Skiers from across B.C. put their skills to the test along with some precision target shooting at Hallis Lake in Quesnel.
The BC Cup #3 Biathlon, hosted by the Cariboo Ski-Touring Club, was held Feb. 4-6.
“There was good support from the volunteers, beautiful weather and lots of out-of-town competitors,” said chief of competition Chris Elden.
“It went well, and everyone seemed happy.”
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in events being a no-go last year, and Elden said there was some uncertainty if it would happen this time around.
Participating from Squamish was Sea to Sky Nordics coach Sarah McCaw, who was joined with 25 members from throughout the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and Metro Vancouver.
McCaw said it had been some time since they had taken up racing.
“They had been training really hard all year—the last two years really,” McCaw noted.
“It was amazing. It’s [Quesnel] such an awesome small community to come to. The athletes really love to get away and experience different locations.”
Elden thanked the many volunteers who helped make the event possible. Around 50 volunteers were needed each day.
Cariboo Ski-Touring Club athletes who competed include Keirstyn Bohme in the novice girls 2 km individual single start and Carter Bohme in the juvenile boys 4 km individual single start. Racing in the junior boys 6 km was Landon Aaslie with Jessabelle Trelenberg in the junior girls.
Laura Balkwill took part in the senior girls 7.5 km individual, and in the men 20 km individual was Ryan Elden. In recreational women 6 km individual was Gisela Hamelin. Jack Monsour had raced in the recreational 2 men 4 km individual.
Taking part in the relay completion held Sunday, Feb. 6 were Keirstyn Bohme, Elek Kovach, Carter Bohme, Max Kovach, Jessabelle Trelenberg, Laura Balkwill, Landon Aaslie, Gisela Hamelin and Ryan Elden.
The Cariboo Ski-Touring Club’s next comparable event to the BC Cup #3 Biathlon will be the BC Winter Games set to come to Quesnel in February 2024.
For full results visit caribooski.ca/biathlon.
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