Perfect weather was the backdrop at a beautiful location for our Mother’s Day Classic-O event at Sippo Lake Park in Stark County. A number of Moms came out to enjoy the day. Sanae Rogers and her husband, Chris, celebrated by both volunteering and navigating. Sanae did all this after she spent the previous day and evening on an intercontinental flight. Great job! Continue reading “Results | Classic Orienteering @ Sippo Lake | Sunday May 14”
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 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