LAKE PLACID, NY. -- The race schedule for the 2019-2020 season North American Cup series is now available.
The North American Cup, or “NorAm,” is a bi-continental race circuit that began in the 1990’s to provide domestic race opportunities to American and Canadian biathletes. Races are open to age classes from U17 (15+ years old) to Masters.
This year’s schedule will include a total of 5 race events: two in the west, two in the east, with one event held dually across east and western venues. Changes to this year’s calendar are a result of initial talks between U.S. Biathlon and Biathlon Canada to identify ways to improve and give more structure to the NorAm circuit.
“One small experimental step we’re taking this year is to consolidate events into two-weekend Eastern and Western racing blocks, in order to focus participation and encourage quality racing over quantity of races over time,” says Danika Frisbie, U.S. Biathlon Sports Program Coordinator.
Both countries discussed the realities of reducing travel for athletes that are already geographically spread out, increasing race incentives to fewer races, and limiting interference with major cross country ski races.
“Especially for youth athletes 18 and under, we want to see them motivated and excited about ski racing, and to feel that same energy in biathlon. We’d rather see all youth biathletes from a region travel together to compete against each other at one NorAm event and have a great experience there, rather than having 3 or 4 NorAms all with diluted fields.”
Race invitations and registration for this year’s winter events will be available by Nov. 1st.
To view a downloadable PDF of the race schedule, click here: DOWNLOAD
Overview of winter NorAm/national race schedule for U.S. athletes:
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019 NorAm Cup 1 Canmore, Alberta
Dec. 14-15, 2019 NorAm Cup 2 West Yellowstone, Montana
Dec. 21-22, 2019 IBU Cup Winter Trials Craftsbury, Vermont
Dec. 28-31, 2019 U.S. Youth/Junior Trials Jericho, Vermont
Jan. 11-12, 2020 NorAm Cup 3 - East Craftsbury, Vermont
Jan. 11-12, 2020 NorAm Cup 3 - West Hinton, Alberta
Feb.1-2, 2020 NorAm Cup 4* Fort Kent, Maine
Feb. 8-9, 2020 NorAm Cup 5 ValCartier, Quebec
Mar. 16-22, 2020 CAN Biathlon Nationals Valcartier, Quebec
Mar. 26-29, 2020 U.S. Biathlon Nationals** West Yellowstone, Montana
*Domestic qualifier for Open European Championships team
**Also acts as NorAm Cup Championships, an event technically recognized by the International Biathlon Union.