May 15, 2005
Crooked Creek Woods

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Meet Director: Fred Hess
Course Setter: Clark Maxfield

9:30 a.m. Beginners' Clinic
10 a.m. Registration and Start
11 a.m. Mass start for Green and Red courses
12 p.m. Registration closes
2 p.m. Courses close

(Maximum time on course: 3 hours)

Cost: (per individual or team)
CAOC members $5
non-members $8
additional maps $2
rental compass $1
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(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)


This year's romp on the Country Lane Woods map will take place on May 15 with 75-minute and 120-minute Score-O events to be offered advanced runners, in addition to standard courses for the White, Yellow and Orange competitors.

There will be a Mass Start at 11 a.m. for both the Green and Red versions of the Score-O. However, those that cannot make it to the mass start, are welcome to start individually at any time between 10 a.m. and noon.

With the Revenge of the Goat long-course orienteering event to be offered the following weekend on the Willow Springs and Palos North maps, this Score event will be an ideal opportunity to develop navigational and physical abilities necessary to complete the Goat.

A score orienteering event differs from a standard run-the-numbers event in that competitors are free to select both their route AND the control they next wish to attempt to find. Each control will have a point value: the higher-point controls will be more difficult or more distant.

Usually the best strategy on a score event is to head for the highest point controls early in the competition, and then design your own route back to the finish, monitoring your remaining time carefully. A severe penalty is assessed for coming in after the alotted time period has expired, so make sure you bring a watch.

The District has done extensive cutting and burning of buckthorn, underbrush and nonnative plant species in parts of this forest preserve, so running and hiking should be much more open and friendly than you may remember from previous years on this map. But the downside is that the map may no longer show clearings, trails and vegetation accurately in all areas.

Public Transportation:
Take Pace bus #381 from the 95th Street Terminal (in the middle of the Dan Ryan Expressway) on the Red elevated line at either 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Get off bus at end of line at Moraine Valley Community College and walk west on 107th Street for less than a mile. Turn right (north) on Kean Avenue and then left into the Forest Preserve.

From the north, take LaGrange Road-South from Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Turn left (east) at 107th Street, and then left again on Kean Avenue, and then a third left into the forest preserve.

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