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Discussion: WIOL vs ARK

in: barb; barb > 2016-07-21

Jul 25, 2016 1:29 AM # 
Lots of awesome things about both these. One of the things that ARK has going for it is a paid employee. with the WIOL model, I foresee Barb doing a lot of the work of organizing the actual races for a schools league. And that leads to a burned-out Barb. And Barb is the most precious resource we have, at CSU, at Nav Games, among my friends. So keep that in mind :)
Jul 25, 2016 1:43 AM # 
you need both. We have ARK and started our X League which is based on WIOL but isn't schools based and are weeknights. local participation program with local racing league.
Jul 25, 2016 8:48 AM # 
If I'm not mistaken, COC is paying an individual to direct (but not course-set) all WIOL races -- and possibly others beyond WIOL/Winter Series season.
Jul 25, 2016 7:01 PM # 
Pink Socks:
If I'm not mistaken, COC is paying an individual to direct (but not course-set) all WIOL races -- and possibly others beyond WIOL/Winter Series season.

Yes, CascadeOC has been paying for an event director for most of our events since October 2014, and it's been a great success so far. I'd been suggesting that we hire someone for a year or so beforehand (inspired by ARK having paid employees), but Bob Forgrave (club president) gets the credit for finding and hiring such an excellent person for the job.

Amanda doesn't work 100% of our events, but she does enough that it takes a load off the rest of us. The Winter Series & School League consists of 8 events of 350 starts each, so having someone do most/all of them is really efficient. For a volunteer, it's a daunting task to direct something this infrequently.

By having a constant event director, then that leaves our club's heavy-lift volunteers to focus on course design, e-punch, registration, etc.

Another byproduct of having a constant event director is SART. I'm the Series Director for our events July-October. Before we hired Amanda, I was the one trying to find event directors, which is hard in the summer. So I ended up directing many of them, organizing and schlepping the gear, managing volunteers, etc. Now that I don't have to do all of that, that freed up to (finally) start up the SART project.

CascadeOC also pays for our Land Permissions Coordinator, too. This is a position that's useful and more efficient to have one person do. It's also hard work up here, too.

X League based on WIOL but isn't schools based and are weeknights.

WIOL started way before my time, so I don't know how it became the way it became. We pretty much have to go on weekends, though, because the region is so big. It's 136 miles between two of the participating high schools (Oak Harbor & Spanaway), and both have WIOL venues nearby (Fort Ebey & Lincoln Tree Farm).

Another consideration to increase participation is to invite JROTC programs. They make up roughly half of WIOL, they come in teams, they have a regional network, they need navigation training, and they can provide easy day-of-event volunteers.
Jul 25, 2016 7:22 PM # 
136 miles!! man that is a huge area. We have five different ark communities within a half hour drive from my place.

I think schools might work better than X league participation wise especially if we have qualifier races for the eventual
champs. I'm keen to see Boston IOL (BIOL?)
Jul 25, 2016 7:42 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Correct. It's 111 miles if you take the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry. It's 109 miles if you go up the west side of Puget Sound and take the Port Townsend-Coupeville (ferry + toll bridge).

Fort Ebey State Park & Oak Harbor are far enough north where it's reliably faster to drive around than it is to take the ferry. In all of the trips I made up there leading up to Interscholastics 2012, I never once took the ferry.

That said, Spanaway is far enough south that perhaps taking the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry could make some sense. It's 25 miles shorter, but none of the roads would be as fast as I-5 on a Saturday morning.
Jul 25, 2016 7:45 PM # 
@Pink: Sorry!
I looked at a map, got my answer & deleted the question.

IIRC, it went something like this...

So, 136 is the long drive around, with no ferries?
Jul 25, 2016 7:51 PM # 
Gig Harbor to Oak Harbor sans ferry would probably be even longer...

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