• Families, solos test talents in orienteer race

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  • Connie Carpenter | Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series
    Sunshine, warm temperatures and spring’s colorful foliage led to numerous families and solos testing their navigational skills during the Bunny Bingo Orienteer April 20.
    The meet used a bingo theme where each racer or team received a bingo card containing various control point numbers. Similar to bingo, racers had to locate and punch markers that led to a formation of a row, “X”, box border or coverall pattern on their cards.
    While bingo rules are fairly simple, the application of the game to the sport of orienteering required strategy, luck, and route planning. The random pick of bingo cards and placement of CP numbers limited racers’ pre-race planning. In some cases, participants drew low-numbered cards where captures were fairly straightforward. For other racers, their bingo patterns demanded long distance captures accompanied by increasing levels of endurance and technical skills.
    The most advanced bingo pattern, a coverall, required participants to capture 24 points encompassing approximately eight miles of urban terrain.
    Master orienteer Fritz Menninger crossed the finish line first covering the terrain in one hour, 52 minutes.
    Family Team Mack Attack — Brian, Lydia, J.T., Ella and Everett Mack — demonstrated exceptional orienteering skills and teamwork by delegating team tasks and clearing the challenging course in 2:12.
    Master orienteer and septuagenarian Reta Roe also cleared the course in 3:19.
    Twelve family teams and three solo racers chose bingo patterns that best suited their navigational skill levels and team composition.
    Family Team Cardinals — Chris, Cathy and Elizabeth Pegg — led the highly competitive border division. In addition to clearing the course, Cardinals captured three bonus controls.
    John Schoen (1:15) and Mary Jones (1:19) led the solo divisions.
    For the “X” course, Family Team Cow People — Brad, Allison, Joshua, Bethany and Abigail Kattelmann with dog Fergus — recruited visiting grandmother and South Dakota native Kendra Kattelmann. The three-generation team cleared the course and gained two bonus points landing at the top of the podium in 1:12.
    Team Star Wars — Kurt and Calvin Roberts — met their goal of racing under two hours, dominating the row course with 12 bonus points in 1:59.
    For more information about the Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series, visit FTLVAdventure.com or call (913) 683-5634.
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