Sunday, September 10 was a sunny, almost warm day, and Glen and Janet Tryson welcomed all who attended EMPO's National Orienteering Day event at Colonie Town Park. To offer something different to returning members, we held starts within the park rather than by the front gate. Novice through Intermediate courses were set following standard guidelines (though Intermediate/Orange seemed more challenging than usual to some, as several orienteers "had fun anyway" [HFA]). To our surprise, there were no competitors on the novice/White course. The advanced courses (Green and Red) gave more experienced orienteers something to think about, as all the trails had been removed from the map, forcing these orienteers to rely more heavily on reading contours in the wooded areas, a great training method that was appreciated by most who challenged the advanced courses. To offer a longer distance in this small park with its heavy trail network, the Red course consisted of two loops with a map exchange near the start/finish.
As part of the National Orienteering Day festivities, prizes donated by Brunton Co. and EMPO were raffled off after all competitors had started. The following lucky attendees won:
Our thanks to Instructors Reid Smalley, Eric Hamilton, and Phil Hawkes-Teeter, and to Sue Hawkes-Teeter and new member Dylan Thies for their help picking up control flags after the competition.
-- Glen and Janet Tryson
|Dad and son start.||Send an email to the webmaster if you know who this is.|
|Bruce zips in to the map exchange...||...and punches.|
|Dylan studies his map as he takes off.||Dmitri races an Accord to the finish.|
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