Meet director: Michael
Course Setter: Michael Collins
(Max time on course: 1.5 hrs)
Cost: (per individual or team)
On-line registration and payment
No longer available. Register on-site.
(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)
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It's likely to be as cold as last year, but we have secured an indoor starting location in the zoo! Join us at the Kovler Lion House in the middle of Lincoln Park Zoo for the final event in the Winter Madnaess series. 3/3/08 Note: The Park Place Cafe doesn't open until 11 a.m. The start has been moved to the Kovler Lion House.
On-line registration and secure fee collection via Google Checkout is no longer available. On-site registration will be available, but you will have to copy the control locations from a master map.
Please arrive soon after 10 a.m. in order to be ready for teh mass start at 10:30. Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time starts that morning at 2 a.m., so set your clocks ahead so you're not late for the event.
Although it will require orienteering skills
as map reading and route selection, the terrain is simple, relatively
flat, and open, so it will give you an early-season chance to
some exercise and have some fun. But because it will involve crossing
busy city streets, the Madnaess event is not appropriate for children
on their own. However, we will also have a Novice event that will take place entirely within the zoo that is perfect for families with small children. You'll get a chance to see almost the entire zoo and learn more about the animals along the way.
In order to give you practice reading the map (and because the navigation is so easy without them), we won't be renting compasses at this event.
Unlike the other two Madnaess series events, which used the honor system and regular controls, you will be looking for refreshing
homemade controls (dressed-up
soda cans) to record two-letter codes on your score card. The zoo doesn't want us to use the cans this year, so we will be finding another way to identify control locations within the zoo itself.
As a reminder, here are the Madnaess rules:
- You may start
without penalty up to 20 minutes after the official start time (10:30).
After that, your start time may be adjusted back to 20 minutes.
- The time limit is 90 minutes—all controls will be picked up
starting at noon.
- Every participant must sign an event waiver prior
to the start, or pre-register on-line (which includes a waiver).
- Pre-marked maps are guaranteed to all who pre-register.
- Map cases may not be provided. Please bring your own. If you
need one to protect your map, please e-mail us.
- To ensure competitiveness for all participants, each event will
use a handicap system called The Madnaess Box. Using their creativity,
course setters will attempt to choreograph that elusive mass finish.
The Madnaess Box
Each race will feature the infamous Madnaess Box, which consists
of a set of controls labeled with letters (A,B,C, etc) somewhere
on the course. Participants may attack the controls in the box in
any order. There will be several controls that must be taken in order before and after the Madnaess Box (this will be clear on the maps and control descriptions sheets). Additionally, participants may drop controls equal to
their handicap point total. Handicap points are awarded as follows:
12 or younger
65 or older
14 or younger
55 or older
16 or younger
45 or older
19 or younger
35 or older
- A 46-year-old female may drop 4 controls in the box.
- 19-year-old male may drop 1 control in the box.
- A 28-year-old male must visit all the controls in the box.
Club memberships ($10, $15, $28, or $42), and cash meet fees can
be purchased at this event since it will not be held on Cook County
Forest Preserve property.
Bring a permanent marker (like a Sharpie)! Since
no standard orienteering markers or punches will be used at this
be required to mark their scorecard with a pen, using information
found at each control location. (If you don't have a marker, one will be provided for you.) If you are looking for a more traditional
meet, make sure you come to the next local meet at Waterfall Glen
on March 30.
Take Lake Shore Drive or the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to Fullerton.
Turn south onto Cannon Dr., which is the first street west of Lake
Shore Drive. Parking on Cannon Drive costs a nominal amount (fee to be shown here soon). There is free parking, if you can find it, on Stockton Road, on the west side of the zoo. Once you've parked, walk into the zoo and follow the zoo signs or ask directions to the Kovler Lion House, right in th middle of the zoo. We won't have any orienteering signs in the zoo, so call the meet director at 847-673-7283 if you need directions once you get in the zoo.