Hope that you had a good weekend. A lot of great orienteering this past Saturday and Sunday.
- About 200 orienteers and volunteers at QOC's Patuxent meet..despite the 10 degree wind chill.
- About 100 orienteers at a first time orienteering event in Bowling Green, KY at an event hosted by OLOU.
- About 40 orienteers at an event hosted by GAOC...despite a competitive ROTC training being held at the same time.
- And I'm sure there are many more.
All of this is leading up to the spring A-Meet season. Don't forget it all kicks off with the Classic Champs March 10 and 11 in North Carolina and a new Get Lost!! event March 17th in California. Be sure to register. And don't forget about the Championships Challenge. Updated info can be found at orienteeringusa.org
I just wanted to take a moment and share good news with you. The State of Kentucky has renewed their partnership with OUSA, OLOU and OCIN for 2012. The work we began last year will result in a total of four new maps and five new permanent courses by the end of 2012. Kentucky will be featuring this as the "Kentucky Orienteering Trail".
All of this, plus the hard work of the OLOU club (plus OCIN in Northern Kentucky) had led to a +71% increase in starts for OLOU in the past year.
In addition for those of you that need to cross Kentucky off your O list, the Flying Pig will be held there from March 30 to April 1. Per Mike Minium this is the first A-Meet held in the commonwealth since 1995.
My March/April column in ONA will highlight this program and will suggest ways we can expand it to other clubs. If you want to discuss ways to do this for your club/ independent operation prior to article coming out, just give me a call.
Have a good week.