This year was my first year as a meet director for an orienteering meet. It went pretty well
considering that it snowed the day before and the morning of the event. The snow made running
through the woods harder, but after running for a while, the cold didn't mean too much. The snow did
make the trails beautiful though. One location in particular, the scenic overlook that looks out
onto Boston, was fabulous. It had stopped snowing by the time registration opened, and most of the
people who came had fun despite the snow and the cold.
One thing I've learned from doing this meet is that I should have started getting legal permission 6 months
in advance instead of 2 and a half months. The last piece of legal paperwork didn't show up until
Tuesday, 4 days before the meet. The insurance was especially annoying to get. The company that
owned the parking required three names to be insured, and in past years, they didn't even require
proof of insurance for a single name.
Friday afternoon, I had to go set up some of the controls. It had just started snowing, and my mom
got kind of worried about me breaking my leg when out in the woods alone. So, she gave me a
backpacking backpack with a sleeping bag and tarp just in case something should happen to me in the
woods. I thought that it was just extra weight, and I'd be fine with just my cell phone, but mothers
Saturday finally came, and for the most part, the snow stopped falling. It wasn't freezing either,
just a little cold. The first person we met was not an orienteerer, but a skier enjoying the new
snow. She ended up circling around a lot, but she had time to stop by the orienteering tables and
talk. Of just orienteerers, there were 21 people who showed up, most of which who had a lot of
fun. Probably the most peculiar of participants during the meet was a little girl who ended up doing
the white course with her father. The interesting part was that she did the course on a sled being
dragged by her father. Needless to say, the two stopped the course before the big hill.
There was one major problem during the day. The people who went on the yellow course couldn't find
the third control. Later when I was picking up the yellow controls, I found that the third control
was in fact there, but the snow had pulled down the branch on which the control hung. The control
ended up lying on the ground, half-buried under the branch and the snow.
Finally, I'd like to leave a giant thanks to Pelle Wahlstrom. Pelle helped me get the map, and gave
me the contact information for both Prospect Hill and the parking. In addition, he helped work at
the meet and picked up all the orange controls. Once again, thank you very much for all your help
Make sure you check out all the pictures from the meet here.
|Meg Parson|| 20:32|
|Jamie Brooks|| 30:12|
|Anne Caronine|| 55:08|
|Tom & Jonathan Hyde|| HFA|
|Alexi Brooks|| 55:00|
|Joanne Sankus|| 79:00||
|Tim Parson|| 36:13|
|Jeff Schapiro|| 41:58|
|Pia Kiusakk|| 42:41|
|Dan Westerberg|| 55:50|
|Dean Sturtevant|| 61:50|
|David Webster|| 70:56|
|Greg Sarnecki|| 73:10|
|Nat Brooks|| 90:45|
|Mykal Rosendahl & Tom Liuak|| 113:51|
|Diane Menzies|| DNF|
(Editor's Note: not one word of thanks for your parents, both of whom
worked the meet? And, especially your father who took you out into
the woods time and time again to design and set up the courses, and
who both took pictures and built this web site for you.)
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