It really was beautiful in the woods for the last SMOC meet of 2008, if you didn't mind a little snow. Runners on all courses got to enjoy the first-class marshlands around Silver Lake. One or two runners, including the meet director, ended up going a little deeper into the marshes than they counted on. Sometimes a marsh that looks like a little bit of mud covered with leaves is just that, but every once in a while the leaves are actually covering 3 to 4 feet of muddy water. The message here is to give a wide berth to marshes marked on the map as uncrossable.
Boris Avdeev, first-place runner on the Red course, won the Club Championship in 97:49, just 43 seconds faster than Igor Guskov. Mike Keating was first on Green, which didn't have any solo female runners, leaving the women's Club Championship unclaimed. Runners on the advanced courses enjoyed discussing the various route-choice options after they they had finished.
Brian Flannagan was the top Orange runner. Mike Lavaque-Manty and Feng Yi Chew teamed up for first on Yellow, while Natan and the Cripple (aka Chuck Newman) took top place on the White course.
Special thanks go to the volunteers who helped out on a chilly autumn day. Megan Donahue (who would have been a contender for the women's championship on Green if she hadn't been recovering from the New York Marathon) and Angela Voit (who enthusiastically put maps in bags and handed them out) were invaluable registration assistants. Tom Lee, Alan Oprsal, Megan Donahue, and Igov Guskov picked up controls, which is especially helpful at this time of year, when the Sun starts setting around 5 pm. Apologies go to Team Fiddlesticks and Alan Baljeau who found that the last two Orange controls had been picked up before they arrived at those locations.
|Chris & Patty||OE|
|Todd & Katie||97:30|
|Art Ostaszewski & Rich Conforti||109:15|
|Dick & Jennifer||OE|
|Eamon & Wanda Dwyer||OE|
|Heather Kottelhorn & Dmitri||OE|
|Mike Lavaque-Manty & Feng Yi Chew||63:40|
|Tom & Ruth Piesik||114:31|
|Natan & the Cripple||54:10|
|Kim Kalish & kids||66:54|
|Jesse Hatton (2)||69:37|
|George Payne Group (7)||OE|
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Modified November 11, 2008, by Robert Messer.