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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 6:00 PM
Pre-registration is optional, but requested (so we know how many maps to print) by Wednesday, April 17, 2002 12:00 AM
Interval (runners start at 1 minute intervals)
The Harvard race in the Boston Park-O Series had a distinctly international flavor, as the top ten finishers represented six different countries and four continents, with racers traveling from as far a Australia and South Africa to participate in the April 17 event. They were rewarded with a fast, but challenging course designed by Misha Lipatov and set by Boris Granovskiy. The fastest times on the 2.9km were posted by some of the earlier competitors despite a sudden temperature drop from 85F to about 55F that took place in the middle of the event. Ken Walker, Jr., a founder of the Boston Park-O series and member of the US National Orienteering Team, won the race in a time 15:30, over a minute ahead of Cambridge Sports Union clubmate and Australian orienteer William Hawkins (16:42) and 3rd place finisher Matthias Mahr from Austria (18:05). The top female finisher was Jennifer Shultis (23:51), holding off a challenge from the co-captains of Harvard's Nordic Skiing team Kate Damon (25:30) and Julia Silvis (27:32).
One of the biggest challenges at the Harvard event appeared to be actually getting to the meet, as several competitors had trouble finding the start, and a couple even called in on cell phones to ask for directions. Despite this, most of the participants, including a large contigent of first-time orienteers, seemed to have a good time and enjoyed a fine selection of cookies provided by Larry and Sara Mae Berman, who fended off passing Harvard Law School students attempting to smooth-talk their way into getting some cookies without actually orienteering.
After this event, the Park-O Series moves on to Peter’s Hill at the Arnold Arboretum, where we are sure to see more fun courses and close races. Thanks to all the participants for coming and, as always, to Kenny and the Bermans for their help!!
This event is part of the
Boston Park Series 2002
The registration and start will be at the Langdell Library at the Harvard Law School.
Take Massachusetts Ave. North from Harvard Square (or South from Porter Square) to Jarvis Street, go East on Jarvis Street to its end, then make a right on the paved path. The long, neoclassical building on your right will be the Langdell Library.
A college campus, with paved paths as well as grassy areas throughout. Main features include buildings and man-made objects, such as sculptures and monuments.
Cambridge Sports Union