October 7, 2001
Bemis Woods Scatter-O
A new form of orienteering was presented at Bemis on October 4 by Meet
Director Clark Maxfield....Scatter-O!
In Scatter-O you are required to select your own route past any set of
controls (12 for Green competitors; 20 for Red) and get back to the finish
line in as short a time period as possible. There were a total of 25 controls
hung, not only across the Bemis Woods orienteering map, but also in three
adjacent forest preserves to the north and east: LaGrange Park Woods,
Possum Hollow Woods, and Mayfair Park. These three areas expanded the
competitive area to twice the size of the regular orienteering map. And
a new foot-bridge across Salt Creek (added this summer) gave easy access
to these new eastern areas.
In order to prepare the competition map, Clark enlarged the local USGS
map to a scale of 1:15 000, and then superimposed the cut-out orienteering
portion on top of it. Then he premarked the 25 control locations across
the entire map, and made 50 color-Xerox copies that were distributed to
competitors only 5 minutes before the 11 a.m. mass start.
Since the Red runners were required to get 20 of the 25 available controls,
they were forced to leave the forest and run 10 or more blocks through
the suburban homes of LaGrange in order to get the required 20 controls.
Unfortunately Salt Creek snaked its way across the center of the entire
map, a ìnd numerous crossings were required in order to accumulate
the 20 controls.
Red course winner Carl Larsson didn't need no stinkin' bridges; in the
true spirit of adventure racing, he plunged directly into fast-moving
Salt Creek and found himself swimming for the other side, perhaps a bit
slower than he was being swept down river. But he made it. Wife Marie,
not to be left behind, used the same technique on the Green course, which
enabled her to beat Elena Backiev and Svetlana Sergeeva for third place.
Director's thanks to meet volunteers: Michael Collins, Al Silinis. Chad
Baker. and Donatas Ramanauskas. And also thanks for control pick up to:
Valentas Totoris, Viktor Nikolenko, Leonid Shatskin, Jim Marshall, and