Organizer: Tim McLaren (Event Director)
Thanks everyone for coming! Special thanks to Colleen for an awesome registration job, Teresa for her help getting set up, Andrew for setup and takedown, Jonathan on control pickup, Suzanne and Rob for take down and everyone else that I missed who pitched in!
Gabrielle W below should be Gabrielle S
Peg Race Results (typo - Gabrielle W should say Gabrielle S):
(MP stands for missing punches/required controls).
It is a really challenging area, so congrats to all for your navigation abilities! It's hard not to make a lot of mistakes in that area.
Leg split times are available at http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/d...
Note that since the peg controls (dashed lines) were not completed by everyone, the split times are only for the core controls in the loop.
Important: Instructions for this race starts will be at 7pm sharp at the top of the hill (see map below) and this mass start race will start immediately after the instructions. It's a really fun and social format, so please come out but read the instructions below on arriving close to 6:30pm.
Beginner/Novice Course: ~1.5km Novice course mostly on paths starting and finishing near the parking lot but climbing and descending 50m hill.
Intermediate/Advanced Peg Race: 2.5km - 5km depending on speed. The fastest navigators could end up doing 5km+ but slower ones get to shortcut so that most runners could end up finishing around the same time -- a very exciting format. The controls will be on paths or on features a short distance from trails. The area is mostly flat and full of trails mostly all of which are mapped mostly accurately. The Peg Race is quite beginner-friendly as long as you can use a compass to return to the start/finish if lost (usually easy since the start is at the top of the hill under a radio tower). We will print some extra maps for those wanting to switch to the Peg Race or the Novice course. The race starts at the top of the hill, so it is mostly flat or downhill to the Finish.
Unlike most Wednesday nights, the Peg Race is a mass start event, so we ask that you check-in close to 6:30pm at the main parking area (P) before proceeding to the start area by the tower at the top of the hill next to the Start (see the parking map below). If the small upper parking lot is full, please allow 15 to 20 minutes to check-in and walk uphill to the Start area. Everyone will start at the same time shortly after instructions are given at 7pm at the Start. If you are late, you might be allowed to start, but you will have a hard time catching up. All courses will climb and descend the 50m hill, but the Peg Race starts at the top of the hill so it is mostly flat or downhill.
Brief Peg Race Instructions (will be explained at 7pm at start at top of hill): Start when organizer says "go". Go to and punch all controls in order, except skip the dashed controls unless you collected a clothespeg at the previous control. Punch the finish. The winner is the one with the most pegs. Ties go to the faster time.
You must pre-register for the event before 9am on the day of this event. We may have a few extra maps for late registrants.
Parking: The upper parking (P on the map below) lot is quite small so if it is full you will need to park further down the hill (P2).
Please allow time for 15 to 20 minutes walk uphill to the Start area (400-800m walk with 40-60m elevation gain) from parking.
We suggest arriving by 6:30pm to park, check-in and get to the top for race instructions at 7pm.
Peg Race Format:
This night's race is a handicapped mass start peg (clothespin) race using SI sticks for timing (we have Si-Air contactless or regular sticks you can borrow but there is a $100 or $50 replacement fee if lost). The fastest runners will end up having to go the furthest, so even if you are slow, you may end up at the finish at around the same time. This is a really fun format because people of all speeds and abilities could end up finishing at the same time. This year, anyone collecting a peg will need to go a little further than last year in order to further handicap the fastest runners and give slower runners more opportunities to get pegs.
This will be explained at the mass start at 7pm. But if you are curious, you visit each control in numerical order like a regular race but the goal is to collect the most clothes pegs (up to one per control) before finishing the course. If there is a tie in the number of pegs collected, the faster finish time wins. If you collect a peg from a control, clip it to your shirt and you then have to visit an extra control indicated with a dashed line on the map. If there are no pegs left at a control, you go to the next control indicated by a solid line (skipping the dashed-line extra control). It sounds complicated, but really easy to understand when explained in person. You simply skip the dashed line controls unless you collected a peg at the previous control.
For example, Speedy Jill is one of the first people to arrive at Control 2 and there are still pegs left, so she takes one, clips it to her shirt, punches Control 2 and proceeds to Control 3 (which is an extra control as indicated by the dashed-line). After punching Extra Control 3, she heads to Control 4. However, Steady Jack gets to Control 2 later and there are no pegs left, so he punches Control 2 and proceeds to the regular Control 4. Now Steady Jack might be ahead of Speedy Jill and he has a better chance of collecting a clothes peg at one of the later controls.
Pre-registration is Mandatory:
- Please register by 9am Wednesday to ensure we have enough maps printed for everyone.
- You will need to be a 2023 member of Foothills Orienteering (FWOC), a 2023 member of another Canadian orienteering club, or purchase a “day of the event membership”.
- We will be using Maprun6 so, if you registered for the event, you can run anytime if you do not want to run on the evening of the event.
- There will be about 20 Wednesday Evenings in the series.
NOTE: After having registered for an event, you can make changes to your course selection on the Interpodia website. Login. Go to "Event Registrations" section in the menu on the left side of the screen. Click on the “Manage” button on the event you want to revise. Click view/edit registration. Click on the edit button on Course Selection. Revise your selection there; for example, if you won't be able to attend unexpectedly, you can choose to get a map PDF instead.