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Jul 1, 2016 12:39 AM # 
Pink Socks:
Nikolay is the "old man" being the oldest registrant to date. And Tori B is older than the median age. And yet we don't have any juniors so far.

Go twenty-somethings!
Jul 3, 2016 4:40 PM # 
I for one won't be a junior at SART this year, and I probably won't be ever again :( but that's not to say I won't be there in future years as a twenty-something!
Jul 4, 2016 12:10 AM # 
I considered going, but I already have tickets to a concert that weekend that I don't want to miss. Maybe next year!

(I'm only a year younger than Tori, though, so that wouldn't've helped all that much.)
Jul 4, 2016 8:36 PM # 
Pink Socks:
My point about the juniors was that oftentimes when I look at demographics of big events, the mean and median ages aren't *that* out-of-whack because there are several kids that bring those down, but when you drill down into the numbers, there's a 'lost generation" of 20-something and 30-something orienteers.

If you look at the trends, orienteering is aging too fast in most markets.

Which is why it's refreshing to see an event where I'm one of the old guys, instead of one of the young guys. And we're not skewed by having a bunch of juniors. It'll be interesting to see how many juniors sign up this year. I always welcome juniors, of course, but it takes a really committed junior to compete in both days of the tournament because of other activities and transportation. Plus, it's more expensive than our other events (I mean, it's not outrageous, but comparatively speaking to orienteering events).

Of the 5 elected CascadeOC board members, I'm the median age, which feels good. I think CascadeOC is generally in good shape. We have our issues for sure, but I don't doubt that the club will be around in 20 years.
Jul 5, 2016 10:16 PM # 
Pink Socks:
SART added three more registrants, ages 29, 37?, 56.
Jul 6, 2016 10:52 PM # 
Well, SART is an outlier in event demographics because it's attracting much more younger sprint-y orienteerers than a regular forest one day race or a two race weekend events.

I'll be happy to sit down around the fire with the 56yo fellow and share "back-in-the-days" stories about sending telegrams, using 5,25" floppy disks and using horse carriages.
Jul 7, 2016 4:13 AM # 
Pink Socks:
SART is an outlier in event demographics because it's attracting much more younger sprint-y orienteerers

That's kind of the point. ;-)

As that main forum thread is discussing the aging orienteers nation-wide, I'm happy to direct something that skews young.
Jul 11, 2016 5:13 PM # 
Wish I could come this year. That was a super event last year!

It's making me so mad to read all the stuff written by old men about how the sport is doing just fine, not dying at all, let's maintain the pure sport, blah blah blah blah blah. Argh.

Keep doing what you're doing, because it's awesome.
Jul 11, 2016 5:28 PM # 
Seconded what Alex writes above there.
Jul 11, 2016 7:38 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Thanks guys. You just inspired me to copy my private note into a comment on the main thread, haha.

Keep doing what you're doing, because it's awesome.

I will comment a little bit on this. I'm very thankful that CascadeOC pretty much lets me do what I want, with little pushback.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not as forward-thinking in my actions as I am my thoughts (this might be different if I knew how to program mobile apps, or if I knew more about Pokemon, etc). But, I thought the club should have a series of beginner-friendly score-o's, so we have the Choose Your Adventure Series now. And I thought corn maze would be fun, so we have that. Little things like a mass start at the Bog Slog and shortcuts at Salmon La Sac. Bigger things like hosting IS/IC champs in 2012. New things like SART.

It also extends to things beyond events, too. Things like jersey design. I also pitched the idea that we should hire a permanent event director, and now we've had one for almost two years now, and it's been great. (I can't take credit for the hire, though).

I guess the point of this is, I feel like with Cascade, I'm allowed to have ownership of things and they happen. And with the few things I've dealt with at the national level, I don't. I get that things are harder to implement at the national level, but it wasn't just that (and I don't want to get into details, but I dealt with a lot of BS for the 2012 event).

There are those bumper stickers that say, "Think Globally, Act Locally", and that's pretty much my mantra when it comes to volunteering for orienteering.

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