Dry and Cool to Start
Waterfall Glen Southwest, June 8, 2003
Despite gloomy weather reports, the Waterfall Glen (WFG) Southwest
meet on June 8th started dry and mercifully cool. Similar to early
birds catching worms, early starters finished dry. With a spring
of glorious orienteering meets behind them, many cut short their
courses when the skies opened up around 12:30 pm.
Due to permit restrictions imposed by the Forest Preserve, requiring
that we keep controls out of ecologically sensitive areas, including
the prairie near the Model Airfield and the two large, open forest
areas south of that, we placed the start, finish, and registration
about 1 kilometer east of the airfield along the bike path. In
consideration of this extra walking, the white and yellow courses
were both at the short end of the range, and many beginners completed
both courses. Between the time we designed and scouted the courses
and meet day, the brush, brambles, poison ivy, and mosquitoes grew
and grew and grew, making portions of the orange, green, and red
courses rather scratchy (either in real time or a few days later).
We hope the ~220 participants had a great time, and look forward
to Night-O in August.
Our thanks go to the WFG meet volunteers...
- Kyle Ryberg for help hanging controls and setting up
- Kyle McNerney and Bob Schenk for help with
payment collection at traffic management at the gate
- Lynne Soderholm, Bruce Biwer, & Lisa McNerney for running
the registration table
- Tom Braid for helping with start & finish
- John & Garrett Hyzer for directing parking and favorably
impressing the ranger with how orderly the vehicles were arrayed
- Jim Marshall for running beginners' clinics
- Michael Collins
for results tabulation and logging geocaching coordinates
Teschendorf, Charlie Shabazian, and John Sumner for helping
with control retrieval.
Bev and Fred Hartline
Course Setter and Meet Director