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Camp Ripley Will Host Regional Biathlon Competition

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 3

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn -
National Guard Athletes from the Upper Midwest will compete in the Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Competition at Camp Ripley Feb 7-8 

Soldiers and airmen of the Central Region consisting of ND, SD, Minn, Ind, Wis, Iowa and Ohio will square off at the Minnesota National Guard Biathlon Range on Camp Ripley

"The Biathlon is a cross-country skiing and shooting competition in which competitors ski as fast as possible for several kilometers with a 22-caliber rifle strapped to their backs," said Army Maj John Donovan, Camp Ripley Public Affairs  "At a designated shooting area adjacent to the track the skiers stop and shoot at several small targets before continuing along the next leg of the track," added Donovan 

"Races start at 9:00 am both mornings," said Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith Silbernick, Camp Ripley Biathlon coordination officer "Both days are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come cheer on the athletes"

The mission of the National Guard Biathlon program is to develop the highest levels of skiing and rifle marksmanship necessary to improve the combat skills of individual soldiers and airmen  The National Guard Biathlon selects and trains teams to represent the National Guard and the United States Armed Services in national and international competitions like the Biathlon World Cup and Winter Olympic events

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC are invited to attend Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Competition free of charge  Those who wish to watch the race will need to park at the Camp Ripley Range Control parking lot and bus transportation will be provided to and from the biathlon competition  Visitors wishing to access Camp Ripley will need to present a valid driver's license at the front gate 

EDITORS: Members of the media are invited to interview, photograph and video tape athletes on Friday Feb 7 at 10:00 am  Contact Staff Sgt Anthony Housey at 320-616-3122 or anthonyahouseymil@milmil to arrange interviews and transportation to the Biathlon Range

For more information on Camp Ripley, visit http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/camp_ripley/ 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at 320-616-3122 or 320-616-2726

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