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Discussion: 2010 Hudson Highlander/Lowlander date?

in: Hudson Highlander (Oct 3, 2010 - Harriman, NY, US)

Aug 5, 2010 3:37 AM # 
I looked on the HVO website and here, but I couldn't find it.
Aug 6, 2010 2:25 AM # 
The date for the Highlander would be on October 10, 2010. In the last few years I put a tremendous effort into making the race happen. This year I have to deal with a serious illness of a close friend, circumstances which make it difficult to focus on setting up the Highlander.

I have to talk to Paul Bennett, who started the Highlander, if he can come back as a race director.
Aug 6, 2010 3:09 AM # 
Since there is a major A-meet in Hamilton, Ontario that weekend and the US Champs A-meet the following weekend, perhaps this would be a good year for a Highlander hiatus.
Aug 6, 2010 3:12 AM # 
Oops, that's the 2-Day Classic US Champs, not *the* US Champs. :-)
Aug 6, 2010 4:52 AM # 
Call me a heretic, but, unless Paul B is motivated, I think HVO would be better off focusing on holding local events -- something lacking during the Spring 2010 season -- rather than expending energy on another Highlander.
Aug 6, 2010 10:17 AM # 
how about a 26k bike O?
Aug 6, 2010 11:35 AM # 
It would be really sad to see the Highlander die, since it is one of the best and most enjoyable events I have ever attended. I think there was a similar situation in 2003, when no one from HVO was able to organize. Alexei Azarov took charge then and put together an excellent Highlander, keeping the tradition going. Is anyone able to step up and help this year? (I'd volunteer if I wasn't away in Europe until just before the best potential date - October 2/3).

Daniel>>Good luck with your friend. I hope everything turns out as well as it possibly can.
Aug 6, 2010 2:02 PM # 
I can imagine that setting up this race is a lot of work. But the effort is far away from being worthless. The Highlander has a high notoriety and for me personally it is one of the few races I can imagine crossing an ocean to take part in.
It would be a huge pleasure/honour for me to come again in the next years.
Aug 6, 2010 2:43 PM # 
It would be so easy to have a local meet the same day as the highlander. Why not do both? That would bring HVO's local meet count for the fall to an astounding four.
Aug 6, 2010 7:09 PM # 
While the Highlander is a popular event among many orienteers, it can definitely be a drain on club resources. Holding a concurrent -- or even a day-before -- local HVO event has always been rejected in the past because of the perceived need to focus on the Highlander.

While the Highlander is a worthwhile event with national implications, IMO the higher priority is the overall health of orienteering in the NYC metropolitan area -- specifically in northern NJ and southern NY. That is where HVO's focus must be, if it is to remain (become?) a viable and relevant organization. To do that, the Club needs to at least run a full schedule -- which I define as one event per week on non-A-event weekends (in the Midatlantic and Northeast regions) during the Fall and Spring; also having winter and summer events, but on a less frequent basis, would be a plus.

BTW, a one-year hiatus would hardly mean the "death" of the Highlander.
Aug 6, 2010 8:59 PM # 
HVO does not need to host the highlander does it? I bet we could get another club to gladly host it in Harriman if HVO is not interested. WCOC? DVOA? Maybe a US team event?
Would HVO mind?
Aug 6, 2010 9:28 PM # 
We have one potential course setter in mind now. You'll hear more when we know more.
Aug 7, 2010 2:09 AM # 
I would not mind if another club hosted the Highlander -- provided we used our resources for a complementary local event on the day before.
Aug 7, 2010 1:49 PM # 
We will take that as an offer from you to organize a local meet in harriman the day before the Hignlander.
Aug 10, 2010 7:45 PM # 
piutepro, please check out my log for a long thread on the highlander. I will call you tonight to discuss
Sep 12, 2010 7:32 PM # 
Ok it's 10/3 - what's the start time?
Sep 12, 2010 8:31 PM # 
9 AM is the usual start time for the Highlander. We are adjusting the course flow to a change of assembly area requested by the park. I will post it here once I know if you have to add some time for a walk to the start.

The Lowlander start time is 9.30 AM.
Sep 14, 2010 1:42 AM # 
Is the HVO website down? Trying to enter tonight without much success.
Sep 14, 2010 2:03 AM # 
I was just having a problem with it, but it seems ok now.

if necessary you can skip right to online registration:
Sep 14, 2010 2:31 AM # 
I was tinkering with both the HVO web page and the registration web page tonight, you might have tried to visit in this moment. But now they are happily computing.

And the field keeps growing. Remember, if you register early, it's much easier to get the Highlander t-shirts matching to the size you like.
Sep 14, 2010 10:27 AM # 
or just finish first to get the shirt size you want.
Sep 14, 2010 2:30 PM # 
Winning has privileges: Less time running in the woods, more food available, first pick on the t-shirt. Why doesn't everyone decide to win? A mass start and mass finish.
Sep 14, 2010 5:45 PM # 
Entered now! Getting excited/scared!
Sep 29, 2010 3:55 AM # 
Bernard: We will take that as an offer from you to organize a local meet in harriman the day before the Hignlander.

Done! (actually the day of the Highlander)
Sep 29, 2010 1:05 PM # 
Will the mini-landers be staying around to enjoy some of the tasty burgers and refreshing drinks that the HH'er will be having?
Sep 29, 2010 2:51 PM # 
For a fee Bernie.
Sep 29, 2010 6:07 PM # 
Yes. And the proceeds go toward funding for the next highlander.
Sep 30, 2010 12:41 AM # 
Highlander Warm Up at Brooksvale Park, Hamden, CT, an easy drive away on Sat. Starts from 10 to Noon, so plenty of time to hang out and speculate how much faster you will be than the injured pg.
Sep 30, 2010 3:51 PM # 
Fyi, 4-5" of rain forecast for the event site today. It should clear up by Sunday, though.
Sep 30, 2010 5:24 PM # 
The woods have been so dry that even if we do get that much rain, streams and water features will not be an issue

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