Spring Lake Regional Park
Date: (Sun.) May. 5, 2019
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Event Director: - 415.456.8118
Course Setter: Scott Aster
Type: C; Courses for beginners through advanced; the event will have a "Cinco de Mayo" flavor
Well, we held the first event at Spring Lake in five years last weekend, and it had its ups and downs.
The weather was cool, with the sun not coming out until about 1 PM, which was great for runners. All in all, people seemed to enjoy getting back onto the very unusual and non-Bay Area type terrain, i.e., the extensive exposed rock and pit-and-ridge system. There is an amazing amount of detail on the map, which makes it far more interesting (in my opinion), than our other, urban/semi-urban parks.
I could have called the event a success, except that I mis-hung two controls on the "adventure" course, causing all sorts of problems for participants. I had to hang all the controls the morning of the event (park rules), and obviously didn't do so carefully enough in my haste to get them all hung in time. Bill Cusworth went out and corrected the two controls, but not until after more than half of the participants had already been affected by my errors. I appreciated that everyone seemed to not be too bothered by this problem, but the event would have been a very good one had it not been for my failures!
The event was as successful as it was only thanks to the great help I received!
- Jay Hann, handled E-punch all day, and even helped me pick up controls at the end of the day.
- Bill Cusworth gave beginner clinics in the morning, replaced the two "problem" controls, and then went out and picked up the five toughest (to reach) controls at the end of the day.
- Mark and Mel, locals who have been coming out to Spring Lake events since the 90s, volunteered to set up and run the early starts.
- Johanna Merris helped me out a lot by hanging the last four controls for me in the morning (and she placed them correctly!).
- Steve Haas came up from the South Bay to do registration.
The results are available below.
I'm looking forward to a much better event at Spring Lake next year!
Editor's note: Scott failed to mention that the event's "Cinco de Mayo flavor" was created by small sombreros on the Start and Finish E-punch units. 🙂
Spring Lake Regional Park
Santa Rosa, CA
Sunday, May 5, 2019
You can see the event map with the actual routes traveled by participants, and draw your own route for comparison, in RouteGadget for this event (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=444). (Use of RouteGadget is explained here.) (Note that splits are guesstimated for the legs that runners were given credit due to misplaced controls.)
White Course (2.2 km, 30 m climb, 7 controls) Time Pl Name Club Time Behind Lost 1 Matt Parks 42:37 0:00
Yellow Course (3.0 km, 60 m climb, 11 controls) Time Pl Name Club Time Behind Lost 1 Stefan Kinell IFK Göteborg 20:29 1:18 2nd course 2 Hideharu Tanaka QOC 37:16 16:47 5:29 2nd course 3 Marsha Jacobs GCO 1:07:17 46:48 6:43 4 Rutwik Patel 1:12:48 52:19 37:51 5 Wabbits 1:31:51 71:22 23:45 6 Matt Parks 1:49:54 89:25 41:12 2nd course 7 Alison Phillips 1:57:36 97:07 52:43 8 Nancy Lindeman BAOC 2:58:05 157:36 60:06 Judy Koehler BAOC DNF Mark Burchill DNF Payton Strom DNF
Adventure Course (4.9 km, 125 m climb, 14 controls) Time Pl Name(s) Club Time Behind Lost 1 Bill Cusworth NAVX 49:37 1:34 2 Anastasiya Gordeeva BAOC 55:31 5:54 4:00 3 Tobias Toernqvist BAOC 56:33 6:56 5:26 4 Stefan Kinell IFK Göteborg 59:38 10:01 19:33 5 François Léonard BAOC 1:01:43 12:06 9:13 6 Deron van Hoff BAOC 1:05:15 15:38 11:16 7 Marie-Josée Parayre BAOC 1:14:34 24:57 14:33 8 Chuck Spalding BAOC 1:17:27 27:50 15:57 9 Lori Huberman BAOC 1:18:29 28:52 18:56 10 Matthias Kohler BAOC 1:23:51 34:14 1:38 11 Russell Green BAOC 1:31:46 42:09 4:33 12 George Minarik BAOC 1:37:18 47:41 8:31 13 Hideharu Tanaka QOC 1:39:46 50:09 27:07 14 Steve Haas BAOC 1:43:39 54:02 29:44 15 Randy Robinson GCO 2:07:10 77:33 32:46 16 Johanna Merriss BAOC 2:20:42 91:05 19:25 17 Ahbeck BAOC 2:35:05 105:28 54:19 18 Leslie Minarik BAOC 2:40:36 110:59 51:16 19 Tom & Judy Cronin BAOC 2:44:32 114:55 23:48 Bill Murphy BAOC DNF Jennifer Kerr GCO DNF Linus Toernqvist BAOC DNF Robert & Debra DNF
DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)