Published DateHOLDERNESS — The Summer Biathlon season kicked off at the Pemi Valley Fish and Game Club on Saturday, June 1. Additional biathlon matches will be held on Saturdays, July 6, August 17, September 14 with a final shoot being a Mountain Bike Biathlon on Sunday, October 6.
Registration for the Pemi Summer Biathlon events will take place at the clubhouse from 8-9 a.m. for the Match Team participants and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for the Sport Team biathletes on the day of the event.
The sight-in period and a safety and range briefing will be at the range starting at 9 a.m. for the Match Team. Matches will be scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with the Match Class first followed by the Youth, Beginner, Novice and Adaptive participants.
To accommodate those with morning classes or work, a third relay open to all classes is held at approximately 1:30 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m.
All events are open to the public regardless of shooting experience and all ages are welcome. Coaching is available. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration fee is $15 per match.
Some club rifles are available. Also, eye/ear protection is required. If loaners are needed please request these at least 2 days prior to an event. Races are held rain or shine, but will be canceled if thunder is heard from the property during a race. Rifles may be protected from rain by clear plastic garbage bags, if necessary.
Men will run a total of 4 km (about 2-1/2 miles) and women will run 3.5 km in the match class. Both men and women will shoot a total of 20 shots and will run an additional 100 m (109 yd) per missed shot. All rifles must be bolt-action (or Fortner) with iron sights and single-feed or four 5-shot clips. All ammunition must be .22 LR lead only and subsonic (below 1150 f.p.s.) CCI Standard Velocity is subsonic. Rifles will be stored in a
rack between shooting bouts. The winners are determined by the shortest elapsed time.
The clock keeps running continuously from start to finish. In the Sport Class the rifles are staged at the shooting line for safety considerations and a 30 second or one minute penalty per miss may be used instead of penalty loops. The rifles are not carried in the running phase in summer biathlon.