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FKOC to host biathlon competition Jan. 19 and 20

FORT KENT, Maine — Skiers representing a variety of ages from New England and different parts of Canada will invade the Fort Kent Outdoor Center Jan. 19 and 20 for the NorAm Biathlon Cup No. 6. There also is a need for volunteers to assist with the competition.

The eight-race series began in early December in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Other sites this winter have included Quebec City, Montreal and Casper, Wyoming. The Alberta venue has been utilized twice.

After Fort Kent, the final two events will be held in Jericho, Vermont. and Lake Placid, New York, with the series coming to a close Feb. 9-10.

Carl Theriault, president of the FKOC, said the Jan. 19 races will follow a sprint format, featuring one round of prone shooting and another of standing.

On Jan. 20, the format will be a mass start, with four rounds of shooting — two in prone and two in standing.

Racing on both days begins at 10 a.m.

Theriault is expecting between 40-50 athletes, including those as young as 10 years of age up to masters’ competitors in their 60s. Biathletes from Prince Edward Island, Quebec and New Brunswick will be attending as well as those from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

“We’ve run this event over the years but it has been awhile since the last time,” Theriault said. “There haven’t been a lot of events offered here for awhile, so I pushed to get one here, and we got it.”

He said the center is looking to host one of the events every year so that youths can get involved in the sport.

Theriault said there is a need for at least 40 volunteers in different capacities, including on the range, penalty loop, on the course and at the stadium.

Those interested in helping out can contact Paul and Bonnie Cyr (range) at 834-6478, Laura Audibert (penalty loop) at 834-6773, Norman Martin (course) at 834-3449 and Allan Dow (stadium) at 834-5580, or send an email to fkocevents@gmail.com.

The Fort Kent Outdoor Center has hosted two IBU World Cup events and numerous U.S. National Championships over the center’s 20-year history in biathlon.

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