CascadeOC is sitting at 3528 starts for the year.
2016 v 2015
1247 v 1260 Winter Series & School League (events #5-8)
401 v 369 Ultimate Series (not including Navy Champs)
293 v 344 Wednesday Series
445 v 455 SART
209 v 203 Choose Your Adventure Series (events #2-5)
2595 v 2641 TOTAL in apples-to-apples events.
Not counted in the apple-to-apples: 2016 had the Navy Champs (933 starts) and the free Choose Your Adventure at SummerFEST (0 official starts). 2015 had a standard Choose Your Adventure at Lord Hill (57 starts), which was replaced by SummerFEST.
Still to come: Vampire-O, WIOL Training, Winter Series & School League (events #1-4), and Bog Slog.
If I were to tweak our current annual schedule, it would be.
1) Remove the Sprint, Relay, and Night-O events from the Ultimate Series. I know the Ultimate Series was intended to offer a wide variety of event formats, but I think it would be better branded as featuring "ultimate terrains", because this is the time of the year where we can go to Teanaway, Fishtrap, Salmon La Sac, Moses Lake in May/June, but could start the season with events at Fort Ebey, Lord Hill, and Quincy. I've made this point at meetings before, but the Ultimate Series creator won't budge.
2) Put the Relay back in on the Sunday after WIOL/Winter Champs, and this two-day event would be the Northwest Regional Interscholastics. The seven-race season would be for the WIOL champs. And then the two-day event the new regional champs (possibly sanctioned), leading up to nationals. We have all of these teams during the school league, so it makes sense to have the relay when they are around.
3) Make the Wednesday Series full of sprints. With the Sprint gone from Ultimate, have the Wednesday Series be sprint *and* training focused. At each event, have two sprints and one training course (and that's it). Five events means a series of ten sprints. And we'd also have something resembling regular organized training, like Vancouver's WET. Advanced runners would do the two sprints. Beginners and intermediates could use some training and then add in a race (or two, if they are gung-ho).
4) Add a Winter Wednesday Series of night events and trainings. It'd be just like the above, but November-February, which is when we have the most orienteers engaged (who want to get better).
5) Organize a mega training day in October, which would include the WIOL Training event and Vampire-O. We could offer the WIOL training for the kids, but also have trainings for adults, and also course design and mapping trainings, too. Since we usually have WIOL Training at Lynndale Park, which is also a frequent Vampire-O locaion, we could have both on the same day, since we're already there.