I took a look at the finishers at last weekend's Flying Pig in Ohio/Kentucky....no one from SLOC! CAOC had over 20 people go down for the meet; SLOC none.
What's happening to the SLOC club? You guys have no more local meets scheduled this year either. Will there be a Turkey-O? I thought you always went to the Pig...and were very competitive. Are you injured?
I'm sorry to see the Club's decline...with some of the best O-maps in the US at your doorstep. What a shame.
My running really slowed a couple years ago but hiking, cycling, and mile swim are fine. Really sucking air running - not getting heart rate up - not fun. Thus minimal O'.
Ran on S-bar-F map last year. Tempted by meet on new Don Robinson SP map but will be in Columbia MO.
Yes, SLOC survives but struggling as leadership evolved.
Prepping for 43-mile backpack of Isle Royale with SC in early Sept.
My impression is its now a young and energetic and vibrant club that is more informal and locally sourced than it used to be, more appealing to the general local population and adventure racing communities than focused on national events and formal hierarchy ...and that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with that! So lets not call it a decline, but a successful re-invention!
Well Rick I've been having the same running problems as you as I get older. And I do not orienteer anymore either, tho I still love the sport and the community. So I try to stay engaged with what is going on. Just cannot run very fast or am stable enough to hop logs, etc.
And I think CAOC has suffered similar problems as SLOC: they haven't put on a national A-meet since the one I helped with in 2005. Anyway we don't have as many nice maps as you do. But because those maps are close to ORD, it makes air travel cheap and fast from all parts of the US. So CAOC can get a good turnout for A-meets when they want to. But no one wants to.
And CAOC had a good turnout at the Pig this year. Which is nice to see.
And I still enjoy off-trail hiking at Hawn, Cuivre River, and all our other parks. I am still amazed how open (vegetation) our oak forests are.
I dont think national meets are necessary to validate a clubs worth. So why dont you come down here, Chi, and show us how to direct a national meet? Ah, just read your comment on other thread...'2nd tier' exactly! Though I dont like the implication that this is somehow inferior.
Yes I think we tend to get lost in the details and technology. It has become much worse since electronic punching, 5-color printing, mapping software...and jet travel to national meets!
Imagine the 1920's, when you would take the trolley out to the edge of town...and go for a walk in the country with a primitive map in your hand. Just as Rick says, I think you'd still enjoy 80% of the joy of the sport!