Frequently Asked Questions

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No you do not need to be a member to race. However, we hope that you consider joining the club to give back to the program. During the Covid era we require all guests to pre-register for events. We will not allow drop-in registrations. More information on membership can be found here.
We have assured the club that we will do our best to safeguard the health of our participants, HSC members, and other visitors to HSC. While these procedures may not create the same race day experience that we are used to, we are fortunate to benefit from the hard work that the club has done to keep the club open and to keep everyone safe. We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy our sport during these difficult times. We will conduct our races in the following manner.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for Covid, been recently exposed to someone infected with Covid, or who is experiencing Covid symptoms must refrain from attending the race.
  • Racers will sign up for a time slot before the date of the race.
  • Guests may attend a race but may not sign up on their own or show up unannounced on the day of the race. The guest should be known ahead of time. They should contact bob@mabiathlon.com to sign up for a race slot.
  • A buffer time will be scheduled between time slots to minimize the number of people on the range.
  • Mats will be disinfected between races. A racer may bring their own mat or blanket to put over the range mat.
  • Masks and social distancing rules must be followed. Spectators should be kept to a minimum.
  • The participant will run the announced race on their own and record their time and shooting score and submit them for compilation with other racer's results.
  • In Massachusetts head to head races are not allowed until Phase 4. Therefore, all races will be against the clock.
Yes, we welcome biathletes of all abilities and experience levels. In the winter we offer ski or snowshoe courses. In the spring, summer, and fall we offer running, biking, or walking courses. We also ensure that our expert racers have the most genuine race experience possible. So as you get more comfortable with the sport, you can race at an expert level. Our expert racers are very willing to welcome you into the sport.
While we don’t have official loaner rifles we do have members who have rifles that they will loan out. If you need a loaner, let us know before a race.
We will help you learn how to safely shoot a rifle.
Yes. You don’t need an official biathlon rifle, but your rifle does need to comply with these rules. If should be a .22LR with peep sights (no scopes). For ammunition it should be standard velocity, 40 grain, lead, round nose. No copper or hollow point ammo. The rifle should either be a single shot rifle or one with a 5 round magazine.
If you are new to biathlon we will have you race in the Novice class. In the Novice class we adapt the rules to give you early success in the sport. You will shoot at larger targets and use a rest to steady your rifle. You will race on the same course as the experts.
We have a very active junior program. For information regarding the junior program contact Stephanie Schneider at steph@mabiathlon.com
That question has a long answer! Chat with other racers to get an idea of what rifle will be best for you. Coming soon: in the near future we will add rifle stories to our site, sharing how current members choose their equipment.
We are entirely a volunteer organization so we expect everyone to help with setting up and breaking down the course as much as possible. A typical day goes something like this: 7:30 – Someone will pull the trailer with our equipment to the range 7:30 – Others assist with course set up 9:00 – Zeroing session (adjust rifle sights to ensure shooting accuracy) 10:00 – Race. We have many different race formats. 12:30 – Break down course 1:00 – Finish
Directions to the club can be found here https://www.harvardsportsmensclub.com/index.php?page=directionsIn the winter we race on the 300 yard range. In the spring, summer, and fall we race on the 65 yard range. To get to the 300 yard range, take the first left off of the entry road. Drive until that road ends at a T intersection. Take a right at the T intersection. The 300 yard range is the next left, with a red flag pole. To get to the 65 yard range, take the first left off of the entry road. Drive until that road ends at a T intersection. Take a left at the T intersection. The 65 yard range is at the end of the road on the right.