Miami Woods Relay
June 12, 2005

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The regular orienteering season came to a close Sunday with a relay. To sum it up, The Winners (Maricel Olaru, Dimitry Perchonok, and Natalia Babeti) won. That may sound obvious, but they were the only team to pick their team name based on their potential, and they lived up to it!

We had a beautiful day for running. It was a little muggy, but the cloud cover and breeze kept it from being as oppressive as the rest of the weekend had been. A small group turned out for the white and yellow courses and eleven teams competed for the relay. It has been a while since an orienteering meet was held at Miami Woods and it was easy to forget how small of an area it really is. Carl did a fine job as usual setting courses that were very run-able but still tricky if you weren't paying attention. Runners on the long and medium courses had the choice of crossing the Chicago River or taking the long way around. After the first crossing to test the depth, most people realized that crossing was easy, and quite refreshing (if you didn't think about the water quality). Fortunately, there were very few mosquitoes out and about and the poison ivy was almost non-existent.

Several teams stayed for the picnic afterward and all had a good time. Thank you to all who brought and shared the food. The club now owns a grill so any meet director that wants to organize a post-meet picnic should feel free.

Thank you to all who helped out at the meet: Carl and Marie and Sarah Taylor for helping with registration and start/finish; Jim Todd, Carl Rollins, John and Gary Klaben, and Lisa and Kyle McNerney for helping with control pick up, and Jim Marshall for doing the beginner clinic. All of your help is very much appreciated.

Have a great summer, and be sure to come out to the canoe and night orienteering meets.

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