Sunol Regional Wilderness
Date: (Sun.) Apr. 25, 2010
Location: Sunol, CA
Event Director: - 510.747.8003
Course Setters: Mark Blair, Theo Verhoeven
Type: B; Standard 7 courses plus Long Orange course
I must admit, the "Weather Gods" had granted us another miracle, rivaling the one of last year's Sunol event. Sandwiched in between some uncharacteristic cold spells, we had a perfect weekend with plenty of sunshine to warm up about 320 very eager participants, who for some reason showed up very early that day to enjoy the magnificent spring colors in all hues of green known to mankind. By 9:15 we had about 100 people asking when they could leave on their chosen challenge of the day.
On the previous day, unbeknown to the control set-up crew, one of the controls was able to hide in one of the remotest crannies of Mark's car trunk and was "temporarily" forgotten. Only after doing the final sanity check at the end of the day (by that time it was already 7:00 PM, and darkness was just around the corner) it was discovered that we successfully placed 65 controls, even though our strategic war plan dictated it to be 66. As a result, we had to assign Theo to go set out the "forgotten" control the morning of the event. Unfortunately, that control required a considerable hike, and we had to wait for Theo's return to give the go-ahead to release the by-then very antsy crowd. Fortunately, Marina did an excellent job in crowd control at the Start area, and no riots were reported.
In the mean time, the advanced course runners had ample time to warm up, thanks to Mark's ingenious remote Start location, requiring a healthy hike up the hill. Even with this pre-race elevation gain, the advanced courses were still quite physically challenging, but this is impossible to avoid, considering topography at Sunol.
We are very happy to report that many old and new faces alike were seen on that day. We had a substantial group, PALS, from a Walnut Creek school, participating with about 35 kids and their families in their first-ever orienteering experience. We also had our Swiss guest orienteer Claudia Schaerer, who came especially to Sunol to get a taste of West Coast Orienteering (never mind that she also had to be in the Bay Area for business...). She was so positively impressed that she was desperately looking for more events during her stay. Trinka did an excellent job in providing some logistic support.
At 12:30, we still had people coming in and trying to register, but we had to be cruel and enforce the rules of the day.
We had great luck with the weather but, unfortunately, not with the electronics. Both SPORTident splits tag printers were producing bad tags for all the older e-sticks. (We now know the cause of this problem.) Some very crucial data was accidentally left off the laptop computer used with our new runner registration software, and this slowed down the registration process considerably. On a day when more than 300 people came to the event, this resulted in a long line of folks waiting to register, while probably also registering some understandable irritation. Oh well. Chalk this up as yet another mistake to avoid in the future.
For the advanced courses this year, the course setter wanted to concentrate on the eastern, more open portion of the map. He also wanted to touch on some of the northern reaches seldom traversed. To accomplish this without forcing runners to cross the giant N-S canyon that bisects the map, advanced runners were directed uphill for quite a distance to a remote Start. This little warm-up hike also served to remove that climb from the courses themselves. Even so, the Brown course still turned out to be a little too physical for a course of that type. The published climb figure on the Blue course was also substantially underestimated.
Fortunately most people were able to enjoy their romp in the park, and some of them deserve special mention, as they excelled in their respective races.
Sisters Katie and Sara Petersen dueled it out on the White and Yellow courses. Katie won the White course in 18:59, just ahead of Daniel Sebo. Sara was faster on the Yellow course, but not as fast as Levi Miller who won the Yellow course in 26:38. The steep Sunol hills made the Orange courses harder than usual. Nancy Lindeman had invited her sister Kathie. While making their way up the hill to the Start, Kathie wondered aloud whether this was now the "joy of orienteering" Nancy so often talks about. They were both all smiles though when they crossed the Finish, and seemed to have had a great time. James Wilson finished the Orange course in 52:46, just ahead of Gary Kraght, while Rex Winterbottom held off all the adventure runners on Long Orange with a very fast 1:00:10, more than 25 minutes ahead of Chris Land.
On the Brown course, Dennis Wildfogel had a comfortable lead of almost 10 minutes over Shura Krechetov who was second. Both of them way ahead of the pack. Brown, being a bit harder than usual, had quite a number of DNFs — for some it was the heat, and for others just a bit too hilly.
The Green course seemed to be a popular choice, as 29 people chose this course. Terje Mathisen made it in a quick 1:02:43. Red on the other hand, had only 14 participants, with Donatas Ereminas (1:16:09) beating Steve Gregg by a good 10 minutes. But we can blame that on the fact that Steve was the first runner of the day, having to wake up all those sleepy controls.
The Blue course was conquered by Jonas Kjall in a very speedy 1:05:56, with Francois Leonard second in 1:13:53, and Dennis Wilkinson third in 1:18:59. The remaining 16 people were nicely spread out with 1- to 2-minute "courtesy" gaps.
For those who participated in the Morgan Territory Rogaine three weeks prior, Rex Winterbottom had organized an award ceremony, making a lot of us the happy recipients of a certificate proving for generations to come that we somehow were able, at least on that day, to outsmart and outrun our closest orienteering rivals.
Nick Corsano presided over the BAOC Annual Meeting, of which you can read the report here.
And of course, none of the happenings on this gorgeous spring day could have materialized without the incredible dedication of my closest associates, Mark Blair and Theo Verhoeven, who dutifully assisted me with my first ED assignment as course setters and general advisors, and the whole crew of volunteers, for which I'm very thankful, and hope to repay them in the future:
- Pierre Delforge for vetting
- Marina Keating & Benn Legg for starts
- Steve Gregg as control waker-upper to mention only one task
- Joe Maffei as assistant early starter and also Finish staffer
- Werner Haag for Finish staffer
- Jim Fish & Peter Graube for too many jobs to describe
- Johanna Merriss, Nancy Lindeman, & Rex Winterbottom for their numerous clinics
- Gavin Wyatt-Mair and Mark Petersen for their impromptu Scouts Clinic
- Rex, again, for providing all the goodies we could munch on
- Toby Ferguson for epunch
- James Wilson for registration
- Esther Heller & Judy Koehler for assisting James and Toby to keep their heads above water
- Peter Graube for directing control pick up
- Steve Haas, Kelly Wells, Nancy Lindeman and 2 assistants, Jim Fish, Peter Graham, Dennis Wilkinson as control picker-uppers
- Gavin Wyatt-Mair for his nonchalant offer to trudge back up to the advanced Start and bring it back down all by himself
I apologize if I have forgotten anyone — it must have been due to all of the excitement, this being my first ED assignment!
I really, really enjoyed working with all of you, and hope we can do this again in the future (I'm keeping this volunteer list :-).
Lost & Found
If anyone has more info on these items, please contact .
- 3 e-sticks were lost.
- One was lost in the vicinity of control 111 (Brown #9, Green #11, Blue #14).
- One was found at the Finish and was returned to Registration.
- No details on the other one.
- 2 compasses were lost at or before the advanced Start area. They belong to Joe Scarborough.
- Suunto thumb with magnifier
- Silva Jet 5 with pace counter
Gray hooded sweater with UCSD printed on the front.
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Also see control-by-control timing in the WinSplits results (http://www.obasen.nu/winsplits/online/en/show_event.asp?id=13878).
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 (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=220)).
You can also compare yourself with others (and with your own historical performance) in the performance evaluation (http://leshij.org/O-web/php/report_Event.php?dataSource=Scores_CURRENT&selectEVENTS=936&selectLIST_TABLE=LISTVIEW&selectRUNNER_CLASS=0&selectRUNNERS=%25&GO_BTN=Show+Results) and the O-Speed table (http://leshij.org/O-web/php/report_Event.php?dataSource=Scores_CURRENT&selectEVENTS=936&selectLIST_TABLE=TABLEVIEW&selectRUNNER_CLASS=0&selectRUNNERS=%25&GO_BTN=Show+Results).
Pl Name(s) Time
White Course (1.8 km, 60 m climb, 10 controls) 1 Katie Petersen 18:59 2 Daniel Sebo 21:04 3 Andrew Kim 23:46 4 Sara Petersen 24:10 5 Davy Williams 24:25 6 Annalyse & Michelle Lalljie, Cathryn Popa, Shannon Reed 24:43 7 Cathy & Meghan Haire, Kimberly Zai 26:45 8 John & Luke Martin 35:33 9 Isabel Eleazar, Gabby, Kevin, & Kyle Wong 43:23 10 Chloe, Joe, Josh, & Lisa Stemmerich 45:16 11 Allison, Dave, Matt, & Stacey Schweppe 45:20 12 Unknown Runner 2006796 48:22 13 Julie & Suzanna Land 49:14 14 Allison, Brandon, Stephanie, & Steven Johnson 54:08 15 David, Felicia, Jocelyn, & Karen Keller 55:06 16 Cathy Wang, David, Keilah, & Sophie Wright 55:24 17 Gary, Declan, & Sabrina Mintz, Ann Dalsin 56:24 (estimated Start) 18 Marshall & Bruce Scott 59:29 (estimated Start) 19 Emily Considine 1:20:36 20 Unknown Runner 35287 1:39:58 21 Eric Fok, Ruth Kale-Fok, Alexis, Jasmin & Viokt 1:43:57 Cecilia Rubens, Leslie Taylor DNF (skipped GO control) Michael, Shari, & Tim Walker DNF Jonathan Lee, Steven Menerbroker DNF Second Course Mariana Compagnone DNF Yellow Course (2.2 km, 115 m climb, 12 controls) 1 Levi Miller 26:38 2 Gary Martinez 28:20 3 Mariana Compagnone 33:26 4 Daniel Kim 34:23 5 Kate Siegel, Andrea Steinbach 35:01 6 Rental Runner 336869 39:00 7 Quinn & Mike Nelson, Jerrod Lopez 39:09 8 Kai & Ray Rosenbaum 42:49 9 Aubrey Volz 44:19 10 Esmorie & Dudley Kirkpatrick 44:20 11 Sasha Lakovlev 46:36 12 Daniel & Linda Martinez, Corey Boggs 46:54 13 Unknown Runner 2013539 50:57 14 Isabel Souts 51:02 15 Bob, Grant & Kayla Cameron 51:58 16 Erin & Melody Majers, Craig Pierce 52:23 17 Christy James 56:06 18 Danya & Sonya Karpelevitch 56:48 19 Colleen, Kevin, Molly, Jack & Claire Dowd 58:00 20 Alex, Cassie, Erica, Kathleen, & Kelly Halaszynski 58:18 21 Stephen Kwo 58:37 22 Olga Seredenko 1:00:59 23 Ernesto Duque 1:01:57 24 David Tanner 1:03:18 25 John Batcheller 1:07:11 26 Judy Koehler, Nancy Thomas 1:08:42 27 Charlotte, Sonja, & Priscilla Dickert 1:15:25 28 Michael Michels, Colleen Zato 1:17:31 29 Jocelyn & Karen Keller 1:18:50 30 Ann, Doug & Trevor Johnston 1:18:54 31 David & Felicia Keller 1:22:20 32 Jack & Amelia, Darly & Brandon 1:30:33 33 Emma, Grace, & Marc Swinnen 1:32:46 34 Unknown Runner 2006798 1:38:00 35 Daizie & Delvin Yuk 1:38:55 36 Jimmy Chung 2:09:04 37 Bradley Team 2:12:59 Jeff & Tyler Chen DNF Sylvia Molina, Chris & Rubon Vanegas DNF Natalie Kim DNF Second Course Sara Petersen 34:27 Katie Petersen 38:05 Orange Course (3.8 km, 230 m climb, 14 controls) 1 James Wilson 52:46 2 Gary Kraght 1:02:42 3 Fedor Karpelevitch 1:13:38 4 Nick Corsano 1:18:15 5 Claudia Schaerer 1:21:44 6 David Harrison 1:22:57 7 Elizabeth & John Wilson 1:29:25 8 Brent & Matt Adams 1:32:25 9 Gavin Williams 1:35:03 10 Karina Avramenko 1:37:02 11 Karla Knudson, Peter Triezenberg 1:49:09 12 Andrew Peterson, Drew Lundgren 2:01:48 13 Meg Gerstner, Marsha Jacobs 2:01:50 14 Diane & Fred Ciaramaglia 2:03:01 15 John Marold 2:05:50 16 Nathan Kelso 2:15:39 17 Valencia Higgins, Brian Tennant 2:19:50 18 Wen Li, TJ Nicholson, Ben Wallace 2:23:05 19 Dinesh Moorjani 2:24:54 20 Kevin Walker 2:35:15 21 Varsha Lakhani, Atul Purohit, Jyoti Khubchandani 2:38:04 22 Pia Kamlan 2:39:08 23 Jan Vanhoutte, Dirk Demol, Nick & Carolin, Steegmans Gita Turelinckx 2:39:54 24 Kathy & Paul Li 2:43:41 25 Meera Chawla, Barbara Finch, Michele Parcel 2:49:32 26 Chris Cobey, Michael Glaise 2:50:25 27 Anthony Halligan, Jim Hayes 3:13:25 28 Nancy Lindeman, Kathie Wiegant 4:02:15 Colleen & Jill McCandless DNF (skipped GO control) Max Wiegant DNF (skipped GO control) Alex Solomatnikov DNF Lyubov Solomakha DNF Boris Oskotsky, Tomiko Nguyen-Trung DNF Jeff & Johanna Dickert DNF Long Orange Course (5.3 km, 325 m climb, 18 controls) 1 Rex Winterbottom 1:00:10 2 Chris Land 1:25:51 3 Marie-Josee Parayre 1:46:50 4 Donato Polignone 1:49:33 5 Laurens Fein 1:51:23 6 Megan & Paul McCandless 1:56:27 7 Brian Schmidtz 2:04:47 8 Nick van Hoff, Tom Bryant 2:05:50 9 Laura Price, Mark Turner 3:55:34 Dennis McClane DNF (skipped #13) Barbara Hemstreet, Steve Hier DNF Brown Course (4.2 km, 217 m climb, 11 controls) 1 Dennis Wildfogel 1:01:33 2 Shura Kretchetov 1:11:06 3 Unknown Runner 354240 1:30:14 4 Michael Robinson 1:35:00 5 Patty Clemo 1:40:59 6 Jim Fish 1:46:17 7 Susan & Roy Want 1:48:36 8 Stew Hintz (GCO) 1:54:04 9 Paul Polewaczyk 1:57:26 10 Lauren MacMullan 2:03:59 11 William Straka 2:05:28 12 David Bui, Hani Juha 2:06:06 13 Jeff Samuels 2:12:45 14 Jennifer Kerr (GCO) 2:29:15 15 Cindi Choi, Gwen Juha, Victoria Liu 2:41:10 16 Don & Jon Gee 3:02:53 17 Vamsi Nalluri, Anshul Malvi, Sree Vallath, Nanditha Jayarasan 3:27:34 18 Nigel Goldstone, Mary Low, Sweatha Rao, Won Rhee, Rajiv Sankaran 3:42:03 Ingert Svard DNF Barbara Straka DNF Jeff Lanam DNF Tracie Connors, Heather Zischka DNF (skipped #1) Trinka Gillis DNF Ben Legg DNF David Dippon DNF Robert Lewis DNF Green Course (5.3 km, 270 m climb, 13 controls) 1 Terje Mathisen (Tyrving) 1:02:43 2 Matthias Vangbo 1:11:22 3 Travis Parker 1:19:04 4 George Minarik 1:21:14 5 Syd Reader 1:21:30 6 Steve Haas 1:25:29 7 Mark Petersen 1:26:32 8 Werner Haag 1:29:10 9 Bob Cooley 1:30:09 10 Rich Parker (SDO) 1:31:09 11 Chuck Spalding 1:31:31 12 Toby Ferguson 1:31:58 13 Steve Anton 1:32:45 (estimated Start) 14 Matej Sebo 1:33:36 15 Dan Greene 1:37:37 16 Greg Ehrensing 1:41:24 17 Gavin Wyatt-Mair 1:45:53 18 Cameron Ferguson 1:51:49 19 Alan Glendinning 1:55:37 20 Johanna Merriss 1:56:29 21 Vicki Woolworth 2:02:16 22 Mark Rice 2:14:21 23 William Morris 2:53:56 24 Judy & Tom Cronin 3:04:21 25 Janet Petersen 3:05:21 26 Kevin Hinckley, Terri Hunt 3:27:07 Derek Sibilia DNF Kelly Wells DNF Mark Prior DNF Red Course (6.3 km, 382 m climb, 13 controls) 1 Donatas Ereminas 1:16:09 2 Steve Gregg 1:26:12 3 Deron van Hoff 1:27:38 4 Tapio Karras 1:33:32 5 Bruce Wolfe 1:42:56 6 Stephen Harrison 1:43:32 7 Andrejus Masalkovas 1:47:18 8 Lubomir Sebo 1:48:51 9 Eric Rosenzweig 1:51:30 10 Bob Strauss 3:05:18 11 Marina Keating 3:08:40 David Strong DNF Spencer Tai DNF Unknown Runner 509812 DNF Blue Course (7.1 km, 412 m climb, 16 controls) 1 Jonas Kjall 1:05:56 2 Francois Leonard 1:13:53 3 Dennis Wilkinson 1:18:59 4 Jonathan Owens 1:34:15 5 Vladimir Gusiatnikov (OCIN) 1:35:05 6 Greg Walker (CSU) 1:39:51 7 Alex Finch 1:42:45 8 Kyle Peter 1:42:49 9 Matthias Kohler 1:43:35 10 Roger Pruett 1:46:44 11 Igor Guskov (SMOC) 1:48:14 12 Peter Graham 1:54:50 13 Joe Maffei 2:02:40 14 Peter Graube 2:07:21 15 Wendell Doman, Ooi Leng Lum 2:09:00 16 Nick Giori 2:26:00 17 Julien Lallemand 2:55:04 18 Laura Cook, Phil Lovalent, Scott Samson 2:58:39 (estimated Start) 19 Heidi Stenner 3:11:36 Ann Deucher Curtis Caddell DNF (skipped GO control) David Dreyfuss, Cynthia More DNF _______________
DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)