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Feb

B-CC IWLA 2021 Summer Biathlon – February 2021

Steve Eschholz
240 472-6512 (Text) fitnesscrafters@earthlink.net

While 2020 posed challenges in many areas of life and for a period did keep the Summer Biathlon Crew off the range, we saw an overall increase in attendance. Several times shooting positions on the big end had to be utilized. On July 25, 2020, there were 11 on deck for that day’s biathlon evolution. That was the largest attendance in over 25 years. We had new people join us and Rachael, one of Rex Gori’s top shooters, reappeared after about a ten-year absence. She had lost nothing in her ability to put one round on top of the other in both prone and off-hand. Rob rolls in from Dale City and Sonny comes in from Baltimore. Eva does the drive from College Park and I had a query after the season from Autumn in Frederick. Consequently, 2021 looks like another year of biathlon expansion.

The primary mission of the B-CC IWLA Summer Biathlon is a safely run program. Range safety is paramount. A rolled ankle on the run course is acceptable. A glitch on the range is not. Within the bounds of safety, the secondary mission is to provide a venue for fun and comradery. Our goal is to expand the number of participants so we that we fill both the small and big ends. To that end, members please advertise to all the athletes you know – runners, LAX, soccer, triathletes, etc.

The event as conducted at B-CC IWLA consists of 5-1 kilo- meter loops and 4 shooting stops at the range. Shooting stops 1&3 are from the prone position; stops 2&4 are off-hand. 22- bolt action, iron sight rifles firing 22LR standard velocity are the standard for summer biathlon. For our practices, any rifle chambered in 22LR is acceptable. Standard velocity ammo is mandated for target preservation.

We will kick off the 2021 season on March 20 at 8:00am. Questions or a desire to be on the B-CC IWLA Summer Biathlon Program mailing list, contact Steve Eschholz (fitnesscrafters@earthlink.net or text 240 472-6512).

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