Running warm up/down 11:07  1.32 mi (8:25 / mi)
Now that the Winter Series is complete, let's revisit the prospective storylines laid out back in November, and compare with how things went:
Will it be a clean Kiwi sweep?
Short answer: No. Our erstwhile Kiwis only raced twice, as they were out of town for three events, and somehow got conned into course-setting two others. Had they qualified, a sweep would've been entirely plausible, as their combined four scores were 1, 2, 2, 5.
Will Heather make a triumphant return?
Yes...for a fleeting moment. Heather won the first three events handily, then unfortunately was re-injured and may be done orienteering for good. A sad day.
Will the King of the Winter Series reclaim his throne?
Short answer: No. Though the Bonesaw led the standings early, he was ultimately undone by a combination of a fourth-place finish and an unfortunate tendency toward not bothering to show up.
Will the Portlanders throw any wrenches into proceedings?
Short answer: No. Only one total appearance from them - an Abra McNair fourth place at the first event of the season.
So, clearly a season of dramatic and unforeseen developments. We see that most of the prepackaged narratives ended up being non-starters (as prepackaged narratives tend to be). However, that won't stop us from dishing out some fun-spirited, totally gratuitous and in no way official or meaningful awards:
Comeback of the Year Awards go to: Heather Fourie, Nikolay Nachev.
Comet of the Year Awards go to: Rebecca Jensen, Eric Jones.
Commemorative Jourdan Harvey One-Hit Wonder Awards (formerly known as the W[ho]TF Do They Think They Are Awards) go to: Dusty Caseria, Nina Potrebich.
Course Setter of the Year Awards go to: Jourdan Harvey, Celia Schofield.
HUOC (House Un-American Orienteers Committee) Awards go to: Peteris Ledins, Ing Uhlin.
Lifetime Achievement Award goes to: Heather Fourie.
Newcomer of the Year Awards go to: Evan Derickson, Linnea Nasman.