Mt. Airy Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio
August 1, 2004
Matt Robbins, Event Director

White Course

18:10    Natalie Fields
no time recorded    Penny Jarrett

Score Course, 20 controls possible

Sergei Preobrazhensky     19 controls: 1:56:00 (credit given for P, skipped S)
Alexander Preobrazhensky     18 controls: 1:57:00 (skipped Q, R)
Bill Swift     17 controls: 1:12:54 (skipped J, K, L)
Ellie Kennedy     17 controls (no time, but approx. 1:57, skipped Q, R, MOH)
Natalie Fields     11 controls (got A-K, no time recorded)
Penny Jarrett     11 controls (got A-K, no time recorded)

Radio Orienteering (ARDF) Course, 2m

1:22:12, all five controls     Dick Arnett
2:12:55, all five controls     Bob Frey
3 of 5, skipped MOH and MO5, no time recorded     Brian DeYoung

The weather was sunny and hot at Mt. Airy Sunday, and nine people enjoyed the cool air in the forest.

The two competitors on the white course, Natalie Fields and Penny Jarrett, both ventured out on the score course and got points J and K.

On the score course, no one got all the points, but the results are close. Two competitors braved the gratuitous climb to points Q and R. The descent to Q adds a climb of 16 contours back to the finish. After tagging Q, adding R requires a climb of 11 contours to R, then a descent back to the level of Q, then the 16 contours back to the finish. So if you just do Q, you've added 80m of climb, if you do both Q and R, you've added 135m. Interestingly, no one did Q without also getting R. (I had a lot of trouble checking the scorecards. I hope I got the score results right.)

I'd appreciate it if the score competitors would e-mail me with the order they took. I'm just interested. My e-mail is cedarcreek (at) gmail (dot) com.

The course setter, me, messed up a little setting the ARDF course. As I was planning the ARDF course, it was a little too long, and had a little too much climb, so the day before the event I decided to move point 2 to both reduce the distance and the climb. But I didn't mark the change on my map, and in my sleep-deprived state on Sunday morning, put the transmitter in the old location. I realized it about 30 minutes after the first start, and I decided not to change it. (Since the controls locations are not on the map, the competitors wouldn't even notice the error: They'll find the transmitter anyway!) The error took my planned route of (about) 4.6km, 220m climb to the actual course of (about) 5.0km, 240m of climb. The distance is straightline, the climb, optimum route. I'm sure it felt like a lot more climb since 95m of it was pretty much all-at-once, and steep. Really steep. I'm really happy with the winner's time of 82 minutes---The last 2m course I designed had a winning time of 147 minutes. Bob said this course had more climb than the last ARDF Worlds. (That was before either of us counted the contours, so take his comment with a grain of salt. I'm sure it felt like more climb than the Worlds due to the steepness. And the 95 meters all at once.)

I'd like to thank everyone who came. I love putting on events, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. (I was pretty overloaded with stuff to do, and I did miss several people's times. I don't think it affected the results.)

Matthew Robbins

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