After a rainy day the day before and some rain early in the morning, it turned out to be a bright sunny day, a near ideal day for orienteering. The temperature was a little low, about 50, but the sun made up for that. The turnout was fairly good, much better than in past Mingo Creek events.
Joe Logan was meet director. The nature of the park makes it very difficult to design courses with a reasonable amount of climb. However, the white and yellow courses were well under the 4% maximum climb. The times on white were somewhat long because nearly everyone was a novice. With one exception, the times on yellow were also quite long. Yellow presented two good opportunities for off-trail navigation (to controls 4 and 7); based on the splits, most participants "took the long way". The orange and red courses did exceed the 4% climb, still most people managed to complete them in a reasonable time. The winning time on red was actually a little faster than I anticipated; Alexis won despite being fastest on only four of the legs. Commentary about the courses was all positive and most people came back with few burrs attached.
We had two new memberships in the club; welcome to the Chris Genovese and Kit Eagon. We also had one past member become a member again; welcome back to Mike Ward.
Thanks to Tali Shalom-Barak, Giuseppina Mecchia and Laurie Opila for handling registration. Thanks to Anneliese Steuben for handling start/finish. Thanks to Alexis Rzewski and Joe Logan for doing instruction. And thanks to Gordon Huang, Dave Battista, Yaki and Tali Barak, Naomi Jarvis & James and Joe Logan for helping to pick up the controls.
The next event will be at Frick Park on November 3.
White Course 1.9
km 70 m climb 8 controls
|Gold Team (3)||57:47|
|Melanie Plummer (2)||64:05|
|Carol Meiers (2)||64:05|
|TC Team (2)||71:00|
|The Wasps (4)||78:01|
Yellow Course 3.2 km 90 m climb 10 controls
E-punching was used for this course. See the links below for results and splits.
Orange Course 4.2 km
205 m climb 12 controls
|Fiona Stewart & Eric Wildman||84:50|
|Team Darwin (3)||139:50|
|The Rebels (3) mispunched 2 controls, returned in 145:50||DSQ|
|Richard Wang & April Watt no official start, rough time 170:00||DNS|
|Tali Shalom-Barak reached only first 7 controls in 165:53||WPOC||DNF|
|Landan Weakland no official start, time unknown||DNS|
Red Course 7.7 km 420 m climb 16 controls
E-punching was used for this course; see the links below for results and splits.
Fastest legs are shown in bold in the listings.