Bon Tempe (Volunteer Appreciation Event) Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21, 2003 Fairfax, CA.
Event Director: Scott Aster - 415.456.8118
Course Setter: Dwight Freund

This year's Bon Tempe event was a volunteer appreciation event, free for club members who volunteered at any BAOC event in 2003. The reason for the limited attendance is that the stewards of the mapped area, the Marin Municipal Water District, restrict us to only 20 participants each day. The event is held on two consecutive days to allow 40 club members the opportunity to partake.

Writeup by Scott Aster
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The weather was typical for Bon Tempe: Mist, hard rain, and at times dense fog on Saturday, with overcast, but dry and fog-free conditions on Sunday. 43 club members who had volunteered during the year came out and participated in our annual end-of-the-year event, taking a break from holiday shopping, football games, and staying inside during bad weather to tramp around this beautiful map of ours.

The rain & fog created serious hardships for competitors on Saturday, with those wearing glasses suffering the most. Matthias Kohler, had to abandon his course while in the deep, dark redwoods on the "Hillside of Death" due to the fact that his glasses were so steamed up that, combined with the darkness made it impossible to read his map. Matthias did hike out of the dense woods to the more open area on the west side of the map, where he picked up the course and finished strongly.

The rain on Saturday made for slick conditions around several controls, and many participants came in not only drenched, but quite muddy as well.

The conditions on Sunday were much better, with no rain or fog to deal with. Times on all three courses were faster than on Saturday, though people continued to have trouble dealing with the map. I think the biggest challenge of the map is the 40 foot contours, which hide a lot of detail between contour lines. It was quite easy to get confused on the elevation when we are all so used to 5 meter contours. I made a couple of mistakes myself, picking up controls due my forgetting the difference.

Many thanks goes to Dwight Freund, who designed all of the courses, and hung most of the bags on Thursday, two days before the event. Dwight made good use of the map, and set courses that, for the most part, avoided the pitfalls of Bon Tempe, as evidenced by the small numbers of DNFs on both days. Dwight made my job as Event Director a very easy one, and the meet wouldn't have happened without him.

I was able to run the starts and finishes both days, but fortunately, I got lots of help picking up bags on Sunday. Joan Roos, Oleg Shaknovsky, Steve Gregg, George & Leslie & Sarah Minarik all helped out with this task.

The results are listed below. People who ran on Saturday have "Sat" after their times; Sunday participants have "Sun" after their times.

Bon Tempe, Fairfax, CA
Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21, 2003


  Pl  Name                                   Time   Day

"Yellonge" Course   (3.7 km, 180 m climb, 14 controls)

   1  Tom & Sandy Guldman                    82:49  Sun
   2  Sharon Evans & Dan Vanatter            96:34  Sat
   3  Larry Pagendarm                       110:53  Sat
   4  Shirley & Neal Pierce                 134:19  Sat

      Galena Shaknovsky                       DNF   Sun

Brown Course        (3.7 km, 200 m climb, 11 controls)

   1  George Minarik                         65:16  Sun
   2  Gary Kraght                            71:13  Sun
   3  Sarah Minarik                          95:44  Sun
   4  Joan Roos                              97:24  Sun
   5  Leslie Minarik                         98:31  Sun
   6  Harold DeMoss                          99:20  Sat
   7  Jennifer Kerr                         110:34  Sun
   8  Laura McKeegan & Rob Clima            133:09  Sun
   9  Alan Houser                           142:29  Sun
  10  Vic, Liz, & Laura Revenko             146:20  Sat
  11  Rosemary Johnson                      157:19  Sun
  12  Sean Campbell                         219:06  Sun

      Dean French                             DNF   Sat
      Nancy Lindeman                          DNF   Sat
      Oleg Shaknovsky                         DNF   Sun

Red Course          (6.0 km, 380 m climb, 19 controls)

   1  Tapio Karras                           88:07  Sun
   2  Derek Maclean                          91:07  Sun
   3  Steve Gregg                            92:36  Sun
   4  Mark Prior                             95:50  Sat
   5  Dan Greene                            100:30  Sat
   6  Penny DeMoss                          104:32  Sat
   7  Evan Custer                           108:12  Sun
   8  Hannu Haarma                          113:16  Sun
   9  Chuck Spalding                        125:02  Sat
  10  Brad Wetmore                          125:54  Sat
  11  Gavin Wyatt-Mair                      129:06  Sat
  12  Bill Papendick                        138:49  Sat
  13  Peter Graube                          138:54  Sat

      Matthias Kohler                         DNF   Sat
      Terry Farrah                            DNF   Sat
      Andrejus Masalkovas                     DNF   Sat
      Leif Kirschenbaum                       DNF   Sun