Scapegoat at Round Mountain
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25 August 2002
The 2002 Scapegoat was held at Round Mountain August 25.
There were 30 individuals and teams. The weather was great
and everyone found the start. Only 2 missed the mass start.
There were two sets of courses, "Xs" and "Os", to help break
up (and confuse) the orienteers. The first two controls were
different for the Xs and the Os after which they returned for
a map exchange. After the map exchange the Xs then ran the
Os' first legs and the Os ran the Xs first legs so that by the
5th control each had run an identical course. After the 5th
control all shared the same controls. There were lots of
spectator controls for the benefit of the course setter and
this allowed the runners to be near enough to start and finish
on 3 occasions to grab some drinks or food if they wished.
From my standpoint everything was near perfect in that all the
controls were hung by the features with care in hopes that the
orienteers would soon be there. There was some difficulty
with control 12 which was in a pit. Some reported that the
control was hard to see. I had pulled a root stock into the
pit and hung the flag from that so that it was visible from
"inside the circle" just above the rim of the pit. The
plastic hooks on the control flags sometimes allow the flags
to slip a bit and that may have happened but only 2 people
were unable to find the control. My apologies for not tying
the flag on tighter!
Everyone seemed to survive all the little wrinkles in the
course including two controls with different codes hung on the
same feature. Did anyone notice? Times were fast in part due
to the friendly nature of the terrain but mostly due to all
the really fast people out there. Mikell Platt seems to have
done the 13.7 K in just over 5 minutes per K. Mark Everett
was likewise under 6 minutes per K. Third place Jan
Ingebrigtsen had a more human time of just over 6 minutes per
K. This was a very flat course, so flat that I didn't even
bother to calculate the climb.
Sheryl Lehman was the fastest female, in fact the only female
to finish the course under the 3-½ hour cutoff. Hooray,
My thanks to the helping hands that always seem to be there:
Mikell Platt for setting out the direction signs, Neal Barlow
for registering everyone and explaining the Xs and Os and
Louise Segreto for handling the few late registrations and
watching for finishers. Thanks to Laurent Billet, Doug
Berling, Mikell Platt and Neal Barlow for picking up controls.
Everyone finishing in under 3-½ hours received a cup with a
special commemorative Scapegoat sticker prepared by JJ Cote.
Unfortunately, I could not locate the correct clear vinyl
material to have these printed on so had to settle for a paper
with a sticky back. This worked really poorly for the first 6
places which were on slightly larger and more rounded mugs and
the paper really bunched up. If anyone wants the official
sticker on vinyl just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your
snail mail address and I will mail these out in November which
should allow enough time to find the clear vinyl.
Thanks, everyone, it was fun. Next time there will be more
- Steve Willman, Meet Director
|DNF||Martin Mavec||23 controls|
|DNF||Troy Bozarth||15 controls|
|DNF||Angie Lucht||10 controls|
|DNF||Laura Powell||6 controls|
|DNF||Sarah Park||lost card|
|DNF||Duncan & Tote Hughes||lost card|