MB Cup Races Postponed due to frigid weather

For the safety of our athletes and volunteers, the Race Committee has decided to cancel both races this weekend (Dec. 14-15) due to the frigid cold temperatures especially when the windchill is considered.

A possible (unconfirmed) postponement date is Jan. 25-26, 2014.

For athletes who have already registered, your race fees will be automatically transferred to a future race, possibly the races of the postponed date. More details to follow at a later time.

Many thanks to those who registered or offered to volunteer at the races. We hope to see you all out at our next race on Jan. 12, 2014.

Happy Holidays!

Race Committee

Nicole Neish going to University Games

The following was taken from today’s Winnipeg Free Press

By: Ashley Prest

Posted: 11/30/2013 3:17 AM

Nicole Neish




Canada’s biathlon team coach for the 2013 Winter Universiade (world university games); learning assistant with the Government of Canada

Accomplishments: After ditching dance to raise a rifle when she was 15 years old, Neish became hooked on the sport that combines cross-country skiing with marksmanship. She learned, trained and competed as a member of the Canadian Cadets organization where she now coaches. Neish was selected as the head coach for Canada’s biathlon team for the 2013 Winter Unviersiade, which starts Dec. 10, in Trentino, Italy. The 10-member team includes Jessica Biggs of the University of Manitoba. Part of Neish’s healthy lifestyle is walking her dog, walking home from work, cycling and running. In addition to that, Neish continues her personal biathon training by going to the shooting range once a week and cross-country skiing regularly. She said she was thrilled to be selected to Team Canada as a coach and may find herself this winter lured back into competition at the masters (25+) level.

1. Favourite workout?

I’m really into hot yoga. Not only does it increase flexibility and helps prevent injury, but it’s a great workout. It’s also a much needed break from the cold during the winter, when I spend the majority of my time outside coaching.

2. Favourite workout song?

I like a mix of rock, punk and some dance. I really like the Foo Fighters, Green Day, White Stripes, Weezer, The Ramones and of course AC/DC. I like a good beat to help me to keep a steady tempo for running and skiing, which keeps my motivation up and ensures a constant speed as I get into longer distances.

3. Fitness tip?

Cross train. Varying your workouts helps to develop similar muscle groups, it keeps training fun and prevents overuse injuries. You don’t have to be an expert at everything, so have fun trying different sports and workouts.

4. What’s in your fridge?

Lots of fresh vegetables. I enjoy making hearty vegetable soups and vegetarian chili and freezing it in individual sized portions for a quick healthy meal or snack anytime.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cheese of any kind, from a truffle Gouda to a jar of Cheez Whiz, I love it all. I would be pretty devastated if I ever happened to develop lactose intolerance.


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2013 D16

Megan Imrie qualifies for Sochi!

The following article was taken from the Winnipeg Free Press today

Canadian Megan Imrie qualifies for Sochi Olympics after biathlon World Cup event

By: The Associated Press

Posted: 11/30/2013 10:19 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 11/30/2013 12:52 PM

OSTERSUND, Sweden – Canada’s Megan Imrie will be competing in the Winter Olympics in February after posting one of the best World Cup biathlon sprint results of her career on Saturday.

The 27-year-old from Falcon Lake, Man., missed just one shot in the range to clock a 22nd-place time of 22 minutes 8.4 second in the 7.5-kilometre event. Imrie’s previous career-best sprint result was 17th. She also has a 20th-place finish in an individual competition.

“It was a fantastic day. I felt great in the warm up and I am very confident in my shooting now,” said the 2010 Olympian. “I am very happy this caps off my Sochi qualification. Skiing was all flow and fight. It felt strong and smooth. I put it all out there today.”

Norway’s Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland shot clean to win the women’s sprint with a time of 20:41.2. Russia’s Olga Zaitseva was also clean on the range to claim the silver at 20:57.1. Norway’s Tora Berger grabbed the bronze at 21:03.2 (0+1).

Regina’s Scott Perras was the top Canadian in the men’s 10-kilometre sprint. Perras missed one shot in each of his two trips to the range to post a time of 27:38.8.

Martin Fourcade, of France, finished on top at 25:56.0 (0+1). Sweden’s Fredrik Lindstroem was second at 26:02.5 (0+0), while American Tim Burke shot clean to win the bronze with a time of 26:27.3.

Other Canadian results included: Calgary’s Nathan Smith in 45th with a time of 28:05.0 (1+0); and Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Shannon, Que., in 69th at 28:54.7 (2+2) in men’s racing. Rosanna Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., was 51st at 23:04.8 (0+3) and Zina Kocher finished 64th at 23:21.3 (2+2) in women’s.

Equipment Wanted

Please find attached an email received about XC equipment needed for a new biathlete.  If you can help out, please contact them directly.


Hi, I would like to place an ad for used xcountry gear for my son who has recently joined Red River Nordic biathlon program.

We need:  skate skis 166-172 cm
boots 43.5
poles for a 5’1 boy
pls contact Donna @ 204 996 8943, thx