PM Mass Start Race (short, maybe 5 km total)

Entry Fee: $10 pre-registered; $15 day of race. Registration opens tomorrow.