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in: Cristina; Cristina > 2021-03-13

Mar 14, 2021 3:03 PM # 
...sounds way more fun than the way I orienteer. I'll have to try it!
Mar 14, 2021 4:50 PM # 
You should definitely try these techniques the next time we are up against each other. :)
Mar 14, 2021 9:48 PM # 
Oh yeah. Anna and Peter would totally support this approach! Sounds like a blast.
Mar 14, 2021 10:43 PM # 
So. Much. Fun.
You're doing it right.
Mar 14, 2021 11:56 PM # 
Sounds pretty fantastic!

Also, the idea of having a bunch of close in controls for more punching for kids sounds like a good idea too :).

Saint Louis moved to doing score-o’s for the big introduction events (with Girl / Boy Scouts) because it was way more fun for all of 17 / 20 was a huge success rather than a dismal failure.

Before the switch I remember seeing kids finishing with excited faces declaiming that they’d found 17...and I’d feel terrible trying to explain that that was great...but I had to write “dnf” on their card :(..
Mar 15, 2021 4:03 AM # 
100% agree with the score-o strategy! It's also better for socializing, especially with mass start/finish…once we're allowed to do that again.

At one of our February events I set basically one course and had ~65 happy participants of all levels. There was one long advanced course (7k), and then a short advanced course (4k) that was a subset of the long one, and then I added a few more controls on and near trails to include in a 90-minute score-o. The experienced orienteers generally knew whether they were up for 4k or 7k, and then everyone else did the score-o. Lots of happy finishers, almost no DNFs. And I only had to put out 16 controls!
Mar 15, 2021 11:37 AM # 
Super fun day! And agree with everything you guys are saying about the small number of controls and universal success of score-o for beginners.
Mar 16, 2021 1:29 AM # 
Your score O course sounds like the Explorer course that we started this year. It's "all controls" plus a few easy ones (close by the start, near trails, etc.), and folks have up to 2 hours. We market it to first-timers, adventure racers and older experienced orienteers. It's been a big hit. Good for you for trying something new and exciting!
Mar 16, 2021 2:51 AM # 
I like the idea of calling it the Explorer course. We may steal that.
Mar 16, 2021 12:28 PM # 
Dontgetlost has been putting on several events like that each year - 2-hr score-O with about 20 controls, some of them scattered closer to the start for kids. I think the younger kids’ event might be 1 hour. These races are highly popular, exceeded in attendance only by team adventure runs and major championships.
Mar 21, 2021 6:41 PM # 
Baby Duck Beast:
Ohh I also think Explorer Course sounds pretty cool!

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