Sunday, June 12, 2011

Coventry Commonwealth Games
Summer Biathlon 2011

“Run & Shoot” Competition

The Biathlon is best known as a winter sport event that combines skiing and shooting- but you will not need your boots and gloves for the event. This is its warm weather counterpart, and is part of the Coventry Commonwealth Games, which will be held Saturday, July 23rd in Roanoke, Virginia.

Competitors begin with a 1 mile run that brings them to the shooting range. They lay down, pick up the rifle, shoot five shots at metal knock down targets, jump up, walk to the end of the range, and continue the running. One mile later they are back at the range, and shoot five shots from the standing position. The race ends with a 1 mile dash to the finish. Interval starts are used, with 1, 2 or 3 runners starting together every minute. The rifles are .22 caliber. Rifles and ammunition will be provided.

The Coventry Commonwealth Games is the nationally recognized State Games of Virginia, a sports festival with over 50 events that began in 1990.

There will be a team competition in Biathlon with a Police Team Trophy that is being sponsored by Psychological Health Roanoke.

This is a unique opportunity for Departments to test their skills against one another and, for the officers to test themselves under pressure of competition.

For more information about the Games check out its web site

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