Biathlon Yukon hosts championship for skiers and snowshoers

Biathletes begin a mass-start race during the Yukon Championships on March 1 at the Grey Mountain Biathlon Range. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
Snowshoe biathletes start a race during the Yukon Championships on March 1 at the Grey Mountain Biathlon Range. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
Matthew London, left, and Keelan Robins run out of the range during the Yukon Championships on March 1 at the Grey Mountain Biathlon Range. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
Noah Marnik takes aim during the Yukon Championships on March 1 at the Grey Mountain Biathlon Range. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Biathlon Yukon hosted the Yukon Championships at the Grey Mountain Biathlon Range on Feb. 29 and March 1 with dozens of participants on skis and snowshoes competing in sprint events on day one and mass-start events on day two.

Sophia Marnik, chief of timing for the event, said things went smoothly, particularly on day two.

“It actually ran quite smoothly for having that many athletes all at once,” said Marnik. “We had a first heat of about 15 — that’s the little ones that went out there, the biathlon bears — and then we had a second mass start of another 23, so that’s actually for us quite a large competition.”

While participants and spectators alike enjoyed the sunshine and relatively warm temperatures, gusting winds made for some less than ideal shooting conditions.

“It can be quite blustery (at the range),” said Marnik. “We either like a consistent wind or no wind, ideally, but in this case it was a bit blustery so they sometimes had to readjust between bouts of shooting.”

As snowshoe biathlon will be an event at the Arctic Winter Games, a number of snowshoe biathletes joined in on the competition as well.

“Usually we don’t have snowshoe biathlon,” explained Marnik. “That’s a discipline that exists only for the Arctic Winter Games. We have a lot of athletes that are training in their snowshoes because they’re going to be competing in snowshoe biathlon.”

The championships started with sprint competition on Feb. 29 for skiers and snowshoers.

In the bears 2.5-kilometre sprint, Logan Tirschmann finished first followed by Xavier Macht in second and Mason Parry in third.

Romeo Champagne was the lone competitor in the youth men 7.5-km category and Emma Marnik was the only skier in the youth women six-km category.

In the senior boys six-km category, Noah Marnik finished first and Isidore Champagne was second.

Veronica Porter won the senior girls six-km category with Ava Irving-Staley finishing second.

Cole Germain was the only junior boys 3.75-km skier and Cheyenne Tirschmann was the only junior girls 3.75-km skier.

In the boys pursuit 3.75-km category, Johna Irving-Staley finished ahead of Owen McDonald.

Moving to snowshoe biathlon, Alex Brown, Ayla McDonald and Lydia Brown were the only athletes in the junior male, junior female and juvenile female categories respectively.

In the juvenile male category, Matthew London finished ahead of Keelan Robins.

The next day, the biathletes were back in action with mass-start competition.

In the bears three-km mass start, it was again Logan finishing first. Niamh Hupé was second and Parry was third.

Again, Romeo and Emma were the only competitions in their respective categories — youth men 10-km and youth women 7.5-km.

In the senior boys 7.5-km, Noah finished ahead of Isidore, while in the senior girls 7.5-km it was Ava ahead of Porter.

The masters men 35 7.5-km mass-start saw Berne Johnson finish ahead of Daniel Dreisetl.

Germain won the junior boys five-km mass start with Bruce Porter second, and Cheyenne was the lone competitor in the junior girls five-km.

In the boys pursuit 3-km, Owen was first followed by Johna and Colin Diamond in second and third.

Snowshoe biathlon was very similar to the previous day, as Alex, Ayla and Lydia all competed in the junior male, junior female and juvenile female categories respectively.

Rounding out the results, Robins finished ahead of London in the juvenile male 2.5-km mass-start competition.

Contact John Hopkins-Hill at

Just Posted

Whether the dust jacket of this historical novel is the Canadian version (left) or the American (right), the readable content within is the same. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: New novel a gripping account of the gold rush

Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike is an ‘enjoyable and readable’ account of history


Wyatt’s World for May 14, 2021.… Continue reading

Copies of the revised 2021-22 budget documents tabled in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Liberals introduce new budget with universal dental and safe supply funding

The new items were added to secure the support of the NDP.

Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters on May 13. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Cap on rent increases will take effect May 15

The rollout of the policy is creating ‘chaos,’ says opposition

Yukon News file
A 21-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing in Porter Creek on May 14.
One man in hospital, another in custody, after alleged stabbing in Porter Creek

A police dog was used to track the suspect who was later arrested in a wooded area.

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Neil Hartling, the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon president, left, said the new self-isolation guidelines for the Yukon are a ‘ray of hope’ for tourism operators. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Yukon tourism operators prepared for ‘very poor summer’ even with relaxed border rules

Toursim industry responds to new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated individuals to skip mandatory self-isolation.

A lawsuit has been filed detailing the resignation of a former Yukon government mine engineer. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A year after resigning, former chief mine engineer sues Yukon government

Paul Christman alleges a hostile work environment and circumvention of his authority led him to quit

Former Liberal MLA Pauline Frost speaks to reporters outside the courthouse on April 19. One of the voters accused of casting an invalid vote has been granted intervenor status in the lawsuit Frost filed last month. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Voters named in Pauline Frost election lawsuit ask to join court proceedings

The judge granted Christopher Schafer intervenor status

Most Read