Kendall Lake September 5 – Classic O / The Python Goat

Fun format on a brand new map of the Kendall Lake area.

About the Python

Boulder Bob has created a new Kendall map starting with new contour lines and aerial photos. After that, more than 250 hours have gone into field checking of every nook and cranny of this wonderful section of the CVNP.

Bob wanted to be the first to design courses for this map so that participants could explore areas that have seen little use over the years. All of the old rootstocks have rotted away. Huge new ones have appeared! Streams have changed their course. Would you believe there are 154 boulders and 84 giant rootstocks?

Now for the fun part! To commemorate the 1944 story of the escaped python from a circus in Peninsula, this event will be called the Python Goat. A Goat features a mass start and a pre-printed map. Right before the start whistle, the event director will announce how many controls you are allowed to skip. You can’t skip consecutive controls.

Normally, following is against the rules of orienteering, but for a Goat, following is not only allowed, but actually encouraged. However, if the person you are following somehow disappears, you might find yourself with a big bowl of LOST if you don’t keep track of where you are on the map. Route choice and which controls you decide to skip play a big role in how long it takes to finish.

Course Information

In addition to the customary White Course, you will have the choice of three Goat groups: Pigmy Goat 4 km, Nanny Goat 6km and the Python Goat 10 km. We will keep the groups separate at the mass start, so you can see who you are running with.

Registration & Event Location

Registration at 9. White course opens at 9:30 AM. Mass Goat start at 10 AM sharp. If you get there late, you can still do one of the courses as long as you finish by 2 PM. Or, volunteer to go out and help with control collection.

Director – Matt Muffett
Designer – Bob Boltz
Registrar – Phil Wadsworth.
Starter – Andreas Johansson

There are Goat loving folks coming in from SW Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Canada for this event. Join the fun!

Start Time: 9 AM

Format: Cross Country / Python Goat / Classic Orienteering

Standard fee: Members: $5.00 Nonmembers: $10.00

Location: Kendall Lake Park, Peninsula OH

Satellite photo of where to park, and meet.

Kendal Lake Photo

Questions?

If you have a question about the Kendall event, please use the following address: maps4fun@att.net

Kendall Lake August 29, 2015 – Orienteering for Beginners

Join us for Orienteering for Beginners at Kendall Lake in beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We’ll have instructional sessions as well as plenty of beginner courses to build your skill with the map and compass. The event is open to the public, and all are welcome.

Start Time: Noon / 12 PM

Location: Kendall Lake Park, Peninsula OH, by the main shelter building. Check for signs, activity.

Standard fee – Members: $5.00 Nonmembers: $10.00
Orienteering for Beginners – $15.00

Note: Each orienteer is required to have a whistle with them for safety reasons.
Bring one with you, or purchase one at the event for $1.

Race Result / Hinckley Score & Club Picnic August 8, 2015

One of the odd realities of orienteering is that no matter how good someone may be on the course, it can still be hard to find the event venue! Hinckley Ledges Lake seems to consistently have this effect on our members, but fortunately a large contingent of NEOOC ‘buzzards’ successfully found their way to this special event. We heard great reports from them about the orienteering and the course for this beautiful summer day. Conditions were very dry, and the vegetation thick.

Here are the full race results:

Race Result / Boston Run Makeup July 25, 2015

On a spectacularly perfect Saturday morning, 25 participants took part in our first morning orienteering event. This was rescheduled from June 25th due to the deluge that took place at that time. Howard Montgomery created two score courses (a beginner and regular) that provided an interesting challenge for novice and experienced orienteers. Thanks go out to Howard, who also assisted in control collection and to Todd Pownell, who served as our registrar and instructor and was a control collector. Also, thanks to Randy Mitchell and Ivan Redinger, who served as control collectors. One of the highlights of the event occurred on the beginner course, where the Moms Don’t Run team edged out the Mierzvinski team by a minute and 22 seconds.

Read the full report here:

2015.6 Boston Run Makeup 7-25-15 119

Race Result / Oak Hill Twilight-O June 19, 2015

OK, so the format was screwed up and there was mud pretty much everywhere. You can’t say you didn’t have a good time. We started with 28 participants on the course by 6:30 and 28 participants returned by 8:30, which is a good thing. Thank you to Richard for running the registration table and to Holly Wilgus and Andreas Johansson for handling the starting/timing/ map duties.

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Race Result / Falls Quest June 7, 2015

A big thank you to Neil Dollinger, Randy Mitchell, Michaele MacGeorge, Fran Kern and Phil Nelson for helping with set up, registration, awards and cleanup. The Natatorium also deserves our appreciation for providing us a room at no charge. There were a good number of participants in the free family version exploring the center of town. A number said they had never seen some of the locations visited.

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Race Result / Quail Hollow May 16, 2015

As always, a thank you to the volunteers. Without our all volunteer crews no orienteering events would happen in Northeast Ohio. A special thank you to Richard Davies, who as a first time course designer and setter, did a fantastic job of providing a challenging and entertaining set of courses on a day that proved perfect for orienteering. Though rained threatened, it never materialized to dampen any one’s “spirit.” Another thank you to Naturalist Connie Michaels, who each year that we have been at Quail Hollow has been a friend of orienteering. Connie oversees the Nature Center that we utilize as our base of operations.

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Race Result / Ledges Shelter Cross Country April 19, 2015

Hats off to pinch hit course designer, Randy Mitchell, he laid out a course that contained the intrigue of the ledges’ cliffs and boulders but used the subtle terrain to the east to create a counter point that caught some experienced orienteers off guard. After boisterous, in-your-face features of the ledges, orienteers were over-running the ripple-like contours that made up a gentle saddle or shallow reentrant or one of several seasonal streams. That is what orienteering is all about –map reading and the challenge of keeping in contact with your map. Ya’ should have been there to run it.

Read the entire report here: