Better than expected weather, fewer than expected entrants - this is
the brief recap of the first EMPO meet in 2001. Hopefully, those who
did come out enjoyed the courses and were reinforced that no matter
what, orienteering is a fun thing to do.
Beginners Meet At Kinns RoadIt is always hard to anticipate exactly when Spring will break here in the Capital District. And it is particularly hard to do so in January, when planning for the EMPO 2001 schedule began. This planning always involves working around many constraints, and this year one of them was the desire to have the first local event held in advance of the US Interscholastic Champs, so that area competitors would have an opportunity to do at least one race before trying to win a national title. That meant the first meet had to be in March, and this year for a change, that meant there was still snow on the ground.
Advertising for the meet had announced that entrants could either run or ski the courses, but the weather on the day of the meet was actually quite nice. Most of those who came ended up going out on foot, but a few diehard skiers, and one snowshoer, did try the offered alternative modes of transportation, though it doesn't appear this was faster.
The kids who would be going on to the Interscholastics all finished their courses successfully, and everyone had a good time. Thanks to Laszlo Kolyvek for directing his first EMPO Meet, and to the Sweets and Eric Hamilton for providing their help and advice.
-- Phil Hawkes-Teeter
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