Presque Isle continues to prepare for another World Cup Biathlon event. The Nordic Heritage Center will host the final event of the season in early February. International Biathlon Union officials are in the County giving the course one final inspection before the event.
It still feels like summer, but the organizing committee IBU officials are continuing to prepare for the World Cup event number 9 that will be held in Presque Isle from February 11th to 14th.
"This is the first huge step when the IBU arrives here to do the inspection. It's the beginning of the biathlon season. They gives us a lot of information(FILE) and we give them a lot of information and we walked away feeling well prepared," said event director Jane Towle.
IBU officials are very familiar with Aroostook County. Several events have been held here . The most recent was the World Youth and Junior Biathlon Championships in 2014. Nordic Heritage has also hosted World Cup events on two other occasions.
"The Organizing Committee is well set up. They are an experienced team and that is why we are not afraid to work with the Organizing Committee Presque Isle," said IBU race director Borat Neuner.
IBU officials are visiting four venues in North America during this trip. It's full speed for the International Biathlon Union because the start of the World Cup season is just around the corner.
"We are very busy. It's just a couple of months to go the end of November when we start with the first World Cup in Sweden," said IBU communications director Peer Lange.
Max Cobb the President of the US Biathlon Association is very confident this event will run smoothly. He says the USBA is looking forward to another event on home soil
"Very exciting to be coming back here. The team is really psyched to race in North America. We have two stops one in Canmore Alberta and the second one here in Presque Isle," explained Cobb.
Max Saenger is back as the Sport Manager for this event. He is very familiar with the area and the venue and says the County always gets high marks from Athletes for their hospitality.
"They have a great reputation around the World as being one of the friendliest venues out there, having the best volunteers, having the nicest Community. When they walk into stores downtown people always greet them say hi. How was your race how are things going? Are you having fun here in Presque Isle. They remember that and I hear that all the time when I am out with the teams on the World Cup," Saenger said.
It's still several months away, but organizers are making sure to be prepared to host another top quality event as the County will be showcased again around the world.