Lots of happy, enthusiastic locals came out to Foothill Park on Saturday to try a sport that was new to all but a handful of them, orienteering. Everyone who I talked with said they had a wonderful time, and most left clutching our latest club schedule flyer as they left.
BAOC was invited to run a "come & try it" event at the behest of the Sonoma County Parks Department. The day was their annual "Parks Day", where they try to feature a variety of activities in as many of the county parks as is practicable. Several activities were planned for Spring Lake park (where we have a good orienteering map), and the Director asked me if we would be willing to hold our event at one of their other, less developed parks. I asked if they had a decent map of Foothill Park, and they provided me with one that would allow me to set White & Yellow courses.
Participants went out on their courses with black & white copies of the park map, with the course pre-printed on it. Despite the lesser map quality, all entrants successfully completed their courses, and quite a few had such a good time that they elected to try a second course!
The park terrain consists mostly of rolling oak forest and meadow, surrounding three small lakes. Off-trail terrain is quite runnable and I think this park would make a good addition to BAOC for regular meets. The park department has said we could map it for orienteering meets, so now all we need is a mapper! Anyone want to volunteer?
This event was such a success largely due to the bunch of great club members who pitched in and helped out. Judy Koehler did extensive publicity work before the event, and helped out with just about everything (including picking up most of the controls!), and was indispensable. Her parents came out and ran the starts and finishes most of the day, while Martin Taylor, Alan Jones, Neil Peterson, Joan Roos and my parents all made the trip up to help out. Thank you all!
Short Course 1 Evan Custer 8:00 2 Mark, Elizabeth & Stephanie Henry 13:00 3 Vic & Chemi Suard 15:00 = Steven O'Neal & Karen Amici 15:00 5 Jim Hancock 17:00 6 Marty Lautze & Connie Bertlshofer 18:00 7 Rose Knight 19:00 8 Robin Goodman 20:00 9 Darren, Patty, Stacy & Tara Barnes 21:00 10 Robert & Taylor Rappa 27:00 John & Laura DeAguiar DNF (Forgot to punch) Long Course 1 Otti Bisang 18:00 2 Evan Custer 26:00 3 Ed Voge 29:00 4 Carl Brodene 32:00 5 Bob Sandwina 33:00 = Steve & Liz Richards 33:00 7 Jason Wright 35:00 8 Tim & Kyle Ibrahim 39:00 = Joan Roos 39:00 = Mark, Elizabeth & Stepanie Henry 39:00 11 Don Gee 43:00 12 Mustafa Ozilgen 44:00 = Derek & Cheryl LaSalle 44:00 14 Rich & Heather Steiner 47:00 15 Alan Jones 49:00 16 Jill Gaines 55:00 17 Jim Hancock 58:00 = Judy Koehler 58:00 = Neal Peterson 58:00 20 Darren, Patty, Stacy & Tara Barnes 62:00 = Martin Taylor 62:00 22 Julie, Chris & Valerie Major 67:00 = John Babich, Helen Crump, Julie Aquino & Joel Storns 67:00 = Marty Lautle & Connie Bertlshofer 67:00 25 Linda Garth, Gail Onyett & Ali Jonk 79:00 26 Sharon Alberts, Josh & Ellen Cox 83:00 27 Kris & Julianne Cuneo 84:00 28 Mona, Jamie & Rachel Ibrahim 89:00 29 Jeannie Laikam & Phil Kelly 93:00