The weather began sunny with lots of cyclists to avoid as we made our way to the Twelve Mile picnic area. As the day progressed, the wind picked up, and those of us in the shade grabbed our jackets. It was great for the runners who kept cool -- especially the last water crossing on the red course (or so I heard). After nearly everyone left, the sun came out -- typical Colorado spring weather.
We experimented with two lines at registration and two lines at start and have some kinks to work out. Your suggestions are much appreciated. We had 74 starts -- and definitely more than 100 people showed up. It was a great beginning for the season! With numbers like these we must improve our processes.
We were visited by a freelance writer and two photographers from Rocky Mountain Sports, so look for a future article on orienteering. Maybe you had your picture taken. Hopefully mine won't be used as I was having a bad hair day in all that wind!
We set up control stand samples of several sizes, thicknesses, and materials. Those present ruled out the shorter stands, but we need more input. I'll be bringing the stands and costs to upcoming events and hope for a final decision after White Ranch on May 20th.
The highlight of my day was when three small children thanked me for making the String map and course. I know we missed getting the names of all the kids on the string course, so parents please make sure to give the starter your child's name and age.
I'm in a thankful mood, and must thank John Crowther and Mark Hendrickson for setting and vetting the courses. And thanks to my daughter Tina, who seemed unflappable at registration. We get so busy sometimes that we forget that we are, after all, a volunteer run organization. I was very pleased when several people approached me to ask how they could help. If you have skills to share, or just want to learn, your efforts will be rewarded many times over.
Yours in "O",
· Course Setter: John Crowther · Course Vetter: Mark Hendrickson · Meet Director: Sherry Litasi · String-O: Glen Legowik, Kathleen Brennan, Sherry Litasi · Registration: Sherry Litasi, Tina Litasi · Beginner Instruction: Kathleen Brennan, Sverre Froyen, Tina Litasi · Starts and Finish Timing: Doug Berling, John Crowther, Mark Hendrickson · Control Retrieval: Jeremy, John Crowther, Maiya Anderson, Mark Hendrickson
|5||Mike Lee, Jenn Vaillencourt & Eric Vaillencourt||T||00:50:35|
|8||Andrew & Kevin Harrison||T||01:19:22|
|9||Emily & Christian Kloser||T||01:20:26|
|12||Paula & Don Clever||T||01:57:45|
|1||Gøril S. Jones||F||00:36:30|
|5||Diana & Jeff Merkel||T||00:49:51|
|6||Lawrence Pelo & Jenny Marx||T||00:52:28|
|8||Enrico Tanguma & Sean Finnegan||T||01:01:34|
|9||Sally Pluhoff & Glen Stevens||T||01:09:03|
|10||Ashley Johnson & Bethany Sullivan||T||01:15:14|
|11||Teresa Rohde & Joe Cassidy||T||01:21:54|
|13||Sari Oberndorf & Michelle Gross||T||01:50:50|
|15||Naseth, McGregor, Shinn & Justus||T||02:00:05|
|-||Guy & Jennifer Jacobucci||T||--:--:--||DNF|
|2||Randy Waymire & Orion Stanley||T||00:35:55|
|3||Tom Waymire & Norm Broth||T||00:44:30|
|5||Tyler Fowler & McKenzie Reifschneider||T||00:49:48|
|6||Rosie Schler, Lynn Amundsen & Arlene Lance||T||01:01:18|
|7||Bonnie Maybach & Carla Hinz||T||01:05:11|
|9||Stan Stanley, Sheila Stanley & Matt Breth||T||01:18:24|
|10||Jennifer Psaltis & Karri Buckley||T||01:23:25|
|11||Randy Stinson & Tracey Budz||T||01:32:13|
|1||Randy Waymire & Orion Stanley||T||00:30:54|
|2||Stan & Sheila Stanley||T||00:33:52|
|3||Tom Waymire & Norm Breth||T||00:39:46|
|5||Jamie & Tracy Morrell||T||00:53:49|
|7||Rosie Schler & Lynn Amundsen||T||00:56:06|
|9||Brigid & Brian Bungum||T||01:31:25|
|-||Aiden Murray||M||--:--:--||Age 5.|
DNF = Did not finish (one or more controls missed)
MSP = Mispunched (one or more incorrect controls)
OVT = Overtime