December 10, 2017

December 9 Esther Simplot Park Meet Results

Freezing temperatures didn't slow down brave participants of our last meet this year who came to sample new addition to our collection of maps. New Esther Simplot park addition to Willow/Veterans park map proved to be both challenging and fun! I certainly enjoyed  mid-course controls visible across the pond, as well as 4 last controls, with spectacular friendly clear views.

Here are overall results
Advanced (6/6)

112Ben Brock50:060:00
28Jay Morgan52:24+2:18
31Doug LaMott1:01:25+11:19
42Ole Bergset1:17:11+27:05
57Nikolai Morgan1:20:53+30:47
65Cinthia-Jim Gibson1:28:39+38:33
Intermediate (6/6)Status of: 3:00 PM

16Alexi-Amily Morgan46:580:00
210Melanie Wright50:46+3:48
39Jerry Stewart1:10:38+23:40
44Bonnie-Norma Coiner-Bailey1:32:33+45:35
3John Murraymp(34:53)
11Katrina Wrightdnf

Splits are available at Split times, WinSplits Online.

All courses are available at our RouteGadget where you can post your routes and GPS tracks. Click here to access December 9 Esther Simplot park meet courses.

We will publish next year schedule of events soon. Stay tuned!

Sergey Velichko

November 23, 2017

Street Challenge Results!

Strategy in the Streets
For those who don’t know the Street Challenge format, it’s usually a long Score-O with a 3 hour time limit and multiple choice answers for each location question that can only be answered at a specific location. In years past the run/foot division and the bike division would not really race against each other.  For this year’s Challenge the race directors decided to mix it up and make the running class and the biking class a little more competitive with each other using a couple of rule changes - two course maps and bonus points.
Mike Bading directing his first O meet.

Course 1 was optional and could only be raced on foot (no bikes).  The advantage of Course 1 is that it would include a majority of the available bonus points in the meet.  Course 2, was open to both running and bikes, covered a larger area, had larger point questions, and more overall points available than Course 1 but with few bonus points available.

The hope from the race directors was that it would encourage people to strategize between the two courses and considering how to maximize their points (and bonus points).  Thus some of the bikers would run as least some of Course 1 before starting on Course 2 and (hopefully) spur a little more head to head competition.

Ready to go!

Planning / Pre Start

Racers were given 40 minutes to plan ahead of the 11 AM start time, and sure enough, at 10:20 AM, 10 racers showed up to get their maps and then retreat back to their cars and benches to plan their best race strategy.  The weather near start time was a windy, cool 41F , but still dry. There was speculation that maybe the weather would abate and help the competitors. However, the mostly cloudy skies responded with daunting swirls and gusts and more clouds moving in. 

As expected each team had a different twist to the new Street Challenge rules.  By the time of the start there were: A 3 person all bike team (calling themselves “the rainbusters”) starting on Course 2; Two racers that planned a  run / bike strategy starting on Course 1 and the rest of the 5 racers planned to run only and start on Course 1.
Jerry Stewart plans his route choice.

Using wisdom that often escapes us more youthful orienteers, the self-proclaimed “70 plus” gang consisting of John Murray, Bonnie Coiner, and Norma Bailey used the best strategy of meet, the strategy for staying dry.  They did this by invoking a one hour time limit for themselves.  John came in first at 58 minutes, 7 seconds, while the team of Bonnie and Norma came in just under 6 minutes behind John at 1 hour, 3 minutes and 45 seconds. 

Sure enough, somewhere between the 90 minute and the 2 hour elapsed time from start, the rains came in, the wind swept stronger and it continued to pour throughout the rest of the meet.
The pure bike team:  Innes, Katrina, Kerry.

The 3 person bike team of Innes Wright, Katrina Wright, and Kerry Kelly were the first to come in after the rains began to pour down.  The team came rolling in at 2 hours, 9 minutes and 30 seconds with water dripping from the top of their helmets all the way down to their shoes.  There was a mention of changing the name of the team to “wet and cold” after their rain busting attempts abated, but with smiles they trudged on  pushing their bikes off to get warm.  This all bike team scored a total of 260 points and a 5th place finish.

Jerry Stewart, a CTOC club regular, stayed on Course 1 for his entire race and came in at 2 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds.   Jerry collected 270 points from Course 1 and a 60 point bonus for a total of 330 points and an official 4th place finish.

Bill Leahy was the only racer to run both courses.  At just over an hour (1:00:58), Bill came in from Course 1 and switched to Course 2.  When he finished his meet with just over 3 minutes to go (2:56:51), and barely ahead of Melanie at the finish line, Bill was also the only racer to clear a number of firsts:
1. He was the only racer to get the CORRECT answer to a location question even thought the answer sheet did not have a correct multiple choice answer to chose from (a race director error).
2. He was the only competitor to not receive any bonus points from either course. 
3. He visited more controls on both Course 1 & Course 2 than anyone else in the meet.
For getting the correct answer to a question without any clues, the race director decided to award him a bonus of double points for that control (20 points).  Bill’s final point total was an impressive 720 points. and scored him a 3rd place finish.

Melanie Wright is cruising in the first hour.

Melanie Wright was the only racer to truly embrace the Course 1 Run / Course 2 Bike strategy. She came in from Course 1 in 1:58:00 well after it started raining.  Although already drenched from the rain, she continued on and raced forth with a smile.  She came back to the finish during a heavy down pour at 2:57:00, just 3 minutes shy of the time limit.  Melanie’s extra 240 bonus points from Course 1 brought her to a total of 730 points, just enough to get her 2nd place.

Doug LaMott checks the box near Idaho Power.

The final racer to come in was also the winner of the CTOC 2017 Boise Street Challenge.  Doug LaMott, came at 2:59:00 with 10 seconds to spare. And surprisingly he did not come in on his bike. In pre-race, he looked as if he came prepared to do a Course 1 Run / Course 2 Bike strategy.  And at the starting line, he was still thinking about the Run / Bike option.

But as time ticked by toward the time limit, it was apparent that Doug never came in off of Course 1 (and thus switch to Course 2).  It appeared instead that he changed his strategy and decided to maximize his effort on the bonus points on Course 1.  Doug almost swept the entire Course 1, except for 2 controls (1 missed, 1 incorrect).  Doug’s totals were 540 control points, 240 bonus points and a 30 point penalty, which brought his total to 750 points and an official  1st place.
Final Results:  click to enlarge.

As with all November Street Challenge meets, weather plays a big factor in how many people show up.  We were very happy to have 10 competitors at this year’s meet with the pending forecast for rain to start about halfway through the time of the meet.  Thanks to everyone who showed up, in spite of the rains that did come.  A hearty bunch they are...

Mike Bading (co = Jeff Black)
Meet Directors

November 16, 2017

Last meet this year December 9 at Esther Simplot park

Last meet this year will take place Saturday December 9 at Esther Simplot park. Classic format with our usual 3 courses for beginner, intermediate, and advanced participants. Beginner course will be exclusively around the Esther Simplot park. Intermediate course would also venture into Veterans park. Advanced course would cross Esther Simplot, Quinn, Veterans, and Willow Lane parks for a long adventure. Electronic punching will be used so bring your SI stick or rent one from the club during the meet.

Starts 11am to 1pm. Finish close at 3pm.

Directions: Enter N Whitewater Park Blvd from either State or Main streets, at the traffic circle enter the park, follow about 400m to the first shelter and park. Meet center will be at or close to the shelter.

We are working on defining our next year schedule and hope to have it ready before the meet.


October 29, 2017

Vampire-O Results

Vampire-O Results
We had a pretty good turnout for a dark and stormy night on a new course. A total of forty people took off to brave the vampires. I wasn’t sure how the vampires would work out, would they find anyone? That definitely wasn’t a problem, it sounds like most everyone was a vampire at least twice. The only person I know for sure who was never a vampire was Nikolai and maybe Ben. Maybe next year I’ll figure out how to track the map exchanges between teams.  

The results are attached but they are really the luck of the draw with so many vampire exchanges going on. The poor luck of having the vampire card when the course closed fell to John Murray and Emily & Aleksi Morgan.

A huge thanks to John Murray and Mike Teller for spending countless hours creating a new map for Eagle Island. Also thanks to Mike and Madonna for helping out on race day.

Strategy in the Streets

Once again it’s time for the annual Street Challenge in central Boise! 
In an effort to make the street challenge more exciting and even more challenging, there are two significant changes to this perennial CTOC meet that will make planning and strategizing route selection as well as time management very important:
-        Two courses!

  • Course 1 is a much smaller "run only" course.  The purpose is to encourage both runners and bikers to attempt collecting some controls points (and bonus points) before starting on course 2.
  • Course 2 is a standard street challenge course available to both runners and bikers.   This course will be on a much larger map than Course 1.  Some of the largest point values on this map will likely only be collected by bikers.

Bonus Points!
  •      Controls will be grouped by point values.  Some of the controls will offer an additional bonus if a competitor gets all the controls with the same point value on the same course.
Original CTOC Street Challenge rules (the same as past street challenge events):
  • Score-O course format, where you can collect controls on a course in any order within the specified 3 hour time limit.
  • Competitors arriving after the time limit will be penalized on a 10 point per minute overage basis.
  • No conventional orienteering flags.  Instead when you arrive at the control circle, you answer a multiple choice question that can only be determined on site.  
  • Wrong answers will be penalized - so guessing is discouraged.
  • Very large meet area, roughly 3 miles by 2.5 miles.
  • USGS satellite map is used, with no street names.  Map contact is crucial!
  • There will be both bike and run classes of competition, however there will be one overall winner with the most points from either class that will be crowned Street Challenge meet champion, so strategy is very important!

New rules for 2017 CTOC Street Challenge:
  • Course 1 is optional and is a “run only” course. Any or all of the controls points can skipped.
  • Course 1 map and score sheet must be turned in (or skipped) at the start before receiving their Course 2 map from race officials.
  • Once a competitor starts on Couse 2, they may not go back to Course 1 to collect points!
  • Course 1 is intended to be able to finished completely in approximately 1 hour (or less) if a competitor decides to collect all points and bonus points available on Course 1.
  • The key strategy will be determining how much time to spend on Course 1 collecting points before returning to the start and handing in your Course 1 map & answer sheet and then receiving your Course 2 map & answer sheet and starting on Course 2.

So, there are 3 ways to complete:
  1. Run only competitors: Will start running on Course 1, and finish on Course 2.
  2. Run/Bike competitors: Will start running on Couse 1, and then bike on Course 2.
  3. Bike only competitors: Will skip Course 1, and start biking on Course 2.

Date:  Sunday, November 5th, 2017
9:15AM          Both course 1 and course 2 maps will be distributed for study.
9:55 AM         Course 2 maps will be collected from competitors that are doing both courses.
Course 1 maps will be collect by competitors that are biking only.
10:00 AM       Mass start.
1:00 PM          Time limit – Penalty points for anyone arriving to start/finsh after this time.

Please remember that Sunday marks the end of daylight savings time and the beginning of standard time, so meet will start at 10am standard time (1 hour later than the day before)!

Start/Finish:  Ann Morrison Park, just south of Boise River footbridge.
Time Limit:  3 hour limit
Classes:  Bike, Foot
Cost:  $10 adult, $5 junior for one day club dues; free to club members.
RSVP: To minimize waste please RSVP email me no later than Friday night, Nov. 3rd .
My Email addresses is : mbading AT syzeo DOT com
Thanks - Mike

More details with rules and scoring will be posted on the CTOC website later this week.

October 6, 2017

Vampire O is back!

The Vampire O is back and at a brand new location! Did you know that Eagle Island State Park was originally a prison farm? On the eve of Saturday the 21st it will be transformed into the site for the return of the greatly missed Vampire O
It’s been a while, so in case you didn’t know, or don`t remember, the vampires and you come out at night. The Vampires will try to steal your map and all your valuable control points, then you become the vampire. Then it`s your turn to regain some points, you must hunt down another participant and steal their map!  

So Grab your lamp, and join us for a night of Orienteering in the Dark. It will be spooky out there, you may hear the faint sound of old rusty chains near site of the old slaughterhouse.  

Date:  Saturday, October 21st
Location:  Eagle Island State Park
(park entrance is now from State Street)
Format:  Score
Mass Start:  7:15pm. Don’t be late!!

Time Limit: 1 hour
Cost:  Maps $5 junior or $10 adult/team, CTOC members free, ($5 vehicle entry fee)

Make sure you pay the $5 vehicle entry fee on the way in at the entrance kiosk. For a bargain the Idaho State Park Passport is only $10 for full year access to all 30 state parks.
Event start is at the Harrier Shelter by the park office. Park at the main paved parking area.


1. 2 Vampires will start 3 minutes after the mass start

2. Vampires have a blank vampire punch card worth 0 points

3. Vampires attack orienteers by getting within 5 meters and yelling “vampire attack”, the victim must then surrender their punch card to the vampire. They then receive the “vampire card” and become the vampire.

4. Just like in tag the vampire can’t immediately tag back but must find another victim

5. All controls are worth the same amount of points, 10 points. They can be visited in any order.

6. Penalty of 10 points per minute if you are back late. Be back on time!

7. There is no separate beginner/intermediate/advanced course. The time limit is one hour. It is up to you to determine how many controls you can collect within the time limit. Remember you must be back by the time limit or lose massive points. You had better be a runner if you try to collect all of the controls. But remember, no matter how good you do you may be attacked by a vampire and lose your points, but you may end up with better points.

8. If you don’t want to be attacked by vampires you have the option of carrying “holy water” to ward off vampire attacks. Anyone carrying a 1 gallon jug of water is immune from vampire attacks. You must however bring your own jug, and you must carry it by hand at all times.

9. You can compete as a group but must remain together.

10. Ranking is by highest points and then quickest time.

11. Don’t forget a flashlight or headlamp, please no super bright headlamps, you don’t want to take the fun out of the dark. Also you must have a watch so you are back in time. Costumes are encouraged but remember you will want to run in them.

 It will be almost dark by the time we start, so plan accordingly.

The Vampire O has been a very popular event in the past. Please RSVP with how many maps you need so we print enough for everyone. Email to mmschuste (at) yahoo (dot) com by Thursday evening Oct. 19th.