The morning of January 14 dawned grey and chilly, but, more than likely due to the base at Bogus Basin still being measured in inches, turnout was exceptionally heavy. And this for a race at an event location that in January is generally only populated by geese whose feet happen to be frozen to the surface of Boise Cascade Lake. A gratifying number of individuals new to the sport made their appearance, along with seemingly half the student body of Riverstone School.
There were three courses that greeted the erstwhile navigators – a classic 1.26km loop Beginner course, a 4.18km, two-loop Motala on Intermediate, and a 7.25km, three-loop Motala on Advanced (Motala being Swedish for “how many times do I have to run in circles?”). While both the Intermediate and Advanced courses were marred by map corrections that were less than obvious, most competitors still seemed to enjoy their runs. The rest of ‘em…some people will whine about anything. As feline philosopher Bill the Cat was fond of saying – Ppppffftttt!
A number of useful lessons were learned throughout the course of the day. One, the clue sheet isn’t just for decoration (does “Bridge, top of, east side” ring any bells?). Two, running a course on memory requires memorizing the correct control locations. And, most importantly, logs over the water in winter are generally coated in ice, and the water beneath them is exceptionally cold.
Our upcoming meet is on February 11, where director Jeff Black no doubt has an outré urban orienteering experience planned for the Julia Davis / BSU venue.
I leave you with what you’ve all been patiently waiting for – the results (apologies to any and all parties whose names I couldn’t read on the results list).
Your January Meet Director…Andy Hill
|Nicholas & Jim & JJ Byrne||12:21|
|Max & Liz Vavricka||16:15|
|Liam, Sam & Katja Murray||17:40|
|Nicholas & Jim & JJ||75:30|