November 25, 2016

Challenging Dead-Ends…


Dead-ends, canal crossings, and neighborhood layouts presented interesting navigation challenges to racers participating in the 2016 Boise Street Challenge. Because of last-minute meet director conflicts, we had to scramble to put together a course in short-order with myself and Jeff Black as stand-in meet directors. We decided to use the 2014 controls, but to place the start at the northeast corner of the map, in contrast to the 2014 start toward the southwest. We renumbered the check-points and checked the clues to create a whole new course for those who had participated previously. Even after checking all the clues, I managed to forget to make a change I recorded for #47, a dead-end with a yellow shed that was no longer there! It was an embarrassing mistake especially considering every biker hit that control.

The toughest control proved to be #22, with at least two competitors wondering if I had also made a mistake on that clue.  Although I did not return to the scene to photograph it, I am fairly confident that I had that one correct, as it was also one that I struggled with when bike-checking a few controls as the sun was setting on Friday.  When I got home Friday night, I pulled the map up on my computer and "zoomed in" and did the same with Google Earth, to be sure I had it right.  The details are shown below Mike's route (one who also struggled with it) below.  

The day was beautiful, with the sun surprising us and staying out for the duration.  We had 6 bikers and 4 runners taking on the course, with a 2 ½-hr time limit for the bike and a 3-hr time limit for the run. We knocked off 10 points for every minute late on the bike and 5 for every minute late on the run, so most of the competitors kept themselves within the limit.

And they are off!

John Murray was the sole competitor in a 1-hr foot course category, which he created for himself, to support any who, understandably, might find a 3-hr foot event a bit "over the top".  In deference to John's compelling argument that there be race categories appropriate for all racers and his inability to simply participate for the "fun of it", I have created race groupings for our scores appropriate to the classes of athletes that showed up for the race.

Starting with the runners, John took first place in the 1-hour time limit category, after a time penalty of 7 minutes cut his score in half.

John Murray at the finish

One–hour run
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
John Murray
70
35
35
1

Jerry Stewart stretched out his planned 90-minute route long enough to call it the full course and took first place in the Super-Masters category.
Jerry Stewart and John Murray

Super-masters run  
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
Jerry Stewart
90
0
90
1

Andy Olnes, who some may know through his relationship with Robin Olnes, CTOC's fearless orienteering volunteer and Riverstone supporter, took first place in our "first-time" Street Challenge runner category.

Andy Olnes planning his course

First-time run  
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
Andy  Olnes
150
0
150
1
Finally, in the category of substitute meet director who knows too much about the course, but started an hour later than everyone else, Jeff Black managed to hit an amazing 12 controls, including several 40 pointers.

Meet Director starting late
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
Jeff Black
350
0
350
1

Our biking group results starts off with the category of tandem riders with a junior navigator for which veterans Innes and Katrina Wright claimed the prize.

Innes and Katrina Wright on the tandem, pre-race.

Tandem with junior navigator
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
Innes and Katrina Wright
310
0
310
1

Our lone woman competitor (except for Katrina representing the juniors) was Carrie Magnuson. And boy did she prove that she didn't need her own category.  Also a first-timer in the street challenge, Carrie snagged an incredible 22 controls and a 3rd place among all bikers, just behind Mike Bading and Doug LaMott who have several years of experience in the street challenge, including time on many of the very same controls in 2014. 


Women, bike
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
Carrie Magnuson
680
0
680
1

Finally, avoiding the risk of classing the ages of the remaining competitors incorrectly, I grouped all of the "younger than super-masters" men into a single category for the Men's bike competition. This proved to be the most competitive category, with 4 participants. I may owe an apology to Don and Jay, who perhaps deserve special call-out as first-timers.  Mike collected an inspiring 29 controls, and managed to squeeze in with only about 30 seconds to spare. Mike's route is shown below. Doug was right behind him with 26 controls. Doug was our only biker who missed the time limit and suffered a penalty. 

Mike finishing. Bikers were forced to dismount and run the last 100 yards because of park rules. With just 30 seconds to spare, Mike had to work hard all the way to the finish.

Jay and Don finishing.

Don, Doug, and Mike post-race.

Men, bike
Collected
Penalty
Total
Place
Michael Bading
850
0
850
1
Doug LaMott
810
60
750
2
Don Reiman
650
0
650
3
Jay Morgan
440
0
440
4

Mike Bading's route.

The elusive control #22, on the map, and on Google Earth, with street names shown.  Correct me if I am wrong!

Special thanks to Jeff and Dondi Black for their work preparing and printing the maps. There were lots of winners for the day, even if it was just because everyone was fortunate to be out chasing down points on a map on a beautiful Sunday.  I was happy to be there to witness it!
 

November 13, 2016

Not so aMAZEing Results

Not so aMAZEing Results

Chaotic at the start


It just goes to prove when you come up with an idiot proof idea, you bring a better Idiot than you thought... and things don't work out as planned. We only have partial results due to Greg recording some finish times on the wrong line, oops. From close analysis of what went wrong we are pretty sure about certain scores, but not all of them. If your finish time is blank we were not sure of your finish time. We were able to pretty much rank the Middle Course participants. On the long course there were too many with the same score and unknown times so we could not rank participants. We also ended up with two groups who didn't leave their map so we couldn't calculate their scores. 
An obstacle course to the start of the maze

However things turned out, it still looks like everyone had a fun time. We loved that Melanie and Katrina got into the Halloween spirit and wore costumes.We did learn how not to score future meets. 
Melanie & Katrina looking good



November 10, 2016

Join us for the Boise Street Challenge, Sunday Nov. 13, 2016

The Boise Street Challenge is back in East Boise.  Format of the event follows conventions of a score course, where controls may be acquired in any order, and there is a time limit to meet or points are deducted.  In the Street Challenge, there are a few more twists:

- the area is much larger than a normal club meet, the map barely fits into 11”x17” page at 1:20000 scale, covering almost 25 square kilometers.
- there are no traditional orienteering controls, but rather multiple choice questions (ex. A, B, C) to be answered at the control circle location, points are added if answer is correct, points are deducted if answer is incorrect to discourage guessing.
- there are 40 controls, each worth 10 , 20, 30, or 40 points depending on the difficulty reaching the location.
- there is both a bike and run class of competition, bikers will have less time vs. runners, to make the mass finish easier and level the competition a little bit, for runners 3 hour time limit, for bikers 2:30 time limit, for runners 10 points deducted for each 5 minutes above the limit, for bikers 20 points deducted for each 5 minutes above the limit.
- you will traverse city streets, potentially with traffic, your upmost caution, attention, and execution are required.
- canals and Boise river “squeeze” traffic to few crossable points, these are shown with a passage signs on the map, use them wisely while designing your routes.
- it may be impossible to collect all controls in defined limit time so plan accordingly.

Map for the event was created from google Boise imagery, aligned to magnetic north, and scaled to 1:20,000. With additional highlights of canals bisecting the area, safe passages (shown with double purple lines), impassable cliffs, and Boise River – the area creates plenty of navigational challenges matching the name.

Date:  Sunday Nov. 13
Time:  Registration (each is required to fill out a form) opens 9am, maps passed out at 9:30am for study, competitor last instructions and group photo 9:50am, mass start at 10:00am sharp.
Start/Finish Location: Marianne Williams Park  
If you are arriving by bike be careful not to ride only on the bike path (in pink on this map)
Classes:  Foot (3 hour limit), Bike (2:30 limit),
Cost:  $10 adult, $5 junior for one day club dues.  For club members we are charging $1 to help cover the large 11x17 map printing requirements that needs to be done.
RSVP: to jeffwrites AT gmail.com by Friday night 11/11

What to bring:  a couple pens or sharpies to circle your answers and plan your route, dress accordingly to the weather for a few hours outside, water as you need while on the course, cell phone for emergencies, compass to keep your map oriented (we have some for rental at nominal $1 fee).

We look forward to seeing you!
Your conspicuously absent meet director Sergey Velichko and die hard pinch hitters Jeff Black & Melanie Wright

October 23, 2016

Community School Orienteering Event

The Community School Wilderness Navigation class is hosting an orienteering event at Adam's Gulch trailhead on November 6th at 10am. The format of the race is score-O with a beginner and an advanced course. The course can be run in either teams or individually.

Who: Orienteering beginners to experts
When: November 6th at 10am
Where: Adam's Gulch Trailhead, Ketchum
Cost: $5 per person 
Registration: At trailhead from 9:15 - 9:45am 
 

October 11, 2016

Return to the Maze 10/22/16



Since the results were so positive last year we decided to try it one more time. Prepare to be aMAZEd Saturday October 22nd. There will be two course options depending on how fast you think you are. Choose wisely, the penalty for being late is a killer…

We have reserved the group area for CTOC. Enter at the main gate and tell them you are with CTOC and they will let you through. You only need to pay at the CTOC registration table in the group area.  

We only have a two hour time block reserved so we will need to run things on time. It will be a busy Saturday night and the parking lot really fills up so plan on plenty of time to get parked and into the event. Bringing a pre-completed CTOC event registration form will really help us speed things up for you. Also please check the event rates and bring exact change. Note that this is a special event at a venue with admission charges. This event is not free to CTOC members but they do get a reduced rate. If you compete as a group you can save on the map fee but you will still need to pay the entrance fee individually.


Bring a headlamp or flashlight, it is dark in the maze. Be careful and watch your footing, there are corn stalks and corn cobs to stumble on. Since this is a public venue there will be no vampires, we wouldn’t want CTOC members attacking unsuspecting bystanders. Don’t forget your watch; this is a score format. If you are back past the deadline you will lose massive points.

Date:  Saturday, October 22
Location:  Linder Farms (7165 S. Linder Rd – between Lake Hazel & Columbia)
Formats:  
Score, with two course options
Starts:  7:15pm - 7:45pm
Time Limit: One Hour
Penalty: 10 points per minute

Cost:  Maps $5 junior or $10 adult for non-members (members free), plus
Admission $4 under 12, $6 over 12 (non-members & members)

Don’t forget your headlamp and watch!