Cunningham Falls

Despite competing holiday plans, a respectable number of QOC members and others turned out for QOC's first ever event at Cunningham Falls State Park, braving a radically different terrain from any other QOC map, unseasonable heat, and even more wildlife than we typically encounter on QOC maps - at least two people saw a black bear on course. Times were long, partly due to the physical nature of the terrain even if temperatures had been cool, and perceptions of the technical orienteering challenges the courses presented varied greatly with the range of orienteering experience in the backgrounds of the perceivers - but people generally seemed to come out of the woods tired but in good humor, so I'll chalk this one up as a generally successful first outing. Here's to many more in years to come.

This wouldn't, of course, have been possible without the help of many volunteers. Michael Wood and Daniel Heimgartner handled the setup while I was hanging controls on Sunday morning. Daniel then mostly manned registration, while Michael plus Allison Brown (supervised by Inara Granovskiy) handled e-punching duty throughout the day. Control pickup was ably handled by Charles Carrick, Nadim Ahmed, Eugene Tsypnyatov, Sam Listwak, and a visiting from DVOA/SVO Samuel Kolins. And let us not forget to be thankful to Michael Newman, who approached the park and negotiated our permission to hold the event at all.

Course results can be seen below as well as on Attackpoint or Winsplits. To enter your routes and see how others went, head to RouteGadget.

Jon Torrance, Event Director/Course Setter


Course Length: 4.4 km

Course Climb: 140 m

Number of Controls: 12

1Tom SmerlingQOC92:26
2Paul CollinsonQOC106:25
3Alexis MerkaQOC126:56
4Hannah Collins127:18
5Florence TanQOC128:35
6Tavia SullensQOC143:18
7Nancy DupreyUNODNF
7Laura LinvilleQOCDNF (68:43)
7Rob WilkisonDVOADNF (70:03)
7Helen DohertyQOCDNF (128:26)
7Stephanie CoffinQOCMP (94:02)
7Sidney SachsQOCMP (114:41)
7Daniel Lathrop & Lucas & NickQOCMP (143:46)
7Doris LeeQOCMP (152:35)
7Mark MaceQOCMP (152:43)
7Patricia MaceQOCMP (153:06)


Course Length: 5.5 km

Course Climb: 165 m

Number of Controls: 15

1Rick OliverQOC67:46
2Greg LennonQOC92:13
3John RosickyQOC95:02
4Dennis DohertyQOC95:58
5Peter Tcipnjatov & EugeneQOC104:03
6John BakerQOC105:21
7Shin ShimizuOther113:07
8Michelle SvobodaQOC136:36
9David LevineQOC140:37
10Patrick FarleyQOC154:31
11Ryan Collins & Sean161:24
12Jan MerkaQOCDNF (47:56)
12John VincentQOCDNF (79:59)
12Frantisek BrabecQOCDNF (87:57)
12Robert RichQOCDNF (88:08)
12Craig SheldenQOCDNF (183:25)
12Suzanne SheldenQOCDNF (183:51)
12Kathleen LennonQOCMP (72:00)
12Brad WhitmoreQOCMP (73:06)
12Will DickinsonQOCMP (107:57)
12Chiori ShimizuOtherMP (109:08)
12Rob BriberQOCMP (137:13)
12Gary SmithQOCMP (164:07)


Course Length: 7.2 km

Course Climb: 260 m

Number of Controls: 19

1Boris GranovskiyQOC84:13
2Tom NolanQOC122:12
3Sam ListwakQOC130:55
4Dagmar MerkovaQOC133:44
5Peggy Dickison139:50
6JJ CoteUNODNF (94:58)
6Wendy WQOCDNF (114:20)
6Ian GreggQOCDNF (184:52)


Course Length: 9.2 km

Course Climb: 380 m

Number of Controls: 23

1Samuel KolinsDVOA100:31
2Ted GoodQOC118:42
3Chris GrossDVOA121:17
4Michael DickeyQOC131:26
5Nadim AhmedQOC138:02
6Michael WoodQOC147:16
7Ryan StasiowskiQOC149:23
8Dave PrudenQOC152:43
9Aaron Linville Laura HolianQOC158:13
10Michael StasiowskiQOC173:11
11Charles CarrickQOCDNF
11Tom StratQOCDNF (151:36)
11Yuriy BulkaQOCMP (175:22)
11Francis HogleQOCMP (253:56)

Abbreviations: DNF = did not finish, MP = mispunch, NC = non-competitive (usually 2nd course or course setter/vetter), OT = overtime (more than 3 hours or returned after course closing time).