I really wish that either we get gps trackers for meets like this or that IOF changes the rule. I would have loved to see where everyone went. I hope at least some put their routes on route gadget.
I hope they change their rules on GPS tracking and on 1:15000 requirements. I just don't see reasons for it.
For urban races and other places with cell phone coverage, an option like LiveLox and cheap phones might be possible... it would be a way to allow interested spectators to follow the races online in real time.
With current rules, anyone running WREs anyway regularly should get a logger. And IOF should change their rules. For important events such as NAOC, banning GPS screens is absolutely reasonable. Having live tracking will be commonplace within a few years anyhow.
1:15 where possible is not unreasonable. I don't think the NAOC terrain was exceptional enough to warrant a deviation. More legible mapping and printing would make a bigger difference than changing to 1:10. (One could argue for both.) Some terrain would definitely be enhanced with 1:10 (or 1:7,5) maps.
Take my 'shoulds' with a pinch of salt.
I definitely agree with you on your points, Neil. With a few changes the map would've been readable. And I enjoy running on 1:15 when it doesn't adversely affect the race too much. So far I've only really felt like this at meets in Portugal where rocks were overcrowding the map but had to be mapped.
I can also see GPS screens being banned. It's frustrating when I've had to leave my watch at the start in prior meets because of interpretations of WRE rules.
In short, well said, Neil. You're on point.