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WCOC Paugussett



Newtown, CT
Oct 17, 2009

Type: Orienteering - Local

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added by: j-man

Awesome terrain.

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Course statistics:

Course Length Climb (M) Controls
White 3.5 km 135 9 Controls
Yellow 4.0 km 150 8 Controls
Orange 4.0 km 110 12 Controls
Brown 3.1 km 125 9 Controls
Green 4.8 km 160 13 Controls
Red 7.8 km 250 19 Controls

Course Notes:

Map and Terrain:

The map was originally prepared to a fairly high standard in 2003. Much of it is still quite good. However, a large swath, mostly on the east side of the main gravel road that turns and runs north south through the area, has been logged. This logging seems to have occurred in stages, over a few years. Thus, in some areas there is more thick vegetation (often schematically indicated by vertical slash in a subsequent rough update.) Other areas of logging, of even more recent vintage, are not indicated on the map. However, almost every logged area is negotiable without too much trouble; there are no new logging-caused areas of dark green or areas where competitors must climb over things. It may slow you down slightly in places, but the bigger issue is the visual surprise when white woods appears pretty open. But, you've been warned. And, this is only an issue for orange, green, and red. The orange course will encounter this type of logged terrain roughly between 60% and 85% of the course, green between 55% and 70%, and red at various times.

Otherwise, the map is largely OK. There are a few new trails, and a few trails which are degrading. While your course setter had a few quibbles with some of the rock/contour mapping, most competitors should not notice. Water features (ponds, marshes, and watercourses) are all very dry.

Time Keeping and Results:

All courses use epunching. Download is at registration.


All courses have a remote, self-serve start and finish. The start is a ~650 meter walk with 30 meters of climb (it may or may not be streamered) from the registration area, and the finish is ~350 meters further on--both along a prominent gravel road. After finishing, or if retiring, please come back and download your epunch.

There is one water stop at a control almost exactly 50% of the way through orange and green. This control and water stop is also used on the red course, however, it falls at about 33% of the way through. Red runners should tank up there if they anticipate needing more water. No other courses have a water stop.

White and Yellow:
These courses are longer, with more climb than I would have preferred, but the technical difficulty is in line with recommendations. The extra length is due to terrain and map limitations.

A very standard orange course.

Brown and above:
The brown through red courses are highly technical. Physically, they are fairly average, although the course setter feels that the red is slightly on the physical side. A top local runner should still be able to run 60-65 minutes on red. Winning times on the other courses have not been estimated as they will hinge on who run what.


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