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Fort La Présentation Association Snowshoe Biathlon

March 7, 2015 – March 8, 2015 all-day
St. Lawrence Valley Sportsman Club
Fred Hanss
(315) 212-6213

News article –    http://www.ogd.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?avis=WD&date=20150215&category=ADV&lopenr=150218992&Ref=AR

The St. Lawrence Valley Primitive Snowshoe Biathlon breaks the cabin-fever doldrums March 7-8, 2015 at the St. Lawrence Valley Sportsman’s Club in Lisbon, NY.

For more information, please contact Fred Hanss at fhanss@twcny.rr.com or (315) 212-6213

Traditional and modern black-powder shooters can test their accuracy by firing two shots at targets ranging from 25 to 50 yards at each of five firing stations along the mile-and-a-half course. Having walked or run the course through the woods on snowshoes, competitors may try the optional tomahawk throw.

“To appeal to shooters of all ages and abilities, we have categories for youth under 18, men, women and seniors over 65,” said principal organizer Fred Hanss.  “Those shooting a traditional muzzle-loading firearm will be required to cover the course on traditional wooden snowshoes; in-line muzzleloaders may use modern snowshoes.”

All muzzle-loading firearms used must have open sights.

Early registration costs $18  or $20 on the day of the event.  Participants may make additional runs for $5.00. Registration forms and official rules are on the Fort La Présentation website, www.fort1749.org




Primitive Snowshoe Biathlon

March is boring!  If you’re suffering from cabin fever and are up for a challenge, come and match your black powder shooting and snowshoeing skills against some of the toughest competitors in the North East – or – take it a little slower as a woods walk.   Those hardy souls participating in the Snowshoe Biathlon will run a one and a half mile course, stopping at each of 5 stations and firing 2 shots; at the 6th and final station, there’s an optional tomahawk throw.   Runners or woods walkers using a traditional muzzleloader will complete the course on traditional wood-framed snowshoes.  A modern class will be open to shooters using in-line muzzleloaders and modern snowshoes.  All shooters must use firearms with open sights.


Sponsored By:   The Fort La Présentation Association (www.fort1749) and Forsyth’s Rifles (www.forsythsrifles.org)

When:  Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 2:00PM.

Where: St. Lawrence Valley Sportsman’s Club, 25 Sportsman’s Club Rd., Lisbon, NY

To Benefit:     The construction of a waterfront, recreation trail on Lighthouse Point, Ogdensburg, NY.

2015 St. Lawrence Valley Primitive Snowshoe Biathlon Rules Classes: Traditional Muzzleloaders (smoothbore muskets and flintlock or cap lock rifles) and In-Line Muzzleloaders Divisions: Youth (under 18), Woman’s, Men’s, Senior (over 65) 1. Firearms will not be allowed in the clubhouse.

2. Participants must wear the appropriate style snowshoes for their race class.

3. Participants must follow the designated trail.

4. Participants younger than 16 years of age will be required to run the course with a parent or responsible adult.

5. All participants must use open sights; traditional shooters must use a patched round ball.

6. Participants may not carry loaded firearms on the course.

7. Firearms must be loaded at each firing station in the presence of the race official.

8. At each firing station, participants will load 2 shots from the bag.

9. The axe throw is optional.

10. Participants not using safe firearm handling practices or rules for  the event will be disqualified and asked to leave the club property.

11. The use of alcohol or illegal substances during the race is  prohibited. Participants suspected of being under the influence of  alcohol or illegal substances will not be allowed to participate.

12. All shooting will be from a standing position (off hand) unaided by  shooting sticks, slings or other external aids. No speed loaders will  be allowed, all loading will be from the bag.

13. The race officials ruling on questions regarding the rules are final

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