The West Yellowstone Summer Biathlon was organized by Marc Sheppard. (Thanks for the pre-race carbo-load, and a well organized race Marc!) The race took place just outside Yellowstone National Park, in Montana. This is a very scenic venue , and features all dirt trails. The range had targets set at 50m - and they were the heavy winter targets, rather than the summer targets. The weatherwas very cooperative - no wind, and comfortable temps. This, and the Boseman Summer Biathlon which occurred the day before are one of the ten National Series races which are used to determine National Team selection, based on a points system and criteria described on the USBA web page . The turnout was good - probably close to one hundred biathletes, and the field was quite competitive. A lot of the biathletes competed in both races, as did a group of us from California/Nevada.
How did I do? Well at least I showed up at the start line on time, unlike the race the day before, where I was still checking out the scenery when my bib number was called, but about two minutes before the start, I suddenly realized I was wearing my sandals and not my running shoes, which I had left in the car - which was parked over five minutes away. Duhhh! Fortunately, one of the biathletes had a spare set of shoes which were reasonably close in size. (By the way, thanks - I don't remember who you were).
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|Registration table||Match division women at the start||Match division men at the start|
|The timing shack||A path too oft taken...||Sonia and Eric - hamming it up|
|Sonia and Eric||The final results...||Sport racers watching the pre-race videos|
|Sport racers practice prone||More prone...;-)||Sport races shooting standing|
|Hob-knobbing||The Cal/NV flying contingent||West Yellowstone from the air|
|Allen and Rob - sight-seeing on the way home||Rob and Dave||More scenary|
|The Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho||Relaxing in the hot springs after the race and ride|