Disabled Sports

Summer Biathlon

A seemingly unlikely combination of events – one is an aerobic activity (skiing or running) which requires strength, speed and endurance; the other is a passive activity (shooting) which requires concentration and a steady hand (difficult after you’ve been skiing, running or walking all out!).

The earliest known reference to hunting from skis goes back to Norwegian cave paintings dated 2000 years ago. The first known biathlon with firearms was held in candanavia in the mid 1700’s. Biathlon was adopted as an Olympic sport in 1955. Well-known local competitive skier, Jack Armstrong, visited the club at our first event in '07 and told us about being on the United States team in the first World Biathlon Championships held in Saalfelden, Austria in 1958. This was the US introduction to winter biathlon competition and the training ground for the US participation in the first Olympic Biathlon which was held in Squaw Valley, California in 1960. Olympic Biathlons use the same caliber rifles on the same-sized targets at the same distances as we will be using here at the Pemi competitions.

After a great and well attended '11 season, we are ready to begin the Pemigewasset Valley Fish and Game Club Pemi Mountaineers sixth season of Biathlon with at least three winter events and with five events this summer (2012). We acquired ten of the Devin BT-500 "real" official biathlon match targets two years ago, each with a bank of five bulls-eyes and when the target is hit a white paddle comes up and covers the black! They reset with the pull of a nylon rope and can change from the prone ("small") to the offhand ("big"), also with a pull of the rope. Scoring and shooter satisfaction is much enhanced with these targets! The ten steel Devin-100 Practice Targets purchased with a generous grant from the NRA Foundation will still be used for practice sessions.

Summer Biathlon grew naturally out of Winter Biathlon as a means of keeping in shape for the whole season. Cross-country running is the most popular form of Summer Biathlon in the U.S.A. and Canada. In addition to the Match Class for experienced biathletes, we offer a Walk Class, a Beginner Class, a Novice Class and a Youth Class where the same or alternative distances are walked or run. This allows everyone to take part in this sport! In addition, we initiated a Mountain Bike Biathlon event in 2008. This event was very well received and will continue to be among our offerings.

The Pemi is proud to now also offer a WHEELCHAIR CLASS at all events as well as alternative Adaptive classes. These are in cooperation with New England Disabled Sports headquartered in Lincoln, NH. For information on NEDS, contact Geoff Krill at 603-745-9333 or email to geoffk@nedisabledsports.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Highland Games At Loon

Friday, September 18th, 2015

The Highland Games at Loon Mountain are a blast for family and friends of all ages. Come be a part of it in the fall! To participate and volunteer in the adaptive portion Highland Games contact New England Disabled Sports at 603-745-9333 or info@nedisabledsports.org.

NEDS Golf Classic

Friday, September 18th, 2015

This annual event is a wonderful end to the golf season. A fantastic golf outing and auction held at Owl's Nest Golf Club in Campton, NH.

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