NATIONAL ORIENTEERING DAY EVENTWeather: Upper 60's, sunny, slight breeze, no bugs, beautiful!
Participants: 51 total including about 24(!) newcomers; 38 separate starts
EMPO's first National O Day went very smoothly with plenty of help from club members and several local Boy Scouts, who were able to complete requirements for their First Class rank. Ten scouts and 3 leaders completed courses. We had about two dozen newcomers attend our event including two young men who quickly progressed to Orange/Intermediate. One of them came to prepare for the orienteering segment of an upcoming Adventure Race. A number of other competitors completed more than one course as well. Beyond some confusion at a mapped intersection on the white course, which was less obvious in the terrain, I believe all were very satisfied with the courses, designed and set by Glen Tryson, which took them on a tour of this small park that overlooks the Mohawk River.
We also appreciate the support and helpfulness of Colonie Town Park, particularly Laurie McGill who facilitated getting permission to use the park, and maintenance worker John, who provided us with a picnic table and trash baskets, and opened the park gate and bathrooms for our convenience.
Sponsors: Thanks to the support of the Brunton Company (www.brunton.com), we were able to raffle 5 compasses among our newcomers. Winners of the drawings were: Matt Rimmer, Karen Krause, Joe Sobel, Eric Huss, Brian Shea. The Maptech Co. has promised us Topo CD's to raffle, which will be done when they arrive. Brunton also supplied the National O Day banner that greeted competitors and the red NOD caps worn by meet workers.
Many thanks to our volunteers:
--Janet Tryson, meet director
** had to leave to take her son to a recital :)
last updated: --Thu May 27 2004 07:58:28 PM EDT--