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Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Date: (Sun.) Nov. 2, 2008
Location: San Ramon, CA
Event Director: - 925.699.3127
Course Setter: Mark Blair
Type: B; White, Yellow, and Orange courses are standard. The 4 advanced courses will have a "creative twist".

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Event Write-Up


After torrential "showers" on Saturday, the weather outlook for Sunday was at best uncertain, but it turned out to be a beautiful day for a run in the woods. The air was clean and cool, the sun was out, but there was some mud—well, a lot of mud.

As a first-time event director, I was nervous, but can now attest to the depth of support and willingness to work that make BAOC events run so smoothly. Thank you all!

Many seemed to have a good time, and I saw quite a few smiles on tired faces. Most had at least a few signs of contact with the earth. No one got hurt and no one got lost, but some decided to pack it in rather than continue plodding and sliding.

Our course setter did admit that "the difficulty and mud on the Brown course did overwhelm those runners." Having vetted Brown myself a few days earlier, it was challenging and varied when dry, but must have become a lot more difficult after the rain. Green must have been even worse, with 7 of the 19 entrants opting to DNF.

This event was also the debut for a new, simplified procedure utilizing the GeBe printer for e-stick download and software developed by Mark Blair. It all seemed to work well with only tiny corrections being identified afterwards. This new method will greatly reduce the complexity of e-punch operations at events (in particular by not requiring a computer and printer in the e-punch tent).

When verifying that everyone who started also returned, we noticed that some runners who did not complete their courses went only to download and bypassed the Finish control. This breach of procedure complicates the process of matching entries on Start sheets with entries on Finish sheets. At future events, please note that all runners should check in at the Finish control.

Lost & Found

A black folding compass with a sighting window was found after the event. I will bring it to the O in the Oaks A-meet in Joseph D. Grant Park, where the owner can claim it. Call me if you would like me to mail it to you instead.

And the Winners Are ...

Congratulations to the winners, and to all who persevered in spite of the gooey conditions:

Gavin Williams took first place on White, followed by the two fastest girls, Julia Doubson and Elena Belk.

David Harrison took first place on Yellow, with William Morris only 3 minutes behind. Ana Herreros was the fastest girl with an injured Rosemary Johnson close behind.

David Morris was the fastest on Orange, followed closely by Hilary Hardcastle.

Greg Ehrensing blew away the competition on Brown, with Wayne Caplinger and Bjorn Widerstrom 16 and 17 minutes behind, respectively.

Kent Ohlund romped to an easy victory on Green, with Piers Newbery and Jim Waite 4 and 5 minutes behind, respectively.

Steve Gregg had a late start on Red due to his duties at registration, but must have been well rested because he finished well ahead of Matthias Kohler and Blas Lopez who were separated by only one second!

On Blue, Francois Leonard and Benjamin Legg must have had wings, because their times were even faster than the fastest runners on Red. Modestas Bacys, in third place, narrowly missed this feat.

Thank You For All The Help!

Special thanks to Jim Fish who showed up at 8 AM to set up tents, ran his course, worked at registration, and stayed to the bitter end to help with control pickup.

Many others contributed enormously:

Las Trampas Rangers: Jim Wolf, Kevin Fox
Course Setter: Mark Blair
Vetter: Hannu Haarma
Maps: Bob Cooley
Insurance: Brad Wetmore
Beginner Clinics: Nancy Lindeman, Chuck Spalding
Registration: Steve Gregg, Jim Fish
E-punch: Rosemary Johnson, Greg Ehrensing
Starts: Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Stephen Harrison
Finish: Matthias Kohler, Vicki Woolworth
Parking Control: Ben Legg
First Aid: Joan Roos
Snacks: Rex Winterbottom
Control Pickup: Harold & Penny DeMoss, Peter Graube, Jim Fish, Theo Verhoeven, Luc Poppe, Dean French


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

San Ramon, CA
Sunday, November 2, 2008

Also see control-by-control timing in the WinSplits results ( You can see the event map with the actual routes traveled by participants, and draw your own route for comparison, in the RouteGadget (introduction; this event (

  Pl  Name(s)                             Time

White Course   (2.4 km, 75 m climb, 9 controls)

   1  Gavin Williams                      24:20
   2  Julia Doubson                       30:20
   3  Elena Belk                          31:08
   4  Jonathan Larkin                     37:36
   5  Karina Masalkovaite                 47:35
   6  Rory Maclean                        56:06
   7  Fiona Belk                          57:22
   8  Davy Williams                       59:46
   9  Gabija Masalkovaite               1:05:41
  10  Nick Morales, Matt Thayer         1:05:51
  11  Emily Hann                        1:07:31
  12  Masha Konkov                      1:10:23
  13  Jared Paulson                     1:10:50
  14  Raju & Sanjeen Ganga              1:29:15
  15  Ved & Utkarsh Prakash             1:31:24
  16  Drew Kerr, Matthew Grier          1:39:23

Yellow Course  (2.5 km, 172 m climb, 13 controls)

   1  David Harrison                      57:45
   2  William Morris                    1:00:40
   3  Ana Herreros                      1:03:43
   4  Rosemary Johnson                  1:06:02
   5  Ben Considine                     1:16:57
   6  Amy Li                            1:23:11
   7  Justin Pisenti, Tom van Huesen    1:24:07
   8  Jill & Colleen Farrell            1:31:20
   9  Matt Tillis, Paul Wolford         1:34:38

      Diane Barrera                       DNF    (skipped #2)

Orange Course  (3.6 km, 240 m climb, 11 controls)

   1  David Morris                      1:01:26
   2  Hilary Hardcastle                 1:04:41
   3  Marie-Josee Parayre               1:11:03
   4  Joe Knapp, Steve Perez            1:12:06
   5  Ken Considine                     1:13:31
   6  Andy Belk                         1:14:17
   7  Harold DeMoss                     1:19:03
   8  Terry Gleason                     1:19:53
   9  Nigel Killeen                     1:20:32
  10  Megan & Paul McCandless           1:29:25
  11  Alan Houser                       1:32:44
  12  Paul & Kathy Li                   1:43:16
  13  Robin & Ed Evans                  1:48:20
  14  Tom Welte                         2:02:38
  15  John Marold                       2:20:37
  16  David Dippon, Renee St. Germaine  2:20:54
  17  Nancy Lindeman                    2:52:44
  17  Dean French                       2:52:44
  19  Monica Condit, Cherie Zeiler      3:30:48
  20  Randy Franklin                    3:30:56
  21  Faith Pacifico, Kim Roland        3:31:00
  22  Paul Komarek, Cheryl Kadis        3:31:20

      Scott Novotny                       DNF    (skipped #2)

  Second Course

      William Morris                    1:21:16

Brown Course   (3.5 km, 255 m climb, 10 controls)

   1  Greg Ehrensing                    1:23:59
   2  Wayne Caplinger                   1:40:25
   3  Bjorn Widerstrom                  1:41:32
   4  Joe Scarborough                   1:57:28
   5  Trinka Gillis                     2:09:51
   6  Mike Fleishman                    2:35:03
   7  Jim Fish                          3:15:40

      David Jorgensen                     MSP    (wrong #6)
      Joan Roos                           DNF
      Hani & Gwen Juha                    DNF
      Jennifer Kerr                       DNF

Green Course   (4.1 km, 345 m climb, 12 controls)

   1  Kent Ohlund                       1:19:35
   2  Piers Newbery                     1:23:58
   3  Jim Waite                         1:24:56
   4  Bob Cooley                        1:29:02
   5  Chuck Spalding                    1:32:37
   6  Cameron Ferguson                  1:40:16
   7  Stephanie Maclean                 2:01:23
   8  Kelly & Marley Wells              2:16:59
   9  Daniel Kopisch                    2:20:00
  10  Philipp Kopisch                   2:21:31
  11  Shura Kretchetov                  2:31:04
  12  Lauren Knight                     2:46:36

      Johanna Merriss                     DNF
      Vicki Woolworth                     DNF
      Jeff Lanam                          DNF
      Jimmy Chung                         DNF
      Lisa Tracy                          DNF
      Frederick Li                        DNF
      Long Dan                            DNF

Red Course     (5.2 km, 360 m climb, 13 controls)

   1  Steve Gregg                       1:08:43
   2  Matthias Kohler                   1:12:23
   3  Blas Lopez                        1:12:24
   4  Tapio Karras                      1:15:11
   5  Dennis Wilkinson                  1:15:17
   6  Michael Behrens                   1:18:26
   7  Toby Ferguson                     1:21:58
   8  Steve Harrison                    1:25:16
   9  Derek Maclean                     1:26:14
  10  Manfred Kopisch                   1:26:41
  11  Deron van Hoff                    1:30:37
  12  Todd Paulsen                      1:30:42
  13  Eric Rosenzweig                   1:33:15
  14  Brad Wetmore                      1:35:49
  15  Luc Poppe                         1:49:33
  16  Theo Verhoeven                    1:51:53

Blue Course    (5.8 km, 405 m climb, 14 controls)

   1  Francois Leonard                  1:02:11
   2  Benjamin Legg                     1:04:56
   3  Modestas Bacys                    1:09:28
   4  Jon Hovland                       1:11:38
   5  Mikkel Conradi                    1:12:29
   6  Andrejus Masalkovas               1:16:19
   7  Tokuro Yamaki                     1:27:41
   8  Nik Weber                         1:34:13
   9  Nad Nubthar                       1:34:47
  10  Penny DeMoss                      1:37:52
  11  Rex Winterbottom                  1:42:18
  12  Peter Graube                      1:46:56
  13  Fyodor Konkov                     2:03:03


DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)
MSP = Mispunched (one or more controls wrong)