Winter World Masters Games 2015

The World Masters Winter games are coming to North America and after some pushing by Biathletes in Canada and the United States BIATHLON has been included as a medal sport. The World Masters Games are open to competitors 25-years-old and older. For Biathlon it will be 30-years-old and older. Beautiful Quebec City, Quebec is the host site and the Biathlon events will take place at the world class Myriam Bedard Biathlon Center at Valcartier, 16 miles north of Quebec City, 20 minutes away according to Ski Trax magazine. The Games open on January 31st, 2015, run through February 8th and happen at the same time as the Quebec Winter Carnival. The Biathlon competitions will be scheduled February 5th through 8th.

The World Masters Games and the Winter World Masters Games are governed by the International Masters Games Association and take place every four years or so. The World Masters Games are open to sports people of all abilities. The games began in 1985 with Toronto as the host city. Since then they have been held in Denmark, Australia, the United States, Italy, Slovenia and New Zealand. The Winter Games version began in 2010 in Bled, Slovenia where there was Washington Biathlon representation. The 2015 will be the second Winter Games held and are expected to draw about 3,000 competitors in the various sports showcased. Other sports in the Games program will be Alpine skiing, Cross Country skiing, long track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey, Curling, Winter Triathlon, Snowshoeing and Climbing (ice climbing).

The International Masters Games Association is the worldwide representative body for Masters Sports. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee, the International Masters Games Association aims to support the Olympic movement and promote the sport-for-all philosophy of the Olympic Charter by encouraging all people beyond young adulthood to play sport and to participate in Masters Games with the awareness that competitive sport can continue throughout life and improve personal fitness.
Biathlon competitions at the 2015 games will follow International Biathlon Union rules with distances adjusted for age groups and will feature Individual, Sprint and Relay formats for men and women. Age groups start at 30-yars-old and are in five year increments. Age grouping is based on your age as of January 1st, 2015.

The following distances will be offered:
- Individual Men: 5km, 7.5km, 10km, 12.5km
- Individual Women: 7.5km
- Sprint Men: 9km, 6km, 5km
- Sprint Women: 5km
- Relays Men: 3x6km
- Relays Women: 3x5km
The distances will depend on the age categories.

The WBA will not schedule any local events during the timespan of the Games and encourages members to take part in this very rare opportunity. If enough interest is generated a WBA team will be set up and registered with the Games. We will be doing some accommodations research and post that information.

Club Rifles: Maintenance help

We need some help from our membership. Over the past fifteen years the WBA has acquired Biathlon rifles to help grow our sport. The club rifles are used for competitors who are new and dont have their own and for training at newcomer clinics. They are also available to current members for rental. Our goal has been to acquire 12 Izhmash rifles total, ten right handed in a mix of 7-4s and 7-3s (smaller stock) and two left handed, one 7-4 and one 7-3. Today we are at 11 rifles, nine righties and two lefties. With the rifles comes maintenance and parts issues. We have an effective parts tracking system in place now and we are implementing a system to track rifle use so we know which ones need cleaning and when. But cleaning, while a fairly simple task, can become tedious if one person is doing all of it. For the past few years that has been the case, one member cleaning all the rifles over and over again. He needs a break and we need to come up with a better plan the share the workload. I would like to set up a group of members who are willing to take on cleaning one or more rifles as needed. The more members involved, the less work for each person. With this comes the logistic issue of cleaning then getting the rifle back so they can be secured until the next event as they have to be available at each race. I need six or more members who are willing to take on the cleaning task and the additional task of, when done, meeting me somewhere (in the geographic middle) to get the rifles back together before the next use. If you are interested in being involved in this please e-mail me at bob.vallor(at)

Also, if anyone out there sees or hears about a 7-3 stock becoming available or someone who has a 7-3 stock and wants a 7-4, please let me know. We had a donated stock come in recently but it turned out to be a 7-4. Our last two acquisitions have been deals too good to pass on, but both 7-4ís.

2015 U.S. Nationals at Lake Tahoe

Californias Auburn Ski Club has pulled off quite a coup this year. September 5th, 6th and 7th, 2014 they will host the U.S. Summer Biathlon Nationals at their facility in Soda Springs, CA. Several WBA members will be going south for the races. Then in early 2015 they will host the U.S. Biathlon Nationals at the same site. While the dates are not yet set for the 2015 event it is anticipated it will be either the first or third week of March. The facility is on the north side of Lake Tahoe. Tahoe is a great ski destination featuring Nordic resorts like Royal Gorge, Tahoe Donner Nordic Center and Northstar at Tahoe to name a few. This is a great opportunity for the WBA, akin to the 2012 U.S. Nationals at West Yellowstone, MT. Those of you who went on that trip saw Washington Biathletes take home more medals than any other state and we had a lot of fun doing it. We will post information as soon as we know the dates, etc. and we are working to keep our schedule clear at the time. If you think you might be attending the Nationals please let me know by e-mail (bob.vallor[at] If we get numbers similar to 2012 we will set up a support structure like we had in Montana.

Super Sprint August 16

Come and join us for this action packed, fast, and furious race!!

See the registration on Webscorer
Webscorer - race registration,
race timing, race results

Saturday, July 19 - WA State Games

Online Registration open until Friday, July 18, 5pm
On site registration available day of, 8:30 - 9:30 AM
(Late fees of $10 after 9:30am)
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Webscorer - race registration,
race timing, race results

Range Set up and Break down:
Set up will be Saturday morning starting at 8AM. We will also be breaking down at the end of the day, so please plan on helping with set up, break down, or BOTH!!

I-90 Closures:
Starting Friday, July 18 there will be MAJOR lane closures on I-90. Check out WADOT for more information: