• Score-O adventure race rewards time management

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  • Connie Carpenter | Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series
    Orienteers demonstrated their adventurous spirit as they competed in record-breaking cold temperatures while strategizing attack plans and navigating through open woods and urban terrain Nov. 10. While navigating in cold temperatures required participants to add layers of clothing, the fall season’s early winter-like temperatures led to clear woods and high visibility of hanging markers.
    The Veterans Day weekend event used a Score-O format, which emphasizes the capture of points versus the securing of markers. Time management also proved key to a successful run.
    The Score-O required a higher level of capture planning. Orienteers strategized their attack sequence for securing the highest amount of points in a compressed timeframe. Each navigational control offered a point value. Controls requiring greater navigational skill sets and longer treks from the starting point garnered higher values. Controls in easily accessible urban areas within a short walking distance of the start resulted in easy captures but lower point values.
    Additionally, the event promoted a test of participants’ strength and endurance where racers received extra points by wearing weighted backpacks or vests while trekking. For every additional pound of weight, orienteers received three points. However, participants could also lose points. Participants could race for 90 minutes or 120 minutes. Those who failed to cross the finish line before time expired lost 10 points for every two minutes late.
    In the 90-minute division, solo racer Paul Clatterbuck strategized a winning attack plan as he secured the higher-points on the western edge of the course and then dropped down into the eastern edge grabbing lower points. He cleared the course of 25 markers accumulating 710 points and crossing the finish line at 88 minutes.
    Andy Webb applied a different strategy where he trekked the eight-mile course with a 35-pound ruck gaining an advantage of 105 points at the start line. Webb also used a westerly approach but skipped the points on the eastern edge of the course. Webb garnered 655 points in 89 minutes.
    Mary Jones topped the female division capturing 605 points in 88 minutes.
    Family Team Haith fielded a multi-generation team — mom Kim Haith, daughter Lauren and visiting granddad Gary Dudukovich. Team Haith took first in the division securing 370 points in 87 minutes.
    The 120-minute division provided racers an additional 30 minutes to navigate the course. However, endurance, speed and additional time in frigid weather conditions served as factors in participants’ decision making and course choices.
    Guessing correctly most competitors would clear the course, solo Mike Shaw and co-ed Team Goodings — Carrie and Matt Goodings — elected to carry additional weight. Shaw traversed the course in a 22-pound vest recording 776 points in 119 minutes. Goodings wore a 10-pound ruck scoring 740 points in 109 minutes.
    Family Team Jensens —Matt, Megan and Jackie Jensen — cleared the course garnering 710 points in 120 minutes.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Adventure Series ends the season with the Tinsel 20 Orienteer Meet Dec. 15. More adventure series event information can be found at www.fortleavenworthfmwr.com.
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