April 9, 2000
Carl Larsson, Meet Director
So, we are in full swing again with a new orienteering season. When I
was driving home from the airport around midnight on the Friday night
before the meet in a pretty intense snow-storm (after being delayed for
about six hours due to weather) I was not really looking forward to putting
out the flags the following morning.
I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up on Saturday morning. There
was probably 23 inches of snow but it was a nice sunny day. It was
amazing to see how fast the snow was melting. When I started around 11
a.m., everything was nicely snow-covered (there was even ski-tracks in
the woods!) but when I was done in the afternoon, most of the ground was
With the weather in mind, I did not anticipate a huge turnout, but it
was time for another surprisepeople probably just felt it was time
for their first spring run. As a final count we had more than 250 people
enjoying a pleasant Sunday in the woods!
As a "First ever event in Chicago land" we had the pleasure
of offering a "Score and Grab Orienteering." The way we had
it structured was a one hour score-orienteering and after the hour was
up, each runner had half an hour to get back to the start point and collect
as many bags as possible.
After a very hectic few minutes at the finish when the 1.5 hour came
to end, it was quite clear that Jeff Schefermayer have had an outstanding
race and was able to collect 550 points with Charlie Shahbazian as a close
second with 530 points. Interesting to note was that Charlie only had
one bag collected during his "grab-part" and Jeff was able to
get three bags.
I think everybody enjoyed the "score and grab" concept (it
is a really easy way of collecting the bags!) and luckily we did not have
any major incidents during the map-copying (22 runners "sharing"
eight master maps at the same time worked out fairly good). What I learned
is that we need to have to advertise the mass start better to increase
the amount of runners that are pre-registered.
On the white, yellow and orange courses we offered the classic course
setup and we had several runners with really impressive times. The most
impressive was probably our new import, Peter Pach, who ran the orange
course (4,270 meters) at the very good time of 36:55 (less than 9 minutes/km!).
Also the winners on White (Philip and Jenny Whitley) and Yellow (Grant
Legonvarn) were moving fast out in the woods with times around 11 minutes/km.
Finally, I want to thank everyone helping out during the meet. Beginners
clinic was conducted by Jeff and Jim, registration handled perfectly by
Marie, Emma and Clark, start/finish by David and Katy and control pick-up
by most of the runners on green and red course, Jeff and Pete. Again,
thanks for all your helpI guess it is time for me to come up with
a new "fun-O" for next year.