The Auburn Ski Club Training Center will host the 10th annual Mountain Division biathlon race Sunday at its Donner Summit training facility.
The competition is named in honor of the famed ski and mountain troops of World War II. During the build up to WWII, Auburn Ski Club hosted military-style ski meets, and ASC skiers were some of the first to enlist in the division.
Biathlon is an Olympic event that combines the disciplines of marksmanship on a 50-meter range with cross country skiing. The event was first introduced to the Olympics in Squaw Valley during the 1960 Winter Olympic games. Next month in Sochi, Olympic athletes will compete in 11 biathlon events.
ASC Training Center will host both pro division and youth/novice races. In the 5K pro race competitors will shoot four times, two times in the prone position and two times in the standing position, and ski a 1K lap between shooting. Each competitor has five rounds to “knock down” five targets or ski a 150-meter penalty loop for each missed target. Following the pro race, a 2K youth and 3K novice race will be held. Youth and novice competitors must attend a pre-race safety talk. On Saturday, a beginner clinic will be held for those interested in learning about the sport. Biathlon rifles are provided both days.
ASC Training Center has summer- and winter-long biathlon programs. Other winter programs are offered for youth and adults in Alpine, cross country and snowboarding. The Training Center also has a 20K cross country trail system groomed daily for both member and non-member skiers open Wednesday through Sunday. ASCTC is located on Donner Summit adjacent to Boreal Mountain Resort. More information about the 10th biathlon and other programs can be found at http:// auburnskiclub.org or by calling 530-426-3313.