Sanae Rogers, Event Director for the day, reports:
Who could’ve asked for a better day to have our annual Canoe-O?
The temperature was in comfortable low 80’s, partly cloudy (which gave us nice shade), no rain and no worries about incremental weather. Perfect weather for 2.5 hours of on the water and land.
We had a record breaking 64 participants with total of 37 solos/team (Hooray!) We are so happy to see this event is growing and seeing so many faces coming back each year.
This year’s course was designed by Steve Hendrix. Unlike last 2 years, there was no mystery controls hidden, which made for easier to plan routes for the orienteers.
As number of participants increased, the competition became tougher. The top 3 kayak soloists were able to bag all 30 controls, with Phillip Wadsworth and Mark Vernon (Rand Orienteering Club), doing it in 125 and 131 minutes respectively.
Stephen Johnson remained undefeated champ 3 years in a row, finishing in 104 minutes.
The top 3 Team kayaks were also able to collect all controls. Renee & Mike Whittenberger came in 3rd, behind Cynthia & Erik Usis, with Brad Lohiser & Jennifer Robinson winning the category. Although 10 points were lost as penalty, Jay Williams became the top canoeing soloist. In Canoeing teams, we saw Amy Frank-Hensley & Sean Hensley as repeated campions, who also collected them all.
Special thanks to Trevor Householder and Nick Pfeiffer from Stark County Parks. Without them, this event would have not been as successful and enjoyable as we did. They provided enough boats (they even stopped boat rental at the store until our event started), volunteered as registrar, patrolled with their boat during the event to make sure everybody was OK, and even collected controls at the end!
Hope all enjoyed and we will see you next year!
We have one lost compass. If you think it’s yours, please show up at next event (August 19th at Brecksville)
Event Director (in training): Sanae Rogers
Jedi Master MACE WINDU : Howard Montgomery
Course Designer: Steve Hendrix
Registrar: Trevor Householder, Howard Montgomery
Boats Rental and Patrol: Nick Pfeiffer
Course Set-Up: Steve Hendrix land controls on south side, and Ivan Redinger and Andreas Johansson for the water controls and everything else north of the bridge.
Control Pickup: Trevor Householder, Nick Pfeiffer, Todd Pownell, Phil Wadsworth, Mark Vernon, Bob Boltz.
See all the photos we have, in this Google Photos album. Photos by Andreas and Sanae. Took your own? Send them our way, and we’ll add them!
The Oak Hill area offers two distinct trails, the Oak Hill Trail, and the Plateau Trail.
Naturally, in orienteering, we aim to get off trail for some of the controls, but this event will also feature 2 courses that are all on-trail, especially designed to bridge the gap between trail runners and orienteering.
Five club members from NEOOC travelled to Indianapolis and surrounding areas to represent at the Flying Pig XXI, hosted by OCIN (Orienteering Cincinnati) on the weekend of April 7-9, 2017. Bob Boltz, Fred Mailey, KJ Rufener, Todd Pownell, and Andreas Johansson ran various distances and events throughout the weekend, and took home a few medals. Continue reading “Flying Pig XXI 2017 – NEOOC Club Member Results”
Join the Orienteering for Beginners event to learn about the sport of orienteering, how to work the map and compass, and ultimately, how to be successful on a beginner course. We’ll have plenty of instructors, and activities for you to try your skill at finding controls, use a few orienteering techniques, and venture out on a short, but easy course to build your skill.
Join us for short and intermediate courses in the Kendall Lake area. We start at Pine Hollow, off of Quick Road for a new start / finish location. Bring your running shoes (with cleats, perhaps!), and get ready to stretch those legs!
The Kendall Lake area features rolling hills, with plenty of vistas, up and downs, and is a great place for orienteering. Fred Mailey is designing a few different courses, and you’ll be able to run one of all – your choice. Most of them will be quick, and will let you sample various levels of technical orienteering, along with our usual beginner to advanced levels. However, most of the courses will be shorter than normal, so a good time to explore as much as you want.
Date & Time & Event Fee
Sunday April 2, 2017
Registration starts at 11:30 AM.
First start at 12 PM Noon. Last start at 1 PM.
Standard fee – Members: $5.00 Nonmembers: $10.00 (cash only at the event, please!)
Our club charges a nominal fee for events. The fees mainly cover the cost of printing the maps and the upkeep of the club’s supplies, and for developing new maps. Special events may have additional fees. Fees listed are for a single person orienteering alone or a group orienteering together using a single map. Additional maps can be purchased from the registrar for $3, if sufficient supply is available.
Pine Hollow Trailhead 5465 Quick Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264
Control Setter – Howard Montgomery (we could always use help picking up, too!)
Short & Intermediate Courses Available – come stretch your legs!
There will be courses from WHITE (beginner & short) to RED (advanced & long) and a few in between. Fred, the course designer, has designed courses for this event that are a little shorter in general, and many club members plan on running more than one. Why not work your way up?
Wow! What an event, and what a turnout! With 41 timed individuals or groups out and about in the woods, it was a busy morning registering and starting runners at NEOOC’s first event of the year. Sure, we had “planned” for snow, and some colder temperatures. Ice cream sandwiches (and maybe the use of snow shoes) were promised, but neither happened! We had temps in the mid-40s instead, overcast, with wet and muddy ground conditions. In other words, a perfect day for orienteering!
First off, a huge thanks to the small number of volunteers that made the day go smoothly. Thanks to John and Chris Nazier for acting as Manatoc liaisons and guides (and chief fire captains), as well as their Venture Crew for setting controls on Saturday, and for picking up on Sunday afternoon. Guy Russ did an amazing job as chief registrar and cashier, and managed the flow of participants with skill and elegance. Thanks to the small group from Unity Lutheran Church that came out to help pickup controls on Sunday. Andreas Johansson, event director for the day, wore many additional hats (course design, setting controls, etc.), including rescue team and shuttle driver… And thank you to Chris Bergdorf and Camp Manatoc for the excellent site venue!
A small team tackled WHITE and YELLOW, including a few Boy Scouts. All reported having had a great time, and said they’d return for our event in April. Owen Anderson took first on WHITE with 51:29, and Team Feaser topped YELLOW with 55:51, followed by NEOOC regular Frank Mahne at 87:28! Shoutout to Team Esis for being first-time orienteers, for getting the whole family involved!
Many took advantage of the ORANGE course, which offered a bit more distance than YELLOW, but required a few off-trail legs that tripped up a few. Not many returned sans-mud… Kai Getrost came in first, in 52:34, followed by Bernard Marcucci at 63:04. Team Mauler went a bit off-course, and were rescued by a big blue truck towards the end of the day!
On GREEN, Fred Mailey performed with 74:15. Members KJ Rufener and NEOOC President Howard Montgomery both did GREEN (Howard did it backwards!) and had hairsplitting times with 106:28 and 106:27, respectively! Wow!
Action on the RED course was overwhelming, with 15 competitors, several of which had signed up for pre-printed maps beforehand via Facebook (the idea being, less foreknowledge of the route by having to plot it yourself). First out was NEOOC’s Todd Pownell who took third, bested by Randy Mitchell with 63:25, and winner Dave Kostansek with 57:10. Well done Dave for running an excellent race, and not using the road from Octagon south! Next time, we’ll mark it with the uncrossable boundary symbol, as the design was to force runners to navigate the long leg 6 – 7 of about 1,100 meters!
Feedback was positive overall, and we ended the day with plenty of snacks and even heart shaped donuts in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Many stuck around for a few minutes by the open fire to discuss routes, lamenting falls in the mud, and wondering where the snow was.
Most controls were cleaned up by 4:30PM, and the rest will be retrieved this week. Why not give us a hand next time, if you can? Picking up controls is one of the best ways to learn to better read the map since the time crunch isn’t there, and you have some time to really study the micro details of the map versus the terrain. And you often can collect controls from other courses than the one you ran. And, if you’re lucky like Andreas was, you might run into a rafter of native Cuyahoga Valley turkeys! And deer. Always deer.
We’ve added some resources below, including the full splits, Attackpoint data (if you’re logging there), and RouteGadget, where you can add / load your track to compare with others. See you next time, on April 1, 2017 at Kendall Lake.
Resources & Maps
A few folks have asked for the routes and maps from the event. Here are some files that may help. Note – they are not the full maps, and possession of the maps do not entitle you to access of the area. Camp Manatoc is a Boy Scout reservation, and requires prior permission to enter, and is generally not open to the public. Please be respectful of this.
White Course: 9 controls | 2.2 km | 0 m
1 Owen Anderson 51:29
2 Perkins Slifer 88:28
3 Team Esis 92:57
Yellow Course: 11 controls | 2.7 km | 0 m
1 Team Feaser 55:51
2 Frank Mahne 87:28
3 McKibben Parker 87:56
4 Fran Kern 105:24
5 Chuck St.John 105:28
Orange Course: 10 controls | 3.2 km | 20 m
1 Kai Getrost 52:34
2 Bernard Marcucci 63:04
3 A Shannon 79:30
4 Jeff Whitbeck 81:29
5 Sanae Rogers 81:31
6 John Chesna 91:38
7 Team Loya 110:54
8 Dawn Zwetzig 112:25
Marcia Mauler DNF
Green Course: 11 controls | 4.2 km | 20 m
1 Fred Mailey NEO 74:15
2 KJ Rufener 106:28
3 Rich Perrenoud 120:14
Johnson Witalis DNF
Backwards Green Course: 11 controls | 4.2 km | 20 m
1 Howard Montgomery 106:27
Red Course: 8 controls | 5.4 km | 50 m
1 Dave Kostansek 57:10
2 Randy Mitchell NEO 63:25
3 Todd Pownell 66:54
4 Bob Turanchik 81:49
5 Steve Johnson NEO 88:38
6 Phill Wadsworth 101:55
7 Fred Lusi 103:44
8 Eric Marotta 109:23
9 Yaki Barak 115:25
10 John Rasinski 118:42
11 Dan Freeman 124:12
12 Gil Even 128:58
James Price DNF
Richard Davies DNF
Team Jefferis DNF