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Monday, February 27, 2012

1st Annual Muskoka Paintball Biathlon

Don't miss this... it's a great new winter sport, and it's happening right here at Bondi Village Resort this Saturday.

You can come up for the weekend -- we've got deals on accommodation and entries for our registered guests. Spend the weekend, enjoy the Biathlon, ski or snowshoe our trails, watch for the deer (and the Bald Eagles!), build a snowman and remind yourself of why winter is FUN! Our snow conditions are fabulous.

Or you can simply come for the day and take part. We hope to see lots of our friends and neighbours come out to play.

Biathlon is an amazing sport, combining the physical exertion of the nordic skiing with the calm centredness of the target shooting.  The downside is that if you would like to give the sport a try, there's this whole thing about firearms -- on which you obviously must be well trained. And it can be costly.

To make an end run around that little issue, so kids and adults alike can give the sport 'a go', paintball markers are being used instead of actual rifles.  This means everyone can play.

Back Country Paintball and Algonquin Outfitters have partnered with us to host the 1st Muskoka Paintball Biathlon this coming Saturday, in the back fields at Bondi Village.  There are classes for kids aged 10 - 14; 15 - 18; and of course, one for the big kids, over 18.  Registration is just $40/person on the day of the event. 

Because it is an introduction, the emphasis is on the fun of the game -- the ski trail is not particularly hilly, nor particularly long, so those who are (shall we say) not on the cutting edge of Olympic fitness need have no qualms about setting out on the track.  In fact, Algonquin Outfitters will have some gear on hand for those who maybe have never tried nordic skiing but are dab hands at Paintball.  Switch it up -- try something new.

Back Country Paintball is providing all the targets, and the markers --  and there's will be the only paintball markers used on the site. You don't carry them while you ski, but when you come into the target zone, one of the crew will hand you the paintball gun.  Never fired one of those in your life?  No worries -- there is a Skills Development session in the morning, from 10 to noon, when you can learn how.  You can also use that time to ski around the course to check it out, or practice your ski technique.

From noon to one, while the Dwight Lion's Club are on site to sell you a lunch, we've got a class for the Lollipops -- those little guys aged 7 to 9 who would love to try this out. If they have another family member registered, they get to ski around a very short course and shoot a few targets at no additional charge.  And of course we've got a discount price if you've got a family of four, to keep it affordable.

Races will begin at 1 p.m.  There are prizes, thanks to our generous sponsors.

This is a wonderful way to get out and give Biathlon a try, have a little taste of the sport if you will.     And if you don't get your fill of skiing on the day, Bondi's network of ski trails across the road from the Biathlon site will be open to you as well.

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