This is the event that was originally set for Labor Day, but due to the erratic, awesome hurricane season, we had to cancel and therefore all those that showed up for this event really have Oí in their blood.
We had over 221 entrants on our side of the start table and maybe just as many on the JROTC side. I counted 7 buses. On a beautiful Saturday, with temps in the dry 70ís, it was refreshing to see all who came out to kick it in the woods.
I managed to have all the controls out by Friday to let those early arrivals out. The remaining crush came at the usual time -- 11 AM. We even had to turn some away after the 1 PM deadline, tough love!
I was holding down the registration table, quite well I thought, until John Ide came by to offer his experience, then I saw how busy the tables had become - WOW! Russ Steinke came along later to relieve John and finished the registration. Toby Hensen managed to loan me a helpful mother, Angela Moschella to handle the Start/Finish table most of the day, until she was called on for other duties. She managed the job without a hitch. She was replace by a willing cadet, Robert Davis. He handled the big rush of finishers, I donít think he knew just how many were out on our table, they seemed to come in all at once.
We signed several new members and piqued the interest in other walkups. I put out some information on Maptech and Brunton gear but, I donít think that everyone had the chance to see it.
We had some sponsored give-away items and I managed to find 7 lucky entrants drawn from the timecards. Several people picked up our newsletters and the issues of NOD.
We had a good compliment of control pickers - Jerry Sirmans, Arild and Joe
Maliszewski managed to find those assigned. I heard of 2 control anomalies,
probably set for a more - difficult course but, everything went smoothly.
Admittedly, there are areas on this map which need to be addressed.
All accounted for by sunset - another great day in paradise.
When I originally set the staging area in the early summer, the grasses were just growing. Since we had to postpone the event until fall, those grasses were a bane when I stepped out of the car. The area had become a sea of sand spurs and I did not feel that anyone would relish that pain upon arrival so, I pulled out my push mower and did an area large enough to make it seem to disappear(almost).
I thank all who came out to help. GREAT JOB!
|Clayburn/ Team 3||119:40|
|DNF||Did Not Finish|
|DQ||Disqualified (Missed Controls)|
|OT||Over 3 Hour Time Limit|