Race Results / Manatoc XC NOSOC / Classic / Saturday September 17


WHITE Course: 10 controls 1.7 km 10 m
  1 T4929 Aquatics-W 25:10
  2 T4929 Doe-W 28:54
  3 T330 TKK 30:45
  4 T262 Noname-W 42:01
  5 T338 Sandwichs 42:40
  6 T338 Bees 42:43
  7 T338 Cardboard 44:13
  8 T330 S+N 48:13
  9 T4929 Trash-Paq 56:21
 10 T453 2024-W 61:45
 11 T338 Doak 77:29
    T122 Ghosts DNF
    T330 B+G DNF

YELLOW Course: 9 controls 2.2 km
  1 Steve Johnson NEO 20:41
  2 T262 Noname-Y 51:18
  3 T4929 Doe-Y 56:07
  4 T4929 Aquatics-Y 56:10
  5 T330 J+J 72:53
  6 T4929 Trash 74:09
  7 T330 I+J 77:46
  8 T122 Flying-Sqirls-2 79:33
  9 T338 Noname-Y 101:56
 10 T154 A-team 102:59
 11 T60544 Poncho-Posse 105:36
 12 T330 T+K 107:11
 13 T154 Mario 107:27
 14 T330 S+N 129:20
 15 T330 B+G 129:44
 16 T154 Hambis47half 171:59
    T122 Jedi Kids DNF
    T453 2024-Y DNF
    T122 FlyingS DNF
    T338 Cardboard-Y DNF

ORANGE Course: 9 controls 3.1 km
  1 Steve Johnson NEO 33:26
  2 David Dysle 73:36
  3 T330 J+J 79:22
  4 T330 I+J 80:11
  5 Mx. Donna 102:14
  6 Mx. Marcus 102:22
  7 Jon Priebe 104:28
  8 T4929 T60544 Orange 112:57
    Tim Feaser DNF
    T154 Harambe DNF
    Gil Even DNF
    T122 Noname DNF

GREEN Course: 11 controls 4.3 km
  1 Fred Mailey NEO 77:50
  2 Brad L 101:07
  3 Alexander Preobrazhensky 117:22
    Jeff-Alex Perry DNF
    KJ Rufener DNF (missed control 32)

RED Course: 12 controls 5.1 km
  1 Todd Pownell 57:32
  2 Randy Mitchell NEO 61:11
  3 Steve Johnson NEO 72:02
  4 Mark Stypczynski 113:40
    Sarah Peck DNF (missed control 34)

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Smarter is Faster

by Peter Amram
Originally appeared in the NEOC Times, Volume 36, No. 1, Dec/Jan, 2005/2006

The best way to improve time on the O-course is to reduce the frequency and magnitude of mistakes.

If you could have trimmed 10 minutes worth of errors off that last 67-minute run on Orange, that would have been an improvement of 15%, just by running smarter, not faster. (How likely are you to quickly improve your 10k time by 15%? Could you speed up that much ever, at any distance?)

The opportunities to make mistakes while orienteering are virtually limitless, and a standard catalogue of errors looks uncomfortably like a graduate-student reading list. Instead of focusing on a frightening multitude of potential mistakes, let’s work on a few specific techniques to avoid them.

A – Hold the map properly

The map should be held in the “weak” hand: the non-dominant hand, i.e., the hand you do not use to reach for the code card, to hold the punch, to grasp a water cup.

The map should be parallel to the ground. It is hard enough to relate 2-dimensional symbols to 3-dimensional reality without doing it in two planes.

The map should be oriented properly so that objects in the natural world are the same direction from you as their representation on that piece of colored paper.

The thumb of the map-holding hand must at all times be on present location. The thumb moves along the course as you do. This gives your dominant hand something to do on the course: it continually adjusts the map so the weak thumb is always where you are.

thumbing the map

Seeing where you are on the map obviates (ie, solves a potential problem in advance) the common errors of:

  • overrunning the target
  • moving too slowly ever to get there
  • failing to “check off” meaningful features en route
  • not appreciating the proper scale of the map
  • not checking the orientation of linear features with a compass
  • generally losing “contact” between the map and terrain

B – KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid

A favored acronym of football coaches, KISS (the last word is addressed to one’s self) reminds that simplicity is the ultimate virtue, which in orienteering is the use of a linear feature to reach a point feature.

Linear features come in three levels of abstraction.

The most concrete is a trail, stream, or stonewall.

The intermediate, most commonly employed linear feature, is one which an orienteer creates in his/her mind from a string of point features which can be employed as a line in the right direction.

The least reliable linear feature is imaginary: a compass bearing, which should be used as a last resort and even then cautiously.

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Try to make each individual leg a Yellow course, the course on which you follow a trail (linear feature) to the control (point feature) nearby. Identify the needed linear features and head for the target. And, having once decided on a route, don’t change it. (In the NFL this wisdom is expressed as “Dance with the girl you brought to the dance.”)

The perfect route never presents itself. The idea is to keep moving in the right direction.

C – MYOB = Mind Your Own Business

A leading British coach has stated: “More than half of competition mistakes involve being put off by other people.”

Accordingly, ignore other runners, particularly those whom you consider the competition. As is true in most races, there is nothing you can do to affect a competitor’s performance. And don’t you have abundant problems of your own? As they say in competitive rowing: “Keep your mind in your own boat.”

Concentrate relentlessly on your map and the surrounding terrain.

Never follow other runners, who may be on different courses or quite lost themselves. And don’t get chatty. A nod of the head will suffice as a greeting. You can socialize after the race. It is astonishingly easy to lose concentration and “contact,” and when contact is lost, so are you.

Manatoc XC / Classic / Saturday September 17, 11:30AM – 1PM + Night-O at 6:30 PM

Event Description

The Manatoc Scout Reservation is located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, Ohio. Comprising nearly 600 acres the reservation consists of lakes, trails, fields, rustic and improved cabins allowing for varied uses during the year.

Enjoy beautiful Camp Manatoc, and run (or walk) the WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, or RED courses. Camp Manatoc, and Camp Butler, offers a challenging but fun terrain, lakes and water features, and plenty of reentrants and spurs to navigate on. Littered with trails, the location is ideal for beginner as well as seasoned orienteers wanting to improve their skill.


Night O score course with registration at 6:30 PM and a mass start at 7:15 PM – Find as many controls as you can in 45 minutes. Bring a flashlight! Just $3

Date & Time

  • Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Registration (AM) 11:30 AM, with starts at 12 Noon. Last start at 1 PM.
  • Registration for Night-O at 6:30 PM, with mass start at 7:15 PM (45 min SCORE)



Manatoc Scout Camp in Cuyahoga Valley
1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Camp Manatoc Parking and Start

Registration Details

  • Registration starts at 11:30ish, with starts at 12 Noon
  • $5 / member
  • $10 / non-member


5 courses will be available, and have been designed and set by Andreas Johansson, NEOOC Club Member. This time, he’s focused on using fewer controls than he normally prefers (if you ran Kenston in August, you get the idea…), so the key will be to navigate longer legs in between each control, and make both strategic and tactical decisions around the course (especially for GREEN and RED). Water will be provided on the GREEN and RED courses.

Andreas worked with a local Boy Scout, Jack Wilk, to design and set the WHITE course, as part of Jack’s requirements for the Merit Badge for Orienteering. You’ll remember Jack as the most excellent starter from the spring event at Kenston.

  • WHITE – 10 controls – 1.7 km
  • YELLOW – 9 controls – 2.3 km
  • ORANGE – 8 controls – 2.8 km
  • GREEN – 9 controls – 3.7 km
  • RED – 10 controls – 5.0 km

All distances are as measured using our course design software, Purple Pen, and are as “the crow flies”. Typically, it’s wise add an estimated 20-30% depending on your skill / stamina / map skills.

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Manatoc Sample Map