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2017 Summer Series


We've been working on filling in the summer BAOC schedule, and we're happy to announce that we are going to have a series of five events, all in San Francisco or near the Bay. As you know, many of our venues are too hot in the summer or have too much vegetation, so we focused on the five below because they are great places for summer events.

The current series standings are below.

The Schedule

  1. July 8: Presidio of San Francisco, Main Post, San Francisco (results)
  2. July 16: Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park (results)
  3. July 30: McLaren Park, San Francisco (CANCELED​—​see here for details)
  4. August 13: Presidio of San Francisco, Ft. Scott, San Francisco (results)
  5. August 27: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (results)

    Note: The dates of the last two events were swapped on June 14th.

Beginners

BAOC normally welcomes beginners with clinics that introduce orienteering, and with "beginner" courses. However, due to the "simplified" format of these events, those features might not be available at some of the events. Look at the event webpages for details.

We apologize if those omissions occur, and hope beginners will come to our "regular" events at Big Basin State Park (Sept. 17), Calero County Park (Sept. 24), and/or Sunol Regional Wilderness (Oct. 24).

Important Note

Everyone must observe out-of-bounds areas indicated on the maps. Please note, in particular, that olive-green areas are out of bounds.

Failure to stay out of out-of-bounds areas could jeopardize our ability to get permission to hold events at the venue (as well as being unfair to those participants who go around the areas).

The Format

To keep things simple (and to get a course of good length in these small parks), each event will have one advanced course, likely with one or two map exchanges, with a total distance of 5–7 km. That is, everyone will run the course on the first map. Then, those who want to continue will drop their map in a box, pick up the next map, and continue. Those who wish to run less can proceed to the Finish after completing the first (or second) map; they will be listed separately in the results.

Some of the events might have some additional opportunities, like perhaps a Cell-Phone-O.

Scoring and Awards

To make things a little more interesting, participants can accumulate points throughout the series based on their results. Some of the best minds in the world's greatest database companies, and in the nation's finest research labs have deliberated carefully, and arrived at a scoring system for the Summer Series. (Well, okay, actually, François and Dennis had a brief discussion a couple of weekends ago in Idaho. It's François' idea, really, and Dennis said, "Hey, if you're willing to do the work, I'm all for it.")

The scoring system for the Summer Series will combine all participants into one category by making adjustments based on age and gender to each person's performance. The person with the best adjusted performance in a given race will be awarded 1000 points. Everyone else will be awarded points in proportion to how their own adjusted performance compares to that of the person given 1000 points.

Here are the details.

This means it is possible for someone who finishes with the slowest legal time in a race to still have the highest point total for the day. So, don't give up!

Now that you've studied the methodology for scoring in minute detail, perhaps an example is in order.

Suppose there is an event with just three people: a 45-year-old male who we'll call, I dunno, "F"; a 70-year-old male called "D", and a 25-year-old female called "T". Suppose their times on the course are as follows:
F   45:51
T   49:30
D   57:20
Given their ages and genders, their reference times are as follows. (Links to the USATF tables that we are using for reference times can be found here (http://runscore.com/Alan/AgeGrade.html). We're using the "10 km" column on the "AgeStdHMS" tab in the "Male Road (http://runscore.com/Alan/MaleRoadStd2015.xlsx)" and "Female Road (http://runscore.com/Alan/FemaleRoadStd2015.xlsx)" spreadsheets.)
F   28:50
T   30:20
D   36:09
Dividing course time by reference time gives the adjusted performance ratios for the course:
F   1.59017
T   1.63187
D   1.58598
So, D is the leader (despite having the slowest time) and gets 1000 points. To get the points for the others, divide their ratios into D's, multiply by 1000, and you get F with 997 points and T with 972.

Conclusion: If you want to win in the Summer Series, either (a) get fast, or (b) get old fast.

By popular demand, final standings will be based on each person's four three best scores in the five-event four-event Series.

For the record, note that François Léonard is the Official Scorer, so all queries and compliments should go to him. Complaints should be sent to .

We need to know everyone's age in order to make these calculations. As usual, your orienteering age is your age at the end of the calendar year. So what we really want is your year of birth. There will be sign-up sheets at either registration or at the E-punch download at each meet. Please put down your name and year of birth. Or you can send email.

Some "fine print":

  1. Everyone who has a valid finish for that day's full course will be awarded points (except group entries will not earn points). However, to be eligible for the cumulative awards, you must be a BAOC member in good standing as of the date of the final event of the series.
  2. If you don't tell us your year of birth, we will assume you are a 21-year-old male. If you like that idea better than you like getting more points, well, that's up to you.
  3. If we find out your age after some of the point calculations have been made, we will try to go back and recalculate your point totals for the earlier events. In no case, though, will such retroactive point adjustments exceed 1000 points for a given race. (In other words, if you don't tell us your year of birth in time, and you should have been the leader that day, you won't quite get all the credit you might have gotten.)
  4. Course Setters for events in the Series will be given points for their own event equal to their best other point total in the series. Event Directors (some of whom may be able to run in their own event) will be given the higher of (a) their actual score in the event or (b) their best other point total in the series.


   (May 24, 2017)



Wrap-Up

Sixty-eight different people scored points in our four-event Summer Series, so the events, put together at the last minute to fill a gap in our schedule, clearly served their purpose. As previously announced, the top three places in our age-graded scoring system went to François Léonard, Tori Borish, and Steve Gregg.

Thanks once again to all the Course Setters and Event Directors who stepped up on short notice to make the events happen:

Thanks also to Theo Verhoeven (CS) and Deron van Hoff (ED) who had a fifth event all ready to go, but then we were denied a permit to go off-trail at the last minute.

François Leonard proposed the age-graded scoring system, and made all the calculations very promptly. Special thanks to Marie-Josée Parayre, BAOC's Official Desert Maker, for providing her delicious home-made fudge for awards. And thanks to everyone who pitched in on the days of the events for all the necessary tasks.


   (Sept. 1, 2017)



Results

As noted above, Event Directors and Course Setters receive credit for their service. Points earned by those credits are in bold below.

The event place numbers below are the places in the points tables for the events, not finishing places on the courses. See the respective results pages for the details.

  Series                         Presidio 1    Bayfront      Presidio 2     GG Park     Total    Num.   Best 
  Place  Name                    Pl    Pts     Pl    Pts     Pl    Pts     Pl    Pts    Points  Events  Three
    1    François Léonard                       1   1000      1   1000      1   1000     3000     3     3000  
    2    Tori Borish              2    882                    2    919      4    906     2707     3     2707
    3    Steve Gregg              7    773      6    806      4    875   credit  875     3329     4     2556
    4    Tak Sugiyama             3    830      5    811      7    802      9    840     3283     4     2481
    5    Chuck Spalding           9    753     16    615      6    846     10    805     3019     4     2404
    6    Stephen Harrison         8    763                    5    868     16    715     2346     3     2346
    7    Marie-Josée Parayre   credit  742                   12    742     14    726     2210     3     2210
    8    Graham Brew           credit  734      9    734                   12    732     2200     3     2200
    9    Huon Wilson             20    634     17    614     13    731     15    721     2700     4     2086
   10    Derek Maclean           19    638                   13    731     17    700     2069     3     2069
   11    Werner Haag             17    645     11    686                   13    731     2062     3     2062
   12    Steve Haas              10    715     10    697                   22    640     2052     3     2052
   13    Tony Pinkham            22    620     12    642     17    694                   1956     3     1956
   14    Matthias Kohler         28    556     21    541     21    648     19    662     2407     4     1866
   15    Lori Huberman           26    582     19    600                   20    654     1836     3     1836
   16    Stephanie Maclean       17    645                   22    645     34    525     1815     3     1815
   17    Anastasiya Gordeeva                                  3    893      5    888     1781     2     1781
   18    George Minarik                  0     18    603     24    617     32    546     1766     4     1766
   19    Rex Winterbottom                       2    861                    6    881     1742     2     1742
   20    Gary Carpenter          25    594     22    468                   23    638     1700     3     1700
   21    Penny DeMoss             5    824      3    838                                 1662     2     1662
   22    Irena Stefanova         30    540     25    395     26    606     36    487     2028     4     1633
   23    Leslie Minarik          31    533     23    440     25    611     38    484     2068     4     1628
   24    Ann Marie Cody           6    779   credit  779                                 1558     2     1558
   25    Olga Kraght             33    487                   27    584     39    474     1545     3     1545
   26    Antoine Finot                                        9    759     11    766     1525     2     1525
   27    Evan Custer                           20    556     36    275     26    624     1455     3     1455
   28    Nikolay Chukanov                                     8    760     30    622     1382     2     1382
   29    Mark Blair                            24    420     32    460     40    466     1346     3     1346
   30    Theo Verhoven                         15    618     15    714                   1332     2     1332
   31    Fyodor Konkov                                       16    703     27    623     1326     2     1326
   32    Vicky Woolworth                                     18    688     28    623     1311     2     1311
   33    Greg Favor              14    649                                 21    649     1298     2     1298
   34    Greg Ehrensing          21    624                   19    673                   1297     2     1297
   35    Rich Parker             14    649     13    630                                 1279     2     1279
   36    Gavin Wyatt-Mair        27    576                                 18    668     1244     2     1244
   37    Christine Brew          24    610     14    625                                 1235     2     1235
   38    Jeff Lanam                          credit  410     35    410     42    390     1210     3     1210
   39    Sam Coradetti           29    548                                 27    623     1171     2     1171
   40    Manfred Kopish                                      20    650     36    487     1137     2     1137
   41    Dan Greene              32    523                                 31    563     1086     2     1086
   42    Toru Furusawa                                       29    528     33    545     1073     2     1073
   43    Terry Gleason                                       28    554     41    457     1011     2     1011
   44    Scott Aster                                       credit  505     35    505     1010     2     1010
   45    Fredrik Eden             1   1000                                               1000     1     1000
   46    Rory Maclean            34    448                   30    498                    946     2      946
   47    Dennis Wilkinson                                                   2    940      940     1      940
   48    Mark Prior                                                         3    927      927     1      927
   49    Trevor Pering                                             451   credit  451      902     2      902
   50    Julia Doubson                                                      6    881      881     1      881
   51    Erin Schirm                                                        8    879      879     1      879
   52    Dennis Wildfogel         3    830                                                830     1      830
   53    Kim Van Berkel                         4    828                                  828     1      828
   54    Jonathan Owens                         7    784                                  784     1      784
   55    Holly Gaston                                        10    755                    755     1      755
   56    Jeffrey Goodwin                                     11    753                    753     1      753
   57    Kestrel Owens                          8    744                                  744     1      744
   58    Thorsten Achterkirc     12    656                                                656     1      656
   59    Deron van Hoff          13    653                                                653     1      653
   60    Kelsey Breseman         14    649                                                649     1      649
   61    David Harrison                                      23    632                    632     1      632
   62    Johanna Karras                                                    24    631      631     1      631
   63    Bob Cooley                                                        25    627      627     1      627
   64    Daniel Sebo             22    620                                                620     1      620
   65    Brian Gaston                                        31    485                    485     1      485
   66    Rosemary Johnson                                    33    447                    447     1      447
   67    Jamie Maclean                                       34    432                    432     1      432
   68    Bryan Madison           35    426                                                426     1      426
   69    Greg Khanlarov                                    credit    0                      0     1        0

Quadruped

    1    Presto                   1   1000      1   1000                     1  1000     3000     3     3000