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Wildcat Scramble

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

Date: (Sun.) Jul. 22, 2012
Location: Richmond, CA
Event Directors: - 510.229.7103, - 541.401.7595
Course Setter: Jonas Kjäll
Type: C; Up to 3 hours of wilderness scrambling, which some of you may know as the "Score-O" format

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Event Write-Up

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The Wildcat Scramble was a very successful event!

Thirty-five teams (sold out!) came out to discover Wildcat Canyon Regional Park on a beautiful morning. A handful of teams had told us before that they we're not planning on using the full three hours. However, as time went by no teams showed up early. Were all the controls in the right location? Were there any other problems with the course? Finally, 'Harold DeMoss came back. He wasn't competing, just spectating. He told us he had been siting on a hilltop with his binoculars, with a view of a large part of the course, watching the runners going straight for the controls and sometimes taking the wrong approach. Who said orienteering can not be a spectator sport? At least in the open Bay Area terrain it can be very entertaining from a good vantage spot. With less than half an hour remaining of the three-hour limit, the first team, the Kraghticats, finished. In the remaining allotted time, a lot of teams finished, struggling to finish before the start of the time penalty. Shortly after 1 smallPM/small all teams had finished, and it appeared that everyone had had a good time trying to use as much of the time as possible to find as many controls as they could. None of the teams found all the controls, as intended, so all teams had faced the same challenge — racing for three hours trying to find the optimal subset, within their ability, of all controls.

The best team was MaD (Matej and Dennis) with an impressive score of 260 points. Other notable achievements include Brewskis (Christine and Graham Brew) who won the mixed category, Marie-Josée and Cornelia, the winners of the women’s division, and the two Peterson family teams who battled for the top spot in the family category, with Team Mojo (Mark & Sarah) narrowly edging out Team Chocolate (Janet & Katie). We also had many first timers who performed well, finding many of the controls and finishing in the middle of the field. Looking on RouteGadget afterwards, more teams explored more secret passages then we expected. These also added to the possibilities in the teams course design, since almost all of them had their own approach to try to visit as many controls as possible. If you have not looked on RouteGadget yet, take and look here (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=291&kieli=) and see how the other teams planned their route!

This event would not have been possible without the work of all who volunteered. Paula Zurowski, Mike Meager, and Ed Beeler helped with setting up and handled the registration. Vladimir Gusiatnikov helped out with whatever we needed help with at the moment. Steve Gregg and Jeff Dickert picked up most of the controls. As usual, Rosemary Johnson and Mark Blair did a great job with the e-punch, and Bob Cooley did an excellent job with the map printing. Lastly, the rangers Alison Reins and Tiffany Marcigulci, and their colleagues, were very helpful and supportive of this event.

Thank you all who helped us making this happen, and thanks everyone who participated. It was a great event!

Jonas and Ben




Results

Wildcat Scramble

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
Richmond, CA
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Please let me know if there are errors in categories, team names, runner names, etc. I only had the little paper slips with team names to go by, and the pre-registration list which had names but not team names. I matched them as best I could.  — , E-Punch

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=291)).


Format: Score-O with 3-hour limit, 30 controls at 10 points each for a maximum score of 300 points; 5-point penalty for each minute (or fraction) overtime; Loss of all points if more than 15 minutes late


      Open 
Pl    M  F   Mxd  Fam  Vet  Team Name: Members                           Time    Points  Penalty  Score
 1    1                     MAD: Dennis & Matej                         2:59:17    260            260
 2    2                     Team 22: François & Mikkel                  2:56:18    230            230
 3    3                     Va-bank: Andrew M & Greg K                  2:48:12    210            210
 4    4                     Zanfel: Scot, Rich, & Mark                  3:04:55    220     -25    195
 5            1             Brewskis: Christine & Graham                2:53:23    180            180
 6    5                     Czechoslovakia: Lubo & Vaclav               2:57:31    180            180
 7    6                 1   Team 2: Tapio & Werner                      3:08:13    220     -45    175
 8    7                 2   GC Goats: Steve H & Bill F                  2:59:08    170            170
 9            2         3   King Herrod: Greg & Tracey                  2:53:18    150            150
10    8                     Ohlone Animals: Juho & Ben                  3:00:46    150      -5    145
11       1                  Team 24: Marie-Josée & Cornelia             2:59:35    140            140
12            3         4   Punching w Stars: Penny &Mark               2:52:20    130            130
13            4         5   4 Eyed Mappers: Heidi & Bill                2:55:02    130            130
14            5    1        Team Mojo: Mark & Sarah                     3:01:48    140     -10    130
15            6         6   Kraghticats: Olga & Gary                    2:31:28    120            120
16            7    2        Team Chocolate: Janet & Katie               2:51:15    120            120
17            8         7   Star Thistles: Johanna & Peter              2:55:25    120            120
18    9                 8   Buzzards Follow Us: Bud & Gavin             3:07:39    150     -40    110
19            9             Wildcat Bunch: Mike, Paula, & Edward        2:52:19    100            100
20           10         9   Minariks: George & Leslie                   2:53:47     90             90
21           11             nOObs: Basil & Jessica                      2:56:44     90             90
22           12             Team 16: Adele & John                       2:57:00     90             90
23           13    3        Treasure Hunters: Greg, Art, Kate, & Pavel  2:57:09     70             70
24       2             10   CCHC: Rosemary & Kathleen                   2:59:54     60             60
25       3             11   Las Bonitas: Jennifer, Marsha, & Joan       2:54:27     50             50
26       4             12   Swift Tortoises: Teri & Amy                 2:53:39     40             40
27           14        13   Adventure Turtles: Nancy L & Jim F          2:56:05     40             40
28           15             RC: Robert & Caelyn                         3:05:49     70     -30     40
29           16             M3@7BÜr93R $uCC3$$: Ally, Eric, & James     3:14:14     90     -75     15
30           17             Kolomenskie: Olga & Misha                   3:14:24     70     -70      0
31           18             Honey Badger: Milivoje & Rosalyn            3:37:44     70     -70      0
Non-Competitive             Terraloco: Rex Winterbottom                 2:53:28    250            250
Non-Competitive             One Big Guy: Geoff Sears                    3:15:37    100    -100      0

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"Non-Competitive" entries are unofficial results since this was a Team Event
Abbreviations:  Pl  = Overall place
                M   = Male teams
                F   = Female teams
                Mxd = Mixed male/female teams
                Fam = Family teams
                Vet = Veterans teams (all members 50+)
The team name "M3@7BÜr93R $uCC3$$" is intentional.