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Ariens Nordic Center to Host High Performance Biathlon Camp, U.S. Biathlon Midwest Regional Summer Biathlon Championships

by Sara Donatello

Midway, UT - Ariens Nordic Center, an official U.S. Biathlon National Training Center, will host its first-ever biathlon high performance camp July 15-19, followed by the U.S. Biathlon Midwest Regional Summer Biathlon Championships, July 21-22, the second of three regional roller ski championship events this summer. 

“We are excited to host these aspiring young biathletes who are looking to compete at a higher level,” said Ariens Nordic Center General Manager Sean Becker. “The expertise and experience that coaches Gregg Pattison, Brian Halligan and Ben Lund bring to the camp will help these athletes reach their individual goals. This camp will be a great primer leading into the Midwest championships weekend!”

Ariens Nordic Center’s first-ever biathlon high performance camp has been scheduled to coincide with the Midwest Regional Summer Biathlon Championships, offering developing athletes an opportunity to sharpen their skills at camp, then put their sharpened skills to the test on the world-class biathlon range and roller ski loop at Ariens Nordic Center. Participating athletes will have the opportunity to learn from U.S. Biathlon Junior National Team Head Coach Brian Halligan and 2022 Olympian Paul Schommer at the high performance camp, as well as racing alongside Schommer at the Midwest Regional Summer Biathlon Championships. 

The U.S. Biathlon Summer Biathlon Championships Series consists of three race weekends throughout the summer. The Western Regional Summer Biathlon Championships took place at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center June 22-23, Ariens Nordic Center will host the Midwest Regional Summer Biathlon Championships, and Ethan Allen Biathlon Club will host the final Eastern Regional Summer Biathlon Championships, in conjunction with U.S. Biathlon Summer Nationals, August 3-4. Race weekends consist of two race days. 


“The new Summer Championship Series is part of our overall Sport Development Strategy to ensure we have race opportunities for our members and developing athletes throughout the year,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of Sport Development John Farra. “This is a great opportunity for athletes to come together and compete with other biathletes from around the country, and especially from within their region, and continue to work on their biathlon craft. While the winter season can prove difficult to schedule events without conflicting with international events for our top athletes and with Nordic races for our developing athletes, the summer is much more open to pilot these domestic race opportunities. The Western Regional Championships were well attended in Utah, including representation by our Alaska biathletes, and now we are thrilled to be heading to Brillion for the first Midwest Regional Championship event. It promises to be a great one so come join us if you can!”

ABOUT ARIENS NORDIC CENTER

Ariens Nordic Center is located on 200 acres on the outskirts of Brillion, Wisconsin. The center is a year-round trail network for recreation, training, and competition for cross-country skiing, biathlon, roller-skiing, running, hiking, and more. The facility is open to the public and includes a 5k lighted trail network for cross-country skiing designed by Morton Trails, 20-point Kurvinen Biathlon Target System, a robust snowmaking system, 3k paved roller-ski loop for off-season training, and a 10-million-gallon pond for swimming and snowmaking purposes. Visit AriensNordic.com for more information.