Race Result / North Chagrin Reservation 1 November 2015


  • Event Directors: Randy Mitchell, Howard Montgomery
  • Course Designer: Stan Rachitskiy
  • Registrar: Kevin Peterca
  • Timers: Matt Johnson & Ken Witalis
  • Control Collectors: Steve Johnson, Todd Pownell, Frank & Wes Mahne, Howard Montgomery

Track: slightly damp. Sky: Azure Blue Temp: low 60s

In short, autumn beauty as far as the eye could see.

It was under these conditions that 53 participants came out and orienteered our final event of the 2015 season. I’m sure that each one of them thought, “This is tough duty, but someone has got to do it.” Because it was just that beautiful a day to be out in the woods. A number of the orienteers commented on being stunned by the number of recreational users on the park’s many trails. We are so fortunate to have the wonderful and accessible Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park in our proverbial backyard.

Side note before I get to the main recap: Kevin Peterca is a selling machine! The man sold seven or eight 2016 memberships to Sunday’s participants. We NEVER get that kind of day-of-event interest in membership. Most people need to think it over and send in their form to us afterward. But not with Kevin “Just-Sign-Here” Peterca. He closes the deal. It is especially noteworthy when you consider that the value of the membership won’t kick in again until roughly March of next year. WAY TO GO KEVIN!

There were four courses on the day – White, Yellow, Green and Red. Whereas sometimes we omit a Yellow course at some of our events. On this day we omitted an Orange course. And at times during the day, I would have given my kingdom to have had it. The Orange is situated right in the middle between the beginner-level courses on one side and the expert level on the other. It’s absence left people with some hard choices. Do they signal that they are beginners by choosing Yellow or overreach by choosing Green. In many cases pride won. And as Proverbs told us: Pride goeth before the fall.

The Green course was easily the most chosen course on the day. But almost 70% of the participants were “DNF” or “Did Not Finish” either because they could not find all of the controls, ran out of time or ran out of gas. The course was also deceptively long or steep. That was choice orienteers had to make –climb up and down OR go around and add significant distance. One orienteer, Andreas Johansson, estimated that for him the 5.9K course was easily more than 10K. The Red course provided a similar dilemma. But as with all of Stan’s courses one can count on the controls being where they are supposed to be. But expect to be a little more winded that you might have originally thought when you get there.

But DNFs aside, everyone seemed to have fun. Some mumbled about the shape they were in. (I mumbled about that myself when I was picking up control #43) Others came back and commiserated with more seasoned orienteers and discussed the eureka of certain route choices taken as well as the lament others trekked. Some of our long time favorites came out and joined us, Frank and Wes Mahne, Gayle and Tim Burdick. We also had a lot of new or newer faces, which is always very encouraging to us who worry about our sport’s appeal. So all in all, It was a satisfying and fitting final event for 2015.

Thanks to everyone who played a role in making each event happen.

A few special shout outs and special thanks:

  • Hazel Barton for reinvigorating our membership base. Because of her, our membership numbers have climbed in each of the past two years. She also designs a pretty keen Scout patch.
  • Fred Mailey, our e-punch coordinator. But Fred is also just Mr. Everything. He course designs, he is an Orienteering for Beginners Instructor, he designed and led an orienteering activity for Cub Scout day camp, he is a constant control collector and is assisting in mapping.
  • Richard Toth was a volunteering beast this year. It seems that Richard volunteered at half of the activities that we conducted this season.
  • Andreas Johansson has jumped in with new energy and sense of mission around catapulting our sport forward. He redesigned our club website, taught Orienteering for Beginners and is now designing and administering some introductory O’ activities for early in the new year – including a revived course design clinic.

There are always others who should be mentioned. And to you all… THANK YOU!


White Course: 9 controls 1.9 km 100 m
  1 Michael Frazee                 55:33
  2 Burden Family                  81:27
  3 Yisrael Wilks                  89:13
  4 Thomas Boyd                    95:43
  5 Sarah Lombard                  96:36
    Gayle Burdick                  DNF

Yellow Course: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
  1 Tim and Lexi Feaser            87:54
  2 Sanae Rosers                   92:50
  3 Wes and Frank Mahne            112:37
  4 David Kulik                    131:50
  5 Hal Weaver                     148:58
  6 Andrew Strobel                 177:15
    Rich Perrenoud                 DNF
    Lois and Dan Wiesbrook         DNF
    Bruce Ferraro                  DNF
    Tim Burdric                    DNF

Green Course: 13 controls 5.9 km 100 m
  1 Zuzana Kiacova                 122:07
  2 Paul Frankman                  126:25
  3 Elizabeth Freiheir             128:02
  4 Andreas Johansson              130:26
  5 Fred Mailey                NEO 139:09
  6 Mark Stypczynski               165:34
    Neil Dolinger                  DNF
    Mark Levey                     DNF
    N2013543 N2013543              DNF
    Laurence Porter                DNF
    Jeff and Alex Perry            DNF
    Alexi Kondratien               DNF
    Jan Smink                      DNF
    Vera Yudovina                  DNF
    Phil WadsWorth                 DNF
    Brandi Napier                  DNF
    Kevin Pererra                  DNF
    Dwight Epling                  DNF

Red Course: 14 controls 7.6 km 100 m
  1 Todd Pownell                   96:59
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 106:31
    Stephen Johnson                DNF
    Ivan Redinger              NEO DNF
    Dominic Conte                  DNF


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Sample Map

Here’s the Green Course, re-created in Purple Pen, for review purposes only.

Johansson Green North Chagrin 1NOV2015 ppen

Detailed Split Data

RouteGadget / GPS Tracks & Attack Point

Race Result / Camp Manatoc September 19, 2015

Lots of people came out for this event! We had lots of Scouts (both boys, girls, and Venture Scouts) attend, as well as club regulars. Here are the race results from the various courses, and as always, check this link for more detailed split data.

Here’s the report from the event organizer, Ivan Redinger:

September 19, 2015

Fifteen units of Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Crew members gathered at the Manatoc Scout Reservation on September 19th to spend the day orienteering. Many started their day receiving instructions from NEOOC members Howard Montgomery, Andreas Johansson, Ken Lappin, and Dave Dysle.

Multiple courses for scouts of all skill levels had been designed and set by Tim Feaser and Steve Wells. Registration of nearly 150 scouts, and additional public participants, was deftly handled by Registrar KathyJo Rufener and Starter/Timer Rob Donaldson.

With the weather holding steady, scouts attacked courses all morning, and into the early afternoon. Around 3 p.m., as the courses emptied, control collectors hit the trails, including Fred Mailey, Ken, Howard, Tim, and several participating units. Mother Nature then let go with a deluge that left those volunteers soaked to the bone. Those brave enough to venture out in the torrent to attend the skull session to review the maps and strategies employed earlier in the day, were rewarded with a smorgasbord of delicious pies.

After dinner, the orienteers again gathered for a short score course Night-O, designed and set by Bob Boltz. Just before dusk, Registrar Phil Wadsworth had everyone signed in, so Starter Mark Stypczynski could get the zealous crowd off to a mass start. Timer Ken Lappin awaited them at the finish line.

September 20, 2015

Representatives from 8 units participated in the competitive Championship courses laid out by Course Designer Steve Hendrix. Steve and his crew had done late night duty getting the courses ready for Sunday. His crew of setters included Greg Hendrix, Curtis Hendrix, and volunteer scouts from Troop 504.

Fred Mailey, switching hats once again, served as Registrar, while Steve Hendrix distributed maps to the participants just minutes before they headed over to Starter Ken Lappin. Timer Steve Marsh recorded their returns and tallied the results.

Units used team points accumulated over all three events to bid on useful and fun personal and troop gear. The event patches, and the award plaques for the placers, were designed by Hazel Barton.

2015 badge - submitted draft

It’s not too early to mark your 2016 calendar for Sept. 17 & 18, the next NOSOC weekend, when we’ll all gather again at the Manatoc Scout Reservation to see who can discover fun off the beaten path.

All this, in PDF: NOSOC 2015 EVENT REPORT

Race Results

Race Results from Scout Events: Sunday & Unit Results

White Course - Scouts
  1 GS60544/StephenJohnson                    24
  2 T289/DeadMoose-Rocco,Adrian,Will          41
  3 T122/FlamingArrows                        53
  4 T122/UnknownFlyingSquirrels               56
  5 T330/Wynners-Mike,Jason,Steven            57
  6 P3506                                     64
  7 P11/GooGoo-Spencer,Ryan,John              67
  8 T289/FallingCats-James,Sean,Devin         70
  9 P3451/Bear-Asa,Thomas,Ethan               73
 10 T35/Pirates                               79
 11 T558/GreaseLightning-Ricky,Thomas         88
 12 T558/Adventurers                          90
 13 P11/ChickenWingGuac-Thomas,Mason,Jack     93
 14 T558/Outdoor Chedder                      94
 15 P3451/BLE-Ethan,Liam                      96
 16 P11/DynamicDolphins-Evon,Will,Andrew      97
 17 T35/GrisleySlash-Dominic,Miles            113
 18 GS60544/Boliva                            114
    T558/OutdoorAdventurer/Chedder-Max,Nathan DNF
    P11/DaChzSticks                           DNF

White Course - non-Scouts
  1 Scott Gill                                53
  2 Frazee                                    68
  3 Gil Even                                  77

Yellow Course - Scouts: 10 controls 3.3 km 100 m
  1 T289/Dead Moose-Rocco&Adrian&Will      60:03
  2 T122/UnknownFlyingSquirrels            72:49
  3 T330/Wynners-Mike&Jason&Steven         77:53
  4 T289/Falling Cats-James&Sean&Devin     79:05
  5 GS90233/S & S                          83
  6 P3451/Bears-Zach,Robert                88:11
  7 GS90233/Anna                           95
  8 GS90233/JNE                            95
  9 P3451/Bears/TeamLodi-Nathan&Ben        103:43
 10 T454-Matt&Jack                         110:19
 11 T35/Grisley Slash-Dominic Miles        112:27
 12 GS884/Erin et al.                      122:09
 13 T4008/OldGeezers-Ken,John,Ron          128
 14 GS90233/GBAL-Annika,Grace              160
 15 GS90054/Faith et al.                   175:14
 16 GS60544/Boliva                         201:33
 17 T558/Adventurers                       203
 18 T4008/Batmen-JJ,Casey,Winston          213
    T35/Pirates-Gary&Peter&Max             DNF
    T122/Flaming Arrows                    DNF
    T558/Outdoor Chedder                   DNF
    VC2335                                 DNF

Yellow Course - non-Scouts: 10 controls 3.3 km 100 m
 1 Robert Kish                             120
 2 Pat&Noah&Lilly                          143:38
Orange Course - Scouts: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
 1 GS60544/Stephen Johnson         62:43
 2 T289/Old Tarts-Chuck&Steve      190:22

Orange Course - non-Scouts: 10 controls 3.8 km 100 m
  1 Ryan Roppel                    90:24
  2 Howard Montgomery          NEO 91:36
  3 Kai Getrost                    97:30
  4 Jeff Perry                 NEO 134:20
    Dominic Conte                  DNF

Green Course: 10 controls 5.1 km 100 m
  1 Zuzana Kiacova                 75:03
  2 Charlotte Chung            NEO 139:10
  3 Randy Mitchell             NEO 143:46
  4 Eric Marotta               NEO 145:27
  5 Lois Wiesbrook                 203:45
    Andreas Johansson          NEO DNF
    Fred Mailey                NEO DNF
    GS60544/Stephen Johnson        DNF
    Neil Dolinger              NEO DNF
    David Farrier                  DNF

Red Course: 12 controls 6.3 km 100 m
  1 Todd Pownell               NEO 88:06
  2 Bob Boltz                  NEO 90:13
    T4008/DuctTape-Riley&Seth&Ryan DNF

Detailed Split Data

RouteGadget / GPS Tracks

If you ran with a GPS watch, or other tracking device, feel free to add your track to the RouteGadget site for NEOOC. Find it here, or through the menu above under Events > NEOOC RouteGadget

Picture Albums

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Scout Championships 2015 Results (Camp Manatoc)

Here are the results from Scout Championships September 20, 2015. For even more, and all the split data, see this full set of results.

White Course: 11 controls 2.6 km

N2026008 Pirates - DNF (Did Not Finish)

Yellow Course: 16 controls 3.5 km

1 N2026013 SandS - 54:09
 2 N2026011 Rawwww - 57:47
 3 Kenneth Witalis - 68:59
 4 Gold Fish - 89:12
 5 Karen Stecker - 94:43
 6 The Cripples - 96:36
 7 Sean Devin - 98:08
 8 N2013540 Newbie - 120:00
 9 Bruce Larry - 137:44
 10 N2013548 Rocketeers - 167:24

Navy Seals - DNF
 Grizzly Slash - DNF
 N2013547 Phoenix - DNF
 Greese Lightening - DNF
 N2026002 MR - DNF

Orange Course: 16 controls 3.6 km

1 Steve Johnson - 54:52
 2 Highland Hornets - 84:35
 3 David Plentovich - 97:22
 4 Pizza Men - 134:23
 5 Milk Man - 182:30

North Chagrin November 1 / Classic-O

Join us for a classic cross country event at North Chagrin Reservation.

About the Event

Registration: 12 PM / Noon
Starts: Until 1 PM


  • Course Designer: Stanislav Ratchitskiy
  • Event Directors: Howard Montgomery & Randy Mitchell
  • Registrar: Kevin Peterca
  • Starters and Timers: The Johnson Family


Classic Cross Country style with a choice of skill level.


Race Result / THE PYTHON – A Day for Goats

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.

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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.

Race Results

Click here to open the PDF, with attached results and analysis.

More Pictures

CANCELLED – Hinckley – October 10 – Night Orienteering

**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.

Event Information

Registration: 6 PM

Fee: $5 Members, $10 Non-members

Location Map & Directions

Parking and Meet Location

Hinckley Sat Photo

Camp Manatoc September 20 – Scout Championships

All Scouts are invited to a weekend of Orienteering. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventure as Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their adult leaders, learn and practice map and compass skills, as well as work on orienteering related badge requirements.

For more information, and registration details, visit http://scoutsorienteering.weebly.com/

  • When: Saturday, September 19, 2015 & Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • Where: Camp Manatoc, 1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Participants are welcome for both days, but each day is also set up as a stand-alone event, so participants can choose to come either Saturday or Sunday, or both days. Please note however that the actual Championships are on Sunday. Low cost, minimal budget, maps, patches, and other prep…no refunds.

Saturday’s program will be skill development, training, and practice, and FUN. An expert orienteer can be available to work with your group to help your scouts learn skills (and pass some badge requirements). Scouts (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills that will enable even first-timers to participate in Sunday’s competition. Ample orienteering courses will be available for scouts to practice their orienteering skills, including cross country courses during the day, and an exciting short Night-O course.

Sunday’s program will be the Northeast Ohio Scout Orienteering Championships. Scouts (as well as adults!) will compete with other scouts of the same rank or age level. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each class. As an added bonus, we will try to have a an auction on Sunday that will allow troops, packs, & crews to bid on prizes using team points accumulated during the weekend.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All scout groups must pre-register and pre-pay.

It is expected that scouts will participate in troops/packs/crews. However, to accommodate scouts who may want to participate without the benefit of a troop/pack/crew, we will accept pre-registration for scouts who have another youth scouting partner (pre-registering at the same time!), and also an adult who will be in attendance for the entire activity. Mark the appropriate box on the pre-registration form

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 11, 2015, or 250 Scouts, whichever comes first. It is anticipated that this event will fill to capacity before the deadline. Early registration is encouraged. Registrations received after the deadline, or when at capacity, may be rejected. Registration & Fees received by Sept. 1, 2015, will be entered in a drawing for a NEOCC event pass.

Timely pre-registration is needed so we have the time to print maps and assemble a packet of materials in advance.

COSTS: $8.00 per person (Scouts and participating adults) for one day, or $14.00 per person (Scouts and participating adults) for both days. Only adults who want a map and patch on Saturday, or who are competing in the Leader Class on Sunday, need to register and pay.

PATCHES: Custom designed event patches will also be provided to all who pre-register and pre-pay.

REFUNDS: Low cost, minimal budget, maps, patches, and other prep…no refunds.

WE GO RAIN OR SHINE: Maps can be placed in plastic bags. Scouts can dress for the weather. It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Each participant must have his or her own signed Waiver of Liability form that can be downloaded from the website, or sent to you by requesting one from ScoutsOrienteering@gmail.com. These must be brought to the meet and handed in at check-in.

CAMPING: Contact the Great Trail Council directly at 330-773-0415. There are plenty of campsites available on a first-come basis. Those are separate fees.

HELP OUT: It takes many hands to do a quality event. Adults are always needed to help with the start and finish areas. And there are other times and places where both youth and adult help is appreciated.


Leader Training: For those who might want to brush up on either their navigation skills or their ability to teach orienteering to Scouts, they should consider attending the Orienteering for Beginners session scheduled for August 29th at Kendall Lake. This location is only a moderate hike from the location of the actual championships. Registration starts at 11:30, with instructions starting at noon.

Large Group Training: NEOOC will conduct large group trainings, lasting about an hour, for all your scouts & adults on either Friday night or early Saturday for those who pre-register. (subject to change)
Small Group Training: For those who attend the Large Group training, but who would like some individualized training, an experienced orienteer will be available for a session on Saturday morning, with your troop, pack, or crew. Pre-registration is required. (subject to change)

CONTACTS: for questions and additional information: Registrar: Ivan Redinger: ScoutsOrienteering@gmail.com
Contact the Great Trail Council directly at 330-773-0415.

Camp Manatoc September 19 – Classic O / Cross Country

Join us for a classic orienteering event at the Camp Manatoc Scout Camp in Cuyahoga Valley on September 19, between 10 AM and 1 PM EST. The event is open to the public, and all are welcome.

Regular WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE GREEN & RED courses with starts from 10:30 AM to 1 PM.

A 45 minute Night-O in SCORE format with a mass start at 7:30 PM. Register at 7 PM. Bring a flashlight with new batteries! Special fees for this shorter course: Members $3 / $5 non-members. Pre-printed course map of the central camp area! Score format means that you find as many controls in any order in a limited time. In this case, 45 minutes.

Come for one or both!
(control collectors welcome at 3 PM!!!)

We could use a couple of volunteers to help with the night-O registration and timing/scoring. You would be able to participate in the event.

Event Director: Ivan Redinger
Day Course Designers: Tim Feaser & Steve Wells
Night Course Designer: Bob Boltz
Registrar: KathyJo Rufener
Starter and Timer: Scout volunteers!

Registration Time: 10 AM, with starts at 10:30 AM – 1 PM

Format: Cross Country / Classic Orienteering

Standard fee – Members: $5.00 Non-members: $10.00


Entrance & Parking Specifics


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


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.