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Aurora targeted for R100 archery event
AURORA – Anteaters, zebras and even aliens are coming to Aurora June 29 and 30. The unusual creatures are actually targets for archers participating in the R100 event, hosted by Straight Thru Archery of Aurora. Hundreds of shooters in seven classes are expected to compete in the two-day event, which will be headquartered at the East Range Sportsman and Conservation Club in Aurora.
“This is an exciting event and we’re looking forward to sharing our beautiful region with archers from around the state and country,” said Lynn Voss, Aurora Chamber of Commerce president. “Archery is a great sport and we know the R100 participants are going to have a wonderful time on the Range.”
Ken Corbett, owner of Straight Thru Archery, is responsible for bringing the event to Aurora. Rinehart Targets, based in Janesville, WI, provides targets for R100 events, which are held around the country. A selection process determines tournament locations. Rinehart targets are known for a patented locking insert designed for 3D targets, and “self-healing” foam used in their realistic and sometimes outrageous targets.
“All R100 events are run on the same schedule, with either 50 or 100 targets for each competitor, and a chance to win more than $6,000 in prizes,” Corbett explained. “It’s going to be a lot of work, but it will be good for Aurora and good for the area to hold this event.”
Corbett is working with regional archery clubs to spread the word about the tournament, and mailing information to clubs around the Midwest. The event is also listed at the R100 website, r100.org.
“Archery is a great family sport, and we have many kids and adults across the Range who are already competing. The R100 will be a great way for them to test their skills on unique targets and meet other archers from around the country,” Corbett said.
The tournament adds to the region’s solid reputation as a sporting event venue.
“The Range is already a destination for sporting events of all kinds. We host bonspiels, hockey tournaments, alpine and Nordic events, racing, ATV conventions, field dog trials and more. Archery is a great addition.” said Beth Pierce, director of the Iron Range Tourism Bureau, an event sponsor. “Any time we can showcase what Range communities have to offer new visitors, it’s good for our businesses and gives us a chance to make repeat customers who will travel to our area again and again.”
Archers can register for the event at Corbett’s website, straightthruarchery.com. Competitive classes include “open unlimited,” men’s and women’s “hunter” classes, men’s and women’s “traditional” classes, and youth classes for ages 11-14 and 10 or under. Anyone wishing to become an event sponsor, or provide a door prize for competitors, should contact Corbett at 218-750- 2860.