Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Date: (Sun.) Apr. 1, 2012
Location: Richmond, CA
Event Directors: - 510.779.8808, - 510.526.9071
Course Setter: Steve Gregg
Type: C; Standard White, Yellow, and Orange courses, and a special "THOMASS" course
I experimented with a new format at Point Pinole this year. The THOMASS event was invented by the Canadians several years ago. It is a mass-start event on a normal orienteering course, to which is added a score-O "box" somewhere in the middle of the course. Within this box, runners are required to find a prescribed number of controls, based on their age and sex. In theory, this puts the top senior and top women runners on equal footing with the young hotshots, giving all the club's top runners a chance to cross the finish line first.
As is the norm in this sort of race format, the runners at the bottom end of each age category enjoyed an advantage. Dennis Wildfogel is a new M65 this year, and went into the race as one of the favorites, along with the ageless Penny DeMoss. François Léonard discovered the day of the event that competitor's ages would be computed in "orienteering years" (meaning that if your birthday is anytime in 2012, you are considered to be that age for all of 2012), which made him a new M40 and suddenly one of the race favorites as well.
After the start of the race, I ventured out to the start of the box section to watch the action. It was interesting to watch a steady stream of orienteers proceed in pretty much a single straight line to the box, then split off in all sorts of different directions to tackle their score-O controls. Several minutes later, I was hardly surprised to see Dennis and Penny complete the box section together, two minutes ahead of Bob Cooley, who unfortunately as a new M70 did not get any extra advantage over Dennis.
Back at the finish line, we learned that a small mistake by Dennis at control 11 perhaps cost him the win, as Penny crossed the finish line in first place, with Dennis 9 seconds back. Meanwhile, François stormed through the last half of the course only to lose to Dennis by another 9 seconds, and bemoan his small mistakes on a couple of earlier controls that perhaps cost him the win as well. Tapio Karras and Joseph Doetsch ran well to finish 4th and 5th, and were the top runners in the M50 and M21 age groupings, respectively.
Everyone I talked to seemed to enjoy this new race format, and I certainly will think about doing it again next year. Sometimes the Canadian THOMASS races have two different box sections, and maybe I'll give that format a try.
My list of people to thank starts with Joan Roos, who gladly agreed to do the one job that I hate, which is to call people up and ask them to volunteer at the event. Joan did a great job, and got a large number of people to work at the meet for an hour or two. The list of helpers the day of the event includes Tim Erickson, Jennifer Kerr, Jeff Dickert, Jonathan Owens, Charles Brenner, Michael Meagher and friends, Paul & Kathy Li, Gary Kraght, Mark Blair, Judy Koehler, James Wilson, Greg Ehrensing, Peter Graham, Theo Verhoeven, Matthias Kohler, Jeff Lanam, Harold and Penny DeMoss, and Ruth Kadel. Mikkel Conradi vetted the courses before the event, and Bob Cooley did his usual excellent job printing the maps. My apologies to anyone else who stepped in to help and whom I have forgotten about.
Lost and Found
Only two items were left behind at Point Pinole:
- A pink Nalgene water bottle. If it belongs to you, please let know, and I'll figure out a way to get it to you.
- A "Joe's Special" thumb compass. Let know if you think it's yours.
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Thanks to everyone for your patience. Sorry we couldn't get the printer working. My thanks to Jonathan Owens, Charles Brenner, and Mark Blair for helping with epunch.
You can see control-by-control timing in the WinSplits results (http://www.obasen.nu/winsplits/online/en/show_event.asp?id=20224). This is complete for the White, Yellow, and Orange courses. For the THOMASS course, only the required controls are shown. The splits for the Score-O portion are available in a table that is linked below.
Pl Name(s) Time
White Course (2.3 km, 30 m climb, 11 controls) 1 Ruben Bergtraun 24:42 2 Kai Rosenbaum 30:32 3 Loquitas 33:54 4 Lil' Tacos 34:58 5 Team Szeto 39:40 6 Judy Quittman 47:28 7 Wilkinson family 1:00:36 8 Howling Coyotes 1:05:00 Rental Runner 47049 DNF Gateway 4H DNF Christina Teply DNF Yellow Course (2.5 km, 50 m climb, 11 controls) 1 Davy Williams 44:21 2 Hemmings 44:23 3 Knapp 55:49 4 Giorgio Panagos 1:09:42 5 Erin Zaks 1:15:24 6 Artemisia & Olivia Luk 1:17:38 7 Joan Merriss 1:20:04 8 Carlos Olivera 1:34:59 9 Dennis Mullane 2:13:39 Second Course Rental Runner 47049 46:10 Orange Course (3.8 km, 80 m climb, 15 controls) 1 James Wilson 33:57 2 Krists Krilovs 41:51 3 Joe Maffei 42:01 4 Andrew Killeen 49:12 5 Johanna Merriss 51:24 6 Linda Stewart, Terry Szucsko 52:20 7 Marina Keating 55:25 8 Mark Blair 56:00 9 Tim Erickson 57:56 10 Mike Meagher 1:05:29 11 David Strong 1:06:56 12 Heidi Cusworth (COC) 1:07:22 13 Olga Seredenko 1:07:45 14 Jennifer Kerr (GCO) 1:09:11 15 Kate Lenschau 1:10:40 16 Nigel Killeen 1:14:24 17 Richard Merriss 1:18:51 18 Kevin Walker 1:26:17 19 Austin Lloyd 1:26:42 20 Judy Koehler 1:36:33 21 Brad & Alex Wetmore 2:06:41 22 Nancy Lindeman 2:17:14 Charles Brenner DNF
Details of the required, point-to-point portion of the course:
3.0 km, 60 m climb, 13 controls
Required number of controls in the Score-O portion of the course:
F01-F15 - 2 M01-M15 - 2 F16-F20 - 4 M16-M20 - 8 F21-F39 - 6 M21-M39 - 10 F40-F49 - 4 M40-M49 - 8 F50-F59 - 2 M50-M59 - 6 F60-F64 - 2 M60-M64 - 4 F65+ - 2 M65+ - 2
All the competitors with a time below did the required number of controls for their class. Some people did more.
See the table of splits (http://baoc.org/wiki/images/5/52/Pt_Pinole_Thomass_Splits.htm), which shows the control selections for the Score-O portion of the course. WinSplits is currently not available for this course.
Pl Name(s) Class Time
1 Penny DeMoss F60-F64 27:03 2 Dennis Wildfogel M65+ 27:12 3 Francois Leonard M40-M49 27:21 4 Tapio Karras M50-M59 29:04 5 Joseph Doetsch M21-M39 30:47 6 Martin Kunz M40-M49 31:04 7 Bob Cooley M65+ 31:21 8 Rex Winterbottom M21-M39 32:20 9 William Cusworth (COC) M40-M49 32:34 10 Matthias Kohler M50-M59 33:57 11 Evan Custer M65+ 34:56 12 Wendell Doman M50-M59 35:15 13 Chuck Spalding M65+ 35:19 14 Verhoeven Theo M50-M59 36:22 15 Greg Khanlarov M21-M39 36:26 16 Mark Prior M21-M39 36:53 17 Marie-Jose Parayre F21-F39 37:53 18 Gavin Williams M1-M15 38:50 19 Joe Knapp M40-M49 38:53 20 Peter Graube M50-M59 39:01 21 Peter Graham M21-M39 40:19 22 Ralf M40-M49 40:43 23 Gavin Wyatt-Mair M50-M59 41:04 24 Dan Greene M50-M59 42:12 25 Ray Rosenbaum M40-M49 42:17 26 Merm Rosenbaum F40-F49 42:17 27 Gary Kraght M50-M59 45:03 28 Greg Ehrensing M50-M59 45:16 29 Terry Gleason M65+ 50:38 30 Marsha Jacobs F65+ 53:06 31 Flynn Buxtun-Walsh M16-M20 1:08:31 32 Oleg Shanknovsky M65+ 1:12:12 33 Danial Zaks M21-M39 1:32:52 Eugene Wilkenson M16-M20 DNF Patty Clemo F60-F64 DNF Second Course Jennifer Kerr (GCO) F65+ DNF _______________
DNF = Did not finish (missed one or more controls)