59 Folks partook in a rich and rigorous day in Rentschler Forest. It was cool, Sunny, and Dry!
This was the first use made of the new map of Rentschler Forest. The park consists predominantly of reclaimed forest. The land has been in varied use for decades, centuries, and even millennia. Most visible, but not obvious to all are the remains of the Miami Canal, dug here in the 1830's. On the beaten path but noticed by only the observant eye are many ruins of homes and structures from days gone by, their purpose and history known only to rangers and buffs. Most of these lie deep in the thick underbrush. In the far reaches of the park reside the most interesting features; An abandoned farming complex, a long lost cemetery, and some ancient Hopewell earthworks. The cemetery contains markers from 1815 - 1845. This site is long forgotten and in need of a transcriber and restoration. The farm consists of seven structures. Once the livelihood of several generations it is now marked for demolition. The earthworks, although somewhat underwhelming, are the most magnificent. Two concentric circles and earthen walls can be detected to ring a ridge. Once the site of ceremonies or rituals, this site was as important then as our most sacred and powerful structures are today.
Five courses were offered. Each longer and more challenging than the next. Many first timers went out on the White, following the trails of the park to the features that reside along them. The forest around the picnic areas is thick. Yet those who tested their skills on the Yellow course ventured into that abyss and traversed some "clearings" and water courses dense with Honeysuckle. The Orange, Green, and Red courses wandered far afield to the furthest east on the map. Those who ventured to the far east may have caught site of the cemetery and Indian ruins.
The event was slated to begin at noon. Yet many arrived to the dismay of us all at 10 and 11. The press had published a starting time earlier than planned. This was copied and perpetuated throughout the public realm. A few folks had hopes to "O" and move on to other commitments. But alas , they were deeply disappointed by the miscommunication and unable to participate. To those who were inconvenienced , I sincerely apologize.
My field notes from the weekend prior were caught in a popup thunder shower. They and yours truly were saturated. The notes turned to paper-mâché and I became blinded without dry glasses. I was confident that I had maintained the integrity of my control codes, yet a few numbers were mixed and this led to understandable frustration on the part of some. For this I am responsible and humbly ask your forgiveness. :-)
Overall, there were more positive comments than not. Many folks tried their skill on multiple courses. The Kenton High School JROTC traveled half way across the state just to exercise their skills! (Winning both the White and Yellow courses I might add.) Many new young people learned and nearly mastered the beginner level courses this day. Stacey Wendling and Katie Williams both demonstrated a natural mastery of the map.
I thank you all for turning out on this day at this place. It gives great joy to an Event Director when folks show up and take part. I give great thanks to my friend Bill Swift who stepped in and took charge of the event registration at the onset of the event.. I had just returned from the woods, having spent three and a half hours setting bags, I was exhausted, incomprehensive, and stinky. Thank you , Bill!
Best regards to all,
White Course, 1.47 km, 11 controls
JROTC Tommy &
21:12 JROTC Bob & Ben
23:27 OCIN Stacey & Rich Wendling
24:29 OCIN Katie Williams
28:10 OCIN David Williams
29:19 - Kim, Kaitlyn, & Dennis Jennings
30:59 OCIN Mandrell Family
32:02 BSA Danny & Paul Korn Troop 502
34:30 OCIN Katie Schwegman & Matthew Robbins
43:05 JROTC Bre T. & Kayla K.
54:04 - Mike Creed Family
61:00 - Janice Craft & Marty Weber
63:30 - Floyd & Kayla Hann
69:00 - A.J. & Steve Hayden
89:41 - Becky & Greg Downs
Yellow Course, 3.05 km, 15 controls
JROTC Bob &
43:00 MVOC Gabe Svobodny
56:14 JROTC Tommy & Lee
76:01 OCIN Katie & David Williams
80:30 - Scott & Julie Hann
89:23 OCIN Steve, Becky, & Susan Miller
96:00 - David, Kaitlyn, & Alex Click
113:20 - Connie & Steve Hein
Orange Course, 4.38 km, 18 controls
92:27 OCIN Bob Frey
99:10 - Brian Thiessen & Mike Minneci
DNF - Mimi & Laura Ruwe
DNF OCIN Joyce Whalen
Green Course, 4.65 km, 14 controls
OCIN Bill Swift
78:41 MVOC Tom Svobodny
83:43 OCIN Vincent Hand
106:30 ROKS Brennan Lawall
106:30 - Mike Lawall
108:30 ROKS David Frederick
108:30 IBEW Daniel Frederick
112:59 OCIN Claire Dell
Red Course, 6.41 km, 19 controls
OCIN Mike Minium
137:05 OCIN Margie Huseman
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