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Discussion: Gary Robbins, Barkley, and GVOC

in: Orienteering; General

Nov 3, 2017 5:14 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Something remarkable, at least within orienteering, happened this morning.

Famous trail runner Gary Robbins posted this on social media yesterday at 11:23am PST. No registration link, but a mention of Orienteering Vancouver, and that registration would open at 7:00am today.

This went up at 7:00am, and 3 hours later (and ~23 hours after first mentioned) it sold out all 150 spots.

Anyway, I'd like to give some props to GVOC for seeing the potential in working with a star trail runner to bring an enticing orienteering event to the trail running community.
Nov 3, 2017 5:16 PM # 
Ha, great minds something something....
Nov 3, 2017 5:19 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Ha, hilarious.

I heard about this last night through a Seattle-based trail running community. I decided to check GVOC's website this morning (~7:30am) and found the registration link quickly. It sold out half of the spots within those first 30 minutes!
Nov 3, 2017 5:38 PM # 
I'll take my post down in exchange for a selection of:
-a double IPA
-the next Chris Taylor
Nov 3, 2017 6:31 PM # 
Pink Socks:
After my group run on Wednesday, I noticed that the brewery had a Skittles-infused beer on tap. I think it was a gose style, which seemed a bit odd. I didn't try it.

Has an orienteering event ever sold out within 3 hours before?
Nov 3, 2017 6:50 PM # 
How many orienteering events ever sell out each year? Any others except SART?
Nov 3, 2017 6:52 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
Raccoongaine (3 hr/6 hr rogaine near Pittsburg) took just 10 days to sell out in 2017. I believe that's several years in a row now, each time faster than the last.

I have seen other ~6 hr rogaines hit their caps in years past, not sure if anyone is doing it consistently.

As far as "events with navigation", an adventure race in Michigan hit its 500 person cap this year. That event pulls from a pop 1e6 metro area, versus the o club in the same state which might get 500 starts per season (spring or fall) from a 3-5e6 metro area. I think that RD is better at marketing than I am.
Nov 3, 2017 7:50 PM # 
Pink Socks:
SART is designed to sell out, because tournaments are more fun when they are full. There's a pretty good sprint culture here in the PNW, so having only 80 spots is a bit low for the market (although not by much). In other words, I don't think it's that impressive that SART sells out.

However, I *am* impressed that GVOC sold out 150 spots within 24 hours of the first hint being dropped. One tweet, bam, done.
Nov 4, 2017 4:47 PM # 
It has been an exciting partnership to develop and we have been fortunate in having Nathan Barrett along with Dane Low in the club as prominent orienteering AND trail running figures. Make use of who you have around you in your club and grow in that direction :)
Nov 5, 2017 1:24 PM # 
Vasquez Rocks sells out. We have split it out to two days to accommodate the demand.
Nov 8, 2017 3:03 AM # 
Interestingly GVOC has 30 people signed up for the beginner course for their Wednesday night event on top of their usual turnout (6 on intermediate and 24 on advanced). It looks like all of them on the beginner course are brand new to orienteering.

For comparaison, GVOC tends to average 5-10 participants a week on the beginner course.
Nov 8, 2017 5:20 AM # 
A lot of them are going to be doing the mini-Barkley on Sunday and wanted a practice run.

Lots of interest at the second screening of “Where Dreams Go To Die” :D
Nov 8, 2017 4:27 PM # 
A bunch of fit, ultra-community (were they?) O-beginners?!? Priceless! Really well done, GVOC Team!

Too bad there are no Tennessee O clubs to capitalize on 'nav training' for the the big-sister Barkleys. Looks like OLOU is the closest active club, but at ~4 hour drive ... hmm.
Nov 13, 2017 1:49 AM # 
Pink Socks:
Here are some results!

The winner isn't too surprising, but #2 doesn't appear to have done a GVOC event before.

Here's a writeup in Running Magazine.
Nov 13, 2017 5:21 PM # 
All told it went quite well. Lots of people excited about maps and happily tagging us on social media! Sadly the Canadian Running Magazine does pretty meh writing and doesn't check with anyone actually (or running the event) there to get their facts straight but decent enough. I do not fall into the "any publicity is good" camp it can have a negative effect if framed incorrectly, but I'm curmudgeonly like that :P
Nov 13, 2017 5:42 PM # 
Hughmac I think the brand new and very keen orienteering club in Asheville NC would be the closest O club to the site of the Barclay's, about 125 miles as the crow flies.
Nov 13, 2017 9:09 PM # 
Congrats GVOC on pulling this off.

Kate: other than say putting the winners into the CanRun Magazine, what else did they miss?
Nov 13, 2017 9:31 PM # 
@gordhun: interesting! They're not in the OUSA Club Finder. So new! And incredibly prolific this year, I love it!

So that gets it down to ~3 hours driving.

GREAT JOB, GVOC!! Very cool stuff.
Nov 14, 2017 4:31 AM # 
@hughmac⁴ They aren't listed in the Club Finder (yet) because they haven't applied to be either a regular or associate club (or a supporting club), all of which require fees to be paid so that OUSA can provide insurance coverage.

But their progress and enthusiasm is very encouraging!
Nov 15, 2017 5:57 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Here's another writeup in (Canada) Running Magazine, that has links to photos.

I'll agree with Kate on the somewhat lazy journalism. They've written about it twice, but it doesn't appear that they've done anything beyond copy and paste things already on the web. I'm not complaining, as I think this sort of publicity is good, but if they are going to the trouble of writing about it a few times, I think it would have been a lot better had they reached out to get quotes from the organizers (Gary or Nate) or the winners.
Nov 15, 2017 11:47 PM # 
The second write up is better I think. At least it said it was "not easy" haha
Jun 27, 2018 8:54 PM # 
TSN Original: Endless - In Pursuit of the Barkley

Thursday (tomorrow) night.
Jun 29, 2018 2:05 PM # 
Thanks for the heads up

Very enjoyable and well done

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