As always, a thank you to the volunteers. Without our all volunteer crews no orienteering events would happen in Northeast Ohio. A special thank you to Richard Davies, who as a first time course designer and setter, did a fantastic job of providing a challenging and entertaining set of courses on a day that proved perfect for orienteering. Though rained threatened, it never materialized to dampen any one’s “spirit.” Another thank you to Naturalist Connie Michaels, who each year that we have been at Quail Hollow has been a friend of orienteering. Connie oversees the Nature Center that we utilize as our base of operations.
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Hats off to pinch hit course designer, Randy Mitchell, he laid out a course that contained the intrigue of the ledges’ cliffs and boulders but used the subtle terrain to the east to create a counter point that caught some experienced orienteers off guard. After boisterous, in-your-face features of the ledges, orienteers were over-running the ripple-like contours that made up a gentle saddle or shallow reentrant or one of several seasonal streams. That is what orienteering is all about –map reading and the challenge of keeping in contact with your map. Ya’ should have been there to run it.
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An awesome job was done by Course Designer Steve Hendrix to create a perfect quick kickoff to the 2015 season. Since we never know what the weather might bring to mid-March, and we’re all a little paunchy from being stuck inside more than we wanted to, the idea was to construct 3 short courses with limited navigational dilemma, which would keep participants moving and warm, and that could be run consecutively. All in the name of helping us shake the rust off. Steve executed this immaculately. (This early season format was so successful; we will certainly be using it again.)
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