First Biathlon held
At Lubrecht Forest

September 6, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Lynn Carey of Seeley Lake took Best Overall at the first Summer Biathlon
event held at Lubrecht Forest. Lynn Carey shoots during run.

Werner Probst is proud to finally have an International Standard Shooting Range in Montana. He said that the Summer Biathlon is the fastest growing sport in the US.

Lynn Carey of Seeley Lake took Best Overall at the first Summer Biathlon event held at Lubrecht Forest on July 14th. This sport is a running and rifle marksmanship event.

The new shooting range has six targets, which were put in by William Wyatt of Lolo. Seeley Lake resident Werner Probst is the race director for Montana.

The event was sponsored by Sportsman Surplus and Merlin and Federal Ammunition.

Sixty-five participants ranging in ages from 7 to 70 enjoyed the sporting event. The United States National team helped make some great competition.

The Summer Biathlon is a fast growing sport and gives both young and old an opportunity to keep in good shape and sharpen up their shooting skills.

A 5 km course over the meadows has to be run with two stopsfor prone and standing shots with a 22 rifle. If you miss the 11 cm target, which is 150 feet away, you have to go on an extra penalty round for one-tenth of a mile.

Two Montanans won at this competition. Logan Hammer from Missoula had a time of 21:59 minutes and Marc Sheppard from Bozeman came in with a 22:11.

Werner Probst has been promoting this sport for seven years, and this year he said he was happy to see it finally take place.

He plans on having two races at Lubrecht next year as well as two more in Bozeman and West Yellowstone. He said he would like to thank everyone who participated and helped with the event, especially Jeff Steele and Cindy Torok.

If you are interested in more information, you may contact William Wyatt at 406-777-5245 or Werner Probst at 406-677-3434.