Beaver Brook - Urban Rogaine 2012
September 1, 2012
Meet Director: Jim Crawford
Covering parts of Belmost, Watertown, Cambridge, Waltham, and Lexington
Thirty-two orienteers who stayed in town this Labor Day weekend came out to NEOC's first Urban Rogaine. We met at Historic Beaver Brook on the Belmont/Watham border. The beginners' meet was canceled, so some people who might have just run a sprint course stepped up and got a good 90-minute. The weather was a little hot, but thankfully much cooler than Friday's 90+ temperatures. I was very pleased with the turnout, considering we did not advertise the meet outside the NEOC website, and there only for 2 weeks.
It has been a long time since NEOC has had a bike-O, so seven riders took advantage of the opportunity to bike rather than run. Joe Brautigan and Jeff Woods flew around the course and went to every control in roughly 3 hours of cycling; unfortunately for them, they also spent over 30 minutes at Belmont Wheelworks repairing a broken chain. Alex Jospe can claim the honor of having the highest score, with Jeff Saeger having the highest score for a runner. Special mention must go to 4-year-old Marie Andken, who was the youngest competitor, and the only one to get the extra 5-point bonus for punching her control card at the water stop.
The course had a few glitches in it. Control #31 was described as being on the East side of a street that runs east-west. Control #42, had the "42" printed on the map at just the wrong location so at least 2 people thought a dead-end road connected to the road with the control. The circle for Control #67 was positioned too far to the southeast, which confused several people. And the description for Control #91 was written poorly. It said "Sign W of S trail junction; name ___ ___ of 1st tree on the left". Four runners looked for a little sign on a tree giving the tree's species, whereas the intended sign was a large, free-standing sign describing trees in the area.
Thanks to my wife and daughter for helping out with the registration and snacks.
|3 hour bike:||raw score||time in minutes||penalty/bonus||final score|
|Jeff Woods & Joe Brautigam||2040||216 min*||-1105||935|
|1.5 hour bike:|
|3 hour run:|
|Jeanne & Mark Hummel||500||169||500|
|Matthew & Stephen Scherrer||350||165||350|
|Ben & Marie Andken||140||159||5||145|
|1½ hour run:|
|Richard & Liat Shapiro||210||94||-60||150|
|Nick & Catherine Usoff||lost card|
|*includes over 30 minutes at the bike store fixing a broken chain|
|**no penalty because he lost time from an incorrect control|