Lakeside Park and Indian Gulch
Date: (Sun.) Aug. 24, 2008
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setters: Rex Winterbottom, Mark Manning
Type: C; Afternoon event: White, Yellow, Sprint, Bike-O, and Memory-O courses
What a beautiful day! It’s hard to go wrong with Lake Merritt on an August afternoon—you might have fog in the morning, and it usually doesn’t get hot like it does in the inland valleys. Besides the weather, I think the big draw in this park is the setting—there are many beautiful views on the shoreline and within the park itself, and people are everywhere doing everything. It’s quite a spectacle. From the registration area, you could see most of the first 5 or 6 legs of the Yellow course, and I was able to snap many photos of people in action.
A variety of courses brought out a variety of participants. It’s always nice to see new faces, and faces you haven’t seen in a while, at a local event. The White course was perfect for juniors, but they also tackled the Yellow course, which zig-zagged more and offered interesting route-choice challenges. Many of our experienced hands tried and enjoyed the White course as well as the Yellow course. Both were also dubbed “sprints,” with the Yellow course counting for the national USOF Sprint Series (http://sprintseries.org) standings (and our BAOC club series as well). Some of the out-of-town orienteers included Igor Guskov from Ann Arbor, MI (U-M Go Blue!) and Bill Meldrum from Ottawa, Canada.
I can’t remember the last time we’ve had a Memory-O. All who did the course were successful, and I think it’s a great training benefit. It makes a challenging use of a park like this. Our next Memory-O is at Crown Beach in Alameda on Sept. 27th. Don’t forget.
Mark Manning set two challenging Bike-O courses in the neighborhoods of Piedmont and Crocker Highlands, enjoyed and appreciated by the participants. Sometimes, a better option was to portage your bike up or down a staircase.
Thanks to Gabija and Karina Masalkovaite for making all of our root beer floats at the end! Awards were given out to the top juniors, seniors, and in-betweeners on the various courses while we enjoyed our treats.
A big thanks to our wonderful volunteer core. In particular, Ben Legg taught me how to get started making an orienteering map. After I did the field work and drafting, Ben went around the whole map and made suggestions for improvement that I incorporated into the final revision. Then he vetted the courses. Then he helped during the whole event.
Angela Hunter was at registration the whole time, processed the results, and made sure everything was in good shape, allowing me to coordinate with all the volunteers and participants. Joe Scarborough provided the punch cards we lacked on short notice. And special thanks go to the tireless control patrol crew who spent valuable energy on watch before or after doing their own courses: Steve Gregg, Andrejus Masalkovas, Mikkel Conradi, George Minarik, Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Ben Legg, and me.
And there are many more Helpers and Volunteers:
- City of Oakland Parks and Recreation: Zermaine Thomas
- Map printing and additions to Indian Gulch Bike-O map: Bob Cooley
- Bike-O course: Mark Manning
- Map checker, course vetter and consultant: Ben Legg
- Bike-O course vetter and consultant: Steve Gregg
- Punch cards: Joe Scarborough
- Setup: Harold Lischner, George Minarik, Ben Legg, Nancy Lindeman, Steve Harrison
- Registration: Nancy Lindeman, Angela Hunter
- Beginner’s Clinics: George Minarik
- Starts: Harold Lischner, Vicki Woolworth, Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Anne Winterbottom
- Finishes: Jim Fish, Ben Legg, Rosemary Johnson
- Results: Angela Hunter, Wayne Caplinger
- Control Deployment and Patrol: Rex Winterbottom, Ben Legg, Steve Gregg, Andrejus Masalkovas, George Minarik, Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Mikkel Conradi
- Control Pickup: Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Steve Gregg, Andrejus Masalkovas, Uglete Masalkovaite
- Ice Cream Floats: Gabija & Karina Masalkovaite, Lukas Frei, Nancy Lindeman
Lakeside Park and Indian Gulch
Sunday, August 24, 2008
- Junior Women, White Course: Bronwyn Caplinger
- Junior Women, Yellow Course: Bronwyn Caplinger
- Junior Men, White Course: Will Saba
- Junior Men, Yellow Course: Andrey Losev
- Senior Women: Judy Koehler
- Senior Men: Dennis Wildfogel
- Women: Rosemary Johnson
- Men: Steve Gregg
- Memory-O, Women: Bronwyn Caplinger
- Memory-O, Men: Wayne Caplinger
- Bike-O, Men: Mikkel Conradi
- Bike-O, Women: Vicki Woolworth
Pl Name(s) Time White Course (1.5 km, 10 controls) 1 Bronwyn Caplinger 12:15 2 Will Saba 13:35 3 Victoria Loseva 33:36 4 Cathy Yang, Peter Graube 34:00 Second Course 1 Wayne Caplinger 8:52 2 Jeff Dickert 11:21 3 Jim Fish 14:06 4 Harold Lischner 27:26 Yellow Course (2.9 km, 17 controls) 1 Steve Gregg 15:30 2 Andrejus Masalkovas 15:44 3 Igor Guskov 16:17 4 Dennis Wildfogel 16:56 5 George Minarik 18:37 6 Gavin Wyatt-Mair 19:55 7 Wayne Caplinger 20:36 8 Steve Harrison 21:04 9 Joe Saba 21:05 10 Hillary & Tyler Gatteau 22:20 11 Bill Meldrum 22:26 12 Bruce Wolfe 25:17 13 Joe Scarborough 25:20 14 Jim Fish 26:25 15 Jeff Dickert 29:00 16 Andrey Losev 32:03 17 Rosemary Johnson 36:25 18 Eva, Noa, & Emmanuel Miller 37:18 19 Judy Koehler 41:20 20 Emma & Jesse Wilkinson, Tony Pinkham 42:30 21 Bill & Dayna Wiebalk 49:32 22 Nancy Lindeman 55:38 23 Eliza, Julia, Kamala, & Mike Ellis 74:30 24 Harold Lischner 109:50 Lukas Frei DNF Mikkel Conradi MSP Second Course Bronwyn Caplinger 40:08 Cathy Yang, Peter Graube 60:10 Sprint (Yellow) - USOF Sprint Series Results - Men 1 Steve Gregg 15:30 2 Andrejus Masalkovas 15:44 3 Igor Guskov 16:17 4 Dennis Wildfogel 16:56 5 George Minarik 18:37 6 Gavin Wyatt-Mair 19:55 7 Wayne Caplinger 20:36 8 Steve Harrison 21:04 9 Joe Saba 21:05 10 Bill Meldrum 22:26 11 Bruce Wolfe 25:17 12 Joe Scarborough 25:20 13 Jim Fish 26:25 14 Jeff Dickert 29:00 15 Andrey Losev 32:03 16 Harold Lischner 109:50 Sprint (Yellow) - USOF Sprint Series Results - Women 1 Rosemary Johnson 36:25 2 Bronwyn Caplinger 40:08 3 Judy Koehler 41:20 4 Nancy Lindeman 55:38 Memory-O Course (1.0 km, 6 controls) 1 Wayne Caplinger 7:40 2 Mikkel Conradi 7:47 3 Jim Fish 11:12 4 Eva, Noa, & Emmanuel Miller 12:05 5 Bronwyn Caplinger 19:42 Bike-O, Long Course (14.3 km, 12 controls) 1 Mikkel Conradi 53:50 2 Bruce Wolfe 56:19 3 Dirty Avocados 56:52 4 Joe Saba 61:54 5 Margaret Longstreth, Joe Maffei, Marina Keating 74:23 Bike-O, Short Course (11.7 km, 9 controls) 1 Vicki Woolworth 72:56 _______________