Eight years in the making

Eight years ago Drs. Mike Karch and Kim Escudero set out to create a grass roots movement to generate excitement about Nordic sports and thought that biathlon was the perfect sport considering its popularity in Europe and its combination of challenging skills. 

The biathlon movement that they started has grown into one of the annual premier events in our area.  This year, even with a late announcement due to lack of early snow, 236 athletes participated, including 70+ youth, disabled and Wounded Warriors, beginner adults, Masters, elite and Olympian racers. 

The venue at Reds Lake area at Mammoth Mountain is likely one of the most spectacular venues in the world. 

The snow and weather were beautiful and it was a successful event.  This was the kind of event you leave feeling good about your community.  It takes nearly 100 volunteers to pull the event off. 

Although it isn’t possible to list everyone, we genuinely thank you all for your efforts. 

There are a few people who are instrumental to the success of the event.

Our sincere appreciation to Dave Schacht, Jeff Perry, Ryan and Kami Boyer, Roy Moyer, Jeremy DeCell, Sue Stalvo, Clayton Mendel, Aleksandra Gajewski, John and Meredith Manzano, Shannon Bagshaw and Marci Satterfield. 

The event also wouldn’t happen without the generous support of our donors and sponsors. 

On behalf of the board of Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association, we appreciate everyone’s support in making the 7th Annual Winter Biathlon a success and are already looking forward to next year’s event.

We would also like to offer our sincere condolences to the Baillie family.

Pam Bold

President, Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association