The â€œBiathlon Turkey Shootâ€ spread its wings at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, BC on September 29 and raised almost $1000 for the Wild at Art Festival.
Hosted by VANOC's biathlon manager, Max Saenger, the fundraiser also provided an opportunity for folks young and old to try their hand at rifle marksmanship. Plenty of cash and prizes were awarded to the best shooters in the biathlon-inspired events, â€œBiathlon Turkey Shootâ€, â€œTake Your Best Shotâ€ and â€œBiathlon Drawâ€.
In front of 200 spectators, the four-member District Council team brought their best game to win some game and nabbed first place and a fat Thanksgiving turkey in the â€œTurkey Shootâ€ competition.
Organized by Wild at Art Festival; West Coast Railway Heritage Park; VANOC's Max Saenger; CALOC; West Coast Nordics; Biathlon BC, and the Squamish Lions Club, the event is part of a series aimed at introducing local youth and potential volunteers to the sport of biathlon. The series started in July 2007 and is sponsored by the Callaghan Local Organizing Committee (CALOC), in partnership with the West Coast Nordic Club and VANOC biathlon manager, Max Saenger.
This winter local youth ages 7-12 years old will have their first opportunity to enjoy the Biathlon Bears Program in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The Bears Program is Biathlon Canada’s youth development program for young skiers and new biathletes.