Join Stark Parks and the Northeastern Ohio Orienteering Club this Mother’s Day to explore Sippo Lake Park through the sport of Orienteering.
Orienteering can be a unique family adventure to explore park locations. Courses are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced orienteers using a map to locate flagged locations throughout the park, like a scavenger hunt.
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.
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
What a beautiful day to be in the woods! This was our last event of 2016 and conditions were perfect. It was sunny with temperatures in the lower 60’s.
The main course, designed by Mark Stypczynski, was a SCORE style challenge. You had 90 minutes to amass as many points as you can. Controls vary in point value, so strategy was important!. Controls farther away or more difficult to find had higher point values. Stiff penalties were imposed by the Event Director for those who when over the time limit, 10 points were subtracted for each minute over 90.
We had visitors from the Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC, DC area) and the Western PA Orienteering Club (WPOC). Jonathan Campbell (QOC) took top honors in the Score course clearing all of the controls in 51 minutes. Yaki Barak (WPOC) was also among the 9 who where able to clear the field in under 90 minutes. Thanks for visiting. Hopefully, we did not miss any other visiting club members. If so let us know. We always enjoy having new folks checkout our different venues.
We could not have done it without our great team of volunteers:
Course Designer & Setter: Mark Stypczynski
Registrar: Kevin Peterca
Starter : Fran Kern
Greeters: Brad Lohiser and Jen
Control Collectors: Frank Mahne, Steve Johnson, Richard Davies, Fred Mailey
Event Director: Richard Davies (doing double duty after just directing the Quail Hollow Night-O also)
White – 2.7km
Place Name/Team Time
1 Geo Dengler 60:12
2 Mario Loya 68:10
3 Anna Campbell (QOC) 89:24
Tom Horvath DNF (Missed Control 36 ...)
Score – 20 Controls – 380 points
Place Name/Team Points Time
1 Jonathan Campbell (QOC) 380 +51:02
2 Steve Johnson 380 +62:01
3 Victoria Campbell (QOC) 380 +62:31
4 Randy Mitchell 380 +64:48
5 Lohiser Robinson 380 +69:36
6 Ken Lohiser 380 +73:05
7 Yaki Barak (WPOC) 380 +78:25
8 Bob Turanchik 380 +79:18
9 James Price 380 +80:53
10 Phil Cunningham 370 +89:02
11 Fred Mailey 360 +89:32
12 Vera Yodivina 280 +85:22
13 Remig Buzer (sp?) 260 +85:10
14 Tim Feaser 230 +76:11
15 Hazel Barton 220 +86:06
16 Neil Dolinger 220 (240-20) +92:08
17 Jenn Michael 210 +89:20
18 Andrew Strobel 210 +90:24
19 Greg Martin 180 +73:39
20 Amanda Shannon 180 +89:28
21 Bartlett 170 +82:13
22 K. Peterea 170 +85:46
23 Frank Mahne 120 (200-80) +98:06
24 Nick Leanza 50 +74:39
25 Geno Groszczynski 50 +75:02
26 Chuck St.John <0 (120-150) +105:13
27 Bernard Marcucci <0 (90-160) +106:33
Tom Knapp No ePunch data available.
It was a great night for Orienteering. Clear sky, some stars, no rain. And a little chill in the air.
The cross country style courses, designed by John Rasinski, provided challenges for all levels. Green, Orange, Yellow, and White courses were enjoyed by all. Our start and finish were at the gazebo, just east of the nature center:
Photo courtesy of Bob Boltz.
Another great job by our volunteers:
Course Designer: John Rasinski
Control Setters: John and Randy Mitchell
Registrar: Karen Birt
Starter : Tam Delorme
Greeter and setup: Phill Wadsworth
Control Collectors: Bob Boltz, Richard Davies
Event Director: Richard Davies
Hopefully, we did not miss anyone. If we did, let us know.
White Course: 10 controls 1 km
1 Team AM-A 19:58
Yellow Course: 7 controls 2.2 km
1 Team Biltz 62:48
2 Team Willis 63:11
Orange Course: 12 controls 3.3 km
1 Price 64:57
2 Team Mario 107:14
3 Johnson Witalis 108:28
4 Team Rogers 111:00
5 Rich Perrenoud 118:34
Team Monstrocity DNF (86:56, punched controls 50 & 42 out of order)
Team Freeman DNF (punched 1st 7 controls)
Mr Knapp DNF (punched 1st 5 controls)
Shannon DNF (missed 2nd control 48 ...)
Rogue Two DNF (missed 2nd control 48 ...)
Green Course: 13 controls 5 km
1 Andreas Johansson 77:08
2 Bob Boltz 81:41
3 Yaki Barak (WPOC) 100:53
Team Muffet DNF (punched 1st 5 controls)
Phill Wadsworth DNF
Reported by Bob Boltz, NEOOC Map Coordinator and Python Lead Planner
Searching for the Python – 2016
Cool temps and some sun made for perfect conditions for the first Python Adventure Race/Rogaine/Mega-Score Event.
After breakfast, maps were handed out at about 7 AM. Thirty-one 12 hour and twenty 6 hour teams studied their maps to develop a strategy to maximize points given the constraints of time, distance and topography. Teams were given instructions and at 8 AM a horn signaled the start of the adventure.
Because rain had threatened through the night, I had saved one control for Saturday morning. It was a five foot long life-like fish pillow that I gave the clue sheet description, “Something Fishy Here.” I drove to the side of the road near the location and quickly hauled the fish through the woods to the control location. After hanging the fish and the flag, I had the idea of taking pictures of folks as they encountered the checkpoint. I ran to the car, got my camera and ran back. Before I could get there I spied Todd Pownell speeding away from the control. Within the next twenty minutes, eight more teams visited the fish.
When things slowed down, I returned to Python headquarters to find the volunteers starting to greet the first of twenty-four 3 hour teams that would search for a subset of The Python venue covered 5 of our existing maps: Boston Run, Ritchie Ledges, Kendall Lake, Boy Scout Camps and Oak Hill.
Numerous areas that connect the maps were added. These include the area either side of the Cuyahoga, Horseshoe Pond and the Pine Lane area both north and south of Rt. 303. The 1:12,500 map was divided into three overlapping 11X17 sheets with clues printed at the bottom of each sheet. Waterproof paper was used. A small map was included that depicted the corn maze at Szalay’s Farm Market where one of the 69 flags was located.
One experienced orienteer confessed to spending an hour navigating the corn maze!
All fifty-one of the 6 and 12 hour teams were back in time so no penalties were imposed. Many had only minutes to spare! All told, there were over 110 participants from 10 states! Some reported routes that covered well over 30 miles. Robert Minto and Eric Olsen, both running solo, found all the controls in less than 12 hours.
We received many verbal and Facebook thanks for an event well done. The only disappointments were a lack of a group photo before the mass start and two water controls that ran dry before the end of the event. I am deeply sorry for the pain that caused. I was just lazy and only put four gallons of water at each of the water stops. If we do this again we will know better.
One potential blunder was avoided a week before the event. At the point where the map was ready to print, I awoke in the middle of the night realizing that although I had successfully stitched together all the existing maps, I had forgot to rotate the map 8.2 degrees clockwise to compensate for magnetic declination. This caused more than an extra day of computer work to correct the problem. Ouch!
This event could not have happened without a fine group of volunteers.
Control Setters: Mark Stypczynski, Steve Hughes, Fred Mailey, Steve Hendrix, Bob Boltz
Event Director Because No One Else Volunteered: Randy Mitchell
Campmaster & Chef: Chris Bergdorf
Camp Liason: Ivan Redinger
Python Headquarters Staff: Karen Birt, Gary& Rebekah Burden, Kathy Jo Rufener, Hazel Barton & Sanae Rogers (a special thanks to Sanae for seeing that everything was OK with the cabins at checkout Sunday morning. That included mopping out the shower house!)
Control Collectors: Randy Mitchell, Andreas Johansson, Ken Lohiser, Chris Powers, Sanae Rogers, Howard Montgomery, Bob Boltz
Course Designer and Mapper: Bob Boltz
Honorary Photographer on loan from the Western PA Raccoongaine: Alexis “Sherpes” Rasinski (see his photos here!)
IF ANY 6 or 12 HOUR PARTICIPANTS DIDN’T GET THE PYTHON SOUVENIR SHOWN ABOVE, LET US KNOW.
Thank you to Andreas Johansson for once again inviting orienteering to the Kenston Schools campus and for pushing through his post-Lyme disease malaise to design, set and act as co-event director for the day. We’d like to thank the other volunteers, Karen Steckner (starter/control collector), Guy Russ (registration/control collector), Fred Mailey (control collection), Bob Boltz (control collection), Sanae Rogers (control collection). As always, we cannot conduct any events without volunteers like you. So thank you.
The day was a warm, late summer day –at times cloudless and a bit humid but with something of a regular breeze, as demonstrated by the wind turbine that hummed steadily overheard. The “track,” as Mark Stypczynski would say, was a bit moist in spots in the woods –a testament to the recent spate of rain that also served to green everything. In these formidable conditions, four courses were offered: a Scout designed and set White Course; an Orange, Green and a Red course. With the exception of the White course, each course borrowed liberally from common controls. And, because of the confined area, courses also contained multiple crisscrosses –a feature that can contribute to the fun as participants can encounter each other racing to controls from all different directions, affording numerous ‘Hi’s and Bye’s.’ as orienteers skirt past. And to keep participants guessing, even in tight quarters between controls, the general positioning of flags was low. So you could occasionally be very near a control and not see it until you saw distinctly the land feature intended. All in all, very well done. We just wish more folks had come out to enjoy it. But don’t worry… we’ll be back on the Kenston campus. I can feel it.
Finally, there was one ‘Oops’ in the course setting –the boulder feature at #35. Some got it and some didn’t. But it was decided everyone should be credited with the control for giving it the old college try.
See you soon in the woods!
Co-event Director, Howard Montgomery
1 Johansson Family 17 minutes
1 Guy Russ 17 minutes
3 Karen Steckner <20 minutes
RED Course: 26 controls 5.2 km
1 Randy Mitchell NEO 56:03
2 Steve Johnson 70:46
3 Bob Boltz 70:50
4 Gil Even 81:05
5 Steve Hughes 91:10
6 Fred Mailey NEO 103:53
7 Richard Davies 122:25
8 Neil Dolinger 128:48
GREEN Course: 20 controls 4 km
1 Andreas Johansson 40:20
2 KJ Rufener 84:32
3 Sanae Rogers 105:07
ORANGE Course: 13 controls 2.3 km
Frank Mahne DNF (missed 2nd Control - Control 52)
Under threatening skies and with the temperature in the high 70’s and humidity in the high 80’, the inaugural morning score event was held at North Chagrin Reservation. Sanae Rogers, with assistance from Howard Montgomery, designed and set a challenging intermediate score course and an advanced score course. While no one cleared either course in 90 minutes, a good time was had by all.
Thanks to all of our volunteers: Tam Delorme (first time volunteer), who acted as greeter, registrar, starter, and control collector, and our crew of control collectors: Todd Pownell, Bob Turanchik (who just could not get enough time in the woods-Bob did the advanced course, went out for a half hour on the intermediate course, and collected controls), and Steve Johnson.
Note that for a Score course, no participant names or split times are available within the RouteGadget website. This is currently a limitation of the RouteGadget program relative to Score type courses. However, your GPS/GPX file can still be download or your course can be drawn manually starting from the Start and ending at the Finish. You must enter you name manually when prompted. GPS/GPX courses can be adjusted by dragging the blue dots. Blue dots may be added/deleted with a right click on your track. Save if you are happy, back arrow to try again. Send us your GPX file if you are having trouble.