2017 Python | Results

RECAP

Wow! What a turn out, and what an amazing event!

Thank you to all the racers, to all of our wonderful volunteers, and to the staff at Camp Butler for making the weekend work so well.

In preparing the event, many hours and days of preparation were spent making sure maps were correct and accurate, and controls placed in the right place. We placed loads more water than in the past, with each location having at least 10 gallons on hand for refills, etc.

Control setting, after being designed, marked and managed by Bob Boltz, was handled by Steve Hendrix, Gary BurdenDave Kostansek, Randy Mitchell, Steve Hughes, and Shin Shimizu, who drove up from Columbus to help set (and then later competed, but not in the area he helped set)!

On Saturday morning we got started a little after 5 AM with race preparations, setting up signs, donut & coffee pickup, preparing the check in and registration, and getting ready for runners to appear.

Expert parking assistance came from Dan Freeman and Peter Pirns who got everyone where they needed to go. Registration was handled by Holly Wilgus, Gary Burden, and Guy Russ, with assistance from Hazel Barton and Randy Mitchell when the rush came. Bob Boltz was on hand to help with maps and questions, and Sanae Rogers managed the overnight crew and lodging, with Hazel Barton providing artistic mapping for bunk assignment.

We handed out maps around 7 AM, and all the 6 and 12-hour competitors busily began planning routes for maximum scores. Special instructions were at 7:45, and after an event photo, the air horn went off at 8 AM for a mass start.

A silence erupted… but not for long! Many 3-hour competitors arrived shortly after 9 AM, checked in, and took off. We began preparing for lunch, the 3-hour folks’ arrival back, and the morning was over before we knew it.

Smiles abounded as the first runners came back, having tested the waters so to speak, in and around Camp Butler and Camp Manatoc. Many had tales of brush and other persistent vegetation that had somehow attached to clothing, shoes, hair, and elsewhere.

Around 1 PM, our resident camp chef extraordinaire John Nazier began cooking hamburgers with all the fixin’s for the arrival of the 6-hour group that began arriving shortly after 1:30 PM. Scores were tallied, bellies were filled, and prizes handed out. Everyone earned a Python Medal, and some scored a second award as top of class.

Fred Mailey made sure our e-punch gear worked, and crunched data (both electronically and manually) to make sure scores were tallied, correctly. Working a new system had its kinks, but we were able to get the stuff we needed, and solved a few issues throughout. We determined then and there to eliminate any manual punching from future events, and stick strictly to e-punch.

The afternoon was not as long as we thought, but some of us managed spending a few minutes in a hammock, waiting patiently for the 12-hour group to begin showing up. A few straggled in early after the course had taken its toll.

Around 7:30 PM we repeated the lunch rush, with more food, prizes and such. We had improved our workflow by then, and employed the talents of Howard Montgomery and Ivan Redinger for people management and score checking. Most of us, and all the runners, had donned headlamps by then, and we had to endure the loud steamboat sound of a Halloween Hay Ride stationed right outside our venue. We will improve for next time, and locate ourselves someplace else… we promise!

By 8:30 PM most were headed home, some stayed the night, and the rest of the NEOOC team cleaned up, swept, put things in order, and left the site around 10 PM. Exciting, but made for a long day!

Control pickup began that night, with Bob Boltz leading the pickup crew, having assigned controls and areas to police. He recovered the Big Fish, as well as the corn maze controls that night.

On Sunday, and following days, Randy Mitchell, Andreas Johansson (with the help of Jae Russ, Emelie and Oskar), Gary Burden, Ivan Redinger, Steve Hendrix, Sanae Rogers, Howard Montgomery, Dan Freeman, KJ Ruefner, Jamie Price, and Dave Kostansek helped pickup the remaining controls and recover the water stops. Way to go!

Thank you to everyone who made the event what it was. We couldn’t do it without you, and look forward to another great Python on 2018.

RESULTS

All results are in PDF form. Some of the data is quite complex, so take some time to look at the format, and check the column headers as well. Please remember that we had e-punch + manual punching for the 6 and 12-hour competitors.

PHOTOS

Results | NE Ohio Scout Championship (NOSOC) @ Manatoc | Sunday 9/24

Recap

This second day featured Scout only activities as part of the North Eastern Ohio Scout Championships (NOSOC).  Information about our ongoing Scout programs are available here.

Staffing (all volunteers)

  • Event Director: Ivan Redinger
  • Course Designer and Setter: Steve Hendrix & Clan
  • Training and instruction: Andreas Johansson and Howard Montgomery
  • Registrar: Jeff Perry
  • Timers/Starters: Steve Marsh & company
  • Control Pickup: Ivan Redinger, John Naizer, Andreas Johansson

Results

White Course: 9 controls 1.3 km
   Name              Controls Time
 1 Michael-2 Tr122          9 26:35
 2 Flying-Chickens Tr122    9 31:21
 3 Terminator-Turtles Tr122 9 36:16
   Huron-Wyndot Tr122       2 78:35

Orange Course: 16 controls 3.1 km
   Name                     Controls Time
 1 Steve-Johnson Tr60544          16 36:05
 2 Old-Gray-Flying Tr122          16 46:11
 3 Shorts-1 Tr122                 16 56:41
 4 Kenneth Witalis NEOOC          16 67:37
 5 Unknown-Flying-Squirrels Tr122 16 68:10
 6 The-Group-After Tr122          16 72:11
 7 Olivia-Johnson Tr60544         16 79:31
 8 Wendy-Johnson Tr60544          16 113:32
   BobS-BrianB Tr122              13 71:50

See this post for Day 1 activities.

Results | NOSOC & Classic Orienteering + Night-O @ Manatoc | Saturday 9/23

Recap

Another great weather day in NE Ohio

Mother Nature was cooperating with our two day event.  The first day featured public and Scout Orienteering.  All levels of courses (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) were available to the public at Camp Manatoc, the Boy Scout Camp in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  A portion of the Beginner and Intermediate courses were also used for the North Eastern Ohio Scout Orienteering Championships (NOSOC).

The turnout was great from both the public and from the scouts (many of whom were camping out that weekend).

All scouting units (Cubs, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Girl Scouts, with their adult leaders) learned and practiced map and compass skills. Many troops work on orienteering related badge requirements.  John Naizer and company used the Yellow  course for Orienteering CampOree activities.

The day was capped off by an exciting short Night Orienteering Score course.

Information about our ongoing Scout programs are available here.

Staffing (all volunteers)

  • Event Director: Ivan Redinger
  • Course Designer and Setter: Howard Montgomery (Day courses)
  • Course Designer and Setter: Bob Boltz (Night-O)
  • Training and instruction: Andreas Johansson and Howard Montgomery
  • Registrar: Karen Steckner, KJ Rufener
  • Timers/Starters: Steve Marsh & company
  • Control Pickup: Ivan Redinger, John Naizer, Andreas Johansson
  • Skull Session (Interactive race review): Fred Mailey

Results (Saturday – Day Courses)

White A Course: 8 controls 1.5 km
   Name/Team               Controls Time
 1 Velioant-Dore NEOOC            8 42:28
 2 Golden-Eagles Tr35             8 58:35
   Directionally Tr35             8 55:14 (punched 49 instead of 64)

White B Course: 8 controls 2.1 km
   Name/Team               Controls Time
 1 Golden-Eagles Tr35             8 65:27
 2 Michael-2 Tr122                8 70:02
 3 Elaine-Michael-Friend NEOOC    8 78:29
   Flying-Chickens Tr122          7 167:02 (missed last control 49)
   Big-Boys Tr2309                5 57:38 (missed last controls)
   Blazing Tr122                  4 59:11 (missed last controls)

Yellow Course: 10 controls 3.1 km
   Name/Team                Controls Time
 1 Old-Gray-Flying Tr122          10 52:12
 2 Shorts-1 Tr122                 10 62:22
 3 The-Group-After Tr122          10 74:27
 4 Unknown-Flying-Squirrels Tr122 10 76:24
 5 Golden-Eagles2 Tr35            10 85:48
 6 Directionally Tr35             10 97:08
 7 Olivia-Johnson Tr60544         10 118:29
 8 Wendy-Johnson Tr60544          10 121:33
   Chuck-St.John NEOOC             9 144:37 (missed last control 48)
   Frank-Wesley-Mahne NEOOC        8 153:03 (missed last controls)
   Big-Boys2 Tr2309                7 111:46 (missed last controls)
   Bison Tr28                      7 188:31 (missed last controls)
   Kermit-Revolution Tr122         4 133:74 (missed last controls)
   Marcia-Mauter NEOOC             4 134:59 (missed last controls)
   Zero Tr122                      No Data

Orange Course: 14 controls 4 km
   Name/Team                Controls Time
 1 Hazel-Barton NEOOC             14 79:55
 2 Lohiser-Robinson-Lohiser NEOOC 14 84:43
 3 Kenneth-Witalis Tr60544        14 102:48
 4 Sanae-Rogers NEOOC             14 104:03
 5 Dave-Dysle NEOOC               14 128:58
   Vikings Tr35                    9 113:43 (missed last controls)
   Directionally-2 Tr35            2 58:14 (missed last controls)

Green Course: 9 controls 4.4 km
   Name/Team                Controls Time
 1 Todd-Pownell NEOOC              9 45:03
 2 Mark-Stypczynski NEOOC          9 73:07
 3 Jay-Smink NEOOC                 9 84:38
 4 Vera-Yudovina NEOOC             9 92:10

Red Course: 11 controls 4.7 km
   Name/Team                Controls Time
 1 Andreas-Johansson NEOOC        11 61:56
 2 Todd-Pownell NEOOC             11 66:34
 3 Randy-Mitchell NEOOC           11 70:56
 4 Steve-Johnson Tr60544          11 84:37
 5 John-Rasinski NEOOC            11 92:06

See this post for Day 2 activities for Scouts.

Resources

RouteGadget – Upload your GPS file to compare your Route with others! – See all of the courses on the map!

Simple Splits

Attackpoint Splits

Results | Classic Orienteering @ North Chagrin | Sunday SEPT 10

RECAP

Hazel Barton and Fred Mailey reporting:

Wow!  The Weather was great!

Nice and cool weather for the event.  Good turnout for the Classic Courses in North Chagrin Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metropark System.  All the courses gave the participants a great tour of the parks wonderful facilities including the Nature Center, Sanctuary Marsh, Picnic areas, and the All Purpose and Bridle trails. Continue reading “Results | Classic Orienteering @ North Chagrin | Sunday SEPT 10”

Results | Classic Orienteering @ Brecksville | Sunday, August 20th

RECAP

Kathy Jo Rufener and Fred Mailey reporting:

Beautiful Weather for Orienteering

We had great weather and a solid turnout at the Brecksville Reservation Meadows Picnic area in the northern part of this wonderful Cleveland Metropark.  Classic cross country courses were available for all levels of skill.  White for beginners through Red for our advanced competitors.  A Brown course was included to give a shorter challenge to those not wanting all of the hills and distance of the advanced Green and Red courses.

This section of the park can be very tricky for navigation with many winding and looping trails.  Deep ravines make for critical route choices on all off trail excursions.  Streams continuously fold back on themselves and can make your head spin.

We had many college students getting their exercise before returning to schools that included MIT, Case Western, and several other fine local institutions.  Also we had visitors from the Boston area enjoying the orienteering challenges in Cleveland.

The Course Designer expresses his apologies for misidentifying control 52 as a spur instead of a re-entrant on the clue sheet.  (Note that if we can assembly the critical number of volunteers for an event’s basic operation, we can use additional people to vet the control positions and documents prior to the event.  Please volunteer and make our events better!) Continue reading “Results | Classic Orienteering @ Brecksville | Sunday, August 20th”

RESULTS | Canoe-O at Walborn Reservoir 2017

RECAP

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!

HEADS UP!

We have one lost compass. If you think it’s yours, please show up at next event (August 19th at Brecksville)

STAFF

  • 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.

PHOTOS

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!

RESULTS

Canoe Single

Canoe Team

Kayak Single

Kayak Team

See the full spreadsheet here.

ROUTEGADGET – Upload your GPS track today!

Classic Orienteering + Trail-O 5K & 6.5K at Oak Hill | Sunday July 2, 11:30A-1PM

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.

So why not come out, enjoy some trail running, and learn to orienteer at the same time?
Continue reading “Classic Orienteering + Trail-O 5K & 6.5K at Oak Hill | Sunday July 2, 11:30A-1PM”

RESULTS | Kenston Sprint + Woods Mix, Sunday May 21, 2017

With rain in the forecast, but no clouds in sight in the early morning, we prepared fun, but challenging courses on the Kenston Campus and surrounding woods.

All courses included a mix of both traditional “in the woods” orienteering, with sprint elements on the open campus.

Andreas Johansson (Event Director, Course Designer, Setter) started around 9AM to set controls and to get things ready. And then the rain started! Continue reading “RESULTS | Kenston Sprint + Woods Mix, Sunday May 21, 2017”