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Spring Lake Regional Park

Date: (Sun.) Sep. 20, 2009
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Event Director: Judy Koehler - 707.778.1604
Course Setter: Scott Aster
Type: C; One of our National Orienteering Day (NOD) "Come and Try It!" events

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Event Write-Up

By Judy Koehler

With two scout troops and classes from Montgomery High School and Sacramento State attending the 2009 Spring Lake National Orienteering Day event, the theme once again was all about youth. Young people of all ages walked, biked, and carpooled to take in Scott Aster's intriguing courses. With support from local newspapers such as the Bohemian and the Sonoma Index Tribune, most attendees were new to the sport.

Questions and curiosity about orienteering required four experienced orienteers to rotate throughout the day giving instruction. When asked what is the first thing he should do, one of the students responded "find the canoes" as he saw the connecting line between two of this first controls points crossed the lake.

Chris Robles and Thor Bodtrer of Petaluma conquered the White course in 33:15 minutes, and then went out on the Yellow course. Chris Berg of Santa Rosa was first on the Yellow course with a time of 25:23. Rex Winterbottom easily handled the Oaks Sprint in 14:14, and then did the same to the Yellow course. He had so much time left he ably handled the majority of the clinics. Unique to this event was Scott's recreation of the USTT (U.S. Team Trials) Men's Sprint course from last May. Anyone was free to time themselves on the course run by the elite M-21+ orienteeers.

With only a handful of club members attending, I was grateful for those living in the area who volunteered their time to help. Many thanks go to  Rick Budde (set-up), Marsha Jacobs (set-up, early clinics), Mark and Mel Conrad (set-up, early starts), Martin Taylor (set-up, early finish), Gary Kraght (registration), Rex Winterbottom (clinics, results), Greg Logan (starts), Jim Hayes (starts), Vicki Woolworth (finish), Shura Kretchetov (finish), Neil Peterson (late registration), Joan Roos (late clinics, results), Jim Fish (late finish, results), Brett & Erik Carver (late finish), and Greg Ehrensing (late finish, control pick-up). Greg also had the daunting job of gathering and ferrying equipment between Saturday and Sunday events. Also thanks go to Bob Cooley for maps, Harold and Penny DeMoss for the loan of their tents, Jill Meuchel from Sonoma County Regional Parks, and USOF (U.S. Orienteering Federation) for the box of "goodies" for celebrating National Orienteering Day.


Spring Lake Regional Park

Santa Rosa, CA
Sunday, September 20, 2009

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

  Pl  Name(s)                                   Time

White Course    (2.1 km, 35 m climb, 8 controls)

   1  Chris Robles, Thor Bodtrer                33:16
   2  Troop 21 (5)                              36:09
   3  Lili & Chris Borland                      44:13
   4  Kimberly McVey, Jamie Gajlate,
        Jenny Zimmer                            45:40
   5  Jayne & Ethan Phillips                    45:52
   6  Pack 21 (6)                               46:40
   7  Kayla Rhode, Christie Kweon               48:20
   8  Nhia Vue, Shirley Thao                    51:08
   9  Diane Galardi                             59:45
  10  Andrew Whittle, Shawnie Crump             60:40
  11  Megan Dellavalle, Annelise & Zoe Hermsen  71:40
  12  Kayla Gloisten                            71:53
  12  Kelsey Dayton                             71:53
  12  Davey Moore                               71:53

      Katy Zincavage                            DNF

Yellow Course   (2.8 km, 60 m climb, 11 controls)

   1  Chris Berg                                25:23
   2  Joe Miller                                29:18
   3  JIm Fish                                  34:32
   4  Doug, Laura, & Rachel Olnay,
        Vicky Bischof                           42:18
   5  Marc-Julien Bernard, Luc-Adrian Noz       49:26
   6  Evan Coombs                               49:31
   7  Alex Sterling, Michael Fierro             50:30
   8  Jesse Holtz                               53:15
   9  Paul & Kathy Li                           54:04
  10  Olga Seredenko                            54:08
  11  Kathy Pinch                               56:20
  12  Amy Ensley, David Seyms                   56:42
  13  Ben & Corey Ford                          56:55
  14  Lee Vang, James Saetern                   58:05
  15  Martin, Lisa, Trey, & Max McKeay          59:40
  16  Amy Allen, Heather Beveridge,
        Rene Dimech                           1:00:08
  17  Erik & Brett Carver                     1:01:26
  18  Brian & Maddie Vineys                   1:02:30
  19  Lisa Berdue, Tracy Allgeier             1:02:40
  20  Jamie Dom-Caruso, Christen Chalmers     1:06:04
  21  Peter Graube, Susan & Jerry Winterlin   1:09:50
  22  Mike, Shayne, & Kelsie Bogyo            1:19:23
  23  Christy Petersen, Annie Gaulke          1:20:20
  24  Kelsey Vorhies, Jason Ramsey            1:23:40
  25  Lucy Clem, Felipe Loza                  1:24:15
  26  Mackensie Pimley, Anna Spnati           1:25:29
  27  Kevin Walker                            1:27:11
  28  Josh Denton, Matt Henderson             1:27:57
  29  Andrew Dellas, Mandie Leon              1:34:02
  30  Molly Davis, Drew Nelson                1:35:43
  31  Kara Adams, Donovan & Xander Gruggett   1:36:28
  32  Dox & Sarah Doxiadis                    1:45:12
  33  Amanda Noz, Cynthia Podesta             1:52:20

      Julie Hawley, Kevin Smith                 DNF   (no punch #6 & #7)
      Kristen, Yuen, Kaisa & Jeff Lee,
        Bette & Wayne Tarr                      DNF   (no punch #9)
      Jesse Grey                                DNF   (card in car)
      Collin & Sebastien                        DNF   (lost card)

  Second Course

      Rex Winterbottom                          16:37
      Vicki Woolworth                           34:28
      Chris Robles, Thor Bodtrer                47:30

Oaks Sprint     (2.2 km, 35 m climb, 11 controls)

   1  Rex Winterbottom                          14:14
   2  Shura Kretchetov                          23:33
   3  Greg Ehrensing                            24:06
   4  Vicki Woolworth                           25:18
   5  Jennifer Kerr                             32:17
   6  Marsha Jacobs                             35:01

  Second Course

      Joe Miller                                25:04
      Lisa Burdue, Tracy Allgeier               25:58
      Jim Fish                                  29:58

USTT Sprint (self-timed)   (2.9 km, 50 m climb, 14 controls)

  Second Course

      Gary Kraght                               26:21
      Shura Kretchetov                          28:08
      Jennifer Kerr                             28:08
      Jesse Grey                                35:53
      Josh Denton, Matt Henderson               35:53

      Chris Berg                         (time not reported)


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