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Discussion: Put June 2 in the Albany NY area on your calendars!

in: EMPO - O-Ringen (Five Maps! Five Races! One Day!) (Jun 2, 2018 - Altamont, NY, US)

Apr 3, 2018 4:30 PM # 
EMPO is offering the EMP-O-Ringen on June 2 in Albany County, which will offer a choice of courses on 5 separate maps in parks and woodlands around the town of Berne, New York.

The courses will be Middle distance format, with both a short (beginner/advanced beginner) and a medium (intermediate/short advanced) course offered on each of the five maps.

Complete just one or two; or choose to run the series. "Winners" will be declared for each course among those who compete on all five maps.

Rules and more information including course lengths
May 20, 2018 1:56 AM # 
The Rules and Notes document has just been updated with new pricing for juniors, and revised course data (short straight-line distance is 7.2 km; medium is 15.5 km).

Can this be considered a variation of O' intervals?
May 20, 2018 10:24 PM # 
Any recommendations for camping or lodging?
May 20, 2018 11:14 PM # 
Thompsons Lake, near Thacher State Park, is likely the closest camping. Motels are either north towards Schenectady or west towards Schoharie. Otherwise, ask Phil (philht at or at He lives in Berne and would have the best knowledge.
May 21, 2018 5:25 PM # 
Any notion on total distance (long versions) if one were to travel (road run) on foot between each map?
May 21, 2018 6:39 PM # 
Looks like distance between maps is includes in the first link above. Also note there is a course closing time given for each.
May 21, 2018 6:50 PM # 
Thanks, Mitch. Yes, distances between maps are in the notes. It would be conceivable to bike between them, I'd think. "Make your own adventure race"

An overview map should be later available this week.

EDIT: Information/directions for Margaret Burke WMA (first of the five maps)
May 21, 2018 11:07 PM # 
The distance looks fine, but wouldn't that be a little soon, Clint?
May 22, 2018 3:13 AM # 
I guess I missed the inter-map distances in my first perusal. This weekend is a stepping stone, hoping to not need much recovery. Might consider a bike/run. Probably couldn't make cutoffs on foot.
May 22, 2018 2:36 PM # 
Note that there will be hills between venues to factor in if you do choose to bike between.

It's a climb from Burke to Pinnacle, and from Pinnacle to Cole Hill. Switzkill is the highest elevation, then it's downhill to Foxenkill Flats (in the village of Berne).
May 26, 2018 1:43 AM # 
A driving directions map link, and last minutes notes, appear on the event page. If you're even thinking of attending, please email Phil your registration info to speed things up (even if you ultimately don't go).

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