Thanks for the inspired event and hospitality! Very intense and enjoyable competition.
Yeah, was awesome fun! And good orienteering, double awesome!
Huzzah! Fantastic time had by all (and most of are are now a bit richer as well.)
Indeed. I'm going to have to think hard about what to do with my winnings. Seriously.
Thanks so much for setting that up, that was one of my highlights of my time out in Amherst so far (and you and Gail have provided many highlights beforehand!).
Yes, thank you! I very much enjoyed it from afar.
It was almost all really good fun for me too. The only problem was that it took a little longer than I expected to put out the controls -- started about 4:10 (with first start at 5:01), had 26 controls to put out, thought I'd be done by 4:40, actually finished about 4:50. And we still had to stuff the maps in cases which George had brought. Plus the busload of school kids were still there. So I was not exactly relaxed. Especially because I was really hoping I hadn't put one in the wrong place.
As it turned out, I think just one mistake. The plan was for Cristina to play a trumpet fanfare just before the start, and at 4:55 she had the trumpet out. But I looked around, kids everywhere, they were supposed to be on their bus by 5:00 (and they were), but at that moment it seemed like the fanfare was not the right thing, so I told Cristina to hold off, we'd do it just before the sprint. Which would have been fine, we had the time, but I forgot. So no trumpet.
Not a big deal but it would have been nice. Like it was when Clare Durant sang the national anthem before the Sprint Series Final at Hickory Run. That was really neat.
Best part #1 -- seeing how much people liked the orienteering. I thought that would be the case, but you can never be sure.
Best part #2 -- everyone stuck around for the party, and the awards (at the party), even Jim and Sharon who had said they couldn't. Makes the whole thing a lot more fun.
Best part #3 -- the fun and games with the logo, and CMOUSA.
Best part #4 -- it went from just an idea to reality in a week. And for a Wednesday evening in western Mass (where only about 5 orienteers live within 50 miles), we got more than the 10 people I had originally hoped for. I wonder how many would have showed up if we had had it on a Saturday late afternoon with some sort of regular O' in the area earlier in the day.
Best part #5 -- Adding the sprint. It gave people a second chance (to either succeed or screw up).
Best part #6 -- A lot of fun people.
It seems clear we will have to do this again.
I do regret not being able to come up for the fun, but thanks to AP, I got to experience part of the excitement at least - maps, results, photos etc...
thanks for putting this on...