The weather turned out nice. The map looked nice. A lot of people showed up. Most finished their selected course. Thanks to the use of permanent-feature controls and the recent park sweeps by Hizzoner, we had no missing controls this year. What more could you want? Below are the complete results.
Last year I begged off any organizational duties because I was too busy getting the map out. This year I was also very busy, mostly with course planning, especially the Trail-O (permits, wheelchair slope restrictions, learning the concepts). In fact, I was so busy I forgot to farm out the organization, with noticeable results. Fortunately, enough family members and club members pitched in at the last moment to save my bacon, at least partially.
There were some hassles with computing finishing times. I forgot to put blanks on the custom clue/control sheets for names and start/finish times. This was corrected rather quickly, but greater problems were caused by having a number of first-timers begin the course without obtaining a start time. If this has been a problem at other meets, we probably need to have newcomers advised of the existence of a starter's table upon registration.
There were a few problems with the orange courses: a control slightly off-center was one minor problem, but bigger problems were caused by inadequate mapping of vegetation. No doubt a number of runners were penalized (physically and temporally) for selecting a rational route which just happened to have a bit more fight than indicated. Wait 'til next year.
Candidate for bizarre control of the year: Normal controls have a identification on them, so you can check that it is the right one before punching. For verifying fixed features in urban settings, I gave people information about the feature ("statue of Burns") or a multiple choice answer to a fact about the feature: one right anwer and three completely false. For Orange #2, there was a sprinkler in the center of the control circle. As the verification feature, I listed the city of manufacture (Glendora) and three other, impossible alternatives (Azusa, Monrovia, and Fresno). Trouble already: almost everyone knows that our own G. Kraght hails from Glendora, the sprinkler manufacturing capital of the universe. But worse: a large number of runners decided to pass up the intended sprinkler in favor of the some other kind of sprinkler-thingie on the periphery of the control circle, which was actually manufactured in Fresno, of all ridiculous places!
The Trail-O was lightly attended, but well worth it by the accounts of the few who tried it out. Unfortunately, the turnout from the wheelchair-using community, for whom the course is designed, was nonexistant. Wait 'til next year. I have lots of advice for anyone else wishing to try setting such a course. Also a nice kit of markers I made up for the purpose, and will donate to the club.
On the Trail-O, several contestants may have had trouble with control #3 (stream bank whose correct marker blew down), control #5 (spur, one control fell down, or more probably, tampered with) and control #7 (apparently one control blew down later in the day). Surprisingly, many people missed #2, vegetation boundary.
Regretfully incomplete list of helpers: Ev'n'Jean and the Asters for registration; Sam'n'Dwight Freund, Wyatt Riley, Angelika Gerlach and Fabian Meyerfor starts; Leslie Minarik, Gary Kraght and Steve Gregg for finishes; Bob Cooley for fixing and preparing the Trail-O map and printing all the other course maps; Steve Beuerman for picking up some of the Orange controls; and especially to Gary Kraght for course consultation, setting out the Orange controls, covering the finish line, and providing the only organization visible. Also special thanks to Rachel Freund, who vetted the White and Yellow courses, worked registration from 9:30 to closing without being asked, then did finishes, and then helped me pick up Trail-O and the rest of the Orange course.
LONG ORANGE 16 controls 7.9 km Wyatt Riley 50:36 Erik Ohlund 53:15 Neal Barlow 54:28 James Scarborough 55:17 Steve Gregg 55:46 Gavin Wyatt-Mair 63:44 Bill Papendick 66:08 Bob Cooley 75:08 Mark Blair 75:49 M. Kohler 76:05 Michael Fleishman 80:54 Charlie Graham 81:23 Mariell Svensson 87:54 Jenni Barclay 88:06 Jim & Brian Michaels 94:48 Bill Straka 104:43 Swarts/Moore 111:17 Fabian Meier 117:29 Steve Beuerman 122:59 J. Roos 130:33 D. & H. Madsen OT A. Gerlach DNF P. Hoare DNF Mary Peter DNF ORANGE 12 controls 5.4 km George Minarik 46:23 Jeff Emery 47:47 Peter Rexer 51:31 Dennis Wildfogel 59:19 David Miles 67:53 Oleg Shakhnovsky 69:44 Marsha Jacobs 71:40 Aileen Abernathy 72:08 Jorian Riley 74:55 Robert Lewis 76:09 Drew Keeling 76:13 Carol Cher 76:58 Jodie Little 77:15 Day/Sun 78:22 Tim & Brian Thurgate 83:47 David Modiano 86:22 Douglas/Warmuth (3) 91:59 D. Ellis/D. Meredith 112:20 Nancy Lindeman 114:57 Hahn/Booth (4) 117:59 Belanger/Looby 124:16 Pat Roth 127:34 Thurgate/Wedwig (4) 129:03 Allison/Enomoto (6) 132:13 Bayshore/Whiteman/Dowse 148:30 Walsh/Fernandez (3) DNF Snyder/Bach DNF YELLOW 12 controls 4.5 km Jeff Emery 54:49 Fraga/Cuttitta 59:53 Zack/Kiner 62:00 M. & P. Rabuzzi 63:57 Khan/Grinspan 65:22 David Klipp 66:30 Barbara Straka 72:19 Tom Soskin 74:40 Bob & Jackie Buhl 82:45 Skanderson gp. (6) 83:20 Bob & Glenna Ingersoll 84:53 GEorge & Pat Aster 88:02 Pascal & Kirsten Vin 90:53 Suderow/Griffin (3) 92:50 BSA Troop 12 (McDonnell) 95:10 Lauren & Ray Parker 98:25 Lindsay & Greg Arthur 98:25 C. Bulleri scout gp. 99:58 Galena Shakhnovsky 102:30 Ev'n'Jean Beuerman 104:06 Bonnie & Clyde 104:37 Gustely (5) 104:46 A. Bulleri scout gp. 104:51 J. Bulleri scout gp. 105:08 V. & J. Ryerson 105:25 N. Bulleri scout gp. 106:08 Weydemeyer/Holder 109:40 Daniel Bulleri 131:20 Booth/Michaels (4) 133:37 Beavers/Robinson 136:37 Williams (3) 138:58 Zippin/Miller/Jaeger 144:50 Friedman (3) 151:10 Terry/Butler/Coghlan gp.152:34 Regalado/Grebitus (4) 154:22 Ballatore/Colby (7) 160:40 Clark/Melhler/Korpell 173:37 1 group No Start Time WHITE 9 controls 2.6 km Brian Darr 37:56 Bunting/Zawada gp. (4) 48:10 Bob & Molly Mehaffey 52:00 Martin/Bunting gp. (5) 52:15 M. & A. Levie 54:00 Myers (3) 54:35 John & Marie Dennan 58:00 Allen/Brasch (4) 62:40 Coustier (4) 64:05 Homa & Jesse Lee 70:16 Stricker (4) 71:04 Lopez/Coustier (3) 72:27 Kristen & Dana Snider 72:19 Care/White 72:30 Brown/Pollock (4) 74:35 Robinson/Samuels (9) 106:12 Al & Meredith Satake 106:35 8 groups No start time TRAIL-O Number Wrong Steve Beuerman 1 Manfred Kopisch 1 Gary Kraght 1 Aileen Abernathy 2 Carol Chen 2 Evan Custer 2 Robert Lewis 2 Rachel Freund 3 K. Friedman 8