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#10274 - 27/03/13 12:56 AM New ISSF Sport - "Target Sprint"
WarrenP Offline

Registered: 11/08/10
Posts: 165
Loc: Australia
Here is a new sport the ISSF is introducing.

I think if marketed correctly by our associations, we should be able to get more people into our sport.

This is a copy from the latest ISSF communication;


A new name and new competition for the ISSF Run & Shoot event was announced today. ISSF TARGET SPRINT will now be the branding tag for this action-filled ISSF Sport for All event. And the ISSF is organizing a TARGET SPRINT Grand Prix in Munich (GER) in May in conjunction that is open to international participation.

ISSF TARGET SPRINT combines athletes’ precision shooting and running abilities. The new event mixes air rifle shooting and middle distance running. It requires participants to be fast, accurate shooters and to possess outstanding physical fitness.


ISSF Target Sprint participants begin each event with a mass start and a fixed distance run. At the end of the first run, normally 600 meters, they stop at a 10-meter air rifle range where they must pick up their rifles and shoot at and hit five knockdown targets from standing position. More than five shots are often required to hit all five targets, but that adds to the shooting time. There are no penalties, but the sooner you finish shooting, the sooner you can start running your next lap. At the end of the second run, participants must shoot another five targets before beginning the third and final running stage. The final rankings are clear and easy to understand. The athlete who completes the three running stages and two shooting stages and who is the first at the finish line is the winner.

First ISSF TARGET SPRINT competition to take place in May.

The new event will have its official 2013 inauguration during the 2013 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Munich, that will take place on 23-30 May at the Hochbrück Olympic Shooting Range. The ISSF TARGET SPRINT competition will be conducted on the 26 May. Participation is open and more than 40 athletes have already registered to compete. World Cup participants who are interested in trying TARGET SPRINT are invited to bring their running shoes and clothing to Munich and give it a try.

“A Sport for All event” ISSF President said.

ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña said “We are developing ISSF TARGET SPRINT under the rubric of Sport for All, which is a program now being strongly promoted by the IOC. We were looking for a new event that combines marksmanship and fitness, can be staged outdoors, and is accessible to everybody.”

“A pair of running shoes is all you need. Everything is designed to keep costs down for the athletes. The ISSF will provide targets and single-shot air rifles,” ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber said.

“The game is as easy as it looks. Competitors will run on a track or running path and then stop at the air gun range to shoot at falling targets on their assigned firing points. There are no complicated scoring systems; the first athlete to cross the finish line is the winner.” Mr Schreiber concluded.


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#10275 - 27/03/13 07:07 AM Re: New ISSF Sport - "Target Sprint" [Re: WarrenP]
Martin C Offline

Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 332
Loc: Hawkes Bay NZ
Sounds interesting a Biathlon without Skies.It really fits in with the fitness thinking these days.Forty years ago maybe!

#10276 - 27/03/13 10:35 PM Re: New ISSF Sport - "Target Sprint" [Re: WarrenP]
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Registered: 05/07/09
Posts: 390
Loc: Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Some may recall this has already been done here in NZ. WE had about 3 or 4 years of a biathlon at the end of the nationals. I think the first one was in Blenheim, we ran one in Auckland and.....

Also, here in Wgtn we ran one at the Royal Tiger for a womens sports day and also at Trentham on the Seddon Range. Shot at shotgun birds on the NRA targets, shoe with 22s and ran to the 800 or 900 yd line and back. Tha event attracted quite a few harrier types. I have to say being able to shoot knocks about 2 minutes off your time cos the harriers were pretty poor shots!!

I think we will have to try one at the Keene or Allen Range after the 2014 Nats. Maybe it could be time for a Trophy even.

VW was a runner in his day and i have a suspicion he may have won one of them.

#10277 - 28/03/13 10:38 PM Re: New ISSF Sport - "Target Sprint" [Re: Tenpointnine]
Fullboar Offline

Registered: 04/08/10
Posts: 450
Loc: Palmy
Nigel Farrell was a runner too and he's back shooting!!
If it's Black and round ,shoot it!


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