Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Season of 2016

The season of 2016 is starting to take shape. We are aiming for a race every two weeks, starting May and ending in First half of September.

Likely dates will be

  1. May 5
  2. May 19
  3. June 2
  4. June 16
  5. June 30
  6. July 14
  7. July 28
  8. Aug 11
  9. Aug 25
  10. Sep 8
Current completely non-confirmed ideas is to have 2 or 3 races in Bridle trails, 1 or 2 in Redmond Watershed, 1 in St Edward.
We are also looking for other locations and need to investigate the following - Grand Ridge, Squak and Cougar Mt, Sammamish State Park, Paradise Valley Conservation area, Soaring Eagle, and some others. 

Apart from that we are also looking into producing 2 orienteering races - currently the feasibility is in investigation.

See you in the Forest in 2016!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thank you! - Redmond Watershed results

Here are the results. Or here, in a slightly harder to read form:

Results – Redmond Watershed, Sep10, 2015

2015-09-10
Short (1 / 1) Time Behind
1. Gustavo De Camargo CAPE 23:11
8:18 (8:18) 4:21 (12:39) 7:44 (20:23) 2:48 (23:11)
Long (8 / 8) Time Behind
1. Reinis Znotins Exonicus 33:07
6:32 (6:32) 6:50 (13:22) 5:57 (19:19) 5:35 (24:54) 5:52 (30:46) 2:21 (33:07)
2. Janis Kondrats Exonicus 33:12 +0:05
6:34 (6:34) 6:53 (13:27) 5:56 (19:23) 5:36 (24:59) 5:52 (30:51) 2:21 (33:12)
3. Brian Evans Stella's Fellas 34:31 +1:24
6:34 (6:34) 7:36 (14:10) 6:16 (20:26) 5:19 (25:45) 6:45 (32:30) 2:01 (34:31)
4. Atis Barzdins First Hill 36:17 +3:10
6:55 (6:55) 7:40 (14:35) 6:33 (21:08) 6:10 (27:18) 7:01 (34:19) 1:58 (36:17)
5. John Tholen No club 39:04 +5:57
8:05 (8:05) 8:14 (16:19) 6:40 (22:59) 6:05 (29:04) 7:16 (36:20) 2:44 (39:04)
6. Thomas Reutter No club 39:28 +6:21
8:09 (8:09) 8:28 (16:37) 7:07 (23:44) 6:19 (30:03) 7:02 (37:05) 2:23 (39:28)
7. Alfred Hellstern No club 39:35 +6:28
8:06 (8:06) 8:27 (16:33) 7:08 (23:41) 6:18 (29:59) 7:08 (37:07) 2:28 (39:35)
8. Sandis Kondrats Exonicus 41:06 +7:59
7:19 (7:19) 9:23 (16:42) 8:27 (25:09) 6:19 (31:28) 6:56 (38:24) 2:42 (41:06)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Final notes for Redmond Watershed, Sep 10, 2015

Course notes

The course is very fast - 3.2km and 5.7km. The courses have few turns, but out from the start and into the finish is on the same trail - you may see people running against you, please be careful. Short course - 3 controls. Long course - 5 controls.
No sample course this time.
Trails are not closed for other users.

Weather

Weather.com believes that it will be sunny; 78degF. NO RAIN. 

Start window

Start will be open 4pm to 6:30pm. Finish open 4pm to 7:30pm. Course pick-up will start at 6:30.

Map


Parking&Directions

Parking is South entrance of Redmond Watershed Preserve from Novelty Hill Road.

Day-of registrations

Absolutely possible. 11$. See you on the trails!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Final race of the season - Redmond Watershed, Sep 10

The Redmond watershed race is very close. Race page is here. Note that the start is open 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Weather is promised to be excellent.

Courses

The courses have very little elevation and will very fast. We expect a 24 minute or so winning time for the long 5668m course; it will be a fast time for the short course of 3215m as well.

Bears

There have been some sightings of bears in Redmond Watershed park. In case that happens, King5.com suggests: "If Redmond residents encounter the bear, they can avoid an attack by remaining at a distance, creating loud noise, making themselves look as big as possible by spreading their arms, removing food items that may have initially attracted it to the area, and standing still if a bear does charge."
It is quite unlikely you will get to see one though.

What after this?

This is the last race of the pilot season. We will continue next summer - likely May to September season; more precise information will be available later.
See you on the trails!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

St Edward results & re-cap

Here are the results!

Analysis

The most interesting legs of the race are 33-34, also known as the hill and leg 35-Finish. 
The hill leg correlates well with overall results except for Rosemary and Julie who were faster in this leg than Debbie and Sandis, who were both faster overall. Zach from short course takes the 4th place in these splits.
The finish is another game! Here Atis and Sandis ended close together forcing each other to do their best, resulting in 1:04 split for Sandis and 1:06 for Atis which matched 1:06 by the overall winner of the long.
The full results do not reflect the race in the womens' field very well. Debbie won it by 4 minutes: congratulations!
What regards long course winner Janis splits - they are somewhat stable, but there are also three splits where he does not take the first place.

Re-cap

The weather co-operated. Promised rain all day yet it delivered none till after the course setup. The courses were impacted by the storm just a little bit. 
The courses were quite hard yet the runners enjoyed them.
All people finished with full courses - we blame improved checkpoint and trail markings. Of course, there were quite many repeat forestrunners - out of 10 participants 5 had done a Forest Run before.
Thank you and see you in Redmond Watershed!

Volunteers

Murray helped a lot with picking up courses; Lisa and Gunta helped with tear down of the tents; Vija watched them while course was being set. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Final notes for tomorrow

This might be the last post before results; we are ready to go.

Course

The long course goes down, level, up, level, down, up, level. The short - down, level, up, level. The last up will be hard. If you can run-run it, you will most likely be close to top in results.
The course will be slippery on the downhills. Small-spike shoes might be useful.
Other people will be on course; please respect them.
Start will be open from 3pm to 6:45pm. Finish open till 7:30pm.

Weather

Current forecast is some rain. 0.2 inches total tomorrow in Kirkland. We will have 2 tents.

Parking

Discover pass needed! Once parked - look for the white tents. Start and finish are not at the tents.

Day-of registration

11$. But please take your time to come - you will need to fill/sign registration and waiver.

Special thanks

To rangers of the park - without their chainsaw skills the course would be usable for some other type of race, not a run.