Sounds like what happened a couple of years ago in Rochester - the recreational people were pretty much completely ignored. It's too bad, since it turned off some people who might have been interested in giving it a chance.
Are you sure the rec course was a subset of the competitive course? I ask because in Spokane the course was set so that the rec course used the same locations but the clue descriptions and thus the answers were different. I don't remember whether it was that way in Rochester as well.
Thanks for following through with this, Janet. I got 7 of 15 right, which is a little better than chance. I also didn't realize that "none of the above" was a valid choice. Of the ones I remembered being "easy", I got 2 of 4 correct.
I gave it a try twice and decided I like the route-choice version of orienteering better than the map puzzle version, to the extent that I don't enjoy the Catching Features game either, though I know some people (arthurd?) like it for "armchair orienteering" training.