The world’s best bowhunters to compete at popular Laurel Highlands resort
SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. – Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania’s outdoor adventure headquarters, is honored to host the 2012 International Bowhunting Organization’s (IBO) World Championships, Aug. 8-11.
The World Championship is an annual event in which approximately 1,000 contestants from more than 20 countries compete over the course of four days in more than 30 classes. At stake – $200,000 in cash and prizes and the coveted title of world champion.
“We are honored to have been selected at the host for the 2012 IBO World Championships,” said Eric Mauck, Seven Springs CEO. “We look forward to welcoming the competitors and their families form all over the world and presenting them with a challenging course and a lifetime of memories.”
Twenty-four ranges will be created throughout the woods and along the ski slopes and trails at Seven Springs. Throughout the course, there will be more than 400 3-D targets, approximately 20 targets per range. The life-size targets are designed to represent indigenous species like black bear, white tail deer and turkey, as well as exotic species like Russian black bear and mountain goats.
Teams of four to five shooters are assigned a set of three ranges each day where they fire from a designated spot at the targets. Precision is key, as the closer their arrow comes to the kill zone of the target, the higher the score. The Championship Round is scheduled for the morning of Sat., Aug. 11.
IBO officials and Seven Springs’ course designers made the course challenging for these sharp shooters by trying to confuse the archers as to how far the target is from the tee box. They do this by using rolling terrain features; high and low light characteristics in the woods and on the slopes, as well as using the natural flora. The event also includes an archery trade show which opens at 12 p.m., Wed., Aug. 8.
“Those of us at IBO are looking forward with great anticipation to this year’s World Championship at Seven Springs,” said Ken Watkins, IBO president. “Our hosts have planned a great time for our shooters with so many activities planned for everyone beyond the world championship.”
The resort will also host the Seven Springs Bowhunters Open at the World Championships, an event that lets non-qualified shooters compete on the same courses as the world qualifiers. The open will be a two-day event during the World Championships. This Seven Springs Bowhunters Open is open to everyone. Registration information can be completed or downloaded at www.7springs.com.
About Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than one million overnight and day guests. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information on Seven Springs and the year-round lodging, dining and activity options the resort offers visit www.7springs.com or call (800) 452-2223.