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in: Hammer; Hammer > 2016-03-23

Mar 23, 2016 11:38 PM # 
What was the focus on the first night? Besides, you know, pace-counting and 80s music trivia?
Mar 23, 2016 11:49 PM # 
No 80's music trivia. it's all about Harry Potter trivia now to get student respect (Etoile and Adventure Girl help me out).

The map was called mcmaster MARAUDERS MAP. get it?

theme was famous McMaster Nobel Laureates (ok only one so far but I'll reserve number two for Tarno) and famous MAC alumni adventure racers.
Mar 23, 2016 11:52 PM # 
And what was the average dress code like? Gaitors a plenty?
Mar 23, 2016 11:55 PM # 
"Gaitors a plenty?" no that's Guelph
Mar 24, 2016 12:16 AM # 
Nev, you are thinking UofA dude.

seriously they had a good time. expecting 40+ next week.
Mar 24, 2016 1:07 AM # 
That's awesome. The weather today definitely wasn't conducive to convincing people to try a new outdoor activity!
Mar 24, 2016 2:31 AM # 
If I was looking to target/talk to an outdoors retailer Id ask what students were wearing because I would then target where they shop. Or need to shop.
Mar 24, 2016 6:12 PM # 
How do you market / advertise this? Have you done it in the past?
Mar 24, 2016 6:18 PM # 
Pink Socks:
You guys are just full of good ideas.
Mar 24, 2016 7:48 PM # 
I'm kinda doing this with just the help of Meghan Rance at the moment. I'm doing it for a number of reasons.
1) We have several ARXers (my daughter included) that have or about to (in Emma's case) enter University. After having been in ARK/ARX for 6+ years they have nothing
2) We need an easier way to gain access to the University for training and racing
3) There are a lot of athletes at University that could do quite well in sprint orienteering but they just don't have access to the sport. Not to mention the best sprint maps in southern Ontario are the Uni campuses.
4) Ontario government grants target youth programs where youth is U24. It is a bit of a no brainer to get funding for an extension of ARK/ARX to Uni - hence the name ARU.

I had met several times with athletics and rec and wasn't getting anywhere. Oh and for those basketball fans out there the head of McMaster's athletics program is Glen Grunwald of Toronto Raptors and NY Knicks fame (apparently, dunno cause I don't find basketball entertaining). Anyway I wasn't getting anywhere but then I was approached by a program on campus that is looking for other activities to help students deal with various issues (including mental health). The individual had kids in ARK and asked "Can you develop an adventure running program for MAC students?" Me: "Yeah I can!!".

To your questions coach.
We aren't involved in the marketing ...yet so it is quite limited at first. That is fine because this could grow very quickly and we want to figure out how to run it for the time being.
This is the first time we have done it.

The format is a "Choose your Adventure Run" format with 10 CPs and a 30 minute time limit. Meghan and I have started to develop a "library of CP locations" that eventually the group we are partnering can design their own course. We aren't using flags. Just question and answer for now. Allows us to set-up instantly. Should be fun to see where this goes but I'm hoping it develops an Ontario U Cup series for orienteering within a few years.
Mar 24, 2016 8:07 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I discovered orienteering too late in college to do this, but I think getting the residence halls is another good angle for orienteering. How many students at these universities live on campus, and what is the atmosphere like (eg: are there dorm events, socials, etc)?

I went to the University of Kansas and I lived in the dorms for 3 years and I was involved in my dorm's "government" which was basically an event planning group. I think orienteering would be a great fit for a dorm activity because:
-- It involves getting acquainted with the university, both in an orientation sense (which building is which?), but also with some history (lots of old plaques and sculptures, etc).
-- The students are already living there, so they don't have to travel far.
-- It's exercise.
-- It's a good way to bond with roommates and hallmates (team up!)
-- You can have a competition amongst rooms, floors, dorms, etc.
-- Residence halls are always looking for more events to get residents involved.
-- Residents are always looking for fun and cheap things to do.

The Choose Your Adventure format would work best, at least to start, because it's the most flexible for a wide range of interests and abilities, plus it has a mass start and finish, so you could combo with say a dinner or something else.
Mar 24, 2016 11:53 PM # 
There are always tours of the campus during frosh week. How about doing it with your "library of CP locations"?
Mar 25, 2016 2:34 AM # 
Yeah that is a great idea. Every new student should get the O map when they come to campus.
Mar 25, 2016 2:38 AM # 
Along with an SI card in maroon and grey and some nylon pyjamas that say "Mac" on the bum.

P.S. Love this program!

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