Bad joke #1: As Dondi and I arrived to set up, we learned the entire north portion of Veteran's Park was reserved for a motorcycle rally. They would be using all the parking, had a band coming, etc. But they helpfully noted the south lot was open, so we moved the start and salvaged what could have been a cancelled meet. Note to self: call parks and rec every time...
Bad joke #2: In setting up the course with Greg and Melanie (who will be directing next month), as we hopped a log to beginner #5 (intermediate #9, advanced #12), Greg got two wasp/bee stings and Melanie probably four or five with them still giving chase. I made a mental note to address this specifically at the start...but this proved hard to remember for every orienteer...
Bad joke #3: Arriving back at 10:15am, I began hacking maps with manual corrections. Beginner went in reverse and skipped a control, intermediate did the last 3 and then the rest in order, and the advanced line course underwent a bad makeover in an attempt to salvage as many controls as possible...undoubtedly this made things even more confusing!
Race day photography was nearly forgotten in the chaos with the exception of a few photos below for the last advanced finishers...
But I will say the weather was wonderfully cooperative, and we had a solid turnout thanks in part to Ken Beckner bringing his scout troop to practice their skills. They all paired off, listened to instructions (including a verbal note about the wasp nest), and cheerfully tackled the long intermediate course which got the largest turnout of the day. They came back in well spaced out groups of 2, with a few missing the greenbelt connection and finding themselves at Quinn's Pond! They kept their wits about them however and made their way back to the start no worse for the wear - and apparently still willing to come and try it again! It was well agreed among those that made it to #10 that it was the hardest control - especially those who tried to reach it from the north side.
Adam Wirth, excited for his first CTOC meet, handily set the bar high and took first place. The very experienced John Murray took second and had some appreciative words for #6 and #10 in particular. Michael Judd took the course solo with a very admirable third place and even reset a fallen #4, then had to return to actually punch it. The Morgan family arrived after a few of the scouts with some equal fun trailblazing to #10. Jerry Stewart turned in a expedient time and is definitely getting the hang of this. David Crais thoroughly enjoyed his first time out with our club, while Dave Hayes had to bail early but I expect we'll see him again.
Beginner was set to be just a little harder than normal with a variety of control types. Dave Hayes did his first O course and found it fun enough he went out on intermediate shortly after...Adam Wirth and his kids pulled off a very admirable and persistent effort despite rediscovering what was now a very active wasp nest (! - I forgot to tell them and then circled the area on all the maps after)...Greg Corlett and his kids finished grinning as they return regularly to our meets...and Y striders team Diane, Lois, Rachel, and Leslie came back from their very first course with rather big smiles on their faces too. I think they had a better time than they expected...
|Adam Wirth still smiling after two full courses and lots of bees.|
|Jay Morgan still has his map AND a very white Rabbit O hat.|
|Melanie Wright with her control verification companion.|
Codirector: Dondi Black (especially keeping starts and finishes on time!)
Newcomer instruction: John Murray and Bill Leahy (ok, I didn't give you much to do with so much explaining on my part)
Course setup: Greg Davidson and Melanie Schuster
Course pickup: John Murray and Sergey Velichko
Adam Wirth and family: advanced wasp/bee alert detection team
Jay Morgan: Icebug display shoes with studs (note that Icebug is the official shoe sponsor of OUSA this year)
Next month: our traditional Vampire O, a night course at Simplot park. Melanie Schuster and Greg Davidson codirect on Saturday, October 25!