Since the park rangers require that we stay on trails, this was a trail-only event. There was a typical White course, but the format for the other courses was a variation on a Score-O called "Western Mass(achusetts) Rules." Below are the complete results.
Scoring was by time in each of the categories. There were no bonuses for finding extra controls (e.g. 14 was no better than 10). Unlike a score-O, there was no time limit other than the standard 2:00 pm course close.
Friday night before the event, when I finally had time to finish planning (thank goodness I wasn't intending to have premarked maps), I could not find any of my drafts. (Monday after the meet they turned up at my office, where I had made some photocopies.) I panicked, pulled out a blank map, and started from scratch with what I remembered from long ago. Fortunately Huddart required us to stay on trails, which cut down on my options.
Saturday started early; I had a lot of ground to cover in the park, scouting control locations and map corrections. Since there are water fountains throughout the park I had not planned on having any water stops, but as I was dying of heat on Saturday, with an equally hot forecast for Sunday, I decided that the part of the park far from fountains needed a water stop. I also decided that the course I had planned would not be long enough for the fastest runners. There was a lot of unused park way up toward Skyline that I could use.... By the time I got there it was early evening, and I decided there was no way I would have time to hang the controls in the morning, so I set out 3 controls Saturday evening without worrying about putting them on trails since it was late, and they were well off the popular trails.
Back home, I made a couple of master maps and map correction maps. Then I got out the controls to check their codes, and start making clue sheets. Clue sheets came off the printer late Saturday night, and I got a few hours of sleep.
As the sun rose on Sunday, I was jogging through the park wearing a big backpack containing 4.5 gallons of water and a whole lot of controls. Since Huddart requires us to stay on trails, I could not have set the controls on previous days even if I had been ready to. The park was, of course, closed at sunrise so I parked up towards Skyline and dropped down into the park...
About 8 am I had set most of the controls, drove into the park, said hello to Ev and Jean who were setting up registration, and drove away to go set some more controls. Finished those, then did a quick run through the White course setting that. By then lots of people were arriving. (Note to future meet directors: lots of people arrive early.) I started making more copies of the master control and correction maps. (There weren't enough to begin with, and a couple wandered away somehow.)
Help was sparse; my post to BayOnet and attempt to recruit people at a Wednesday evening training session didn't result in many volunteers. Fortunately, Scott volunteered to work the entire time, and I called in emergency backup helpers: my parents. A few more helpers were recruited during the meet. Thanks to everyone who helped; I'm sorry that it's been so long I can't name you all.
About 2 pm I discovered a drawback of providing a course format that let everyone, even the fast runners, run themselves into the ground. Help for control pickup was sparse, understandable considering the heat and that the Western Mass format allowed everyone to go as far as they could on their course. Setting and picking up controls on Sunday I went to 54 control sites, after covering the whole park on Saturday too. I don't want to think about how many miles I covered that weekend. I have done three 24-hour rogaines, but that weekend felt like a 36-hour rogaine. Fortunately, I like rogaines.
WHITE COURSE Lauren Wolfe 12:40 Jaakko Karras 19:20 David Doberurch 19:28 Dao Le 25:39 Troop 1694/Group 1 27:24 Troop 1694/Group 2 27:43 Westerdorf & Wilbourn 30:32 George, Janet, & Jillian Hamma 35:08 Allen & Erica Denison 36:14 Jan Wolfe 36:51 Gardner Group 37:49 Timber Wolves, BSA 42:05 Wildcats, BSA 55:28 SCORE-O: WESTERN MASS. RULES 0-4 Controls George, Janet, & Jillian Hamma 39:45 (4) Malcolm Wyatt-Mair 81:40 (3) 5-9 Controls Elsa & Robert Carvalho 60:59 (6) Dox Doxiadis, Sarah Edwards 65:07 (6) Galina Shakhnovsky 69:54 G.S. Troop 1694/Flaherty 100:31 (9) Dave Ward 126:14 (6) Bill Bryant 135:09 (9) Linda Bagnall, Carlos Sobi 142:43 Rotom & Hanoch Raviv 156:30 Ofer & Tomer Grossman 161:00 10-14 Controls Julia Tussing, Kathryn Lesh 55:30 Clem McGrath 58:38 (14) Ian Ramsey 62:10 (12) Scott Aster 62:10 Phillip Hoare 67:42 Matt & Patrick Rabuzzi 80:10 Rosemary Johnson 82:20 Digumarthy/Allen 96:04 Julia Zaks 98:45 Michelle Dick, Hee So 102:09 Judy Koehler 113:09 Roy's Rovers 119:50 Don Gee 130:56 Andy McGugan 134:22 Lise/Vaurs 135:27 Rizzi 145:43 Lans Taylor 24:54 (2nd course) 15 Controls Tapio Karras 56:58 Terry Gleason 101:03 Mike Fleishman 102:46 Jeff Lanam 107:01 Anne Stubl, Trvitt Cooper 110:40 Jon Morse 116:38 Chelsea & Lans Taylor 119:06 Allen & Erica Denison 120:15 Vic Revenko 130:47 Daniel Semier 131:20 David Meredith 147:41 Nancy Lindeman 170:18 Dudley Kenworthy 198:09 20-24 Controls Michael Poulsen 90:51 Steve Jankowski 98:30 Doug Stein 99:28 Hugh Wright 103:45 Aileen Abernathy 118:12 Trevor Pering 121:48 Steve Richardson 139:13 (23) Oleg Shakhnovsky 151:23 G. Cracker/M. Pac 195:00 25 Controls Bruce Wolfe 85:40 Syd Reader 96:21 Thorsten Graeve 98:25 Dan Stoll-Hadayia 98:50 Dan Greene 98:58 Kent Ohlund 108:24 Werner Haag 114:10 Ulrich Egede 126:59 Bob Cooley 127:04 Angelica Riley 128:20 Russell Green 157:20 Gavin Wyatt-Mair 161:52 Sean Daley/Pete Kebofski/Gim Gibson 184:04 Steve Beuerman 195:45 30 Controls Wyatt Riley 121:59 Steve Gregg 132:20 Steve Haas 152:55