Welcome to the Syracuse Biathlon Club website! There's a good chance you've come here after seeing some of the biathlon action happening at the Winter Olympics and wanted to know more or give the sport a try. We love to have new folks come out and try things out and a great opportunity is coming up on Saturday, March 10th at the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Center. This will be our last winter race of the season (we do summer events also) and we have two categories - novice for those participants trying the sport for the first time and open for the experienced biathlete who has their own rifle. For the novice group we start things off with a mandatory rifle safety/biathlon orientation the morning of the event. You'll get a chance to try a few practice shots to get the feel of shooting before heading out for the race. The novice group will ski a total distance of 5km on a relatively flat/rolling hill course and will shoot twice (sprint format). We'll provide the use of a rifle for the event and all the ammunition you will need. As we are expecting a larger than normal novice group we will most likely send the open group out first so you'll have an opportunity to watch them do their race and see the flow of the event. We have all levels of novice from those speedy high-schoolers skating their way around the loop to those who shuffle along with classic. Ski rentals are available at Osceola if you need gear but just make sure to get there early to get that taken care of. Our main race using rifles is limited to those 13 and older but we also hold a paintball biathlon for the younger crowd.
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact Pete at email@example.com. Online signup closes on March 8th so be sure to register as early. Day of race entry is typically available but will cost more and we may need to put a limit on the number of participants so be sure to sign up ahead of time.
If you can't make this event be sure to sign-up for our email group to stay up to date with future opportunities.
Update for Saturday's Sprint Event - We have a great number of folks sign-up so it should be a fun day. We will be sending all the rifle-carrying age groups out first in either a mass or wave start. We'll have a break (~10 minutes or so) and then send the non-carrying groups (novice, boy/girl) out in one minute intervals. The novice & boy/girl groups will be skiing the 5km course and everyone else the 7.5km course. Weather is looking pretty nice with overcast skies and temps right around freezing at race time. If you didn't sign up ahead of time you can still join in on race day starting at 8am. Just remember that 1st timers need to take part in the rifle safety/biathlon orientation clinic which will be starting at 9am.
We did have signups for the paintball event this Saturday so we will be holding that after the main event. If there's any kids 12 and under who would still take part in this be sure to show up Saturday. We'll start shortly after the finish of the adult race
As we start to see hints of winter it's time to start thinking about the upcoming biathlon season. The Syracuse club has two events scheduled with the first event kicking off on January 20th. This will be the 1rst day of the Syracuse/Old Forge Pursuit Weekend with the Polar Bear club holding the pursuit format on the 21st. We will then have our second race a little later than usual on March 10th following the Winter Olympics. We will post registration information as we get a little closer to the dates.
It's that time of year for club renewals as we head into the new season. Be sure to get your club membership sent in as soon as possible to make sure you're set before the racing season kicks off. The new membership form is available below. One change for this year is that your membership will last 12 months from when it is received rather than all memberships ending at the end of October.
One week left to pre-register for our last summer race of the season. This will be held Saturday, September 16th and Pratt's Falls Park. We will start off with a sprint format event and will follow that up with a two-person team relay race. The twist on the relay race is that we will be accepting donations for Maddie Phaneuf is a biathlete from Old Forge attempting to make the Winter Olympic team in February. Those donations? You'll find that you'll be able to buy advantages to your team in the race or penalize your competition! Pre-registration ends Thursday night (9/14) at 10pm so be sure to sign up early. Race day entry will be available but will have a $5 higher fee.
Results for the July 22nd race are now updated with the shooting results.
A nice group turned out for our first summer race of the season this past Saturday at Pratt's Falls Park. Blue skies and little to no wind greeted the competitors (along with a recently deceased racoon on the yellow loop). This was the first day of the Syracuse/Old Forge Pursuit weekend challenge which saw four competitors make their way up to Old Forge the following day. A big congratulations to Cindy & Tom Daly who proudly represented the Syracuse club by capturing the first pursuit championship! They will be the first biathletes to be honored on a plaque which will be displayed at the Old Forge venue this year. The results for our club race are available below (missing the shooting results right now but they will updated them shortly). Our next event will be a biathlon clinic either on Saturday, August 26th or Sunday, August 27th. We're working out that detail right now and will be posting the registration as soon as we confirm the date. This is a great opportunity for the novice and experienced biathlete to get in a solid training day with coaching on your shooting technique. Be sure to take advantage of this as we can only hold a couple of these a year and this likely to be the last clinic for 2017.
Registration is now open for our summer race on July 22nd at Pratt's Falls Park. This will be a sprint format event (5km for all classes). As always, this event is open to all levels of competitors, ages 13 and older, from the first timer to the experienced. For those under the age of 13 we will have a paint-ball biathlon event right after. If this is your first time trying biathlon there's not much to worry about. You will complete a rifle safety/biathlon orientation session the morning of the race and have a chance to shoot the rifles before hand. The club will provide the use of a rifle for the event along with the necessary ammunition as part of your registration fee. Our course features the dirt trails of Pratt's Falls Park and is a great run through the woods except for those pesky hills. Come give it a try! If you have any questions about the race or issues with the registration page please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are planning on attending the event please be sure to pre-register ahead of time. There is no fee for doing so and you don't have to pay until the morning of the race. This will save you $5 compared to the day-of-race fee and more importantly it allows the race organizers to plan the necessary supplies for the event.
This event is also part of the Syracuse/Old Forge Pursuit weekend. Old Forge will be holding their event on Sunday, July 23rd at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge with a 6km pursuit format event. For those biathletes running both events there will be an additional $5 discount provided at Old Forge. There will also be a special recognition for the top female and male competitors over the two races. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to try two different race formats in a single weekend and make the trip up to Old Forge. You can register for the Old Forge event at SkiReg.com
Due to low registration numbers for the June 24th clinic we have made the decision to cancel the event. We didn't make this decision lightly as we look forward to holding this event and a great deal of work has already been put in to getting things ready. Unfortunately there is a cost to using the park and having a ranger present which would have cost the club too much money to hold the event this year. We will be holding as least two more events in July and August so be sure to keep an eye out for details on those events coming soon.
Don't miss out on this Saturday's (June 24th) Olympic Day Biathlon Clinic & Training Day event at Pratt's Falls Park in Manlius. This event is for all level of abilities from the first-timer to the advanced. This event will be setup with three level of participants - Group A for those new to the sport and need to use a club rifle & ammo, Group B is for those with their own rifle/ammo and would like the instruction & training drills that Group A will be performing, and Group C for experienced biathletes with their own rifle/ammo who will be self-directed for a training workout. We'll wrap up the day for all participants with a short time-trial event. Be sure to pre-register by Thursday at 10pm to save a few dollars and insure your space in the group (Group A will be limited to 15 entries). If you have any questions or problems registering please contact Pete at email@example.com
Cancelled/Postponed!! - Due to the rain/thunderstorms forecast for Saturday along with flooding warnings that could make travel hazardous we are cancelling this Saturday's sprint race. We are looking for possible alternate dates to reschedule the event and will update everyone if we can arrange another race.
Thursday Update - Still one and a half feet at Osceola so we're still watching the weather and conditions closely. We will be up there tomorrow to examine the trail and range conditions. We will make a final decision on the race by 4pm tomorrow (Friday) and post an update here and also send out an email to the Syracuse list.
Our final winter club race for the season is just a few days away on Saturday, February 25th in Osceola. This is the last event before the NY Champs and likely to be the last NY club event until the summer season kicks off. While we are facing a lot of warm weather this week Osceola has over 2 feet of base at the moment. We'll be closing watching but expect that there will be enough snow to hold the race on Saturday. This will be a sprint event for all classes and we will most likely use the same distances as the January event. We may need to make adjustments depending on the weather so be prepared for changes at the last minutes. Be sure to pre-register before Thursday at 10:00 pm to save yourself a few dollars and to help us plan the event.
Wow!! A great turnout today with 26 novices and 12 open competitors tackling the soft snow and fog at Osceola. Thanks to everyone who made the trip and hopefully you enjoyed the event. As always a even bigger thanks to our volunteers who really stepped up today to handle the big crowd. We look forward to everyone making back to our next event on February 25th and if you didn't make it up today be sure to put it on your calendar and don't miss out.
While we're waiting for the first event of the year now is the time to stock up on Syracuse Biathlon swag! Check out the SBC Gear page for the latest items available. Quantities are typically very limited so if there's something you want be sure to get it as it may not last. Remember that SBC members get first chance at new items along with discounted pricing!
New club membership benefit for the 2016/17 season. Club members will received first chance and club pricing on SBC gear. Currently working on a new item so if you want first crack at it when it becomes available be sure to join!
For anyone in involved in the nordic sports there's a new podcast being offered by NY's own Brian Halligan. He covers subjects of interest to all the nordic disciplines and interview many nordic athletes. Be sure to give it a try. You can find it Itunes or at soundcloud.com - search for "Word on the Trail"
The leaves are starting to fall so it's time to renew your Syracuse Biathlon membership. There is no change to the annual fee and we are continuing with the benefits started last year including the $2 discount to Syracuse events. Be sure to renew or join and help the Syracuse club to continue to put on quality events throughout the year.
It was a small but enthusiastic group for the final race of the summer. Thanks to everyone who took part and a bigger thanks to the volunteers and officials who make these events possible. Results for the race can be found below. Bring on winter!
The end of summer is here but we have one more summer race scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at Pratt's Falls Park. This will be a sprint format race with a 5k total distance. Preregistration is now open with an early entry fee of $20 ($15 for those 18 and under). There is also a $10 Member-for-a-day insurance charge for anyone who is not a member of the US Biathlon Association. This event is open to anyone 13 years or older looking to experience the biathlon experience. For those new to the sport we provide instruction/rifle safety training before the race and the use of a rifle & ammunition for the event. For those under the age of 13 we will be holding a fun paintball biathlon event following the race.
Race Day Info:
Registration/Check-in - 9:00-10:00
Rifle Safety Instruction - 10:00 (mandatory for all first time participants)
Zero - 10:00
Race Start - 11:00
Be sure to register early as the entry goes up $5 after the pre-registration period closes.
FINAL SUMMER RACE PRE-REGISTRATION
Closes Thursday - September 15th at 10:00 pm EST
For those of you on our email list we are adding a sub-group that is dedicated to training & races. This will be for those people interested in getting together for training activities (rollerskiing, running, cycling) or for setting up ride sharing to races. If you interested in getting on the training sub-group (or signing up for the SBC email list) just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added.
We are holding another biathlon clinic & training day on Saturday, August 27th at Pratt's Falls Park. This will be similar to our June event where the focus will be on developing your shooting skills and biathlon knowledge. This is an excellent opportunity for first time participants to experienced biathletes. We will be starting at 9:00 with our Group A participants (first time participants or relatively new to the sport) where we will have an hour of biathlon basics & information. Group B (biathletes with there own rifles/ammo who want coaching) and Group C (experienced biathletes looking for a training day) will join in at 10:00 as we begin shooting drills and biathlon strategy. We'll wrap up the day at 12:00 with a sprint format time trial. This event is open to anyone 13 and older looking to get into biathlon or improve their shooting skills. The Group A participants will be limited to 15 so that we can insure individualized coaching and access to rifles so be sure to pre-register early. See the registration page for more details or contact email@example.com.
Thanks to all our participants and volunteers at today's sprint race held at Pratt's Falls Park. The 22 competitors had beautiful weather to tackle the 5k course. Afterwards we had five young biathletes show everyone how it's done in the paint ball race. Our next event is a training clinic on August 27th at Pratt's Falls and we'll have registration information up for that soon. Results for today's race can be found below.
Our next event is quickly approaching! We will be holding a sprint format summer race on Saturday, July 16th at Pratt's Falls Park. This race will be 5km for all classes and will start at 9:00 with registration/check-in, 10:00 for zero/rifle safety, and an 11:00 start (interval starts). Never tried biathlon before? No problem - as long as you are 13 or older and able to run a 5km you're able to give it a try. We even provide you with a rifle to use during the event and the ammunition that you'll need. All first time participants must complete a mandatory rifle safety/biathlon instruction session the morning of the race. For those under 13 we will be holding a paintball biathlon event right after the sprint race so everyone can participate. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-register online - HERE!
Entry fees - $15 for 18 and under, $20 all others. There is a $10 US Biathlon Member for a Day insurance fee for non-USBA members. Race day entries will be accepted with an additional $5 entry fee so sign up ahead of time.
Registration/Check-in - 9:00
Zero/Rifle Safety - 10:00
Start - 11:00
Paintball - after the completion of the sprint race.
We will be holding a summer clinic as part of the 2016 Olympic Day Celebration on Saturday, June 25th at Pratt's Falls Park. This event is designed for all levels of competitors and will be focused on developing shooting skills and biathlon strategy. There will be three groups separated by ability:
Note: In addition to the event fee's listed below there is a $10 insurance fee for any participant who is not a member of the US Biathlon Association
Group A - This is for novices who are relatively new to the sport and are looking for personalized coaching during the day. We are limiting this group to a maximum of 15 to insure quality instruction. Rifle and ammunition will be provided. Instruction & drills from 9:00 to 12:00 with a time trial at 12:00. Expect to be finished by 1:00. Entry fee is $20 per person.
Group B - You've participated in biathlon previously and have your own rifle & ammunition but would like some additional instruction & coaching then this may be your best fit. Instruction & drills from 9:00 to 12:00 with a time trial at 12:00. Expect to be finished by 1:00. Entry fee is $15 per person.
Group C - For the experienced biathlete with there own rifle & ammunition just looking for a chance to do some training. Welcome to start with the other groups at 9:00 but no shooting allowed until 10:00. Self-directed training & welcome to join the time trial at 12:00. Entry fee is $10 per person.
There is a $2 discount for all members of the Syracuse Biathlon Club so be sure to renew or join if you are not a member.
Update - 12/8/15 (14:13) The Syracuse Biathlon Club website is in the process of being redesigned. Please bear with us as we move to a new layout.