BEAR CREEK LAKE PARK

August 1, 1999

The meet was held but only a hardy few showed up. The reasons are many. August weekends are valuable and the 1,000- day already takes two. The cooler weather at high altitudes is much more attractive than hot urban orienteering. The reputation of the course setter is suspect. OK, the courses were too long. The winning times on all the courses were over an hour. With only seven competitors on both red and green, I would only hang one advanced course on future meets.

The courses were designed and flagged two weeks before the meet when Turkey Creek flow was only a trickle. Then the marshes were crossable and the dry open fields were very runable. The heavy rains both Friday and Saturday afternoon changed the terrain. The last three points on the white course had to be abandoned rather than force a crossing of Turkey Creek. The poison ivy was lush and the mosquitos flourished in the damp undergrowth. The day of the meet the 66 degrees, overcast weather was perfect for running.

Harold Bowker brought a group of students from Metro State and Bill Haas had a group from Red Rocks CC. As usual their students were prepared to compete in the yellow and orange courses. Thank you to both instructors. Much of the growth of RMOC comes from their students.

Denver Post reporter Dan Rabin came to the meet and brought a photographer. He ran and won the yellow course. His article is welcome publicity for the sport and our Club.

The red course was very competitive with Elis Eberlein ahead of Sverre Froyen by less than four minutes. The red runners expected to see the wet, mucky marshes and mosquitos, but the coyote guarding the den was a surprise.

The wildlife is very abundant for an urban park. I saw a bull elk, two cow elks and three eagles while working on the courses. The Park Rangers tell me that prairie dog colonies with the plague are located to the north, outside the park. Early runners on the advanced courses usually will see both deer and coyote.

Thank you to Eric Stephenson for setting white and yellow and vetting the rest. He also set all the Sunday morning controls and helped with registration, and picking up controls. Thank you to my wife, Sue, for taking care of registration.

White:

Steve Luther

M

1:11:30

Joyce Clippinger

F

1:27:13

Karen Brownmiller

F

1:27:13

Jeff Sale & Mike Krenast

T

1:25:27

David & Kelli Thornburg, etc.

T

1:44:17

Yellow:

Dan Rabin

M

1:08:31

Chris Theriault

M

1:47:40

Yelena Zamoshchina

F

1:20:38

Ben Ferguson & Jim Line

T

1:19:00

Dave/Dan/Jerry/Cathy Felkner

T

1:48:08

LeaAnne/Sean/Samantha/Christian Taylor

T

3:22:40

Orange:

Christopher Grubb

M

1:27:44

Devon Hendrix/Jamy Foster/Kevin Brawn

T

1:59:5

Kevin Turnine/Alex Thomas/Diane Petrillo

T

2:19:35

Kelly & Phil Dubois

T

2:33:50

Bladt

T

3:49:00

Green:

Chris Spriggs

M

1:54:55

Dimitriy Zamoshchin

M

2:15:57

Robin Spriggs

F

1:28:05

Red:

Elis Eberlein

M

1:23:39

Sverre Froyen

M

1:27:17

Susan Eberlein

F

2:02:58

Chris Burgess

T

DNF