Biathletes train year-round in southern Vermont

According to Sports Illustrated magazine, the first international biathlon championship took place in the Austrian Alps in 1958. While it languished at the Olympics, it returned for good to the Olympic venue in 1960. And women didn't particpate in the sport until the 1992 Olympic Games.

Grafton Pond's nifty biathlon course will be offered daily for all ages and abilities, 1-3 p.m.

The nice thing about biathlon, aside from the initial investment in apparel and gear, is that, at least in Vermont, training is affordable.

Cost to train on the Grafton Ponds course is only $10. And for more demanding biathetes and groups, private course runs can be arranged. Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center typically opens in mid-December for the winter season.

Check It Out: To learn more about biathlon, contact the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center at 783 Townshend Rd. in Grafton. You can call ahead at 802-843-2400, e-mail, info@graftonponds.com or visit the website at http://graftonponds.com.

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