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Public and media invited to view biathlon at Minnesota National Guards Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 26

LITTLE FALLS, Minn - Camp Ripley is hosting the 29th Annual Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships from Feb 23 to 28 on the Camp Ripley Biathlon Range 

"The National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship brings together outstanding athletes from across the US including one of our own Minnesota National Guard members, Spc Jake Dahlberg," said Army Col Scott A St Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander 

"By hosting this biathlon, it demonstrates how Camp Ripley's sustainable infrastructure provides a diverse training area throughout the year," said St Sauver

"The biathlon is an Olympic sport that combines cross-country skiing with marksmanship," said Army Maj John G Donovan, Camp Ripley Visitor Bureau Chief  "Skiers use a technique known as speed skiing to propel around a loop which leads to a firing range  At the firing range they engage targets with a 22-caliber rifle and are awarded for accuracy or penalized with extra loops when they miss a target" 

"Ultimately, the skier with the fastest time and best accuracy wins the race," said Donovan  "We would love to see a Minnesota National Guard soldier win the race" 

The public is invited to Camp Ripley Feb 27 to 28 to view the final series of races  Admission is free and drivers on to Camp Ripley need only show a valid driver's license at the front gate  Transportation will be provided from the range control parking lot to the biathlon races 

  NOTE TO EDITORS: 

Media is invited to view the culminating day of the biathlon on Feb 28   An itinerary for that day is as follows:

9:15 am  Arrive at Camp Ripley

9:30 am  Ground transportation to the Biathlon Range from Range Control

9:45 am  Arrive at Biathlon Range

10 am    Race starts

12 am    Race concludes

12 am    Opportunity for interviews with participants

12:30 pm Return to Range Control parking lot

*****Note: Transportation is available for Twin Cities media personnel to/from Camp Ripley aboard a military helicopter  Space is limited  First come, first served  Contact Army Maj Kristen Auge at 651-268-8961 for more details and to RSVP  Must RSVP by 8 am, Feb 27

For additional information contact: Army 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver, Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer, cell - 605-695-9663 or office - 320-616-3122

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

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