Orienteering race 1:04:51  *** 7.6 km (8:32 / km) +290m 7:10 / km
I can. not. wait. until we get a full-on O-map of this park. Not to take away anything from toddp, though, who did a great job GPSing the trails and roads (all the squiggles were right on) and set an excellent long course that was appropriate for the USGS contour data. There are km^2 of open woods and enough rock features to blow Wyoming out of the water, and perhaps challenge some of the east coast maps (or around here, Devil's Lake.)
I had a good run. The mass start made the first control a mess, and the second one as well since a large pack of us biffed it (Owen and Andrei did not, and that was the difference.) The pack exploded on the way to 3 and I found myself alone running the field 3-4, and didn't see anyone else the whole rest of the race. Apparently my 4-5 was fast (I thought it was average), I did well not overthinking 10-11 (run to the high point, forget the detail) and my choice to trail run 12-13 was wise. I found later others had encountered steep stream banks on the cross country route. 15-16 was compass guesswork, but unbelievably I ran right to it, neither left nor right, and I had enough juice to set a good pace back to the two controls just before the finish.
Owen and Andrei were in 6 and 4 minutes ahead, but the three of us (and me not so much) gapped the rest of the field. The splits are verrry interesting, especially being able to identify the "lost time" controls and see where we made mistakes relative to other runners.
Partly cloudy, warm for late September but not humid. Awesome day with burgers at Romayne's to top it off.