• Adventure racers hunt for post landmarks

  • Several families and solo orienteers chose to get outside during the Labor Day weekend and explore Fort Leavenworth’s history in the first orienteer meet of the season Aug. 31.

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  • Connie Carpenter | Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series
    Several families and solo orienteers chose to get outside during the Labor Day weekend and explore Fort Leavenworth’s history in the first orienteer meet of the season Aug. 31.
    The “Navigating the Landmarks” orienteer event consisted of three courses designed for introductory, intermediate and Olympic technical levels and distances, formatted to test new and veteran participants’ navigational skills.
    Organizers placed the navigational markers at numerous historical landmarks and monuments across the main cantonment area. Competitors reviewed course maps and planned their attack for capturing a multitude of checkpoints ranging from easy to moderate navigational skills.
    Edwin Callahan leveraged his experiences competing in international orienteer meets, analyzing the 18-point Olympic course’s assorted urban terrain features and man-made objects. Callahan’s attack plan and experience set an unbeatable pace as he cleared the course in a blistering 55 minutes.
    Family Team Mack Attack — Brian, Ella, and Everett Mack and new team member Maya Halle — continued their dominance in the orienteer series topping their division in one hour, 12 minutes.
    One of the smallest family teams, Team Amazing Boglenski — dad Everett and 8-year old Claire Bogle — proved mighty as they completed the approximately seven-mile course in 2:47.
    Having previously raced as Team J2, a 2016 top-ranked adventure racing team, John and Joy Thomas returned to Fort Leavenworth and the adventure race series as family Team The Show. The parents competed with their three sons, Aiden, Ethan and Gavin, and tiny tyke Evelyn. With an all-terrain stroller and family golden retriever Max in tow, Team The Show masterfully moved in motion as they navigated the 15-control intermediate course in 1:21.
    Father-and-son team Star Wars — Kurt and Calvin Roberts — led the intermediate course in the family division, securing 15 controls in 1:12.
    Newcomers Team M&W — Christy Molzon and Janelle Williams — formed a dynamic pair where Christy navigated and Janelle served as the team’s rabbit, sprinting to the marker, punching the passport and rejoining Christy in stride toward the next marker. Team M&W topped the intermediate leader board clearing the course in 1:00.
    With dad Paul deployed, mom Jena Atchison took over orienteering duties leading The A Team — Jena with children Titus, Ainsley and Sydney — to 11 controls in 1:17, and placing third in the introductory course.
    Family Team Jake — Debbie and Jake Van Laar — topped the introductory course leader board clearing the course of 12 controls in 1:29.
    The Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series continues Sept. 28 with the Fall Orienteer Meet. For more event information, visit FTLVAdventure.com or call (913) 683-5634.
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