Results: January 8, 2011
Thanks mostly to the efforts of Forest Brown, we had a larger-than-normal turnout that included quite a few first timers. A total of 61 orienteers hit the desert floor in search of the elusive control markers, with ages ranging from 4 to 81 years. We also added three new members to our roster—welcome!
Forest set up a new Phoenix Orienteering group on meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-Orienteering/). The big advantage is that by identifying related activities, the group is tied into a network of other outdoor groups. I would encourage all our members to use the site and “RSVP” to upcoming events. This is a fast and easy way for the course director to get an accurate count of how many maps to print, which saves us $ and keeps our membership rates low.
The “purple” course concept morphed into the two traditional red and blue courses. Nearly all of the experience orienteers opted for the blue, which turned out for many to be a challenge to complete within the time allotted. Ron Birks had an outstanding run at 1:33:21 for fastest time on the Blue course.
The Red and Green courses did not get too many takers. Forest Brown and Gary Hickey had the red all to themselves (although the Red course shadowed the Blue for the first half) and Forest finished with a very respectable time of 1:35:06. We also had a couple of boy scout troops join us. Troop 689 did exceptionally well by completing both the White/Yellow and Orange courses within the time allotted.
Many thanks to the volunteers who help run the event and supported control retrieval:
A special thanks to Ron and Kathi for once again bringing drink coolers and snacks for orienteers to enjoy—greatly appreciated!
The Tucson club has graciously added the Robbins Butte base map to their RouteGadget website ( http://tucsonorienteeringclub.org/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi). This tool lets you view the routes taken by other orienteers, and is extremely interesting and enlightening to compare routes taken. The tool also accepts GPS track uploads in .gpx file format, although you have to manually use tie points to get the correct scale and registration.
Categories: M - Male F - Female T - Team Blue Course COMPETITOR CAT TIME RANK Team Members Ron Birks M 1:33:21 1M Ludwig Hill M 1:54:33 2M Mike Minium (OCIN) M 2:16:25 3M Erik Ringnes M 2:20:07 4M Tim Stefek M 2:33:00 5M Tom & Warren T 2:39:28 1T TBD Mike Zampino M 2:39:45 6M David Marks M 2:41:58 7M Windy Marks F 2:51:46 1F Jesse Rutherford M DNF Lunatic Fringe T DNF TBD Kevin Adams M DNF Matt Zeilman M DNF Tina Stefek F DNF Team Floridia/Peen/Mace T DNF TBD Red Course COMPETITOR CAT TIME RANK Forest Brown M 1:35:06 1M Gary Hickey M DNF Green Course COMPETITOR CAT TIME RANK Team Furedy T 1:56:03 1T Tim Tablada M DNF Orange Course COMPETITOR CAT TIME RANK Team Members Team Haslell T DNF TBD Debra Allen F DNF Congratulations to the following recreational orienteers for successfully completing the course and finding all controls: Troop 689, Team Tevis, Better Lost than Sober White/Yellow Course COMPETITOR CAT TIME RANK Team Members Troop 639 T 0:29:00 1T TBD Team Furedy T 0:37:50 2T TBD Troop 485 T 0:44:00 3T TBD Congratulations to the following recreational orienteers for successfully completing the course and finding all controls: Team Randolf, Sharon Fairchild, Brad Cohen, Lauren Derille, Las Locas, Team Bowman, Kathi Douglas