Orienteering at Kenston Intermediate School

Recap of Events

As part of an effort to increase awareness of orienteering as a sport, and to incorporate the many educational and problem- based learning aspects of the sport into the curriculum, NEOOC teamed up with 4th graders from Kenston Intermediate School to put on an orienteering event. In what we hope was the First Annual orienteering day, 200+ 4th graders and staff took part in orienteering in and around the building, and most teams completed four courses covering more than 2 miles distance travelled.

Students prepared with pre-orienteering materials in their classrooms, and completed practice problems solving mazes and orienteering inside a room to get aquatinted with relating the map to reality. A few instructional videos were used to enhance their knowledge of the sport itself, and they learned the importance or rotating the map, and orienting to north at all times.

Bob Boltz, map coordinator of NEOOC, had designed the custom Kenston Intermediate School map covering the grounds around the building, and laid out 4 courses each covering 9 controls over about 0.8km (800m) each. Andreas Johansson, NEOOC club member, and Director of Technology Integration at Kenston Schools, assisted with planning, teacher training, and supervision during the event. They had plenty of help from Kenston PTO to manage map exchanges and supervision around the building. A big thanks to Mr. Adam Fender, Principal at Kenston Intermediate School, for making it happen, and helping coordinating the event, and activities leading up to the very successful day.

Furthermore, the 4th grade students orienteering at KIS was part of a larger worldwide effort to set a new world record for World Orienteering Day (on or about May 11th, 2016), and their efforts were registered along with Kenston Middle School’s 8th grade students doing hot spot orienteering during a field trip to Washington, D.C., as well as the 7th graders orienteering while at 7th grade camp. In total, at least 650+ students and staff from Kenston Schools took part in World Orienteering Day activities, and were counted for the world record attempt.

We’re excited for the opportunities to build long-lasting relationships with the Kenston Schools, and look forward to holding many more orienteering events, including full campus sprint, cross country, and score events in the future.

Photos from 4th Grade Orienteering

Photo credits go to Josh Timmons, Tech Integration Specialist, and Andreas Johansson, Director of Technology at Kenston Local Schools.

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Race Results / Sippo Lake XC 22MAY2016

RECAP

First, let me thank Stark Parks for inviting us to partner with them on introducing orienteering to their public. In February, we conducted an evening lecture on the sport of orienteering and Sunday marked our first land event offered in their parks (we’ve used Walborn Reservoir previously).

In our 40th year, it is still exciting to inaugurate new venues.

Next, thank you to Bob Boltz for the many hours that he put in making NEOOC’s initial map of the area. Bob’s skill just keeps getting better and better. He’s significantly cut the time it takes him to arrive at a suitable orienteering map from the time of concept to the time of feet running the trails, fields and thickets, enjoying…. And thank you to Ivan Redinger, a former neighbor of Sippo for being the primary liaison with the park’s administrators and staff.

Finally, thank you to the day’s volunteers:

  • Ivan Redinger, Course Design and Setting (First time Course Design, I believe!!! Great
    work!)
  • Stephen Johnson, Event Director (First time Event Director!!! Great job!)
  • Wendy & Matthew Johnson, Registration
  • Olivia Johnson, Ken Witalis, Geno Gruszczynski, David John, Starters
  • Howard Montgomery, Finisher
  • Ivan Redinger, Charlotte Chung, Howard Montgomery, John Hoffman, Olivia Johnson, Ken Witalis, Control Collection

RESULTS

  • Weather: mostly sunny; temperature topping out at 64 (in essence: extreme hardship; we understand why some of you didn’t make it.)
  • Attendance: 59 participants braved the elements
  • Track: Mud-slick spots in places, but mostly firm.
White - Beginner

1 Moore & Beck                40:00:00
2 Jonathan Morris & Co.       43:00:00
3 Nate Hershman               44:00:00
4 Cathy & Tom Winters         55:00:00
5 Gina Cook & Co.             63:00:00
6 Matthew Moser               78:00:00
Yellow - Advanced Beginner Course: 13 controls 2.3 km
  1 Alex, Eva, Jude            NEO 36:25
  2 Wendy & Oliva Johnson          45:34
  3 Wes & Frank Mahne              47:13
  4 M. Wohlmead                    53:57
  5 Chuck St.John                  57:26
  6 Fran Kern                      57:28
  7 Tomlinson                      63:59
  8 Tom-Jack Loya                  77:21
    Bettac Family                  DNF        (did not punch 39)
    David John                     DNF        (punched 39 instead of 40 and vice versa)

Orange - Intermediate Course: 14 controls 3.9 km
  1 Sanae Rogers                   65:28
  2 Johnson & Witalis              77:40
  3 Jason Karger                   99:50
  4 M. Wohlwood                    123:22

Green - Short Advanced Course: 16 controls 4.6 km
  1 Andreas Johansson              45:09
  2 Fred Mailey                NEO 57:18
  3 Vera Yodivina                  72:48
    Dominic Conte                  DNF        (No Start punch)

Red - Longer Advanced Course: 18 controls 5.2 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   50:47
  2 Bob Boltz                      52:40
  3 Caleb Freeman                  67:27
  4 Dan Freeman                    67:36
  5 Charlotte Chung                70:27
  6 Rich Perrenoud                 73:14
  7 Randy Mitchell             NEO 77:45
  8 John Hoffman                   79:09
  9 Gil Even                       83:06
 10 Richard Davies                 103:27

PHOTOS

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RESOURCES

Recap / Boston Run Training 14MAY2016

RECAP

Today’s event was a chance to work on skills that can help us improve as orienteers. Bob Boltz set a course targeted at two skills.

First, continuity. Most intermediate orienteers treat each leg as a separate problem to be solved. Then, after punching the control, we turn our attention to the next control, stand still, spread out the map, and consider our options. Bob set out the first portion of the course today with an eye towards improving flow through the course as a whole. During this ‘control picking’ portion there were a series of 16 short legs with frequent changes of direction. The goal was to never stop moving. That meant that we had to, at the least, pay attention to what direction to head out to the next control after this one. This was mildly complicated by the fact that today’s maps were printed without any of the trails.

Second, attention to local features. The next 5 controls were not marked on the map. Instead, a wiggly corridor about 30m wide was indicated. Bob set the controls so that if we stayed within the corridor, we would encounter the controls. This was further complicated by the fact that the map outside the corridor was blank, so the only navigational cues available were within the corridor (see the map here!, or below in photos)

An intrepid crew of ~25 experienced orienteers took up this challenge, and I heard a lot of praise for how much this helped them. The weather was cool and drizzly, and it was pretty sloppy and slippery. Lots of good stories emerged, and I think our club’s average navigational skill ticked up just a little after today.

Many thanks to all our volunteers, including:

  • Director: Randy Mitchell
  • Designer: Bob Boltz
  • Registrar: Kim King
  • Control Pickup: Neil Dollinger

RESULTS (unofficial)

There was no ePunch available, so timing is all self reported, and using the honor system. If you have a time, and course feedback, send it our way.

RouteGadget now available at: Boston Run Training

Download your GPS or draw your route from memory using the program.

PHOTOS

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PS – one Blue Jacket was left behind! We will have it at next week’s Event at Sippo – just ask!

Race Result / Boston Run 29APR2016

RECAP

Despite iffy and unseasonal weather predictions, we had a very good showing of orienteers at today’s event. The day started off pretty chilly and damp, but gradually warmed, and we never got any real rain until just as the last controls were retrieved. There were lots of compliments for Howard Montgomery’s subtle courses, and his ‘butterfly loops’ that reused some controls several times. This despite having to change venues only last month because of a wedding party at the original Octagon site! Happily, we caught the attention of quite a few passersby at Boston Run, and we did a lot of ‘orienteering ambassadorship’ at the registrars table. And Fran Kern said that she did a bit of recruiting out on the course as well!

Many thanks to all our volunteers, including:

  • Director: Randy Mitchell
  • Designer: Howard Montgomery
  • Registrar: Collen Sabeh
  • Starter: Todd Pownell
  • Timer: Mike Sabeh
  • Greeter: Holly Wilgus
  • Control Collectors: Howard Montgomery, Bob Boltz, Dominic Conte, Fred Mailey, Michael Sabeh

RESULTS

White/Yellow Course: 10 controls 2.6 km 85 m
  1 Holly Wilgus                   83:44
  2 Chuck St.John                  115:29  (Manually entered start time)
  3 Fran Kern                      115:31

Orange Course: 13 controls 4.3 km 105 m
  1 Steve Johnson                  40:47
  2 Kate Arbogast                  82:59
  3 Frank Mahne                    129:23
  4 Tom and Jack Loya              152:36

Brown Course: 14 controls 4.1 km 90 m
  1 Alex Bogorad                   82:26
    Jennifer Rockwood              DNF
    Mark Rockwood                  DNF

Green Course: 15 controls 4.6 km 105 m
  1 Mark Stypczynski               74:27
  2 Ted Frank                      81:11
  3 Guy Russ                       87:11
  4 Fred Mailey                NEO 100:16
  5 Johnson & Witalis              121:22
    Kevin Pete                     DNF
    Andreas Johansson              53:02 / DNF*    (Punched 44 - 51 in wrong order)

Red Course: 16 controls 4.9 km 145 m
  1 Todd Pownell                   42:20
  2 Tom Svobodny                   51:05
  3 Steve Johnson                  55:17
  4 Bob Boltz                      55:23
  5 Gil Even                       87:32
  6 Mike Sabeh                     94:24
  7 Jeff and Alex Perry            118:21
  8 Dominic Conte                  134:03
  9 Bob Turanchik                  151:27

ROUTEGADGET, SPLITS, ETC.

Post your GPX track to RouteGadget, or check out the detailed splits.

EXTRA

*Read about Andreas Johansson’s big mistake on the triangle, and how he punched a few controls in the wrong order.

Race Results / Brecksville Metropark XC / 10 APR 2016

Recap

Mark Stypczynski, Event Director, reports:

Well, I promised mud enough for all. In a sense that happened. I did not count on snow, though. That, along with temperatures in the 30’s with a steady wind, made for a memorable day of orienteering at Brecksville for the 47 individuals who participated in this event.

A big thank you to Fred Mailey, who designed and set the courses and stayed throughout the day to provide additional manpower when we needed it. Fred set courses Friday and on Saturday morning and I heard nothing but good about them. Thank you also to Marcia Mauter (greeter), Kathy Jo Rufener (registrar), Dr. John Blakemore (starter), Therese Lemmon (timer), and to the control collectors-Howard Montgomery, Kathy Jo Rufener, Dr. John Blakemore, and Bob Turanchik (a new member!). Thanks also to BSA Troop 610 for their fire starting skills. The fire made the day a bit more comfortable for the volunteers and was appreciated.

Results

White

BSA Troop 610 Craig Miller Group.     49 minutes
BSA Troop 610 Alex Dionisos Group.    57 minutes
BSA Troop 610 Aidan Balina Group.     59 minutes
Larger Group.                         61 minutes
Tomlinson.                            62 minutes

Yellow Course: 10 controls 3 km
  1 Johnson & Witalis & Lintz      114:18
  2 Dysle and Dobson               118:24
    Wes and Frank Mahne            DNF
    Karen Steckner                 DNF    (did not punch 35)

Orange Course: 14 controls 4.2 km
  1 Hazeltons                      123:21 (splits not available)
  2 Whites                         129:47

Brown Course: 9 controls 3.3 km
  1 Tim Feaser                     76:42
  2 Rich Perrenoud                 106:46
  3 Tom and Jack Loya              124:58

Green Course: 12 controls 4 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   44:41
  2 Phil Wadsworth                 60:53
  3 Freeman                        64:59
  4 Andreas Johansson              68:55
  5 Jeff and Alex Perry            114:11
    J Smink                        DNF    (missed 48)

Red Course: 13 controls 5.1 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   57:08
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 62:50
  3 Steve Johnson                  75:30
  4 Bob Turanchik                  87:25
  5 Bagocius                       118:43
  6 Even and Strobel               119:24
    Horrigan Group                 DNF

RouteGadget & Splits

Race Result / Manatoc Short Courses + Score / 19 MAR 2016

Recap

A bit chilly, with temps in the 40s, didn’t seem to stop any of the participants on Saturday’s event at Manatoc Scout Reservation. At 11:10AM, at least 25 scouts were ready and waiting to go out seeking controls, and had to be diverted for a few minutes while we got all the paperwork in order, and finished setting up the registrar’s table and e-Punch timing system.

We offered three short courses – LIONS (1.5km), TIGERS (1.2km), and BEARS (1.9km). We also had a 90-minute score course comprised of all the controls for a total of 635 points, to help scouts with their badge requirements, although many others chose to run the score map as well.

Most runners and teams of orienteers ran more than one course, with plenty finishing all three short courses, and we saw some amazing times on the score course. A basket of Easter Eggs with goodies inside waited at the finish line. We served Gatorade and the requisite Oreos as well, although mugs of hot chocolate would have worked better… By noon, the sun had at least peaked out a few times, and there was no rain or snow.

It was great to see so many from the Kenston event come out for more. Manatoc is the perfect learning environment for new orienteers, as the terrain around the main camp is very forgiving, and it’s hard to get lost. We hope to see all return in April at Brecksville, North Chagrin, and Ledges. We have already put in for warmer temperatures…

Resources & Staff

Thanks to all the volunteers it takes to make an event happen. We couldn’t do it without you!

  • Event Director – Bob Boltz
  • Course Design – Bob Boltz (BEARS), Andreas Johansson (LIONS + Score), Sanae Rogers (TIGERS)
  • Control Setters – Bob & Andreas
  • Registrar & Membership Signups – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Guru & Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • Starter – Kim King & Family
  • Greeter, Crowd Control, and Master Scout Wrangler – Ivan Redinger
  • Control Pickup – Bob, Andreas, Phil & Cindy
  • Easter Egg Distribution & Crowd Pleasers – Emelie & Oskar

Photos

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Results

LIONS Course: 10 controls 1.5 km 30 m
 1 Todd Pownell 8:22
 2 Randy Mitchell NEO 10:38
 3 Unknown Flying Squirrels 20:46
 4 Three Shorts 20:59
 5 Alison Rachel 21:39
 6 Tim and Lexi Feaser 22:01
 7 Guy Russ 26:34
 8 Crew143 Two 27:33
 9 Crew143 One 27:37
 10 Amanda 27:46
 11 Jeff and Alex Perry 31:49
 12 T40 Two 32:38
 13 Chestna Kalka 40:14
 14 T40 One 43:31
 15 T40 Three 82:16
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 Wes and Frank Mahne DNF (missing control 48)
 T263 T263 DNF (mis-punch)
 T107 One DNF (missing control 50)
 Joseph One DNF (mis-punch)
TIGERS Course: 10 controls 1.2 km 20 m
 1 Randy Mitchell NEO 10:05
 2 Todd Pownell 15:16
 3 T107 One 18:44
 4 Alison Rachel 21:01
 5 Amanda 21:12
 6 The Johansson Kids 21:14
 7 T40 Two 22:53
 8 Kings Kings 25:25
 9 Unknown Flying Squirrels 26:15
 10 Three Shorts 26:48
 11 Crew143 Two 29:44
 12 Crew143 One 29:52
 13 T40 One 33:57
 14 Joseph Two 42:02
 15 T40 Three 54:03
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 Jeff and Alex Perry DNF (out of order punch)
BEARS Course: 10 controls 1.9 km 20 m
 1 Todd Pownell 11:08
 2 Randy Mitchell NEO 11:16
 3 Andreas Johansson 13:53
 4 Ivan Redinger NEO 16:55
 5 Amanda 22:15
 6 Alison Rachel 25:56
 7 Tim and Lexi Feaser 26:13
 8 T40 Two 26:25
 9 Unknown Flying Squirrels 30:45
 10 Three Shorts 30:49
 11 Andrew Strobel 32:18
 12 T504 36:27
 13 Chestna Kalka 39:24
 14 T40 One 59:03
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 T107 Two 53:20 (Time between 1st and last Control, start and finish time unknown, stick not cleared before start?)
 Jeff and Alex Perry DNF (out of order punch)
 T45 Hess DNF (Mis-punch)
 T107 One DNF (Mis-punch)
THE ZOO Course: 30 controls - Score Course - 635pts / 90min / 10pt penalty/min over
 1 Steve Johnson 30:55 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 2 Gil Even & Andrew Strobel 42:32 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 3 Howard Montgomery 45:46 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 4 Mark Stypczynski 47:33 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 5 Neil Dolinger 61:10 (All 30 controls - 635pts)
 6 T387 82:16 (26 controls - 515pts)
 7 Jack 95:59 (All 30 Controls - 585pts - Over time)

Split Data

  • Splits for Lions, Tigers, and Bears.

Event Recap & Results / Merit Badge Workshop – Orienteering / 12MAR2016

Recap

We were just getting started with 30 pre-registered scouts, when 12 more showed up to learn about orienteering! A few more tables and chairs later, and we were all learning about the basics of orienteering. Some of the requirements for the Boy Scout Merit Badge for orienteering were covered, and scouts practiced taking compass bearings, recording their pace count, learned about land forms, orienteering map features, and some of the basic techniques an orienteer uses while on a course.

After lunch, we headed outside for actual practice around campus, and scouts navigated one of two courses at the yellow level, with a few controls in the woods, off path. All scouts returned from the first endeavor wanting more, so we sent them back out on the alternative course. Much fun was had, and lots of learning took place, with sessions afterwards discussing the finer details of orienteering and map reading with merit badge counselors and NEOOC club members.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event happen (see below) and thank you to KCE (Kenston Community Education office) for helping us organize the event on the Kenston campus.

Staff

Thank you to all the volunteers, club members, and KCE!

  • Event Director, Course Designer, and Lead Instructor – Andreas Johansson
  • Merit Badge Counselor, Scout Guru, and Pizza Champion – Ivan Redinger
  • Scout Wranglers – Sanae Rogers, Dave Dysle
  • Registrar & Greeter – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Guru & Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • All the Troop Leaders that helped manage a fine day of learning for your scouts.
  • All the parents that stayed with your kids, and helped us make it a great day!

Pictures

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Resources

Results

*Results reflect only 9 controls, as one (#55) had an issue with data retention, and we removed it from the results below.

Scout A Course: 9 controls 1.7 km 50 m
  1 Team Storm                     16:57
  2 Andreas Johansson              17:41
  3 Jimmy and Co - T122            17:54
  4 Austin and Co                  17:59
  5 Donald Trump                   21:09
  6 T402                           25:56
  7 David and Co - T236            29:12
  8 Scorepions                     32:11
  9 Scorepions                     32:14
 10 Jimmy and Co - T122            36:20
 11 Jack Wendy Logan               37:28
 12 Mckenzie and Co                45:09
 13 Team Storm                     48:04

Scout B Course: 9 controls 1.7 km 50 m
  1 Phillips and Co                11:46
  2 T402                           15:18
  3 Phillips and Co                18:22
  4 William Liam Robt              20:14
  5 David and Co - T236            22:39
  5 Mckenzie and Co                22:39
  7 Austin and Co                  23:18
  8 Alison and Co                  27:01
  9 Donald Trump                   33:14
 10 Claus and Co                   38:46
 11 Lander Burk John               54:09

Race Result / Kenston Woods & Campus XC / 13MAR2016

Recap

We had a great turnout for the first time using the Kenston Campus & Woods map (mapped by NEOOC’s Bob Boltz). With all courses available, from WHITE 1km to RED 6.9km, we had something to offer for everyone, and were able to find the right level of challenge and distance for all that attended.

Several scouts came back from the day before to complete a longer course, and were successful on the green course (see Troop 102 below). Several teams participated, so the count is a bit off below in the results. About 35 in total ventured out on a rainy, and a little cold, Sunday afternoon.

The campus was wet already from days of rain in the week prior, but most of the routes offered legs either in the woods, across campus, or across paved areas, and all were pleased to participate. All of the first-timers said they’d come back for more!

Course winners for each course (and first / new record for Kenston Campus) include Jennifer Ingram on WHITE with 12:52, Charlotte Chung on YELLOW with 25:53, Howard Montgomery on ORANGE with 44:29, Guy Russ on BROWN with 51:54, Rich Perrenoud on GREEN with 63:09 (a tight race with Gil Even at 63:17), and Todd Pownell on RED with 48:09. Well done to all! Some races were very close, so check out the results below, and for even more, the split data as linked.

A huge THANKS to all the volunteers that make these events possible – see list below for all that helped manage the crowds, pickup controls, and get people out on campus.

Thank you to KCE (Kenston Community Education office) for helping us organize the event on the Kenston campus.

We hope to run Kenston again, maybe even this year.

Resources

  • Map & Cartography for Kenston – Bob Boltz
  • Event Director – Andreas Johansson
  • Course Designer & Setter – Andreas Johansson
  • Registrar – Richard Toth
  • e-Punch Management / Assistant Registrar – Guy Russ
  • Starter / Timer – Jack Wilk & Dad
  • e-Punch Guru / Data Wizard – Fred Mailey
  • Control Pickup – Todd Pownell, Howard Montgomery, Fran ?, Andreas Johansson
  • All around Help, Advice, Feedback & Expertise – Sanae Rogers, Bob Boltz, Randy Mitchell

Photos

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Results

WHITE Course: 7 controls 1 km
  1 Jennifer Ingram                12:52

YELLOW Course: 12 controls 2.4 km
  1 Charlotte Chung                25:53
  2 Jennifer Ingram                45:34
  3 Keziah Burden                  45:50
  4 Gary Burden                    46:15
  5 Jack Wilk                      89:35
  6 Homestar Runner                97:27
    Chuck St. John                 DNF
    Bill Shero                     DNF

ORANGE Course: 15 controls 3.3 km
  1 Howard Montgomery              44:29
  2 Karen Steckner                 78:26
  3 Nick Copley                    137:35

BROWN Course: 12 controls 2.9 km
  1 Guy Russ                       51:54
  2 True North                     147:30

GREEN Course: 20 controls 4.2 km
  1 Rich Perrenoud                 63:09
  2 Gil Even                       63:17
  3 Neil Dolinger                  66:00
  4 Vera Yudovina                  67:10
  5 Troop 102                      90:33

RED Course: 23 controls 6.9 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   48:09
  2 Randy Mitchell             NEO 54:44
  3 Bob Boltz                      55:10
  4 Fred Mailey                NEO 92:10
  5 Sanae Rogers                   148:36

Split Data Route Gadget, Attack Point, etc.