Orienteering for Beginners | Sippo Lake | Sunday April 9, 12:30P

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.

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Results | Snow-O 2017 | February 12th, 2017

Recap

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.

Results

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

Pictures

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Splits, AttackPoint, and RouetGadget

Race Results / South Chagrin SCORE / November 5

Recap

Submitted by Fred Mailey and Richard Davies.

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)

Results

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.

Resources

RouteGadget available shortly.

Race Results / Quail Hollow Night-O / October 22

Recap

Submitted by Fred Mailey and Richard Davies.

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:

gazebo

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.

Results

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

PICTURES

See some (rather dark) pictures from the start / finish area (via Andreas) here: https://goo.gl/photos/1HBoHZLB2PbHYzxW9

Resources

Simple Splits

Route Gadget & Splits

Race Results / Python Adventure Race 2016 / CVNP – Manatoc / Saturday, October 8th

RECAP

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.

olivia-and-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.

python-trophy

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.

RESULTS

2016 Python 12 Hour overall ranking

Place  Name Time in Score Class State
1 Robert Minto 7:42 2190 Master’s Men IN solo
2 Eric Olsen 7:47 2190 Master’s Men IL solo
3 Todd Pownell 7:23 2100 Master’s Men OH solo
4 Running with Samson 7:33 2100 Master’s Mixed . team
5 Stephen Tarry 7:55 2050 Veteran Men NH solo
6 Raccoongainer (Alexis) 7:33 2040 Master’s Men PA solo
7 Sparkles and Jerkface 7:51 2030 Elite Mixed NY team
8 Phast Generation 7:47 2020 Veteran men VT team
9 Steve Johnson 7:42 1860 Veteran men OH solo
10 Thunder Road 7:47 1850 Master’s Mixed OH team
11 Nightcrawlers 7:57 1680 Veteran Mixed NY team
12 Bee-Ringer 7:36 1640 Master’s Mixed PA team
13 Campbell Rabbits 7:51 1630 Master’s Women VA team
14 B & O trekkers 7:44 1550 Veteran Men MD/OH team
15 The Donner Party 7:48 1490 Elite Men OH team
16 Phillip Wadsworth 7:55 1490 Veteran Men OH solo
17 The Wandering Rocks 6:22 1440  Master’s Men NY team
18 Yaki Barak 7:50 1400 Master’s Men PA solo
19 Bob Turanchik 7:43 1390 Master’s men OH solo
20 Feral Children 7:50 1210 Master’s Men NY/OH team
21 Kathy Jo Rufner 7:28 1200 Master’s Women OH solo
22 Klemo 7:42 1200 Master’s Mixed . team
23 Salamander 4:01 1100 Master’s Men OH team
24 John Rogers 7:03 1090 Master’s Men OH solo
25 Swamp Things 7:44 1080 Elite Men OH team
26 Aaron Combs 7:22 1030 Elite Men OH team
27 Gordon Huang 8:00 890 Elite Men PA solo
28 Damselfly 7:25 780 Master’s Mixed OH team
29 Backtrackers 7:25 780 Veteran Women NY team
30 Jay Williams 7:25 680 Veteran Men OH solo
31 Richard Davies 7:42 680 Veteran Men OH solo

 

2016 Python 12 Hour by category

Place  Name Time in Score  Class State
1 The Donner Party 7:48 1490 Elite Men OH team
2 Swamp Things 7:44 1080 Elite Men OH team
3 Aaron Combs 7:22 1030 Elite Men OH team
4 Gordon Huang 8:00 890 Elite Men PA solo
1 Sparkles and Jerkface 7:51 2030 Elite Mixed NY team
1 Robert Minto 7:42 2190 Master’s Men IN solo
2 Eric Olsen 7:47 2190 Master’s Men IL solo
3 Todd Pownell 7:23 2100 Master’s Men OH solo
4 Raccoongainer (Alexis) 7:33 2040 Master’s Men PA solo
5 The Wandering Rocks 6:22 1440 Master’s Men NY team
6 Yaki Barak 7:50 1400 Master’s Men PA solo
7 Bob Turanchik 7:43 1390 Master’s men OH solo
8 Feral Children 7:50 1210 Master’s Men NY/OH team
9 Salamander 4:01 1100 Master’s Men OH team
10 John Rogers 7:03 1090 Master’s Men OH solo
1 Running with Samson 7:33 2100 Master’s Mixed . team
2 Thunder Road 7:47 1850 Master’s Mixed OH team
3 Bee-Ringer 7:36 1640 Master’s Mixed PA team
4 Klemo 7:42 1200 Master’s Mixed . team
5 Damselfly 7:25 780 Master’s Mixed OH team
1 Campbell Rabbits 7:51 1630 Master’s Women VA team
2 Kathy Jo Rufner 7:28 1200 Master’s Women OH solo
1 Stephen Tarry 7:55 2050 Veteran Men NH solo
2 Phast Generation 7:47 2020 Veteran men VT team
3 Steve Johnson 7:42 1860 Veteran men OH solo
1 B & O trekkers 7:44 1550 Veteran Men MD/OH team
2 Phillip Wadsworth 7:55 1490 Veteran Men OH solo
3 Jay Williams 7:25 680 Veteran Men OH solo
4 Richard Davies 7:42 680 Veteran Men OH solo
1 Nightcrawlers 7:57 1680 Veteran Mixed NY team
1 Backtrackers 7:25 780 Veteran Women NY team

 

2016 Python 6 hour overall ranking

Place  Name Time in Score  Class State
1 Logan and Williams 1:55 1010 elite men MI
2 Mlalden Kolar 1:47 950 elite men IL
3 Brian Komoroski 1:31 940 elite men PA
4 Shimizu Shinichi 1:37 880 veteran men OH
5 the 75%ers 1:41 750 Master’s men OH
6 Mark Potter 1:54 740 Master’s men OH
7 Cold Zone 1:44 680 Master’s men OH
8 Fred Mailey 1:50 650 veteran men OH
9 Pics and Hicks 1:40 630 Master’s mixed OH
10 Campbell Lizards 1:55 630 Master’s men VA
11 Alex Giardini 1:30 620 Master’s men OH
12 Looney Tunes 1:03 560 Master’s mixed OH
13 A & L 1:36 500 Master’s mixed OH
14 Hazelton 1:43 480 elite men PA
15 Matthew Johnson 1:59 480 elite men OH
16 Old Men Walking 1:31 470 veteran mixed OH
17 OHPA 1:55 420 Master’s men OH
18 John Blakemore 12:46 350 veteran men OH
19 Sanae Rodgers 1:45 280 Master’s Women OH
20 Bustus 1:36 250 Master’s mixed OH

2016 Python 6 hour by category

Place  Name Time in Score  Class State
1 Logan and Williams 1:55 1010 elite men MI
2 Mlalden Kolar 1:47 950 elite men IL
3 Brian Komoroski 1:31 940 elite men PA
4 Hazelton 1:43 480 elite men PA
5 Matthew Johnson 1:59 480 elite men OH
1 the 75%ers 1:41 750 Master’s men OH
2 Mark Potter 1:54 740 Master’s men OH
3 Cold Zone 1:44 680 Master’s men OH
4 Campbell Lizards 1:55 630 Master’s men VA
5 Alex Giardini 1:30 620 Master’s men OH
6 OHPA 1:55 420 Master’s men OH
1 Pics and Hicks 1:40 630 Master’s mixed OH
2 Looney Tunes 1:03 560 Master’s mixed OH
3 A & L 1:36 500 Master’s mixed OH
4 Bustus 1:36 250 Master’s mixed OH
1 Sanae Rodgers 1:45 280 Master’s Women OH
1 Shimizu Shinichi 1:37 880 veteran men OH
2 Fred Mailey 1:50 650 veteran men OH
3 John Blakemore 12:46 350 veteran men OH
1 Old Men Walking 1:31 470 veteran mixed OH

2016 Python 3 hour overall ranking

 Name Time Score penalty Total
Tom Svobodny 3:39 800 390 410
Guy Russ 2:58 300 300
Jame Price 2:51 280 280
M-TRI 2:51 280 280
Matthew and Allison 3:00 250 250
Karen Birt 2:52 210 210
Team Mountain Toes 2:52 170 170
Burden 3:01 170 10 160
Vera Yudovina 3:05 210 50 160
Captain UK and Captain USA 2:56 160 160
Mathesin and Bradtke 2:58 150 150
Eric and Diane Schultz 2:38 130 130
Greg Marjenin 2:16 110 110
Mama Bears Amanda and Patti 2:59 100 100
Shannon and Query 2:55 100 100
David Steckner 2:05 80 80
John and Serena Naizer 1:44 80 80
Team Into The Woods 2:49 60 60
Time Feaser 0:48 40 40
Thomas Horvath 2:23 30 30
Troop 262 1:06 190 60 130
Tom Loya 2:46 170 170
Team The Newbies 3:03 90 30 60
Frank Mahne 3:33 280 330 -50

ROUTEGADGET

PHOTOS

Race Results / Manatoc XC NOSOC / Classic / Saturday September 17

Results

WHITE Course: 10 controls 1.7 km 10 m
  1 T4929 Aquatics-W 25:10
  2 T4929 Doe-W 28:54
  3 T330 TKK 30:45
  4 T262 Noname-W 42:01
  5 T338 Sandwichs 42:40
  6 T338 Bees 42:43
  7 T338 Cardboard 44:13
  8 T330 S+N 48:13
  9 T4929 Trash-Paq 56:21
 10 T453 2024-W 61:45
 11 T338 Doak 77:29
    T122 Ghosts DNF
    T330 B+G DNF

YELLOW Course: 9 controls 2.2 km
  1 Steve Johnson NEO 20:41
  2 T262 Noname-Y 51:18
  3 T4929 Doe-Y 56:07
  4 T4929 Aquatics-Y 56:10
  5 T330 J+J 72:53
  6 T4929 Trash 74:09
  7 T330 I+J 77:46
  8 T122 Flying-Sqirls-2 79:33
  9 T338 Noname-Y 101:56
 10 T154 A-team 102:59
 11 T60544 Poncho-Posse 105:36
 12 T330 T+K 107:11
 13 T154 Mario 107:27
 14 T330 S+N 129:20
 15 T330 B+G 129:44
 16 T154 Hambis47half 171:59
    T122 Jedi Kids DNF
    T453 2024-Y DNF
    T122 FlyingS DNF
    T338 Cardboard-Y DNF

ORANGE Course: 9 controls 3.1 km
  1 Steve Johnson NEO 33:26
  2 David Dysle 73:36
  3 T330 J+J 79:22
  4 T330 I+J 80:11
  5 Mx. Donna 102:14
  6 Mx. Marcus 102:22
  7 Jon Priebe 104:28
  8 T4929 T60544 Orange 112:57
    Tim Feaser DNF
    T154 Harambe DNF
    Gil Even DNF
    T122 Noname DNF

GREEN Course: 11 controls 4.3 km
  1 Fred Mailey NEO 77:50
  2 Brad L 101:07
  3 Alexander Preobrazhensky 117:22
    Jeff-Alex Perry DNF
    KJ Rufener DNF (missed control 32)

RED Course: 12 controls 5.1 km
  1 Todd Pownell 57:32
  2 Randy Mitchell NEO 61:11
  3 Steve Johnson NEO 72:02
  4 Mark Stypczynski 113:40
    Sarah Peck DNF (missed control 34)

RouteGadget & Other Resources

Simple splits

RouteGadget & Splits Browser

Race Results / Kenston XC / Campus Sprint / Saturday 20 August

Recap

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

Results

White course

  1 Johansson Family               17 minutes
  1 Guy Russ                       17 minutes
  3 Karen Steckner                 <20 minutes

ePunch Results
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)

RouteGadget & Other Resources

Simple splits

RouteGadget & Splits Browser

Race Results / North Chagrin SCORE / Morning / Sunday August 14, 2016

Recap

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.

Results

White Course (2km, 10 controls)

Giovanna Orlando           26:48

Intermediate Score (280 points, 15 controls)

Blakemore-Heffernan        210 points
Perry & Perry              160
Mahne & Mahne              140
Perrenoud                  110
Turanchik                  100
Marjenin                    70

Advanced Score (780 points, 27 controls)

Mitchell                   650 points
Pownell                    580
Turanchik                  500
Johnson                    420
Freeman                    300
Redinger                   290
Redmond                    160
Gerdes                      60

Submitted by Mark Stypczynski, Event Director

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Race Result / Canoe-O 2016 (aka Pirate-O)

Recap

Canoe/Kayak Treasure Map Adventure
Orienteering at Walborn Reservoir

July 17, 2016

via Event Director Ivan Redinger…

This has been a great event for some time. It continues to be a great event. With ongoing contributions from many of our club members and the spirit of cooperative enthusiasm, mixed with a hint of friendly competition, from so many diverse participants, it will remain a great event in the future. Here’s a short list of what made it great this year.

Great weather: Mother Nature smiled broadly upon us, with lots of sun, temperatures in the low 80’s, and a nice breeze on the lake.

Great course: well-designed by KJ Rufener and Andreas Johansson. 25 well-placed creative locations for controls, all with whimsical pirate names starting with Smuggler’s Point, and continuing through to Davy Jones’s Locker. Five mystery controls, with clues that could only be found on one of the original 25 controls, bringing the total to 30 controls. But even great things come with occasional bumps, like the not so great #@#* who made off with Control 13 at “Kraken Point”, before any of the participants could even find it, reducing the final maximum point total to 29. Great fun with bonus lottery tickets at some of the controls for the 1st to find them.

Great participants: Veterans and Newbies. Locals, Buckeyes, and Keystone Staters. 13 solo participants and 18 teams of either friends, or couples, or parent and children (both adults and minors). Senior citizens and kids younger than 10, and everything in between. Due to a shortage of available rental watercraft, we even had a runner who bagged almost two-thirds of the controls. Special mention for our youngest soloist, 9 year old Devin Wohlwend.

Great efficiency:  At check-in, Registrar Fran Kern & assistant Chuck St. John, both fashionably attired in the latest in pirate paper cardboard hats, did a great job of quickly processing registrations.

The top three kayak soloists were able to bag all 29 controls, with Alexis Rzewskii and Phillip Wadsworth, doing it in 144 and 139 minutes respectively. Stephen Johnson repeated as champ, finishing in 119 minutes. In team kayaks, father and son Robert & Christian Sincich came in 3rd, behind Tena & Robert Gerdes, with Renee & Mike Whittenberger winning the category. Canoeing teammates Amy Frank-Hensley & Sean Hensley also collected them all, with Jay Williams only 1 control behind, followed closely by Xian Wang & Hung Chun Huang (cool outfit!).

  • Course Designers & Setters: KJ Rufener and Andreas Johansson
  • Registrars: Fran Kern & Chuck St. John
  • Timer: KJ Rufener
  • Event Director: Ivan Redinger
  • Control Collection: KJ Rufener, Andreas Johansson, the Wohlwend family, Bob Boltz, Tena & Robert Gerdes Ivan Redinger

Hope all enjoyed their souvenir shark & certificate, and for the winners, their bling & libation.

See ya next year maties!

(And don’t forget all our landlubber events too!!!!)

Results

*Finish time – shows actual finish time. Start time was 1PM EST, with 2.5 hour time limit at 3:30PM EST.

Kayak Solo

Kayak Teams

Canoes

Landlubber

Pictures

For additional excellent pictures, visit Alexis’ excellent gallery from the day on Yahoo, or Facebook here, or check out all the wonderful pictures on the NEOOC Facebook page. Not a member? Just ask…

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Race Results / Foot-O / Camp Tuscazoar / 26JUN2016

Recap

The Foot-O was held at Camp Tuscazoar on a hot Sunday afternoon on June 26.   The Foot-O event started around 1 pm after the Mountain Bike Orienteers finished.  13 single/team participants attempted the Yellow, Orange, Green, Red and Brown courses.   A Hotdog lunch with fixings and NEOOC screen printing was available at the camp. Since this was the first MountainBike-O / Foot-O with a remote finish, our volunteers had to serve in multiple rolls. Thank you to all that volunteered to make this event successful.

  • Randy Mitchell – Foot-O Designer
  • Ivan Redinger – multiple jobs and overall camp liaison
  • Bob Boltz – MTBO Designer and control-setter
  • Tim McKee – control setter and weed wacker
  • Sanae Rogers & Scouts Nicholas Leanze, Bradley and Derek Burk – timer & starter
  • Tim Feaser – Event Director
  • Nancy Schoenbaum  – world’s best hot dogs & fixins!
  • Neil Dolinger, Steve Wells, Randy Mitchell, Fred Mailey – Control Collectors

Controls 42 and 41 were very challenging to find especially for the Yellow course Orienteers due to the myriad of foot and mountain bike trails in the area.

Results

Red Course: 15 controls 6 km
  1 Todd Pownell                   99:58
    Bob Turanchik                  DNF

Green Course: 10 controls 4.2 km
  1 Matthew Johnson                152:07
    Jeff-Alex Perry                DNF

Brown Course: 8 controls 2.5 km
  1 Neil Dolinger                  64:21

Orange Course: 14 controls 3.3 km
  1 Cory-Bethany Wilson            92:18
  2 Steve-Oliva Johnson            100:28
  3 Sanae Rogers                   110:26
  4 KJ Refener                     123:43
    Frank-Wes Mahne                DNF

Yellow Course: 10 controls 2.5 km
    Chuck St.John                  DNF
    Fran Kern                      DNF
    John-Michelle Sullivan         DNF
    Scouts Leanza-Burk-Burk        DNF
    Kim-Love Ottobre               DNF
    Cathy Winters                  DNF

Pictures

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