Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, February 27, 2006

Some notes from Florida


High quality

This may seem a bit silly, but I'm convinced that a good way to quickly judge the quality of an orienteering race is to answer two questions:

1. Is the map printed well?
2. Are the map cases good?

The Florida meet looks good on both questions. The maps were well printed (I don't know the details of the printer and paper, but clearly the organizers paid attention to the quality of printing). The map cases were the right weight of plastic and sealed well.

Of course, that isn't all that goes into a high quality meet, but organizers who pay attention to those details typically put on good events.

The Florida meet was quite good and a lot of fun. Thanks to all of the organizers. I won't try to list them all, but clearly Vladimir deservse a bunch of the credit.

Fast terrain

I ran yesterday's 10 km M40 course in 6:06/km. That's fast. And, I'm not fast, so you can get an idea that the terrain was fast. The forest was open and flat.


Saturday afternoon, we took a little trip to Blue Spring State Park where we saw a group of manatees. The manatees need warm water and the outflow from the spring is a good temperature for them, so they congregate at the junction of the outflow and the St John river. That makes the junction a perfect spot (at least on Saturday) to watch manatees.

posted by Michael | 7:47 PM


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