Third Thursday Adventure Series
6/21/07 Carondolet Park
Sprint 2 (Farsta):
The first sprint was a typical urban park sprint set by Rick Armstrong. Click the clip to
the left for the full course. The course featured a nice mix of quick direction changes and
longer route choice legs. Rob Wagnon had fast time by a pretty good margin. Twelve-
year-old Kyle Winkeler completed the course to earn his Boy Scout merit badge in
The second course was a Farsta (click on map clip at top of page). This format,
also known as the "1-man relay" involves
running two or more laps around a loop course. The loop contains two or more "forked"
controls, that is, controls where you go to one of multiple options and then come back to
a common control. Each competitor's map is different for the first loop depending on
which side of the fork they are assigned. Their second loop map shows the opposing fork.
After completing both loops, every competitor will have run every leg (both sides of the
forks plus all the common legs), but they will have run them all in a different order. That
makes following a risky proposition, but still preserves the head-to-head format.
The Farsta was set so that the time difference between forks would be small and runners
would have a good sense of how they stood overall throughout the event. Rob Wagnon
was the first one back at the end of loop one, but misread the last control and while he
was figuring it out, Bill Langton took the lead. Mark Geldemeier and Rick Armstrong
were close behind. As the second loop started the top four were all in contact. It looked
like we might have a repeat of the tight finish at Tower Grove.
Mark and Rob picked up the pace and got some separation from the other two. Mark had
what appeared to be a comfortable lead going into the final control, but Rob surged up
the hill to the finish and forced Mark into a big sprint to hold the lead. Unfortunately for
Marc, it was all for naught - he had misread the control circle at #4 on the first loop and
punched the wrong control. Rob was awarded the win.
Next month, we get not only a new course setter, but a new mapper as well. Anna
Shafer-Skelton will be setting the first course on her new Tilles Park map. The second course
will be set by Eric Buckley and will again feature a unique twist.