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Discussion: Billygoat #42 Update

in: Billygoat 42, Pond Mountain Natural Area (Sep 6 - Kent, CT, US)

Mar 27, 2020 5:27 PM # 
Billygoat update: We’ve rescheduled the 42nd Annual Billygoat run for Sunday, September 6, in conjunction with the 11th annual Corn Maze National Championships planned for Monday, September 7 (Labor Day).

The location of the Billygoat (Kent, CT) remains the same, as do most of the other details. The Corn Maze champs on Monday will be held at nearby Sunderland, MA. Along with a meet HVO will offer on Saturday, September 5, at the also-nearby Mountain Lakes map, this will give you an opportunity for a 3-day O extravaganza.

More info soon.

( Caveat: a definite date for the Corn Maze champs cannot be nailed down until into the summer, depending on factors such as corn growth. But in recent years it has reliably been the Labor Day weekend. )
Mar 27, 2020 5:40 PM # 

Now my training can begin
Mar 27, 2020 7:18 PM # 
I applaud this move. Just hope that it doesn't have to be postponed again...
Mar 27, 2020 7:37 PM # 
Oh no! I have a wedding in Maine that weekend!
Mar 27, 2020 7:47 PM # 
Is it yours? Just get cold feet.
Mar 27, 2020 8:37 PM # 
Why there could not be any other "regular" weekend instead?
Mar 27, 2020 8:44 PM # 
I think this is a great idea! Combining with the Corn Maze makes it well worth the long trip.
Mar 27, 2020 8:47 PM # 
Some people have other plans for long weekends besides orienteering.
Mar 27, 2020 8:54 PM # 
I think at this point, we are well past plans... If any events actually happen this year (in safe conditions), I will be thrilled. :)
Mar 27, 2020 9:05 PM # 
Note that the Corn Maze event really is tentative. It's not up to us, it's up to the schedule of the farm, and it could well turn out to be the previous weekend.

Likewise, a major factor for the Billygoat was when the venue is available to us.
Mar 28, 2020 12:49 AM # 
This is great! I mean, I'd love to run the BG in May, but that was looking unlikely. Combining the event with a few others reasonably nearby makes it even more enticing. (Though as a diehard BG fan, I'd make the trip just for that. But Mtn Lakes? Love. And maybe the corn maze champs? Finally have a shot at that? Yes please!)
Mar 29, 2020 1:23 AM # 
The dates Sept 2-7 have been on the national schedule for a long time for Laramie Daze, a popular event with six days of orienteering, including 3 national ranking "A" meet days, in Laramie Wyoming, a joint event organized by Mikell Platt and RMOC.
Mar 29, 2020 1:46 AM # 
I think we are at the point where there are more postponed events than available weekends left in the year, so we oughta be grateful to the organizers for doing their best to try and reschedule our beloved events. And forcing organizers to take into account events over a thousand miles away seems unnecessary to me.
Mar 29, 2020 1:03 PM # 
I am glad we will have so many choices in the fall! Can't wait!
Mar 29, 2020 3:06 PM # 
An interesting note is that, traditionally, Labor Day weekend has not been a popular time for orienteering in the USA. Until we started doing the Corn Maze Champs that weekend in 2014, I had only twice orienteered during the period September 2-6, once in 2000 and once in 2008. There still one date in there when I have never orienteered, the only date missing between the middle of March and the middle of December.

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