July 25, 2017

Idaho City Motala Saturday July 29, 2017 Update


The event is a go.  It will be 4 loops, from 1.2 - 1.5 K per loop.  You may choose to do as many or few loops as you like.  

Start location: https://goo.gl/maps/M9WTncjuLpJ2
Start time: 10 am

Beginners: There is no real "beginner" course, however, I will be happy to walk a loop with anyone who wants some coaching/company. Then, if you feel up to it, you can try one on your own. The area we are navigating in is reasonably small and there are bail-outs in several directions.

If you suffer from the heat and want to start earlier, contact me and I'll see what I can work out. Same thing if you need to start a little later.

Getting there:  I went in on "Bear Run Rd" (make a right at Main St, then Right on Bear Run, then stay right at several intersections) but I think you can also get in from 21. The roads were bumpy but not impassable, though I was glad I was in a vehicle with a little clearance.

We will be using SI stations for start, loop transitions, a few "close-together" controls on the course, and finish. You will use old fashioned punches for the other controls. Please email me your SI number or intentions to rent -- melaniecwright@gmail.com.

July 12, 2017

Save the Date and RSVP! Idaho City 7/29

We are planning a 4-loop Motala in Idaho City on Saturday 7/29 with a mass start at 10am (different runners starting on different loops).

Because we are not sure how many people are likely to be available given summer schedules, we want to confirm that we have enough people to hold the meet.  Please send an email to melaniecwright@gmail.com and let me know if you have intentions to come.

July 3, 2017

Gold Rush National Meet Results

For those of you who didn't make it, here are some photos and stats from the three days of high caliber orienteering at CTOC's Gold Rush US Champs meet:



Orienteers competed from 28 states and 6 countries!
Converging orienteers for the last control on Sunday's Middle course.

Special thanks go to many of our CTOC volunteers on hand to help in a huge variety of ways, critical to making our big meet a success:
  • Course designs, map printing, setup, takedown = Sergey Velichko, Ben Brock, John Murray
  • Registrar, t-shirts, awards, RD sanity keeper = Dondi Black
  • Computer crew: for starts, finish system, results = Sergey Velichko, Ben Brock, Melanie Wright, Katrina Wright
  • Awards stickers = Melanie Wright
  • Course Marshalls = Innes Wright, Bill McKnight
  • Food, water, pop-ups, tables, setup and takedown, hauling and towing = Melanie Schuster, Greg Davidson, Andy Hill, Ben Brock, Sergey Velichko, John Murray, Bill Leahy, Doug LaMott, Caroline McNeely, Denise Lauerman, Madonna Lengerich
    • special thanks to Shu's Idaho Running Company for supplying two large extra pop-ups!
  • Start crews = Jennifer Smackey, Naomi Clayton, Bill Black, Nikki Black, Doug LaMott, Andy Hill, Madonna Lengerich
  • Communications/Ham Radio = Karin Didisse, Dan Herring (who also took photos at the finish for Long), Andy Hill
  • Pre-race prep meetings (3 of them!) = Sergey Velichko, Andy Hill, Ben Brock, Melanie Wright, Dondi Black, John Murray, Norma, Ulli Kamm
  • Port-a-pottie placement = John Murray (Thursday before meet weekend, a story unto itself that contributed to parking issues Saturday)
  • Parking (and unparking from muddy field at Trap) = Greg Davidson, Melanie Schuster, Caroline McNeely, Denise Lauerman, Doug LaMott, Bill Leahy, Madonna Lengerich
  • Rope setup and takedown across Trap Creek = John Murray
  • Control pickup = Sergey Velichko, Ben Brock, John Murray, Ole Bergset, Jerry Stewart, several other non-CTOC volunteers
  • We had a number of attending orienteers who eagerly and tirelessly helped out across the board filling gaps, even after running their course!
And yeah, I was involved one way or the other in most items above, possibly too many.  Things should get a little calmer for the rest of the year as we return to your regular Idaho programming!

Jeff Black
Meet Director