Meet Director: Michael Collins
Course Setter: Michael Collins
||Courses close, control pickup starts
(Maximum time on course: 2 hours)
Cost: (per individual or team)
On-line registration is now closed. Please pay on-site. If
you have a group coming, please contact the registrar.
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Farsta is the name of a borough on the southern outskirts of Stockholm,
Sweden. It's also the name of a particular kind of one-person orienteering
relay where everyone goes to the same controls, but in a different
order from the other competitors.
The March 4th event at Veteran Acres will use the Farsta format
for the Orange, Green, and Red courses. We'll have the standard
White and Yellow courses for beginners.
A Farsta begins with a mass start at 10:00 a.m., so it will be
important to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Everyone will have a pre-printed
map with a loop course. Half of the people on your course will go
to one control, and half to another. After one or two controls,
everyone comes back to a common control. Then, the controls split
the competitors again, but in different combinations. So, you never
know whether the person you were following on one leg is even going
to the same control on the next leg. On your second time through
the loop, you'll go to the other set of controls, so everyone eventually
visits the same controls, just in a different order. Each time you
return to the start, you'll need to pick up the next map with your
number on it. If you pick up the wrong map by mistake, you'll end
up going to the wrong controls.
The Orange and Green courses will have two loops, and the Red course
will have three loops. It's likely that no two people will run the
exact same course that day. Courses will close at 12:00.
For an example of what a Farsta looks like, check out http://www.ocin.org/flying_pig/farsta_example.html.
To keep all this straight, we'll be using ePunch for all competitors.
If you don't already own an ePunch stick, one will be provided to
you at no charge.
CAOC is especially appreciative of the Crystal
Lake Park District and their staff. They are very helpful and
easy to work with!
Take the Northwest Tollway (I-90) 10 miles west of O'Hare to
Roselle Rd. Turn right and go 1 mile north to Algonquin Rd.
Turn left and go 13 miles northwest to Route 31 (Main
St). Turn right and go 5.7 miles north to Route 176 (Terra
Cotta Ave). Turn left and go 1.7 miles west to Walkup Rd. Turn
right and go a quarter mile to the parking near the shelter. Watch
for the orange-and-white orienteering signs.
You can take 5:30 or 6:30 Metra from the Ogilvie Transportation
Center to the Crystal Lake station, and walk two blocks north to
Veteran Acres. The last train leaves Crystal Lake at 10 p.m. to
arrive in Chicago at 11:20.