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in: 2016 Seattle Adventure Running Tournament (9/10 - 9/11) (Sep 10–11 - Seattle, WA, US)

Jun 24, 2016 11:11 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Schedule, details, and link to registration and such are all linked here:

I'll also mention that earlier this month, the IOF announced that:

In the restructured WOC program, the new “urban” format shall be a knock-out format where knock-out is defined to mean a competition with a series of elimination rounds and a first-to-finish final round.

This will take effect at the first Sprint WOC in 2020 in (likely) Denmark.

I'll also also mention that the Seattle Adventure Running Tournament, despite the simple name, is legitimate sprint orienteering on ISSOM maps. I failed to convey that to all of you last year.

SART 2016 consists of a short time trial + five knock-out sprint races. We'll start in a very scenic urban park for the time trial, then run around two other city parks, and finish the tournament with three consecutive campus sprints. One will feature the orienteering debut at Seattle Pacific University, and the semifinals and finals will be at the University of Washington, one of the finest sprint venues in the US.

This event will sell out the 80 spots, so act fast!
Jun 25, 2016 4:11 AM # 
Pink Socks:
One rule change from last year:

2015: Top two in each heat advance, plus next fastest time in adjacent heats.

2016: Winner of each heat advance, plus next three fastest times in adjacent heats.

This year, if you're in second place in your heat, no more coasting! If you're in fourth place in your heat, you still have a chance!
Jul 25, 2016 10:27 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Reminder that early-bird prices end on July 31st!

56 spots remain!
Aug 16, 2016 10:29 PM # 
Pink Socks:
We're now less than a month away, and there are plenty of spots remaining! Unless there's a huge rush in the next two weeks, this event will not sell out this year. But it'll still be loads of fun on great courses on some great new maps!

This means that I'm tweaking the new rule change:

Winner of each heat advance, plus next X fastest times in adjacent heats.

If there are 9 or 10 total runners in adjacent heats, then X = 3
If there are 8 total runners in adjacent heats, then X = 2

If we have a sellout of 80, all heats will have 5 runners, with adjacent totals of 10. 2 winners + 3 next fastest will always work. Easy peasy. But if we have less than 80 in the bracket, if you keep moving 5 up no matter what, you'll start to have heats of 3 and fewer. Lonely heats are no fun!

For example, for a bracket of 72, that's 9 total runners in each pair of heats. After round 1, the top 5 move up, bottom 4 move down. Then we'll have 40 in the top "half" and 32 in the bottom "half". The top half will now always have 5 in each heat. The bottom half will always have 4 in each heat.

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