Bedwell Bayfront Park
Date: (Sun.) Jan. 13, 2013
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Directors: - 510.681.6181, - 650.248.9595
Course Setters: Matej Šebo, Lubomir Šebo
Type: C; Long White, Yellow, and Memory (one leg at a time, you don't memorize the whole course at once!)
By , Co-Event Director
Planned in just three weeks, Bayfront was a last-minute addition to the January orienteering schedule. Many thanks go to Lubomir Sebo, Matej Sebo, Steve Haas, and Rex Winterbottom for pulling this together.
The morning was cold — below freezing and frosty when we arrived for setup — but it eventually turned into a beautiful day.
We had lots of young people at Bayfront! Several COOL participants showed up to add to their COOL championship points, and Peter Graube taught an orienteering skills clinic for juniors on compass skills.
The top winners on the White course were Tara, Holly, and Sharam with a winning time of 30:13, Artin Davari and Leander Coolen with a time of 30:21, and the Wilkinson Family with a time of 30:44. The top winners on Yellow were Stephen Harrison (23:02), Shura Krechetov (25:52), and Vlad Skvortsov (28:19).
The well-planned Memory-O was the most popular and the most difficult course of the day. Instead of carrying a map, runners studied a small map section displayed at each control (you can see an example here), and found their way to the next control from memory. The winner on that course was Mikkel Conradi, with a time of 31:06, followed by Dennis Wilkinson at 32:07, and Tapio Karras at 36:02.
At least fourteen people ran multiple courses. Daniel Sebo (whose father and brother course set) ran four courses (out of the three available).
Lost and Found
Three items were left behind:
- A boys blue/grey sweatshirt, size 3T, with a basketball and other sports balls on it,
- An AquaMark water bottle,
- A pair of leather/knit gloves.
If these are yours, please email .
Thanks to Volunteers
Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event run so smoothly:
Chuck Spalding (finishes), Dan Greene (starts), Dennis Wilkinson (snacks, control pickup), Everett Beuerman (finishes, greeter), George Minarik (EPunch), Greg Khanlarob (starts), Jean Beuerman (finishes, greeter), Leslie Minarik (finishes), Lubomir Sebo (course setting, starts), Manfred Kopisch (setup), Marina Keating (insurance), Matej Sebo (course setting), Matthias Kohler (finishes), Mike Meagher (setup), Mikkel Conradi (starts), Nancy Lindeman (greeter), Pam Pfohl (snacks), Peter Graube (beginner’s clinics, juniors clinic, control pickup, clean up), Rex Winterbottom (organization, setup, volunteer recruitment, and scheduling), Rosemary Johnson (greeter, EPunch), Sarah Williams (setup), Steve Beuerman (finishes), Steve Gregg (control pickup), Steve Haas (permit, registration, clean up), Steve Harrison (setup, control pickup), Tony Pinkham (EPunch), Vicki Woolworth (setup, registration).
I apologize if I left anyone out! Thank you all.
Event Write-Up #2
By , Co-Event Director
I guess with two event directors you should get two write-ups ...
Thanks everybody for participating and pitching in — 110 participants and 20 volunteers on 3-weeks notice is quite remarkable!
So, Matej Sebo had this interesting idea to make some challenging and interesting courses at Bayfront for beginners, intermediates, and advanced orienteers alike. And I took the bait. And Steve Haas checked with the city of Menlo Park. All of this, about 3 weeks before the event would actually happen. Then all of you made it happen by showing up and pledging to help. Thanks to the online form, I did not have to call people to get volunteers; I drew up a schedule of volunteers based on the responses, and emailed it seeking confirmation, and made a few adjustments. Lubomir Sebo picked up the equipment and helped his son with the course planning. Trinka Gillis became the ad-hoc co-event director, and took care of obtaining the rest of the needed equipment. Peter Graube, Steve Harrison, and Manfred Kopisch also arrived early to get things set up.
Great job by Matej and Lubo to make the courses fun and appropriately challenging. I completed the memory course, and found myself mentally tired later in the course, needing a bit more time to study the map at each checkpoint. I feel that doing this kind of training regularly would have some definite benefits. Maybe we could try this in other parks. The amount of work required to do this was much more than a typical event — dozens of little maps had to be created and affixed to the checkpoints. But the course setting team pulled it off smoothly. In addition, they set a busy, longer beginners' course with over 20 checkpoints. And their advanced beginners' course had good opportunities to shortcut the trails. Indeed, many participants enjoyed multiple courses.
No event write-up would be complete without a weather report, and yes, the weather around that time was bone-chilling at night. This lingered a bit into the morning, but it warmed up enough to be, I would say, not unpleasant. And it certainly was clear and sunny, with crisp views of Mt. Tamalpias and Oakland. Gazing at Oakland across the water, and seeing the skyscrapers half as high because of the curvature of the earth is always a fun sight.
Volunteers made this happen, as always, and thanks to these heretofore unmentioned folks who also lent a hand: Tony Pinkham, Vicki Woolworth, Mikkel Conradi, Dan Greene, Greg Khanlarov, Misha Lipitov, Matthias Kohler, Chuck Spalding, Steve Beuerman, George Minarik, Leslie Minarik, Nancy Lindeman, Rosemary Johnson, Steve Gregg, Dennis Wilkinson, and Misha Kreslavsky.
Lost and Found
I discovered a pair of black Mountain Hardwear gloves in a pocket of my backpack. I think they may have been left at the Bayfront event.
Bedwell Bayfront Park
Menlo Park, CA
Sunday, January 13, 2013
You can see the event map with the actual routes traveled by participants, and draw your own route for comparison, in RouteGadget. (Use of RouteGadget is explained here. RouteGadget for this event is here (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=304).)
White Course (3.2 km, 65 m climb, 23 controls)
Pl Name(s) Time
1 Tara, Holly, & Sharam 30:13 2 Artin Davari, Leander Coolen 30:21 3 Wilkinson family 30:44 4 Gian Coolen 30:56 5 Markus Gruendler (2) 31:04 6 Isaac Chabra 32:01 7 Jamie Maclean 38:42 8 Pavel Anisimov 39:41 9 Gema Fa-Kaji 43:19 10 Chris Danek & family (3) 46:09 11 Barb Schaffer 48:14 12 Katie Gruendler (2) 48:31 13 Nicohas & Nathan Dubuk 49:18 14 Rosenzweig family 50:09 15 Nathan Fry 50:50 16 Polly Fry 51:15 17 Anand & David Chabra 51:40 18 Tracy Thorpe 52:20 19 Giulia Coolen 56:19 20 Janette Wulff 57:24 21 Elisabeth Pelayo (COOL) 1:00:20 22 Jung & Chang (4) 1:01:30 23 Cub Scout Pack 301 (4) 1:01:49 24 Sheridan family (3) 1:06:55 25 Spencer Montoya 1:08:48 26 Oleg Skvortsov 1:13:39 27 Narya Bower 1:15:22 28 Ally Shevroff 1:15:25 29 George Reynolds 1:55:39 Lorien Bower DNF Natalie Kopisch (COOL) DNF Soni (3) MSP Greg Khanlarov DNF Second Course Shura Kretchetov 21:00 Gian Coolen 22:10 Daniel Sebo 29:09 Arthur Kashperskiy 32:23
Yellow Course (3.2 km, 65 m climb, 20 controls)
Pl Name(s) Time
1 Shura Kretchetov 25:52 2 Vlad Skvortsov 28:19 3 Daniel Sebo 32:08 4 Rory Maclean (COOL) 32:45 5 Johanna Karras (COOL) 33:23 6 Hope Fa-Kaji 34:46 7 Yulia Yukima 37:41 8 Arthur Kashperskiy 39:02 9 David & Daniel Sebo 40:55 10 Robert Lewis 41:34 11 Victor Frolov 41:40 12 Paula Zurowski 47:08 13 Team Vello (2) 47:41 14 Tom Edwards 51:19 15 Mike Meagher 55:25 16 Nicholas Dubuk (2) 55:43 17 Ed Beeler 59:22 18 Sung & Kirsty 1:04:07 19 Tara Davari 1:14:22 20 Nancy Lindeman 1:16:11 21 Silvia & Amira 1:18:17 22 Judy Koehler, Silva, & Kaia 1:25:43 23 Artin Davari 1:33:31 24 Hannah Kopisch (COOL) 1:44:42 25 Cassandra Pelayo (COOL) 1:45:03 26 Nicholas Talin 1:48:10 Greg Khanlarov DNF Shura Kretchetov DNF Second Course Francois Leonard 16:17 Mark Prior 17:42 Misha Kreslavsky 19:33 Greg Khanlarov 19:35 Steve Gregg 19:51 Stephen Harrison 23:02 Isaac Chabra 41:52 Tracy Thorpe 1:06:45 Gian Coolen DNF
Memory-O Course (4.7 km, 85 m climb, 25 controls)
Pl Name(s) Time
1 Mikkel Conradi 31:06 2 Dennis Wilkinson 32:07 3 Tapio Karras 36:02 4 Rex Winterbottom 37:13 5 Mark Prior 41:50 6 Graham Brew 43:20 7 Dennis Wildfogel 44:58 8 Misha Kreslavsky 45:36 9 Steve Gregg 47:03 10 Steve Haas 47:23 11 Manfred Kopisch 47:40 12 Dan Greene 48:20 13 Peter Graube 48:28 14 Chuck Spalding 48:56 15 Mikhail Lipatov 49:30 16 Cornelia Coolen 50:23 17 Steve Harrison 50:30 18 Derek Maclean 51:14 19 Jason Reed 51:23 20 Flynn Buxton-Walsh 54:25 21 Ekaterina Orekhova 55:32 22 Marie-Josée Parayre 55:37 23 Matthias Kohler 1:02:40 24 Clement Genzmer 1:02:51 25 Vicki Woolworth 1:06:42 26 Iriena Stefanova 1:16:35 27 Alan Glendinning 1:26:23 28 Phillip Hoare 1:39:00 29 Rosemary Johnson 1:46:21 30 Steve Beuerman 1:47:59 31 Brad & Alex Wetmore 2:01:34 32 Terry Gleason 2:16:21 François Léonard DNF Tom Edwards DNF Gavin Wyatt-Mair DNF George Minarik DNF Leslie Minarik DNF Brownwen Caplinger DNF Trinka Gillis DNF Stephanie Maclean DNF Second Course Daniel Sebo 58:34 Rosenzweig family 1:05:41 Nancy Lindeman DNF Third Course Shura Kretchetov 1:03:24 _______________