Biathlon is an Olympic sport that captures the attention and imagination of everyone who sees it. In so many ways, it is a classic Olympic endeavor — combining the most physically demanding sport of cross-country skiing with the intense precision of rifle marksmanship. These opposing disciplines collide at the shooting range. With their hearts pounding nearly three times a second, the athletes struggle to control their breathing as they shoot, knowing that every shot and the number of seconds it takes to make it, will determine who stands on the podium that day. It is this drama, combined with wonderful visual images of the competitors, which has lead biathlon to be the top rated winter sport on European TV. US Biathletes are well respected and have been producing strong results in Europe. Tim Burke (a former Empire State Winter Games participant) won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships and our Junior Team is strong as well with numerous medals at World Junior Championships including Sean Doherty's gold and two silver medals at 2013 Youth World Championship.
For each shooting round, the biathlete must hit five targets; each missed target must be "atoned for" in one of three ways, depending on the competition format:
  • By skiing around a 150 meter (490 foot) penalty loop, which typically takes 20 to 30 seconds for top-level biathletes to complete.
  • By having one minute added to a skier's total time.
  • By using an extra cartridge, which is placed at the shooting range, to finish off the target. Only three such "extras" are available for each round, and a penalty loop must be made for each of the targets left standing. This option is only used in relay races.
All cross-country skiing techniques are permitted in biathlon, which means the skating technique is usually preferred because it's the fastest. No equipment other than skis and ski poles may be used to move along the track. The minimum ski length is 4 centimeters (1.6 in) less than the height of the skier.
Click here for more information on the New York Biathlon website.

For further information on biathlon, please contact the sports director, Tom Moffett, at


Qualification Requirements

Must have completed safety training at a previous race. Safety training and Novice divisions will not be available at this event.
The sanctioning body is the United States Biathlon Association and NYSSRA Nordic.

Entry Divisions

  • Boy/ Girl (Year of Birth: 2000 – 2003)
  • Youth (1998 –’99)
  • Junior (1996 – ’97)
  • Senior (1977 – ’95)
  • M40 (1967 – ’76)
  • M50 (1957 – ’66)
  • M60 (Up to 1956)


  • Sprint: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
  • Mass Start: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

Registration Fees

  • Scholastic: $45
  • Masters: $70
  • There are no additional fees.


Mt. Van Hoevenberg


All events are at the Biathlon Lodge at Mt Vanhoevenberg.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
  • Bib Pickup: 8:30 a.m.
  • Zero: 9 a.m.
  • Start: 10 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
  • Bib Pickup: 8:30 a.m.
  • Zero: 9 a.m.
  • Start: 10 a.m


Click here for all applicable International Biathlon Union rules.

Registration Deadline

Feb. 1, 2017, 4:00 pm