Recap / Boston Run Training 14MAY2016

RECAP

Today’s event was a chance to work on skills that can help us improve as orienteers. Bob Boltz set a course targeted at two skills.

First, continuity. Most intermediate orienteers treat each leg as a separate problem to be solved. Then, after punching the control, we turn our attention to the next control, stand still, spread out the map, and consider our options. Bob set out the first portion of the course today with an eye towards improving flow through the course as a whole. During this ‘control picking’ portion there were a series of 16 short legs with frequent changes of direction. The goal was to never stop moving. That meant that we had to, at the least, pay attention to what direction to head out to the next control after this one. This was mildly complicated by the fact that today’s maps were printed without any of the trails.

Second, attention to local features. The next 5 controls were not marked on the map. Instead, a wiggly corridor about 30m wide was indicated. Bob set the controls so that if we stayed within the corridor, we would encounter the controls. This was further complicated by the fact that the map outside the corridor was blank, so the only navigational cues available were within the corridor (see the map here!, or below in photos)

An intrepid crew of ~25 experienced orienteers took up this challenge, and I heard a lot of praise for how much this helped them. The weather was cool and drizzly, and it was pretty sloppy and slippery. Lots of good stories emerged, and I think our club’s average navigational skill ticked up just a little after today.

Many thanks to all our volunteers, including:

  • Director: Randy Mitchell
  • Designer: Bob Boltz
  • Registrar: Kim King
  • Control Pickup: Neil Dollinger

RESULTS (unofficial)

There was no ePunch available, so timing is all self reported, and using the honor system. If you have a time, and course feedback, send it our way.

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PHOTOS

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PS – one Blue Jacket was left behind! We will have it at next week’s Event at Sippo – just ask!

Boston Run TRAINING / Saturday May 14, 11:30AM – 1PM

ABOUT

This training is for orienteers that would like to improve their map reading skills and practice a smoother style as you traverse a course. Two different types of practice will be employed.

controls   tunnel

The map at top left is an example of control picking. There are many close controls with lots of direction change. The idea is to keep your feet moving, especially when you approach a flag, punch and immediately start in the direction of the next control. The thought process might go like this if you were leaving control 20: You would say to yourself, “21 left.” Now you have it in mind to immediately turn left and start walking/running when you punch 21. The seconds you save if you do this at every flag really add up!

The map at top right is an example of corridor orienteering. Only a narrow ribbon of map is left uncovered. Your goal is to use compass and all the clues given on the corridor to stay within it. If you stay withing the corridor, you will encounter control flags. Punching them will prove you stayed on course! This really teaches you to stay in touch with land and map.

You will really get your money’s worth at this event. Everyone will encounter 30 flags in a compact area!

There will also be two 100 meter pace count practice areas set up. One in the field and one in the woods.

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: Randy Mitchell
  • Course Designer: Bob Boltz
  • Registrar: Kim King

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.

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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