The day started off a bit rainy, but we had 4 tents set up and were hoping for a break in the weather. About a half hour after the mass start at 9am, it just poured down for about 5 minutes, but by 10 o'clock the sun had come out and it was gorgeous the rest of the day. What a beautiful place to spend the day, emerald green hills, wildflowers........a nice diversion before the 'you-know-what' hit the fan. Oh, Dubya......
The idea behind having soooo many controls out, was to give everyone plenty of route choices and plenty of opportunities to change plans after being out for a while. There were many high pointers within reach of the 4hr. teams and in looking at the punch cards, I'm really impressed by the distances covered by some of them. The highest point total in the 4 hr. race was turned in by the Master Men (combined ages 80+) team of Hannu Haarma and Matthias Kohler. They racked up 1265 points, but lost 10 of those by being 1/2 minute late at the finish. 1255 points in only 4 hrs.! No wonder Matthias was walking 'funny' afterwards. In second place in the Master Men catego with the second highest total for 4 hrs. was the team of Dan Greene and Tapio Karras. They went into one of the tents at the start to plan their strategy and when they emerged everyone was long gone......"hey, where'd everyone go?' They just edged out the team of Bret Kerrins and Bruce Bassett by 5 points, 1110 to 1105. Bruce and Bret come in 9 minutes early.....they skipped 4 controls near the finish that would have given them the points to move into 2nd........I guess they'd had enough fun for the day. Not far behind, in 4th place with 1055 points were Kent Ohlund and Pat Nolan. Pat is not an especially experienced orienteer and said afterwards that quite honestly, it was all he could do to keep up with Kent both physically and mentally. Another notable finish was the team of Evan Custer and Johanna Merriss. Although unchallenged in the Mixed Veterans category (combined ages 100+) they pushed themselves to a very impressive score of 990 pts. Johanna said she learned alot by running with a seasoned orienteer.
In the 7 hr. event, the brothers Masalkov, Vadim and Andrew teamed up with Sergey Grushin in the Open Men division and racked up 2335 points to take home the perpetual trophy once again. The route they covered is posted on the bayOnet, basically the whole darned map! They went to 58 of the 72 controls, concentrating on the high pointers. Vadim figures they covered 30.1k with 1900m climb. Congratulations, very well done. The second highest point total was posted by the Master Men team of Steve Gregg and Jim Waite. They scored 2160. The third highest total, 1875, was turned in by Gavin Wyatt-Mair and Mark Petersen, also in the Master Men division.
Complete final results are below.
The thank yous begin with the mapper, Vladimir Zherdev. Vladimir was able to finish the 'new' map in plenty of time for us to plan the event and vet everything. He's an excellent mapper and it was very enjoyable to work with his map. Bob Cooley spent many hours printing the maps for us, thank you. Ian Tidswell made a Costco run for the treats, thanks Ian. Briones park supervisor Denise Defreese was nice enough to give us a lift out to the water stops (in addition to being very helpful and agreeable about all of our plans). The following people have no idea how much we appreciated their help picking up controls: Vlad Gusiatnikov, Vicki Woolworth, Bruce Wolfe and Sean Campbell. Bruce worked so hard picking up that he ran the treads off his shoes. Really, when he came in he had the soles of his shoes in his backpack! Thanks very much...because the four of you were able to pick up everything doable from the north, Harold and I were able to pick up all the rest from the south in only days. Vlad also helped tally the points totals for the 4 hr. race. Marsha Jacobs helped with the 7 hr. totals. There was a group helping take down tents and clean up, but I was still checking punch cards, so I may have missed someone, but thanks much to Stew Hintz, Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Steve Gregg, Jim Waite, Dan Greene and Matthias Kohler for helping with that chore.
Well, I think that's it until next time. From the volume of e-mails thanking us, I can only conclude that just about everyone like the format and had a good time. Thanks for thanking us, we appreciate it.
4-HOUR EVENT Pl Names Points MIXED VETERANS (combined ages = 100+) 1 Evan Custer, Johanna Merriss 990 VETERAN MEN (combined ages = 100+) 1 George Minarik, Allen Sanford, David Offenbrown 670 MASTER WOMEN (combined ages = 80+) 1 Jill Seaman, Helen Sabin 480 (580-100 penalty) See Note #1 MIXED MASTERS (combined ages = 80+) 1 Bob Baylor, Kathy Baylor 540 2 Julie Van Hoff, Greg Head 175 MASTER MEN (combined ages = 80+) 1 Hannu Haarma, Matthias Kohler 1255 (1265-10 penalty) 2 Dan Greene, Tapio Karras 1110 3 Bret Kerrins, Bruce Bassett 1105 4 Kent Ohlund, Pat Nolan 1055 5 Peter Graube, Mark Blair 800 (980-180 penalty) See Note #2 6 Wes Erck, Bryan Erck 435 7 Dwight Freund, Jeff Pacifici 330 8 Larry Pagendarm, John Pagendarm 320 MIXED OPEN 1 Lia Farley, Justin Snider, Ralph Pilley 940 2 Vivian Lee, Sunny Tam 905 3 Francois Leonard, Marie-Josee Parayre 900 4 Dave Shukla, Katrin Larenz 835 5 Micheal Prindiville, Jennifer Peck, Brenden Kelley 760 6 Greg Favor, Tina Pete 650 7 Jamaica Lambie, Zooey Lambie 640 8 Victoria Lee, Brian Danforth 460 9 Jay Hann, Alan Davis, Katie Gallagher 360 (380-20 penalty) 10 Bob Mills, Nastassja Mills 65 OPEN MEN 1 Dan Pratt, Jeff Kramm, Tom Pappas 825 2 Brad Wetmore, Al Phillips, Adam Wisnewski 570 3 David Pojtinger, Ruben Orosco 535 4 Patrick Jackson, Jack Bowers 520 (630-110 penalty) 5 Daryl Frame, Leif Kirschenbaum 470 (550-80 penalty) 7-HOUR EVENT Pl Names Points VETERAN WOMEN (combined ages = 100+) 1 Janet Petersen, Marsha Jacobs 770 MIXED VETERANS (combined ages = 100+) 1 Rick Lavine, Dayle Lavine 1200 2 Nancy Lindeman, Dean French 550 MASTER WOMEN (combined ages = 80+) 1 Jill Seaman, Helen Sabin 580 See Note #1 MIXED MASTERS (combined ages = 80+) 1 Rob Clima, Laura McKeegan 640 MASTER MEN (combined ages = 80+) 1 Steve Gregg, Jim Waite 2160 2 Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Mark Petersen 1875 3 Peter Graube, Mark Blair 980 See Note #2 4 Roger Whittaker, Max Whittaker 975 OPEN WOMEN 1 Carole Nuttall, Carrie Johnston 530 MIXED OPEN 1 Mark Payne, Dorthe Larsen 1245 2 Jacqueline Murphy, Michael Murphy 970 (1060-90 penalty) OPEN MEN 1 Vadim and Andrew Masalkov, Sergey Grushin 2335 2 Adrian Martin, Scott Morrison, Chris Tuffley 1825 3 Deron van Hoff, Stew Hintz, Nik Weber 1755 4 Doug Bass, Matt Holman 1695 5 Dorsey Moore, Rich Brazeu 1350 6 Greg, Phil and Dave Mosbacher 1275 7 Mark Prior, Mike Cummer, Jim Whitesell 1150 _______________ Notes: 1. Jill Seaman and Helen Sabin were the only Master Women in either race. They had a total of 580 points, but were 10 minutes late for the 4-hr. finish for 480 points. They were first either way! 2. Peter Graube and Mark Blair had 180 penalty points subtracted from their 4-hr. finish and have yet to decide which race they want to be in. If they decide to be listed in the 7-hr. finish and retain all their points, they will be 3rd with a total of 980. If they go with the 4-hr. result, they will have 800 points and be 5th.