Willow Creek Street-O
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6 April 2002
Course Setter: Sherry Litasi
Cleanup Crew: Sharon Crawford & Neal Barlow
Control Pickup: Neal Barlow, Sharon Crawford, Mark Hendrickson
I owe Neal Barlow an Easter Bunny! I never thought anyone would get all
29 controls in one hour but he took up the challenge and won! He said my
first error was giving everyone five minutes to look at their map before the
mass start. Ok, so not next year!
The mass start was fun to watch! Everyone intent on planning their routes
and then, GO! Competitors sprinted off in all directions! At 56 minutes,
Neal was back with all of them. At 57 minutes Troy Bozarth returned with
27. Troy had an advantage having been on the map last year, but we
started at a different clubhouse. Last year was north central, this
year was south central. Next year, who knows?
We were joined by Danelle Ballengee, the famous adventure racer and
Eco-challenger who was our last finisher, determined to find them all.
She did so in 1 hour and 30 minutes! She said it was great training for
the urban adventure races coming up. Danelle also holds the Woman's
record for climbing 14'ers the fastest!
And, because of the mass start, we could sit down for our pot-luck all
together. There was plenty of food and Easter candy for dessert! After
eating, the top 5 runners entertained us with their route choices. We
laughed about the little girls who hid #10 after finding out that
it was a "game we were playing". It's a good thing that the controls
were red plastic dinner plates!
Next year we'll beef up the score-O format with different points for some
controls and make it harder for Neal to find them all!
- Sherry Litasi (Meet Director & Course Setter)