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If you've ever wanted to experience the sport of biathlon, then Sunday is your chance.
The second Salomon Biathlon event of the season is taking place on Feb. 20 at Ski Callaghan, inviting the public to take part in a sprint format race. Sign-on is at 1 p.m. and there's a mandatory rifle course at 1:15 p.m.
All participants will do three laps of a three-kilometre course, and will make two stops at the shooting range. Missed shots mean laps at the penalty loop.
There's no timing, so it's first to the finish line.
The race is limited to 100 skiers, and you have to be 14 or older to take part. If you're 14 to 18, you must ski with an adult. The cost is $20, which includes a one-day race licence from the Callaghan Winter Sports Club. All proceeds will go towards the club's youth biathlon programs.
You also need a valid Ski Callaghan trail pass to take part, and skate ski gear - the course is not set for classic.
For more information visit www.salomonbiathlon.blogspot.com.
Yeti snowshoe race returns to Whistler
After a few years' absence the Yeti XC snowshoe race is returning to Whistler, or more specifically to the Callaghan Valley and Whistler Olympic Park, for Feb. 19.
The event will include two distances, a 5 km sport race and a 10 km enduro getting underway at 11 a.m., as well as a new duathlon category that is comprised of a 5 km snowshoe followed by a 10 km cross-country ski, followed by another 5 km snowshoe. You can race the duathlon solo or with a partner.
The Yeti has been running for 10 years, and once upon a time included a high-alpine run around Whistler Mountain before a decision was made to use single-track trails on the lower part of the mountain - only to experience one of the lowest snowpacks in Whistler history that winter. The following year the organizers held a successful event at Lost Lake, but the following year the warm weather was an issue once again.
The series kept going and this year The Yeti has events at Mt. Washington (Jan. 29), Whistler (Feb. 19), Cypress (Mar. 12) and Grouse Mountain (Apr. 2).
For more information and registration for the Whistler race, visit www.theyeti.ca. Registration is $45 for solo racers in the snowshoe, $50 for solo races in the duathlon, $40 for members of pairs teams in the duathlon, and $40 each for members of Team of 5 categories in the snowshoe.
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