2015 Mammoth Biathlon

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8thAnnualMammothBiathlonNestled within the world class Mammoth Mountain Ski Area lies Red’s Lake basin, a stunningly beautiful respite from the bustling resort. For one week every March, a stalwart team of dedicated biathlon enthusiasts and volunteers lead by the indomitable Dr Mike Karch turn the normally serene basin into one of the most spectacular biathlon venues in the world. Situated at 9,200ft and surrounded by views of the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains, the venue challenges even the most capable athletes with it’s high elevation.
Eight years ago Drs Mike Karch and Kim Escudero set out to generate excitement about nordic sports and reckoned that high in the mountains of California was the perfect environment to cultivate a grassroots biathlon program. In three years time, their hometown of Mammoth Lakes with its thin air, deep snow, and endless sun found itself hosting the largest biathlon in North America.
Scheduled for March 13-15th, fortune has afforded Mammoth Biathlon the opportunity to achieve another piece of that original dream in hosting high altitude training specifically for biathletes. Located three hours south of Auburn Ski Club, the 8th Annual Mammoth Biathlon will provide biathletes from around the country an opportunity to acclimate to the big mountains of the west with three days of elite racing before dropping more than to 2,000ft to compete at the 2015 USBA Winter Biathlon National Championships a week later.
New this year, the three day race schedule for elite athletes will be comprised of sprint, pursuit, and mass start events. Throughout the three day race weekend a myriad of other family friendly races will keep the stadium bustling with activity and provide competitive alternatives should you not feel ready to go ski to ski with the nations best. In addition to racing, there will also be clinics available for those looking to improve their skills as well as those seeking an introduction to the sport.
For more information, event schedule, and race registration, please go to http://www.mammothbiathlon.org