I arrived somewhat early and found that the JROTC had comandeered the pavilion and setting up their 'START' table just outside the pavilion. I had to break the news about START being at a remote location, the north entrance to WSSP. This made it difficult for some of the cadets competing for the first time, even on our map. I saw many cadets running up and down the swimming area looking for the fence/gate. This while 'on the clock', WOW! I thought it would be a great idea to use some of the Kelly Park woods to place controls since we seldom do, hence the remote 'START' area. Mr. Berman and I talked afterwards about the SNAFU.
I had to send a speedy runner out to correct a boo-boo that I swapped 2 controls, my dyslexia, you know. DOH !
There was a great group of helpers that took charge when things started to free-fall into chaos but since we had a relative small group at this event, all went well.
I had my own learning curve on Course Design/Setting, with this great fall weather, I wanted to get to know the woods better but being such a large area, I can only compress so much, not to mention the yelling from the 'please-revise-me' map. I found some great places and not so easily found spots, as some attested to.
I heard of several cadets getting lost and had to direct others out there on YELLOW for the first time, lending some credence to "SAFETY BEARING". At the end, I think all had a learning curve.
I want to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the weather in the woods and special kudos to the helpers Bob/Janet Putnam, Michelle Dyke(resurecting the Troll/String-O program), Russ Steinke,(on a last minute call-up) Cheryl McDonough, Blaik Mathews, Ron Eglin(vetting), Jonathan Linforth(printing maps in Vermont) and to the pick-up crew of Jerry Sirmans, Jack Cash and again to Russ, who sat at the START table until finished, walked an Orange course then helped pick-up some Orange controls.
To all: is this a great club, or what ??
See you next month 'in the woods', I hope!
|BOONE HS #1||45:00|
|BOONE HS #2||63:30|
|DNF||Did Not Finish|
|DQ||Disqualified (Missed Controls)|
|OT||Over 3 Hour Time Limit|