Register | Login
Attackpoint - performance and training tools for orienteering athletes

Discussion: Sprint/middle

in: Hammer; Hammer > 2017-02-02

Feb 3, 2017 5:30 AM # 
Klepperton: least in southern Ontario, that would be the focus. I guess this is where an Ontario University Champs comes in.

So how do we funnel wicked (or any) track/cross-country runners into sprint? World class o-sprinters are world class runners.

What's a reasonable timeline to increase our pool of competitors from a handful to 50?

...or are current orienteers going to have to continue to make lots of babies?

I'm all for it. I hope to engage Toronto to pivot in this direction. There's no other place to go with the sport here. Lots of pounding concrete...why not do it with a sprint map in hand?

At some point in the spring I'm going to try to take this group out on an sprint/street type course, (bookended with some length), for one of their weekend runs... (I'd like to start training with them.)

Fast runners. Killer name.

...I guess this is one place to find sprinters, even if it's just a handful from the group.
Feb 3, 2017 1:51 PM # 
For large urban centres like Toronto sprint and multi-hour adventure runs are the best O formats. It is also probably the format that a Uni Cup should focus on. However we still haven't converted fast track runners into part time orienteering sprinters. I was hoping the lure of the World Games would do that.

Hosting some high profile urban (or campus) sprint races are needed. NevMonster and I have often talked about how cool it would be to have a National Series of 6-8 sprint and adventure run weekends Canada-wide. Sprint on Sat, team adventure run on Sunday. Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary/Canmore, Whistler, Vancouver,....

Black lungs sounds like a good name for a running group from the Hammer.
Feb 3, 2017 3:14 PM # 
The Black Lung guys are FAST! You're going to be quick if you can hang with them.

The move from COF to have Team Trials back in North America should help a bit. But really, as Mark says, the goal should be to increase the pool beyond offspring of 80s national team.

Target market: cross-runners who are future trail runners and hate indoor, realistically 4-7 guys on their team. Problem: there are already great trail running series to appeal to them.

I think a team running race (teams of 2) would help.
Feb 4, 2017 1:19 PM # 
Re: Black Lungs

I got shot down!

I reached out through email and was honest about my fitness, (that I haven't trained properly in 20 years, but after about 1500 km, I'm seeing some results)...and that I'm not a roadrunner but I train for orienteering.

Even though I haven't run an organized half marathon, I felt that their 85 minute cutoff was well within reach.

It didn't matter. The guy felt I wouldn't be a good 'fit' because I don't have years of road race experience and I wasn't training for halfs and fulls.

Unfortunate, but fair...I guess.
Feb 4, 2017 3:40 PM # 
Rough! But, there's a lot of road runners in TO and they can pick and choose I suppose. Who are you going to approach next? I know Pace and Mind, but I think they are mostly east end.

This discussion thread is closed.