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Intermediate/advanced training tomorrow afternoon at Balls Bluff

Jon
 

It's been a while (more than a season, I think) since I last led a terrain walk but I've decided it's a practiced worth reviving - tomorrow starting at 1pm at Balls Bluff I'll lead a terrain walk around (most if not all of) the brown course with up to 10 individuals joining me (if anyone at all chooses to join me given the short notice).  This is intended as training for people ranging from those just starting to do orange courses up to regular runners of advanced courses less experienced than myself who might benefit from a chance to pick my brain. We'll talk about orienteering technique fundamentals, route choice considerations, and whatever other technical issues in orienteering the course may elicit.  Based on past experience, this is likely to take until ~3pm - we'll cut the course short as needed to make sure we don't overshoot the course closure time by very much, if at all.


If you'd like to take part, please email me to say so before noon tomorrow so I'll know to expect you and assemble at the Edwards Landing pavilion a few minutes before 1pm.  I don't expect, given the short notice, that it will be an issue but if more than 10 people are interested, I'll take the first 10.  I haven't decided when/where yet but I'll try to do this again a few more times this season so it won't be the end of anything, let alone the world, if tomorrow's walk is in fact oversubscribed or tomorrow isn't convenient for you. Cheers.


Jon Torrance


Blue shirt left at Patuxent

Jon
 

With apologies for not saying so sooner, a somewhere in the spectrum between sky blue and royal blue shirt, size large, was found at the end of the Patuxent event two weekends past apparently forgotten in the men's restroom. Since the meet kit and accompanying lost and found had already departed, I took and retain possession of this shirt.  If you think it may be yours, email me - I'll have it with me at Balls Bluff this Sunday or we can arrange for me to return it to its owner at some other forthcoming event. Cheers.


Jon


Orienteer at Patuxent This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Enjoy some rain-free orienteering this Sunday at Patuxent River Park (Upper Marlboro, MD), where in addition to all classic courses (white through blue), two 'contours-only' training courses will be offered by course setter Craig Shelden.


Register at the event anytime between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be back at the finish no later than 3pm.


Lots of great course details as well as driving directions are now posted on the event webpage, so make sure to check them out and to plan to be there this Sunday!




Zero to Orange course registration deadline

Jon
 

FYI, in case you haven't noticed it on the web site, Bob Turbyfill has arranged another session of his Zero to Orange in 3 Days course, with classroom and in the woods training on Oct. 6-7, this coming weekend at Patuxent, and final exam, written and practicum, at Balls Bluff on Oct. 21 - http://qoc.us.orienteering.org/content/training-course-new. As of last checking, there is room in the course for at least a few more registrants but for Bob's ease in planning, he wants to know who all will be taking part no later than tomorrow.  If you or anyone you know would like a firm grounding in Orienteering 101, that's this course and online registration is live at https://qoc.wufoo.com/forms/q19ys1cy0ebt301/.. Please sign up by tomorrow evening if you'd like to take part.  Bob is expected to offer the course again in the spring but it's a long time until then.


Note: it doesn't say online but typically in the past this course has run, somewhat influenced by park/classroom facility opening times, from fairly early morning to mid-afternoon on each day of instruction.

 


Orienteer - on Bike or on Foot - This Sunday at Lake Accotink

Greg Lennon
 

Plan to orienteer this Sunday, Sept. 23 at Lake Accotink Park (near Springfield, VA), where we hope to offer both mountain bike orienteering courses (weather permitting) and foot orienteering courses (rain or shine).


If the weather is reasonable, the start window for the bike (MTBO) courses will be from 8:30-10am. The start window for the foot courses will be our standard 11am - 1:30pm (with courses closing at 3pm).


Speaking of the foot courses, in addition to classic point-to-point white, yellow, and orange courses, we will debut a special Score-O type of course for advanced (and adventurous intermediate) orienteers, the Thomass event. A Thomass course features a single score-O window, in which everyone has their own handicap based on age/gender/experience, entitling them to skip a certain number of controls. For this event, an (optional) mass start will be offered at noon, with a 11:50am meetup for map distribution and pre-race briefing.


There are plenty more event details as well as driving directions to the McLaren-Sargent Pavilion registration area on the event webpage, so check that page out and plan to have a great time at Lake Accotink this Sunday!

 


Orienteer at Occoquan Park This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Our club's 2018-2019 season opens this Sunday, September 16, with a classic orienteering event at Occoquan Regional Park (near Lorton, VA). We are glad to be able to say that the current weather forecast calls for a mild day with little to no rain, and we will have beginner through advanced course options (white through blue).


Event timing is our standard: register at the event any time between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11am - 1:30pm, and be back before 3pm. Bring friends and family, bring a dog if you wish, and enjoy the new features at this fine local park.


Full event details and driving directions are available via the event webpage.


See you Sunday!



Orienteer at Occoquan Park This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Our club's 2018-2019 season opens this Sunday, September 16, with a classic orienteering event at Occoquan Regional Park (near Lorton, VA). We are glad to be able to say that the current weather forecast calls for a mild day with little to no rain.


Event timing is our standard: register at the event any time between 10:45am - 1:15pm, start any time between 11am - 1:30pm, and be back before 3pm. Bring friends and family, bring a dog if you wish, and enjoy the new features at this fine local park.


Full event details and driving directions are available via the event webpage.


See you Sunday!


Let us know about your summer 2018 orienteering experience

Kathleen Lennon
 

Did you have a great orienteering experience here or outside the area this summer? Let me know so that I can post it to Facebook - we can't wait to share it! 


Here's what I need to make that FB post happen:

  1. Photos: please submit 1-3 photos, I will choose one final photo to be posted.
  2. Write-up: please keep your write-up short, 1-3 sentences is great.
Yup, that's it. Please send your photos and short write-up to kalennon@... 

Thanks, 

Kathleen Lennon
QOC Publicity



Introductory Orienteering Event This Saturday

Greg Lennon
 

Hi QOC members -
This is a reminder that this Saturday, September 8, we have our second "Introduction to Orienteering" event at Pohick Regional Park.


This is a FREE annual event that gives you the chance to encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to get outside and experience the activity you love and are always talking about. Full details can be found online HERE. Spread the word!




Northern Va Senior Olympics Registration Deadline Extended to 8/31

Good, Katherine E.
 

Over 50?  Live in Northern Virginia?  If so, you have the option of participating on the NOVA Senior Olympic Orienteering event held in conjunction with QOC’s first event of the season at Occoquan Regional Park.

Registration has been extended.  Beginner ( white or yellow course – still to be determined) OR Advanced brown course.  Questions: contact Keg Good  keggood2013@...

 

Registration for the 2018 NVSO has been extended!

 

 

August 22, 2018

 

Dear Friends of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics,

 

Thanks to popular demand, we have extended the deadline for registering for this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Olympics! 

 

Mail in registrations can now be postmarked as late as Aug. 31 and still be accepted. If you are registering online at www.nvso.us, you have until midnight, Sept. 3, to register for any of our dozens of competitions taking place throughout Northern Virginia. We have some great new games and our registration prices are still the lowest around, thanks to all of our generous sponsors and patrons!

 

Our goal is to make this the biggest and best senior games, which is why we are all very excited to offer everyone this extra time to register.

 

So don’t hesitate and be late, register now for the 2018 NVSO! Remember, there are no onsite registrations for any of our events and after Sept. 3, you will not be able to signup for this year’s fun and festivities. 

 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the games!

 

Regards,

 

Pete

 

Peter P. McGuirk

NVSO Registrations

1640 N. Harrison St.

Arlington, VA 22205-2729

Phone: (703) 533-9620

Cell: (571) 235-5547

FAX: (703) 534-8149

 

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics | P.O. Box 2089, Merrifield, VA 22116

 


QOC at NAOC

Boris Granovskiy
 

Hi QOC members,

In case you missed it, I wanted to point out that QOC member Diana Aleksieva represented the club well at the recent North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Racing in the F17-18 Elite category, Diana became the North American Champion in the sprint, earned bronze in the middle distance, and, along with fellow QOC member Zach Kuder, was part of the strong US junior contingent that defeated Canada for the Future Champions Cup, a trophy given to the nation in North America with the strongest junior results at NAOC.

Congratulations to Diana, Zach, and their families!


2nd: Reminder to register: SQUIRRELNADO Summer Series: Saturday, Aug 25th

Peggy Dickison
 

Sorry if you already received this or if you’re not interested. But in case you didn’t see Ted’s additional notes for this Saturday, here they are. 
Peggy


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Subject: 2nd: Reminder to register: SQUIRRELNADO Summer Series: Saturday, Aug 25th

2nd announcement for Coming Saturday event.  I added the short mountain bike course.  A few updates in the notes below.  Let me know if you have questions.

 

Saturday Aug 25th ,2018 SquirrelNADO Summer Series

            Event Mass Start 3:30pm.  Finish time 6:30pm

 

RSVP: email tedgood@... if you plan to attend.

      Please RSVP by 9:00 pm Thursday Aug 23 (sooner is better as specialty supplies and food have to be acquired).

 

    Entry Form:

         Name:

         SquirrelNado Sprint Events (Y/N): 

         Post race food (Y/N):         

         Prize Exchange: (Y/N):

 

     The Squirrel event series is in its 17th year of the summer series.   Come celebrate a whirlwind of park events at this year’s SquirrelNADO (like SharkNado but with Squirrels).  It will be part sprint, part score, part rogaine, part car, and all fun.  There are numerous areas nearby the Severn, MD area that have been mapped (some brand new areas).  Most are small local parks or technology areas.  Each area will have one or more courses in it. Each course is a sprint type course.  Controls should be done in order but you can skip controls if needed (See Scoring).  This is a multi-map chance to practice whatever you want.  Focus on certain type of event, or try them all and gets lots of exercise.  You have 3 hours to get as much done as you can/want.  Which parks you go to is up to you.  Who you travel with is up to you.  Whether you run, bike, roller blade, or pogo stick each course is up to you. Although some courses are more suitable for certain methods.  Just bring a watch so you can measure your time for each course.

     As usual we will end at the home of Ted and Darcy Good for the make your own pizza party, and social time.

 

Location & Schedule: 

     2:30-3:25 registration

           Matthewstown Harmons Park

7605 Ridge Chapel Road,

Hanover, MD 21076

     3:30 Mass Start: field/parking lot sprint.

     4:30-5:00:Late arrivals Registration/Start time: same location as above.           

     6:30:  Courses close.

     Finish: Home of Ted and Darcy Good (We have cats for those with allergies)

            1713 Prairie Court

            Severn, Maryland 21144

 

Cost:

     Minimum of $5.00 but I expect more donations as you get so much more from this event: food, games, multiple orienteering, awards, preprinted maps……  It will cost more than $5 just to print all the maps.  All money goes to the U.S. team so dig deep into those pockets.

 

SquirrelNADO Park Tour Rules:

     We will meet at Matthewstown Harmans Park for the 3:30 mass start.  The event will end at Good’s house hold.

     There are many mapped areas.  Several of the parks touch each other so it is possible to run/bike from one to another.  Other parks will require driving to get to.

      Who travels in what car is entirely up to you (see award scoring).

      Cars are required to follow ALL traffic rules.  Any car getting a ticket will forfeit all points.  Cars are required to park in one spot per map.  I.E. you can’t drive along dropping off people.  Cars must park before dropping off or picking up people.

      There is no guarantee there will be parking in the lots.  I have no idea how busy the parks will be.  Some areas are heavily used, others much less so.

     Courses must be done in control order but you can skip controls.  For example, you can do control 1-4,7,10,11.  Your time on each course is important but only if you do all the controls.  Courses/maps can be done in any order.  As the maps overlap, you can get score controls while on a sprint course.

     Bikes Courses: 2 bike courses where road bikes are fine.  One course Mountain bikes where the trails are Gnarly and not in good condition (sandy, marshy, sticks).   Road Courses are road/paved trails.  Road Bike courses can be done in either direction as the start is not near the finish.  Bikes can be used on the field sprint courses but mountain bikes would be better suited for that.   Bikers need helmets.

      For all courses, you are required to touch the control.  I will have squirrels watching to make sure everyone does.

 

     Course distances range from 180m to 10K.  Most field and wood sprint courses are 1-2K each.  Bike courses are longer.  If you try to get them all there are 116 controls and  28K (Hmmm, I wonder how I am going to get them all hung in time? I did 9 tonight.)

 

Each car will get:

  • road overview of the area of all the parks.  Few road names on the map.  There will also be a description (information below) of the courses and maps.  I recommend a GPS in order to find the parks.  I plan to email the course information out ahead of time so you can prepare GPS ahead of time.  Park addresses will be provided.
  • Score sheet to mark how many controls, or the time on each course if you get them all.

 

Park information:

  • Course Types include: Field, Woods, Bike
  • Course Lengths.
  • Mode: Foot and/or Bike (mountain bike)
  • # Controls
  • Map Scale (1,2,500 or 1:5,000 or 1:10,000)
  • Control Type: what you are looking for (control, streamer, orange flag).
  • Map Address: so you can GPS it to get to it.
  • Parking information: In a parking lot or along the road
  • On separate sheets there will Map/course notes for each course.

 

Each Individual will get

  • A copy of each map and clue descriptions
  • Two map cases (one to hold all the maps and one to run with).
  • Orienteering Quiz
  • Orienteering activities:

Scoring:

     You get points for each course you do.  Everyone will need to keep track of their own course time (or the number of controls done) and write that on the score sheet.  When done turn the score sheets into the event coordinator.

     Scoring will be a percentage of the fastest time on each course.  Score = fastest time/your time * 100 = your points for each maps.

      If controls are skipped during a course, you get a percentage of the last place time.  For example if there are 10 controls on a course and you get 6 of them, then you will get 60% of score of whomever the last person to get all the controls.  So if the last placed finisher got 50%, you would get 30 points (50 x 0.6).  If no one finished all the controls then whoever had the most controls will get 100 points and other a percentage of that.

     There will also be various other activities that can generate points.

     Whoever has the most points wins.  Points determine prize selection order.

 

Awards:

     Once again, there will be awesome prizes awarded (must be present at ceremony to receive awards).  Awards will be determined based on points from orienteering and other activities.  Awards are only for those that actually orienteer.  To get an award: competitors must get a minimum of 3 controls.  There will only be one award per competitor.  Awards will be awarded until there are no more awards left or everyone has one.

     Decisions (and mistakes) of the judges are final.

 

     Again this year you can bring an award to exchange/swap.  Bringing an award is totally optional.  If you have suitable type merchandise you want to get rid of you can bring it with the following conditions:

  1. Only allowed to bring one item per competitor (no exceptions)
  2. You must identify what you brought.
  3. If no one selects your prize then you must take it home with you.  No leaving it behind.

 

MISC:

     You will need your own watch for timing on each course.

     No speeding on the roads (that part isn’t a race).

     I recommend bringing towels/plastic for the car as you hop between parks.

     There are numerous slupee/icee locations around the parks (some on the map).

     We don’t have any permits.  Be respectful of the parks and any other patrons of the parks.

     I will be roaming the parks with drinks but may not be in the park when you need it so bring your own.

Post Orienteering: Food and Events:

     The post orienteering food will again be ‘pizza’.  We will provide the pizza.  You don’t need to bring anything unless you have special dietary needs. We will also have other foods available (foods TBD but probably chips/desserts of some sort).  Common sodas will be provided.  Bring your own alcohol.

 

     Those wishing to stay for post food MUST BRING a Change of CLOTHING (and use them) in order to gain access to the house.  No icky clothes in the main part of the house (especially if you were in the woods).  If you plan to eat you must also let us know so we can get enough food (see line on entry form).  Showers/Towels will again be available (and recommended) for competitors. 

 

      There is usually at least one post orienteering activity.  It is voluntary to participate but they do generate points towards awards.

 

FINISH DIRECTIONS:  There won’t be anyone there during the event.

    The event is in Severn Md. About 1/2 way between DC and Baltimore. 

 

     To the finish area:

   - Take the BW Parkway to Rt 175.  Go east on Rt 175 for  ~ 1.3 miles.

     Go past the shopping center on the right. 

   - Turn left onto Disney Rd.  There is a Stop light at Disney and a CVS pharmacy on the left.

   - Go 3/4 of a mile and turn right on Frontier Rd.

   - Make the first right on Prairie Court.

   - Go to the circle part of the court.  Park along Prairie Court.  DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS.

 

ADDRESS:

1713 Prairie Court

Severn, Maryland,

410-551-4838 (h)

 

Recommended things to bring:

GPS, Towels, Orienteering Gear, Beverages for between events, Bug Spray, suntan lotion.  Watch, Bike/Helment,  MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

 

Map Notes:

Maps made from Google Earth and then field checked.  Contours are from Anne Arundel County data (converted into a format I could use by Greg Lennon).  Sprint Maps are 1:5,000.  Bike maps are 1:15,000.  Contours are 1m or 3 meter.   Parks are generally pretty flat.

Black circles denote Playing field lights.  Parking lot lights are not on the map.  Most maps use sprint map symbols but some of the older ones are classic maps.

 

 

Critters: The Ball field areas are chigger/tick free.  The dirt trails in the woods or overgrown fields may have chiggers and ticks.  If you are in the woods you Will GET CHIGGERS (see individual map notes).    There is always a chance of ticks so check yourself. Bug spray still highly recommended.  I will have Duct Tape available to help dechigger for anyone brave enough.

Poison Ivy: There is a little bit in the woods but shouldn’t be a problem.

Bathrooms: Most of the parks have bathrooms or portajohns that you can see from the parking area.  I can’t speak to their condition or if they have toilet paper.

 

 

 

 

          Ted Good

          Squirrel Summer Series Coordinator.

 


Registration deadline is looming for NOVA Sr Olympics

Good, Katherine E.
 

For those of you living in Northern Va and who are over 50 years young:

Orienteering courses in include a beginner (W or Y) and a brown ( short advanced)

 

July 30, 2018

 

Online registration for the 2018 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics closes on August 24. Paper registrations must be in the mail by August 20.  The deadlines are earlier than in past years -- DO NOT PROCRASTINATE -- REGISTER NOW! 

 

We have added three new sports for 2018, Beach Ball Wallyball, Canasta and Croquet. For more information, and to register online, go to the NVSO website, nvso.us, or click on this link, NVSO Website. The website has a wealth of helpful information, such as schedules, venues and rules for each event.

 

To start the registration process, at the website, click on "Registration", then on "Online Registration (click here)". If you wish to register by mail, download the "List of Events, Registration and Waiver" form, pages 7 and 8 of the paper registration form, enclose a check and mail the registration to me at the address below. If you are registering by paper, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INDICATE YOUR PREFERENCE FOR A FREE T-SHIRT on the List of Events Form.

 

A few notes:

 

·     If you are searching for a partner or team, let us know at nvso1982@.... Your contact information will be posted on the Athletes Bulletin Board on the NVSO website.

 

·     You only need to enter something into a "Partner" box if you signed up for a doubles event. If you are playing singles only, leave it blank.

 

·     If you are signing up for a team sport, such as Basketball or Beach Ball Wally Ball, enter the team's name or some information that will help the event director place you with a team.

 

·     You will notice that all online payments are processed through PayPal. If you have a PayPal account, you may use that for your payment. If you don't have a PayPal account, simply click on "Checkout As a Guest" and fill out your credit card info. 

 

Don't delay. Register NOW! See you in September.

 

Regards, Pete

 

Peter P. McGuirk

NVSO Registrations

1640 N. Harrison St.

Arlington, VA 22205-2729

Phone: (703) 533-9620

Cell: (571) 235-5547

FAX: (703) 534-8149

pete@...

 


Introductory Orienteering Event This Saturday

Greg Lennon
 

Hi QOC members -


This is a reminder that this Saturday, July 14, we have our first of two "Introduction to Orienteering" events at Wheaton Regional Park.The next one will be Saturday, Sept 8 at Mason Neck.

 
These are FREE annual events that give you the chance to encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to get outside and experience the activity you love and are always talking about. Full details can be found online HERESpace is still available so spread the word!

 


Summer Series 2018, 6-16-2018

Daniel Heimgartner
 


Summer Series 2018, 6-16-2018

Daniel Heimgartner
 


Reminder: Register for Sunday's Platformpalooza

Greg Lennon
 

[Yahoo! Groups may have lost a similar message posted earlier today, but if you got it, feel free to ignore this one ...]


Platformpalooza returns this Sunday, June 10, as QOC hosts an orienteering event at Cunningham Falls State Park (near Thurmont, MD). Named after the charcoal platforms that are uniquely abundant among QOC terrains, course setter Jon Torrance has designed a full set of seven courses (white through blue) for your orienteering enjoyment - and challenge. Start your course any time between 11am - 1:30pm and as always be sure to be back before 3pm.


Event directors Karla Hulett and Gary Smith stress that pre-registration and payment is the best way to guarantee a map for this event, so head to the event webpage where you'll find the registration links and full course details.


Two brief reminders: the park usually does charge a per person entry fee ($3/pp for MD residents, $5/pp for others), so having cash on hand is helpful. Additionally, be prepared for unsettled weather, even as we are glad to see the predicted high temperature to be in the low 70's.


Full event and course details, plus extensive course setter comments and of course the link to register, are on the event webpage so head there now to register and then plan on finding those terraces on Sunday!



PlatformPalooza: Orienteer This Sunday at Cunningham Falls State Park

Greg Lennon
 

Head out this Sunday, June 10, to Cunningham Falls State Park (near Thurmont, MD) for a rare opportunity to orienteer in a terrain replete with charcoal terraces, as QOC brings you another Platformpalooza!


Registration and payment is now open online via the event webpage and is strongly encouraged by event directors Karla Hulett & Gary Smith to guarantee you a map. Course setter Jon Torrance has designed a full set of seven courses (white through blue), taking full advantage of the unique features of this area.


Be aware that the park does usually collect a per person entrance fee ($3 for MD residents, $5 for out-of-staters), so it helps to have in cash on hand. Weather is currently predicted to be unsettled, but the good news is that the temperature is expected to reach the low 70's.


Full event details, updated driving directions and quite significant course setter comments can be found on the event webpage - including the all important registration links for you to use ...



 


Summer Short Series update

Peggy Dickison
 

The schedule is starting to take shape!

 

We don’t have a SSS scheduled this weekend (yet), but never fear, we do have orienteering! Sunday the 10th we have an event at Cunningham Falls, a very hilly area near Thurmont, MD. If you attended last year’s inaugural event (a very hot Easter Sunday), you know that the area is one BIG hill. Let’s hope it’s not as hot this year… Check the QOC website for the details.

 

We will have SSS events on 16 June (Manassas area); 23 June; and 7 July.  At this time, all other dates are still available.

 

Let’s get out and help our US team members train for their big events (Diana Aleksiev will attend the Junior World Championships; Turner Leigh will be going to Europe to compete and train; and summer visitor Michael Laraia will be running in the World University Championships and the World Orienteering Champs).

 

Peggy


2018 Summer Short Series

Peggy Dickison
 

Hi O’ folks!

 

It’s already that time of year: the B*** Chase is tomorrow, and that means the end of the 17-18 local orienteering season is over. But those of us who will be racing in the summer elsewhere, or early in the fall, or just love orienteering training, will want to take advantage of Quantico’s annual series of Saturday evening training sessions.

 

For those who haven’t participated before and/or don’t know what the series entails, here are the important details.

·         These are low-key events, often with just one or two courses (or training exercise), aimed at advanced orienteers. Often intermediate orienteers are able to participate as well and get something out of it. Sometimes we even piggyback on the club’s beginner’s events, which obviously are good for the whole family!

·         They (generally) take place at 4 pm on Saturdays, followed by a group dining experience. Though sometimes they are at other times, if it works better for the organizer (“host”) or venue. And dining is completely optional, but most people find that this is a great time to socialize, get to know other orienteers better, and maybe learn some cool tips.

·         Although it’s called a “series,” there’s no requirement to do any specific number; there are no awards or standings. Each event stands on its own.

·         Results aren’t published and often aren’t even recorded.

·         Usually it’s not timed with e-punches; often it’s old-school ribbons or just controls to touch.

·         Cost is *still* an amazing bargain at $5/event, with *all* the proceeds going directly to the US Senior Foot Orienteering Team to help them defray their expenses (going to the World Champs, World Cups, North Americans etc.). We *always* are happy to take donations above that amount (and at Ted’s not-to-be-missed event, it’s almost demanded). The donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

·         The events are put on by you, and people like you! This is actually an easy way to get your feet wet course setting and/or organizing an event, since you don’t have to set a full complement of courses. Please consider volunteering to host.

·         Training often takes place on maps/in parks we don’t use for regular events, because the area is too small or has poor logistics; the map isn’t completed yet; we can’t get permission for a larger event; or some other reason. Many of our usual sites started out as Summer Short Series sites.

·         The series has been going on for over 20 years and is a great way to get motivated to run in DC’s horrible summer weather and nasty summer woods. If you want to be ready for the fall, this is a great way to do it!

 

Here are the dates (all are available to be filled, though we do have one event I know of, with a flexible date). We aim to have events every weekend but it doesn’t always happen. Along with the dates, I’m listing a major event that some club people are attending, just in case you want to avoid that date.

 

June 9  (Boston Sprint Camp)

June 16  (Jukola Relay, Finland)

June 23  (Los Angeles 2-day incl a National Ranking Event)

June 30  (Arctic O, Greenland; World Masters Mountain Bike O’ Champs, Hungary)

July 7  (World Masters O’ Champs, Denmark)

July 14  (Junior World Champs, Hungary)

July 21  (O-Ringen, Sweden; World University Champs, Finland)

July 28

Aug 4  (World Orienteering Champs, Latvia)

Aug 11  (WOC, Latvia)

Aug 18  (North American O Champs, Yukon, Can)
Aug 25

Sep 1  (Rocky Mtn O’ Fest, Wyoming)

 

By the way, while the money raised by this event goes to the Senior Team, I wanted to give a shout-out to our own Diana Aleksieva, who will be representing the US in the Junior Worlds in Hungary! (To support her and the Team, you can make a donation or participate in their fun control challenge … see https://www.attackpoint.org/discussionthread.jsp/message_1289689#message1293979 for more information).

And Michael Laraia, who runs for Minnesota OC but is in the area this summer for an internship, will be competing in the World University Champs. That’s part of the Senior Team so some of the money we earn will help the US WUOC Team.

 

But it’s not just about helping our Teams. It’s about maintaining your skills, improving your skills, sweating a ton, hanging out with friends, and having fun!

 

Last year the email list got too big but I may try sending messages differently. If I manage that, then if you were on the list last year, you need do nothing. If you were not on the email list last year and you would like to be this year, *send me an email* (pdickison@...). This is also the email to reach me to schedule an event. I send updates and information regularly.

 

I hope to see a lot of you in the summer woods!

Peggy Dickison

SSS Mistress

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