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Chance to take a shot at biathlon

Olympic biathlon coverage -- and USA's success at the Vancouver Winter Olympics -- has spawned interest in this sport that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. (Associated Press)
Olympic biathlon coverage -- and USA's success at the Vancouver Winter Olympics -- has spawned interest in this sport that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. (Associated Press)

WINTER SPORTS -- Among the many activities ranging from snowshoeing to a Doggy Dash ski-joring race, two “Try Biathlon” events are scheduled near Winthrop, Wash., during the Methow Valley Winter Festival.

The valley’s biathlon team coaches will put on the events Feb. 23 and Feb. 26 to assure that everyone has fun and that safety is a priority in this event that pairs cross-country skiing and target shooting.

The events debuted last year during the Olympics -- when the U.S. Biathlon Team was riding high on the medals podium -- and were a hit with people of all ages and abilities, organizers said.

This year, the Methow's Winter Festival features biathlog adn many other activities for kids, since the festival starts President's Weekend and continues for 10 days, running up to spring break for many schools.



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