National Guard Regional Biathlon set at Camp Ripley, Feb. 7 – 8

National Guard athletes from the central region, which includes Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota, will compete in the Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon competition at Camp Ripley, Feb. 7 – 8. This is to gain placement in the Chief-National Guard Bureau National Championships to determine the All-Guard Biathlon Team that will represent the National Guard at International events.

The two days of competition include, day one – Friday, Feb. 7, sprint race, with individual skiing and marksmanship. Day two, Saturday, Feb. 8, pursuit race with individual skiing and marksmanship.

Parking for the event will be at the Camp Ripley Range Control at the North end of the 47th Infantry Division Road on Camp Ripley. A shuttle bus will take guests to the Biathlon Range within the training area.

A valid driver’s license is required for access to Camp Ripley.

The mission of the National Guard (NG) Biathlon program is to develop the highest levels of skiing and rifle marksmanship necessary to improve the combat ability of individual airmen and soldiers.

Further, NG Biathlon selects and trains teams to represent the National Guard and the United States Armed Services in national and international competition, to include Biathlon World Cup and Winter Olympic events.

The NG Biathlon program consists of five Vermont National Guard military staff and is responsible for developing events and funding athletes from all 54 states and territories to compete and train in biathlon. NG Biathlon conducts regional and national championship events each winter for interested Airmen and Soldiers of all abilities. The NG Biathlon program is funded and managed by the National Guard Bureau (NGB) Youth and Athletic Services program.

For more information, contact NG Biathlon at (802) 899-7120 or (802) 899-7122 or the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at anthony.a.housey.mil@mail.mil or (320) 616-3122

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