Lincoln Park Score-O Cool and Windy
March 14, 2004
Editor’s Note: The results posted on the website show,
Overall time in minutes; Raw score of correctly answered questions;
Overtime over stated course time limit calculated at 3 points
per minute; Point
value of Missed Questions; and Overall score (equal to Raw score
(1) Penalty for Overtime, and (2) missed question point-value).
Two of the Club’s leading women battled it out for the
top score at the
second annual Lincoln Park Score-O on a cool and windy March 14.
esteemed orienteering men in the Club ended up fighting for third
Last year’s winner Kathy Bullard was edged out by a single point by
newcomer Bev Hartline from Lemont.
Bev visited 34 of the 50 possible control
locations, and only lost 2 points for a wrong answer on the tall stainless
obelisk at the corner of Fullerton and Cannon Drives. Bev, like Kathy and
many others, thought the object had four flat sides. In fact, the
sides of the obelisk were curved; they arced inward in gradual curves, that
be noticed by standing at the base and sighting carefully upward. By standing
back, the curving sides seemed to be yielding only to the laws
perspective...indeed, an optical illusion to which most fell victim.
Kathy Bullard actually had a raw point total of 117 which she
accumulated by visiting 40 control locations in only 77 minutes.
wrong answers which were deducted from her score to give her a net of 101.
Kathy also missed an easy one: the question which asked how many streetlight
posts were on the bridge near the zoo. The two streetlights were
counted by almost every other competitor.
Newcomer Ed Solarczyk had the highest raw point total of 133 which
he accumulted over almost three hours by visiting all 50 control
Unfortunately he was 82 minutes overtime so lost all of his
accumulation in penalties.
The challenge for the Meet Director in presenting a competition
of this type is to make the questions suitably obtuse so that local
know the answers before starting. In other words, we don’t want to ask “who
shown in this statue” because some local residents might know the answer
without even visiting the statue.
But sometimes the questions can become too obtuse, and the Meet Director
must hold the line against an onslaught of complaints. Unfortunately the Meet
Director’s interpretation must stand in all cases. There will be no
concessions. No score adjustments. No rearrangement of the results... Even
- Those that struggled out to the end of the breakwater, against
howling, cold winds, to record that the “easternmost” iron
pole had been uprooted
from the cement and dragged west by its wire ropes, to a point
at which it was
no longer easternmost, or
- Those that wrestled the large black transformer box cover
back and forth,
to find that the combination padlock only seemed to be securing
and that someone who was strong enough could still rip the 4’x4’x4’ metal
- Those that stroked the upright steel obelisk and applied
straightedges, searching in vain for something other than flatness
This ruling is not arbitrary. We seek to be fair in these competitions.
Indeed, we want the “best person” to win. But the rules
were clearly stated
in the registration materials, which, in fact, all competitors
agreement. To wit:
“.......The course is not for sissies. You will slip, fall
down, get dirty,
bleed, etc. This is fun, trust me. The course may or may not be
accurately according to my mood....Whiners will be disqualified....”
Guys, give it up.....admit you’ve lost. Learn to accept
your defeat by a
couple of slender women gracefully. Lord knows you don’t
hear them whining
about misplaced control bags when they lose to you.
And better luck next year.
Clark Maxfield, Meet Director
(tongue firmly placed in cheek)