After the fog cleared, a total of 121 people had 77 runs on the day's White, Yellow, and Short and Long line orienteering courses. Below are the complete results.
Malcom Wyatt-Mair, Theo Verhoeven, Rex Winterbottom, and Syd Reader were the respective winners. Bruce Wolfe ran the course under competition conditions the day before. His terrain familiarity and speed expectedly had him well under my design time of 60 minutes. Syd was the upset winner over pre-race favorites Neal and Michi coming in just a couple of minutes over the EWT.
The White and Yellow courses were designed to add challenging route choices to the usual standard. Intermediate and advanced runners had a choice of two line orienteering courses. Loop A constituted the short course with runners having the option of continuing on the B Loop for the long course. The rules for this line-O were similar as for standard orienteering with the major difference being that the map showed a feasible route as a line on the map with no control circles. The objective was to locate the controls based on the map information and the usual control descriptions. As a training event the emphasis was on very precise navigation, reading ahead on the map, careful attention to descriptions and dealing with unusual situations.
As competition, the idea was to gather as many controls as possible (no DQ for omitting any). My strategy in the design was to reward those who paid close attention to the rules and the descriptions. Also important was the confidence to know exactly where you were at the right times and to realize that the line was meant to be drawn with equal precision. I have noted after many years in this sport that a very common problem among orienteers of all levels is the tendency to wander looking for a bag when one should be utilizing the information provided by the map, terrain and descriptions. Line-O if properly designed, encourages the runner to navigate with precision. And, in this event, deviate from the line where the map and descriptions so dictate.
I was surprised that so many attempted to follow the line without question where there was no feature as described. Deciding when to leave the line meant matching what the map showed with the description including modifiers. Lots of shortcuts were possible but the big red herring was on course A where the line went well out of the way to go near but not over two hills before crossing the correct one.
These stategies were not specifically mentioned in the Meet Director's notes and that fact was questioned by Steve and Bruce prior to the meet. My feeling was that there was training value in emphasizing that knowledge of the rules is important (though very specialized for this event); precision is important in both performance and in organization; and descriptions and flag location should be expected to be precise. It should be possible to take all of these things for granted at a well-organized event.
That is not to say that the organizer did not make his share of mistakes. The flag for control #4 was off the line. I changed the location because of map problems and though I checked its location from the trail above should have realized that the map inacuracies left the control some 20-30 meters above the line. My other error was not to put out water. While each loop was under 2.5km, many were out a long time and the results were affected. I should also apologize for the short sighted planning of the start area layout which resulted in inordinate crowding. There were many more entrants than expected.
I would like to thank specially my assistants Steve Gregg and Pat Roth who were invaluable in many phases of this event. Bruce Wolfe was key in the final checking. His assurance that the concept was workable was valuable to me. There were so many helpers available that there was little for me to do once starts were underway. Thanks to all especially those that I may have forgotten in this list.
WHITE 1. Malcom Wyatt-Mair 00:40:02 2. Bernstein, Susan 01:39:06 2nd Course 1. Michelle Dick 00:41:26 Groups 1. Geoff, Colleen, Ross Erin, and Ryan Tate 00:45:24 2. D. Signorella, E. Ward and M. Hay 00:56:04 3. Jim and Lee Ann Harriman 00:56:36 4. Andrea and Tony Imhof and Eileen Mclean 01:01:24 5. Lauren and Jan Wolfe 01:04:59 6. Tim and Maria Shaver, Dan and Kara Gunar and Paul Slavinsky 01:14:58 7. Lenny and Katy Berman 01:15:22 8. Phil, Barbie and Jeff Belman 01:21:50 9. Brad and Jessica Taylor 01:22:31 10. Ken Fishkin, Leone Warrell and Kaliya Oburi 01:27:22 11. Judy and John Toupin 01:34:06 Second Course 1. Hillary Wolfe, Lauren Barbieri and Graeme Joeck 00:26:12 YELLOW 1. Theo Verhoeven 00:31:54 2. Randy Thomas 00:33:53 3. Leslie Minarik 00:42:14 4. Marsha Jacobs 00:43:18 5. Julia Tussing 00:48:45 6. Judy Koehler 01:02:15 7. Michelle Dick 01:06:40 8. Andy Mcugan 01:09:39 9. Jill Custer 01:10:55 10. H. Greathead 01:20:35 11. Mike Barrett 01:24:10 12. Joe Santana 01:24:21 13. Adam Bernstein 01:35:29 Mike Barrett MSP Groups 1. Hillary Wolfe, Lauren Barbieri and Graeme Joeck 00:45:42 2. Lysbeth, Ann and Tim Ward 00:57:55 3. Jeff Edmonston and Marjorie Wong 01:08:04 4. Terry, Alex and Eric Englehart 01:08:24 5. Don Gee and Rich Lan 01:08:51 6. Mike McNeil and Jim Signorella 01:10:04 7. Paul Slivinsky, Tim and Maria Shaver and Ron and Marybeth Gunar 01:12:02 8. Joe Rivera and Jim Harrah 01:30:48 9. Bill and Helen Madsen 01:43:04 10. Dennis Bryce and Lisa Wiggins 01:57:31 Doug Meyers and Duncan Smith DNF Deb and Steve Stotsh OT Jessica and Gary Moreno OT LONG LINE-O Loop A Loop B Controls Total Time Wolfe, Bruce 00:21:59 00:32:00 24 00:53:59 1. Reader, Syd 00:28:14 00:34:19 24 01:02:33 2. Barlow, Neal 00:33:45 00:40:07 24 01:13:52 3. Kamijima, Michihiro 00:33:32 00:42:29 24 01:16:01 4. Stoll, Dan 00:30:33 01:00:37 24 01:31:10 5. Cooley, Bob 00:44:12 00:51:15 24 01:35:27 6. Blair, Mark 00:30:19 01:11:07 24 01:41:26 7. Glendinning, Alan 00:44:19 00:59:15 24 01:43:34 8. Wyatt-Mair, Gavin 00:45:10 01:02:36 24 01:47:46 9. Carpenter, Gary 00:40:18 01:22:55 24 01:58:55 10. Prior, Mark 01:27:57 00:56:57 24 02:24:54 11. Papendick, Bill 00:59:32 01:27:13 24 02:26:45 12. Abernathy, Aileen 00:58:58 01:28:47 24 02:27:45 13. Shakhovsky, Oleg 00:57:11 01:32:31 24 02:29:42 14. Green, Russell n/a n/a 21 01:44:33 15. Minarik, George n/a n/a 21 01:45:25 16. McUbbine, Angus n/a n/a 21 02:32:12 17. Gleason, Tony 01:05:38 01:53:12 20 02:58:50 18. Modiano, Dave n/a n/a 18 02:35:46 19. Pinkham, Tony n/a n/a 16 02:29:36 20. Wildfogel, Dennis n/a n/a 14 01:10:41 Roos, Joan OT Groups 1. Meredith, Kirkov 01:10:59 01:26:01 24 02:37:00 2. Mark, Laura, Beau 01:27:57 00:56:57 23 02:24:54 SHORT LINE-O Controls Loop A 1. Winterbottom, Rex 10 00:49:20 2. Gerstner, Meg 10 00:49:29 3. Brenner, Charles 10 01:01:30 4. Fallis, Don 10 01:07:42 5. Jeff Lanam 10 01:24:43 6. Madson, Cheryl 10 01:45:48 7. Lee, Vivian 10 02:14:57 8. Friederichs, Josh 9 00:43:42 9. Clemo, Patty 9 01:04:24 10. Johnson, Rosemary 4 01:46:56 11. Meyers, Doug 3 n/a Second Course Tussing, Julia 9 01:33:20 Groups Mac Cuttia, Ken and Rick Fraga OT Second Course (B Loop) Gerstner, Jacobs 14 01:42:14