Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Night Score O' Course


Last Saturday, we ran a night score O' course at Heartland (map below). We had 90 minutes to get as many points as possible. The point values for the controls ranged from 10 to 40.

I was sure that I could get all of the controls in 90 minutes, so I didn't pay any attention to the point values.

My route was: 1, 3, 19, 15, 22, 5, 12, 23, 18, 24, 6, 11, 16, 4, 21, 17, 20, 9, 10, 7, 13, 2, 8, and 14.

My route felt ok, but I suspect there are better ways to get all of the controls. I don't know what those ways are, but I'm not very good at this sort of decision. I would assume someone could find a better route.

The score O' format is standard for local night races. It makes it a bit easier on the organizers because the competitors (many are not very good at orienteering in the day, let alone at night) generally come back to the finish in a reasonable time. It is also a good way to introduce inexperienced orienteers to night O' - even if they are lousy, they are bound to find a few controls.

Saturday's event got 87 starters (many went out in small groups of 2 or 3). That's probably (certainly?) the biggest night O' event around the Kansas City area.

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posted by Michael | 9:11 AM


It seems that you didn't get all controls. At least number 3 is missing in your route.
Good catch. I fixed the text. I went to 3 after 1.
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