While the course designer cringed while reviewing a forecast that called for a good chance of thunderstorms, many adventurous souls drove long distances and braved late summer heat to make the first use of our new Kendall map a memorable one. In addition to the ever present beginner course, the day featured three lengths in the goat format. Because there was no intermediate course, some less experienced participants struggled with the advanced level controls, but most had some level of success.
The rules were simple: A mass start where following is not only allowed, but is actually encouraged. Just before the start, participants were told how many controls they were allowed to skip and are allowed a few seconds to study the map. The longest course was allowed two skips, while the medium and short courses were allowed only one. After a long dry spell, the creeks were either dry or easy to cross.
Participants came from Australia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, southern Ohio and the local area. It was interesting to see which controls were skipped on each course. A few didn’t bother to skip any!
Congratulations to 13 year old Aiden Minto from Indianapolis for winning the long course while only skipping one control instead of two!
A big thanks to all the volunteers! Event Director: Matt Muffet / Course Designer and Mapper: Bob Boltz / Registrar: Phil Wadsworth / Starter and Web Designer: Andreas Johansson / E-Punch Guru: Fred Mailey. Control Collectors: Ken Lappin, Andreas Johansson, Randy Mitchell, Todd Pownell & Bob Boltz.
Click here to open the PDF, with attached results and analysis.
A few of us enjoyed this race video from Norway, with lots of exciting features like bog hopping, pond hopping, and straight out swimming. Especially, watch the first 3:30 and then start watching again at the 36 minute mark. Much fun!
**This event has been cancelled**
Join us for a fun event at night (well, in the dark at least) at Hinckley Reservation for orienteering at night. Registration starts at 6 PM. Make sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp, and the usual gear like compass, whistle, etc.
Registration: 6 PM
Fee: $5 Members, $10 Non-members