Mark Stypczynski, Event Director, reports from Oak Hill:
While temperatures were in the low to mid 80’s under a mostly sunny sky, a westerly breeze along with the mostly shaded courses designed by Andreas Johansson made for a delightful day of orienteering at the Oak Hill trailhead.
We were visited by Mark and Esther Vernon from South Africa, (from Rand Orienteering Club) who not only participated in the event, they stayed to collect controls, as well.
Also, December 29-January 3rd is the Big 5 O Week in South Africa, with five orienteering events, including two world ranking events. Sanae Rogers has the info and keep in mind that the event is in their summertime.
Learn more here on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/RandOrienteeringClub/
It was also Mora Meluch‘s birthday, so her family treated her to a day in the woods. How better to celebrate? All tolled, we had 37 participants and 37 returned. I’m so happy when it works out that way!
VOLUNTEERS & STAFFING
A huge thanks to the following volunteers:
Andreas Johansson – course design and setting. We had nine courses, including the big star and little star (some patriotic flavor for the day) and two trail runs, in addition to the five standard colors. Also, Andreas provided our instruction to new participants for the day.
Karen Steckner – starter and control collector.
Todd Pownell, Andrew Meluch, and the previously mentioned Karen Steckner, Esther and Mark Vernon-control collectors.
WHITE (2.3 km, 6 controls) Jerry and Jayden Vinson 86:47 YELLOW (3.5 km, 12 controls) Katie Arbogast 49:41 Tim & Troy Claypoole 69:42 Frank Mahne 74:25 Johansson Family 76:33 Karen Steckner 76:34 (Yep, one second) Jeff Perry 85:19 Chuck St. John/Fran Kern 104:45 (11 controls) 5K TRAIL RUN (10 controls) Adam Petrovic/Amanda Nyx 58:05 Greg Atwell 77:46 ORANGE (4.1 km, 15 controls) Esther Vernon 61:48 Elizabeth & Andrew Meluch 84:16 Malcolm Meluch 97:08 Sanae Rogers 99:16 Mora Meluch (Happy B-day) 110:50 Jeff Whitlock 116:21 Tom & Jack Loya 132:12 Michelle Rasteller & Amy Swank 210:14 (11 controls) GREEN (4.6 km, 13 controls) Dominic Conte 180:55 (13 controls) RED (6.2 km, 16 controls) Mark Vernon 100:34 Todd Pownell 107:25 Brian Linn/Tom Marten 129:39 Jamey Price 137:59 Ivan Redinger 215:57 (12 controls) Mark Colussi 171:49 (7 controls)
Check out some photos from Andreas here, in a Google Photo folder: https://goo.gl/photos/bx2v918h3CNDkRGT7