PITA – 500 Singles Marathon
May 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The History of PITA & Its Impact on Idaho
At the present time the Boise Gun Club holds a number of trapshooting events that are sanctioned and registered with the Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA). The PITA was formed in 1931 to give Western shooters a bigger voice in their sport and Idaho was a charter member.
The PITA has about 4,000 members with state or provincial associations in Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The PITA keeps shooters records, selects an All-Star Team, and puts on the Grand Pacific Championship shoot each year. They also have special shooter awards and special memberships for Youth shooters and new PITA members. For more information on the PITA, go to: shootpita.com
The core of the PITA is the state and provincial associations. The Idaho State PITA schedules and organizes PITA shooting events in Idaho. The state association is run by a seven person board of directors which is elected each year at the Idaho State Shoot. The Idaho PITA writes the program for, and puts on a state shoot every year. They award special Idaho shooting recognition pins and pay for ½ of any new member’s first year dues. They also help gun clubs with running PITA registered events.
The Boise Gun Club held the first seven Idaho PITA state shoots and since 1931 has hosted the state shoot over 20 times.
Treasure Valley Singles Marathon
This shoot was originally started by the state association to encourage shooters to shoot more singles targets. It has an unusual format in that 500 singles targets are offered to shooters but the class buckles and prizes are given based on your best 300 score – this way you can still compete even if you don’t want to shoot all 500 targets. There is also a H-O-A buckle given to the winner on the 500 total. Another interesting “fun” thing is that if you shoot all 500 targets you get a “I Shot It All” plaque with your name, date, and PITA logo engraved on it
The 26th Annual Treasure Valley Singles Marathon will be held at the Boise Gun Club on May 19th, 2019. The first four of these shoots were held in March and it was then changed into May to be shot just before the ATA and PITA state shoots as a good “warm-up” for these.