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in: 2023 Billygoat (May 13–14, 2023 - Townsend, MA, US)

Mar 20, 2023 11:31 AM # 
NEOC invites you to the 2023 Billygoat at Willard Brook State Forest on Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day!). There will also be a Saturday training event. Camping is available.

Event website

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Mar 20, 2023 1:58 PM # 
Hi Tori, we're registering for the Goat and Kid. Can you give additional info on shirts? I'm assuming Unisex shirt styling.

Do Kid Goaters finishing in time get one? (implied by registration form, which requires a size for all competitors)

What material? The size I specify usually depends on what it's made of (larger for full-cotton).

Thank you!
Mar 20, 2023 10:35 PM # 
Well...the t-shirts have not been designed yet. But they will be unisex. Material as of yet undecided, but if you want to change your shirt size once we publish details, you can.

We are planning to give shirts to Kid Goaters.
Apr 2, 2023 2:25 PM # 
Different shirts I presume?
Apr 27, 2023 1:17 PM # 
T-shirts: Wicking polyester (not cotton). Sport-Tek Echo Tee ST760. Described as athletic fit. Unisex sizing. Looks standard for chest measurement:

XS 32-34
S 35-37
M 38-40
L 41-43
XL 44-46
2XL 47-49

Kid Goaters get a modified version of the same basic shirt.
Apr 27, 2023 1:19 PM # 
Oh, and late fees start after midnight Sunday. Shirt order goes in Monday AM, so if you miss that, you'll be at the mercy of a mailed race-shirt from a second printing...
Apr 27, 2023 10:04 PM # 
Two questions:
1. Is there a sign-up somewhere to get in on the group camping for Saturday night? Or is it assumed demand won't outstrip supply?

2. Is SI air mode going to be activated for the controls? (I don't really care but the answer determines which SI # I register with.)
Apr 28, 2023 1:37 AM # 
1. Camping signup is on Eventreg as part of registration. It’s for the group campsite, which is huge - think we’ll be fine for capacity.

2. Yes, SI Air will be enabled.
Apr 28, 2023 2:13 AM # 
Awesome. Thanks, Tori!
May 6, 2023 11:13 PM # 
A number of people asked today at the Boulder Dash if Billygoat registration is still open. It is!


We hope to see you there!
May 11, 2023 11:26 AM # 
Billygoat weekend final (& first?) event bulletin is out. On, coming via carrier pigeon (aka EventReg email), and linked here:
May 11, 2023 9:01 PM # 
Kid goat has no skip?
May 12, 2023 12:44 AM # 
No skip on the Kid.
May 17, 2023 12:50 PM # 
I'd like to put thanks in a public spot to Jon Campbell for organizing this year's Billygoat. It was a tough race, to be sure, but the Billygoat is supposed to be, and it was definitely within the historical parameters. As Jon lives solidly in the Musketaquid region (whether he knows it or not), with an ancient tradition of "quality muck", he did the next best thing and showcased the excellent laurel plantation that we have here. (Come by in June of an odd-numbered year for a really spectacular floral display!). A few notes:

William Hawkins shattered the record for the oldest winner of the event.

Although Étienne Jacques was far from the youngest-ever finisher (some of the other competitors at this year's meet had in fact been younger their first times), nobody so young has ever done so well. His 12th place finish looks impressive, but also realize that he was in 9th place until a mistake at the last control allowed him to be passed by three people.

Greg Ahlswede recovered from a "clerical error" early on (misreading the control numbers) to move up 44 places. He managed to create extra motivation for himself at the first aid station by cajoling Peter Gagarin into promising him $200 if he caught up to and beat Danny Riley. (Nice try!)

The tradition is that the weather will be excellent if someone named Peter is in charge of it. Peter Campbell did an outstanding job this year. Solid blue sky, temperatures in the 60s F, and as a bonus, no bugs to speak of.

Jeff Saeger gets serious toughness cred for finishing the course despite the fact that he dislocated a finger before the first aid station (It was gruesome to look at, but reportedly painless).

Thanks naturally go out to all who stayed to retrieve controls, but the real hero in that regard was Paul Regan, who went out to do so immediately after having spent nearly 4.5 hours completing the course.

The most common family name in orienteering could very well be Anderson, but in the first 42 years of this event, we never had a single one. This year, we had four of them!

Congratulations go out (as usual) to Steve Tarry. At my first Billygoat, the event writeup noted that he had completed all six Billygoats, and I believe the word used to describe this streak was "incredible". This year, he extended it to 43!

And the all-important club award this year goes to NEOC, because (in the words of the Head Goat), "they have the newest, snazziest club jersey, women's winner, most mother-daughter pairs, most finishers, and the greenest map".

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