Club’s March 9 Park-O Meet
is Cold but Fun
The Club held its second meet of the 2003 season on Sunday, March
9 in Lincoln Park. Over one hundred participants braved the sub-zero
wind-chills along the Lake Michigan shoreline park, in a Score-O
event that had 32 control points worth 80 points. A Long and Short
course was offered, differing only in that the Short Course, at
a time-limit of 45 minutes, was a quarter-hour shorter than the
Black-and-white copies of the Lincoln Park map were handed out
along with the "clue sheet" which contained a question
about each of the 32 features. Many park features, including all
the paths, were not shown. So it required a minute or two for most
people to "get into the map."
Instead of regular orienteering markers and punches, control features
were statues, monuments and other park landmarks. Competitors tried
to run to as many of the 32 features as possible within the time
limit. At each feature, they attempted to answer a question about
Although winner Kathy Bullard came close, no one turned in a perfect
score of 80 points, probably because a few of the 32 multiple-choice
questions were a bit subtle. For example, one question was:
Is this structure a....
A surprising number of competitors, including Kathy, failed to
accurately count all eight sides of the gazebo in question.
The most-missed question was asked about one of the Zoo buildings:
This building is...
- Great Ape House
- African animals
- Kevlar Lion House
- none of these
Although the building sported a large sign proclaiming that it
was the "Kovlar Lion House," many people rejected choice
(d) and selected choice (c) because "The Meet Director didn’t
look too swift...." and figured the choice was "close
enough." Nevertheless, there were many enthusiastic stories
back at the finish at Ranalli’s Restaurant on Belden Street.
View the final results.
Although the points were evenly distributed north and south of
the start, most of the competitors went south, probably because
that is the direction the strong wind was blowing. Also, most competitors
said they were more familiar with the south end of Lincoln Park.
Several competitors found that they were having such a good time
visiting the features in the Park that they decided to stay out
until they had visited all features, and accept a heavy penalty
for finishing overtime. Indeed, it was a very bright and sunny Sunday
morning, and except for a few joggers, the Club had the Park to