It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day in Central Florida; perfect for orienteering. There was a modest turnout on the Florida Orienteering (FLO) side of 57 starts and the JROTC had 175 individual starts. On the FLO side a start may be an individual or a team. The courses were fast, flat with a lot of unobstructed running. We had an orienteer from a Colorado club, Bob Huebner(?). His comments on the differences between the Colorado and Florida vegetation/terrain were amusing. The only complaint that came my way was an error on the Red course. When I programmed the Red course in the orienteering course setting software two controls were placed in the wrong order. I apologize for this error.
Now for words of thanks to the cement of Florida Orienteering, the cherished, volunteers. It is this very small but elite group of people made up of both orienteers and non-orienteers that make FLO's events happen and work smoothly. Blaik Mathews gets a hero's medal for the super job that he did in setting up and running the electronic timing system that we call "EP" (electronic punching). I did not get over to the Registration tent but was able to look through the woods from the Start/Finish tent to see who was volunteering. Ray Bruneau, Janet Putnam, Bob Putnam, Mike Dempsey and any that I did not see deserve a great round of applause. The Start/Finish table was held down by Blaik Mathews, Russ Steinke, and my wife, Linda Brew . The group that never gets enough thanks are the people that retrieve the controls at the end of the day. For this event and most of the other events the controls and EP boxes were picked up by Jerry Sirmans, Jack Cash, Russ Steinke and Blaik Mathews.
Fun was had by one and all and young and not so young.
See y'all at RSRSR on March 12, 2016
|Lost Found Repeat||89:30|
|Troop 443 Leaders||149:20|
|Running on Empty||151:10|
|DNF||Did Not Finish|
|DQ||Disqualified (Missed Controls)|
|OT||Over 3 Hour Time Limit|