Sippo Lake XC / Classic / Sunday May 22, 11:30AM – 1PM

ABOUT

Join us for a classic cross country event at Sippo Lake Park – a small venue, with plenty of challenges for all. WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, and RED courses will be available.

Located between Canton & Massillon just a short hop off of I-77. Our search for new venues was rewarded when club member Ivan Redinger laid the groundwork for a positive relationship with Stark Parks. This is a real orienteering playground with a real diversity of landscape types.

Mapper Bob enjoyed creating our newest map because at every turn there was something new and different. The map forms a horseshoe around the north side of Sippo Lake. A complex area of hills and depressions sweeps down to the eastern shore. The north side is the location of a beautiful new library, museum & educational center that will serve as our start and finish. If bathrooms are important to you, be ready for the best of all our locations!

The western portion is like a bunch of unique rooms, including areas of marsh, open forest, flat prairie, intricate hills, dense thicket and an amazing wildlife rehabilitation center open for a visit. All areas of the park are connected by an extensive trail system accessible by foot or bike. This will be a cross-country style event with 5 courses and electronic punching.

So, join us for this historic first event and receive a map suitable for framing!

LOCATION

Sippo Lake Park, Main Entrance

REGISTRATION, FEES & START TIMES

  • Registration at 11:30AM, with last starts at 1PM!
  • Members – $5 ($3 for extra maps)
  • Non-Members – $10 ($3 for extra maps)
  • NEOOC Annual Individual Membership – $15

STAFF

  • Event Directors: Stephen Johnson
  • Course Designer: Ivan Redinger
  • Registrar: Matthew Johnson
  • Starter: A Scout (w/ Sanae Rogers)
  • Timer: Kenny Johnson
  • Greeter: OPEN!

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.

Boston Run XC / Intermediate Friendly / April 30, 11:30AM – 1PM

ABOUT

Join us for a classic cross-country event in gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley. Plenty of ups and downs await in Boston Run, and this event is particularly friendly to the intermediate runner. What does that mean? If you’ve been wanting to try out a GREEN or RED course, here’s your opportunity. Not too long, and not too challenging – just right!

LOCATION

Boston Run Trailhead, Peninsula (across from Happy Days Visitor’s Center) Meet in parking lot.

REGISTRATION, FEES & START TIMES

  • Registration by 11:30AM, with last starts at 1PM!
  • Members – $5 ($3 for extra maps)
  • Non-Members – $10 ($3 for extra maps)
  • NEOOC Annual Individual Membership – $15

STAFF

  • Event Directors: Lois Wiesbrook & Randy Mitchell
  • Course Designer: Howard Montgomery
  • Registrar: Colleen Sabeh
  • Starter: Todd Pownell
  • Timer: Mike Sabeh
  • Greeter: Holly Wilgus

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.

Brecksville Metropark XC / 10 APR 2016

About

Join us for some fun at the Brecksville Metropark with plenty of courses to go around, including white & yellow (short, beginner), orange (intermediate beginner), and green and red (advanced, longer), all designed by Fred Mailey.

From the Event Director, Mark Stypczynski: “The terrain will be hilly and there will be plenty of mud for everyone.”

Location

Registration, Fees & Start Times

  • Registration by 11:30AM, with last starts at 1PM!
  • Members – $5 ($3 for extra maps)
  • Non-Members – $10 ($3 for extra maps)
  • NEOOC Annual Individual Membership – $15

Staff

  • Event Director: Mark Stypczynski
  • Course Designer & E-Punch Guru: Fred Mailey
  • Registrar: KJ Rufener
  • Starter: Therese Lemmon
  • Timer: John Blakemore
  • Greeter: Marcia Mauter

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.

First use of Kenston Campus map!

Registration and instruction at 11 AM.  Starts from noon until 2 PM.

All the details are here.

The Kenston Campus packs a lot into its quarter square mile of area.  In addition to a 26 acre very runnable woods with a mile of trail, there are several smaller wooded areas, ponds lots of oddly shaped buildings & athletic fields, lots of boulders and even a very large windmill.

You will find the full array of cross country courses from a 1 km beginner course to a 7 km advanced course.  Because the venue is so complex, the navigation is challenging and fast with lots of route choices.

Because this is being co-sponsored with Kenston Community Education group, there is a separate form to fill out.  You can Download (easiest) the form to fill out ahead of time and bring it with you.  Despite what the form says, the fee is $10 for all participants (no regular club discount for this event).

This event is being used to introduce the local community to our sport, so be prepared to answer questions from newbies and give them some encouragement.

Spring Forward! Short Courses @ Manatoc / 19 MAR 2016

Event Description

Wake up your body! Come run some short and fun courses at beautiful Manatoc. You can run one, or all three. Each course is quick, fast, and will let you ease in to this year’s orienteering schedule.

Date & Time

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Registration 11:30, with starts at 12 Noon.

Location

Manatoc Scout Camp in Cuyahoga Valley
1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Camp Manatoc Parking and Start

Registration Details

  • Registration starts at 11:30ish, with starts at 12 Noon
  • $5 / member
  • $10 / non-member
  • Run as many courses as you want!

Courses

3 short, fun, high energy courses are available (1.5km – 1.9km) as well as a 60 minute score course for 635 points. Run one, or run them all!

Course Designer(s): Bob Boltz, Andreas Johansson, Sanae Rogers

Sample Map

Sample map ONLY – does not show actual courses!

Manatoc Sample Map

Kenston Campus & Woods / 13 MAR 2016

What is Orienteering?

Welcome to the world of orienteering! If you’re looking for a new adventure, a lifetime sport that will take you, literally, off the beaten path, constantly challenge you, and let you discover new things about yourself and what you can do, orienteering may be the sport for you.

Orienteering is often called the thinking sport because it involves map reading and decision-making in addition to a great workout. It’s a sport that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or experience. The competitive athlete can experience the exhilaration of running through the woods at top speed, while the non-competitive orienteer can enjoy the forest at a more leisurely pace. Most events provide courses for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and the sport has been adapted for small children and people in wheelchairs.

If you love maps, exploring, and the great outdoors, try orienteering. You’ll be hooked for life!

Event Description

Join us to learn more about the sport of orienteering, and learn how to use a map and compass to navigate around the campus, while getting some exercise. We’ll provide instruction and guidance, and have all levels of courses available, from short & easy to longer & more difficult. Map Included / compass for loan.

All levels welcome. No experience needed.

Several instructors from NEOOC will be on hand to teach the basics of orienteering – map reading, compass skills, and reading the lay of the land. All are accomplished orienteers and typically run expert level courses themselves and all have a deep passion for furthering the sport and teaching others.

NOTE!!! Don’t need instruction? No worries – come run the sprint courses on this beautiful campus, where plenty of challenges await even the most experienced orienteer!

Date & Time

  • Sunday, March 13, 2016
  • Registration at 11 AM, with starts at noon, and blocks of instruction starting every 15 minutes.

Location

Kenston Local Schools / Intermediate School Building (click for large map)
17419 Snyder Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Follow signs to registration / instruction area.

Registration

Registration is online through the Kenston Community Education’s portal, or you can mail it in. On-site registration will also be available. NEOOC Members should use the code ‘NEOOC’ at checkout to receive a discount.

***You can also register on-site the day of. You’ll have to fill in separate paperwork for KCE in addition to the regular NEOOC forms.***

Courses Available

  • WARMUP SPRINT – 1.0 km / 4 controls / 4 route choices*
  • WHITE – 1.9 km / 9 controls / 0 route choice* (short distance / easy navigation)
  • YELLOW – 2.8 km / 14 controls / 1 route choice* (shorter distance / easy navigation)
  • ORANGE – 4.2 km / 18 controls / 4 route choices* (medium distance / intermediate navigation)
  • BROWN – 3.5 km / 15 controls / 5 route choices* (medium distance / advanced navigation)
  • GREEN – 5.1 km / 22 controls / 6 route choices* (longer distance / advanced navigation)
  • RED – 7.9 km / 25 controls / 17 route choices* (long distance / advanced navigation)

*Route Choice – where you can pick at least two distinct routes to the next control.

**Run the warmup sprint course, and get a prize!

Sample Map

Kenston Map