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