Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, October 09, 2006

First notes from the North American Champs


I got home from the North American O' Champs late last night. I'm still a bit worn out from the travel and running. I'll just jot down a few notes about the events.

We began with a sprint race on the McMaster Campus. Despite not being very good at sprint orienteering, I enjoy it for the most part. Eddie B. took some snapshots, which I've copied and posted (I hope that is ok, Eddie). In the first photo, I'm struggling, feeling tired, about 2/3rds of the way through the course. I like the second photo, passing by a hot dog stand.

GHO did a great job organizing the race. I won't get into details, but I think the organizers' made a decision to put on the kind of event they'd like to run in - to go beyond meeting the normal standard of a national event and to make it a special event. I think they succeeded.

Three very nice touches: (1) when you crossed the finish line, someone handed you an apple and a bottle of water, (2) they had a PA system and mixed music, announcements and interviews - very nice, makes the race feel like a big event, (3) every competitor got a chair!

The idea behind the chairs was that if everyone had a little folding chair, they'd be able to fill up the area around the finish chute and you'd get a really good event environment. I don't know who had the idea, but it was a great one (even if a lot of people ended up sitting on their Ikea chairs in the parking area or by the food stand). Mostly, I think it reflects some interesting, and good, thinking by the organizers.

Patrick will be glad to find out that Mary and I got two Ikea chairs - one pink, one blue.

posted by Michael | 8:06 PM


IKEA!! I love IKEA. I actually need to go down to the one here and get some furniture for the new house.

Pink and blue!!
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