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Discussion: A Big Thank You for COC 2016

in: 2016 Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival (Jul 23 – Aug 1 - Alberta)

Aug 1, 2016 10:46 PM # 
As I sit in the Calgary Airport waiting for my flight home I think I cannot wait to pass on a big thank you to all those who helped to create such a great orienteering experience in the Calgary/ Canmore area this past weekend.
Besides running four interesting, challenging and fun races I also had the chance to volunteer my meager services to help the Start team each of the three days. I got to see what few others got to see - the tremendous amount of work and problem solving handled by the Foothills Wanderers members. They are good at putting on events.
Thank you to the team for arranging three perfect days of weather and for having that mother of all hailstorms by-pass us. (You should have seen my rental car agent checking the car for signs of hail damage he could pin on me. Not this time Buddy!)
Aug 2, 2016 4:32 PM # 
for having that mother of all hailstorms by-pass us

The Fates don't seem to want to pelt the Canadian Orienteering Championships, only give it a close brush or two every few years...

Congrats to the organizers on yet again modifying a COCs in the last days to accommodate sudden events. (Maybe one could also include a North Americans in an earlier age, with that sudden event caused by a paranoid survivalist CBC radio personality.)
Aug 2, 2016 4:40 PM # 
I remember one pretty bad storm/hurricane/whatever that hit Hartney, Manitoba (?) during the Canadian Champs/NAOC week in 1982. It hit some trees in the camping area in the middle of town - and sent them crashing over some tents and cars - luckily passing through while most of the campers were indoors in the Town Cinema watching 'Chariots of Fire'...
Aug 2, 2016 4:44 PM # 
See, just a close brush. ;-)
Aug 2, 2016 10:52 PM # 
Thanks very much to all the organizers for a fantastic event! The courses and terrain were fun and challenging, and the event was well executed even discounting the fact that bears necessitated venue changes at the last minute! That the organizing team was able to pull off the long, sprint, and sprint relay course and logistics adjustments is a Herculean feat. I especially enjoyed the atmosphere of the sprint relay, and Brent and Meagan in particular deserve acclaim for their announcing.
Aug 3, 2016 12:25 AM # 
Thank you to FWOC and all the volunteers for putting on such great races under such stressful conditions. Aside from the fact that several of the venues changed, I do not think that many of the competitors would have even realized that there were many, many challenges being handled behind the scenes. Great courses, great weather, great people :)
Aug 3, 2016 5:41 PM # 
We really enjoyed this event and remember the 1982 event in Hartney as well. Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers.
Aug 3, 2016 6:07 PM # 
If there is Routegadget or something, please post links. I'd love to see what courses you came up with on such short notice.
Aug 3, 2016 7:50 PM # 
We don't have RouteGadget (at least not yet). But the courses are posted to the results page.

You can compare the Long to the Middle. We used the existing middle controls plus about 20 new ones to create the "new" Long

We were pretty impressed with the courses we came up with ;-) And happy to see we did a great job of meeting the expected winning times - even without a test run.
Aug 4, 2016 3:32 AM # 
I wasn't able to be there but watching from afar, the organizers' ability to handle this situation so well absolutely blew my mind! Congrats.
Aug 4, 2016 7:34 AM # 
All four events had excellent courses. You could have fooled me that three of them were done on very short notice. Thank you Foothills and everyone who had a finger in pulling this off this fine event. Looking forward to seeing many of you on my home turf in September.

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