How can they require people to run in a particular way?
Yeah. They can't. They clearly don't understand.
Or ... perhaps they meant " run straight to your second control, don't go to 5 on the way ..."
Some people did try to run on a compass bearing though. There were some elephant tracks in the leaves.
I struggle to understand QOCs insistence that we use this difficult (to say the least) venue especially at this time of year. It is a beautiful park - rich in history, beautiful scenery and wonderful woods. I get that part of it. But Its seems clear to me that the NPS does not want us there, and does everything they can to frustrate our efforts. Yet we soldier on in the face of adversity. If we insist on using this park, perhaps February would be a better time of year to hold the event. Maybe it would take less than 40 minutes to get through the gate and 30 minutes to walk from your parking space for the three-sizes-fit-all orienteering. Kudos to Nadim for setting great courses with the little they gave him to work with.
They also required that we mark all turnaround points with orange cones, and prohibited us from marking our routes with flour. So don't read too much into the rules.
Their stated goal is to minimize the impact of our race on the park's natural resources. They believe that this goal is advanced by limiting the number of courses, and requiring us to run in straight lines. This belief is very strongly held, having survived years of argument and evidence from our side. As Peggy says, they clearly don't understand, and we are running out of ideas.
The November dates are also dictated by the park.
Limit the area the courses cover, the number of courses there are and have those runners run in straight lines.... I couldn't think of a better way to MAXIMIZE the impact.
Yup, absolutely. They can't seem to get that.
Though, really, evidence from O-Ringen shows that even a bunch of people going the same way will have almost no long-term impact.
Evidence schmevidence Peggy, how does it make you feel?!
I've had such a great day today :(