All in Line for the Mass Start
30 athletes start simultaneously and compete over a course of 12.5 km for women, 15 km for men. The four shooting range stages follow the same pattern as the pursuit with the first two in the prone position and the last two in standing. Each missed target corresponds to a penalty loop of 150m. The winner of the mass start is whomever crosses the finish line first.
Mass Start 60
60 athletes start simultaneously, covering the distance of 15 km for men and 12 km for women. After the first loop, 30 first athletes (bibs 1-30) proceed to the range for their first shooting, while bibs 31-60 continue for a second loop without shooting. After the second loop, the procedure is vice versa: the second 30 athletes (bibs 31-60) proceed to the first shooting bout, while bibs 1-30 continue skiing without shooting. After two groups conducted their first prone shooting, the competition is organized as in a pursuit. The order of athletes (with bibs 31-60 ski up to the range first and bibs 1-30 continue skiing after the first loop) can be alternated.