December 09, 2023
Unlike a year ago, when we were skiing at Lubrecht at this time, today we ran through the woods. We got some good luck with the weather, as the sun was shining when the first competitors headed out on their courses in the morning. Course setter Chris Caldwell did an outstanding job designing challenging, varied, and enjoyable courses of all levels of difficulty, while event director Emily Johnson had the fireplace going and hot chocolate flowing for finishers at the Lubrecht Rec. Hall.
It was fun to see many families with kids out there, running around the woods and enjoying the post-race snacks. There was also some close racing, especially on the Intermediate course, where Allison Brown edged out Tom Perry by just over a minute, while Kat Franchino snagged 3rd place, just 45 seconds ahead of Nick Pence.
Towards the end of the day, Boris Granovskiy led a walkthrough of a part of the Advanced course for a group of orienteers looking to take the next step in their navigation. This seemed to be a popular exercise, and we hope to continue doing this at future events.
Thank you to Chris Caldwell for setting courses and to Emily Johnson for directing! Ben Conley helped put out controls in the morning and collect them in the afternoon. Calvin Olson and Ben Brady also helped with control pickup, and Calvin did some beginner instruction as well.
Next up (snow conditions permitting) will be a Night Ski Orienteering event at the University of Montana golf course on January 9. Hope to see you there after a safe and joyous holiday season!