A Running Mass Start competition presented by WBA at RMSF - TCSA
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Chief or Course: Josh Alms
Chief of Timing: Joanne Angell
Chief of Competition: Bob Vallor
The Washington Biathlon Association kicked off its 2013 Summer season this past weekend with Cross Biathlon competitions #1 and #2 and Mountain Bike Biathlon #A at the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility in Benton City. On Saturday, May 18th twenty-one competitors ranging in age from 10 to 64 raced a Mass Start format event. Heavy winds and blowing dust took their toll at the shooting range. The tightest race of the day was in the Youth Boys where Cooper Jackson edged first timer Kyle Helborn by just five seconds over the 3 km course. Kyle's brother Mason came in third. The winds resulted in just two cleans by all the adults entrants. Sean Kato, Dave Anana, Steve Angell and Victor Woo took golds in the men's heat. Kato dominated the men's field with a time almost four minutes faster than his next closest competitor. Bryn Black and Sibylle Wilbert led the women. Sibylle, the 2010 U.S. Summer Nationals Champion, had the best time of all the women.
On Sunday the winds had calmed, somewhat. But that didn't stop a genuine Tri-Cities dust devil from spinning across that start line, knocking over course markers as the fist heat began. There is a reason the local minor league baseball team's nickname is the "Dust Devils"...
The competitors took advantage of the calmer winds in the Sprint, which hosted eighteen racers. This Sprint sets up the June 16th Pursuit to be held in Seattle. The men's heat featured six cleans among the 12 competitors including a perfect day at the range for Men's Master 3 winner Steve Angell. Steve, as usual, was quiet, efficient and effective. He is always popular at competitions in part because his wife Joanne comes with him and she is a highly efficient, accurate and encouraging starter and timer. Sean Kato, Dave Anana, Steve and Victor Woo repeated with gold in the mens groups. Bryn Black and Sibylle Wilbert led the women again.
After the Sprint competition, the first Mountain Bike event of the season was held, MTB #A. Nine men competed in a nine kilometer course that ran along the banks of the Yakima river just a few miles before it feeds into the big Columbia. Sean Kato took first place and his third gold of the weekend with Dave Anana second and Josh Alms third.
10:00 to 11:00 am Open and Registration (final set up going on)
10:30 to 11:30 am USBA safety class
11:30 to 11:45 am Mandatory safety briefing
11:45 to 12:30 am Zero session
12:45 am to 2:15 pm Sprint Format Race (Several heat start times may be posted, depending on numbers)
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Mountain Bike Biathlon race
3:00 pm Medals and Range closed
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 zero. Please do your part and help with set-up before the race and break-down after the race. Sunday's awards take place at the race site after breakdown is completed.
Rifles: Pool rifles will be available for novices and those without their own. These are Izhmash 7-3 and 7-4 biathlon rifles. We do have left handed rifles. We only have a limited number of rifles to loan. Contact the WBA in advance of the event if you need to borrow a club rifle: email@example.com.
Lodging: The nearest lodging is approximately 10 miles east of the range site in Richland, WA.
Shooting Bouts: 4 Extra Rounds: 0
Men's Distance: 6km
Women's Distance: 5km
Youth Distance: 4km