January 12th, 2019 - #1 - Mass Start

A Winter Mass Start competition presented by WBA at SPNC

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Competition Site: The Stevens Pass Nordic Center is located on U.S. Hwy 2, five miles east of the summit of Stevens Pass. The Biathlon Range is a 3km ski from the Nordic Center. Do not buy a trail pass at the Nordic Center, it is covered in your entry fee.

Note: The biathlon range at SPNC is 3km away from the Nordic Center building and its services. We provided bottled water at the range but there is no food service. As the race run from morning into the afternoon it is a good idea to bring a snack or something to eat.

Eligibility: This event is open to all biathlon racers who have completed the USBA Safety Class or Canadian equivalent. For racers under 8 to 14 years old additional shooting training is required. Contact the Chief of Competition at bob.vallor@wabiathlon.org.

Volunteers: Volunteers are always needed for races. This is an excellent way for those new to the sport to see a race at the closest possible vantage and to learn about how a competition functions. Score keeping is also very easy. If you would like to assist Contact the Chief of Competition at bob.vallor@wabiathlon.org.

Safety Certification: The Mandatory U.S. Biathlon Association safety certification course will be given on Saturday morning if needed. If you have already taken the safety course but it has been a few years you are encouraged to go again, as there have been some rule changes in recent seasons.

Competition Format and Schedule
The format for this competition is a Mass Start (Senior and Master Men 12.5 km / Juniors Men, Master 4 Men and Women 10km / Shorter courses for Youth) with four shooting bouts and five ski loops.

8:30 to 9:00 am: On-site registration at the Nordic Center (pre-registering by webscorer is required. If unable contact Bryn Black: bryn.black(at)wabiathlon.org for alternate registration). We cannot accept credit or debit cards. Make checks out to: Washington Biathlon Association
9:00 to 10:00 am: USBA Safety Clinic (if needed)
9:00 to 10:30 am: Range set-up
10:30 to 11:15 am: Rifle Zeroing
11:30 am: Race time
TBD: Range equipment breakdown

When to Arrive at the Range: Early arrival at the range is encouraged as help with range and course set-up that will be needed prior to the race. Please do your part and help with set-up before the event and break-down afterward.

Rifles: Rifles will be available for those without their own. These are Izhmash Bi 7-4 and Bi 7-3 biathlon rifles. We do have left handed rifles.

Lodging: With a few exceptions the nearest lodging is in Leavenworth, 30 miles east of the Nordic Center. Leavenworth offers numerous choices and varied rates. Check on line at www.leavenworth.org.

WASHINGTON CUP SERIES Beginning with this weekend of competition the WBA will host the Biathlon Race Series, nine points races of varying length and format. The International Biathlon Union season points system will be in effect and racer points will be totaled to determine the state champions by age group as well as a ranking list. Join us for exciting Biathlon competitions. See www.wabiathlon.org for the race schedule

Season Points
For all Washington Biathlon Association Biathlon Seasons, the International Biathlon Union race points system will be in effect. Points a racer receives from each of the races will be totaled at the end of the March races, with the poorest result thrown out and the male and female biathletes in age groups with the most points will be named WASHINGTON CUP 2015 Biathlon Champions. See www.wabiathlon.org for more information.

Shooting Bouts: 4 Extra Rounds: 0
Men's Distance: 12.5km
Women's Distance: 10km