For the past few days I have been venting due to frustration with a specific aspect of the club. It is easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees when on such a crusade, and I think it is useful to step back and consider why objectively DVOA is really the best orienteering club in the country. There are so many reasons, and this is merely a subset.
* The continuity--there are people that have been in the club for decades and remain indefatigable. The Ringos have been going strong for 40 years and are still a force. Incredible. The Franks, Scotts, etc... All these people and more are continually volunteering, nearly every weekend, in large ways and small.
* The size--being big and staying big is a good thing in my book.
* The maps--we don't have the best terrain but we have lots of maps, and good ones.
* The friendliness--we really do welcome new people and get them engaged.
* The accommodation of competitive and recreational people equally.
* The juniors and support for the juniors--we have a lot of enthusiastic young people and a lot of adults that support their efforts tirelessly.
* Our website and results--So much better than anything else out there.
* Our epunching--Sandy started this and we have new generations of people taking over.
* The support for runners at WOC and JWOC--DVOA gives very substantial competition grants to people on the WOC and JWOC teams. Really wonderful. I will always be thankful for that support.
* The spirit--There is a great DVOA presence at the US Relays and enthusiastic support for everyone on every team. We have great uniforms, logo, colors, etc... It translates into a really special esprit de corps.
I wonder how many new bytes, MB, etc. of data are added to AP every day by the citizenry?
Very easy run on Dasha. North side of the Charles, across the bridge, and along Storrow back. She ran a little faster at the end.