Orienteer (Night Score-O) 1:20:00  4.0 mi (20:00 / mi)
shoes: Inov8 Roclite 305
(Not sure how long or how far, will update if pwentz3l ever logs again since he had his garmin)
My first time at Nine Mile Park, although I understand it's a popular venue for OTNT events. I guess with the majority of O-ers living on that edge of town, it totally makes sense. Fun trails, nice topography for a city park.
I was also very happy to have an "event" on my birthday. It was definitely more fun that my second choice (read book). And, though I would have been quite content at home, when people ask "what are you doing for your birthday?" they seem to feel sorry for you when you give them "reading" as an activity.
However, when you say, "I am running through the woods with a headlamp and 15 other people" they say "oh that sounds like fun" while giving you an odd look..... much preferred.
Quite a few people showed up. pwentz3l suggested, "Maybe I'll run with you tonight, I'd like to take it kind of easy". Do you ever wonder why Pete is single?
Although it turned out that Pete's s idea of taking it easy involves starting with a run up a bunch of stairs and a hill....... which got me wishing that he really DID want to take it easy. Once I was warmed up (about 1/2 miles after the stairs), things got to be quite pleasant and fun. I do love running around at night. Although I think we did a kind of lousy job. I forgot to wear my contact, which meant I was fiddling with my reading glasses, and we were probably just not concentrating as much as we should have, didn't really listen well enough to the pre-event briefing, and spent a bit too much time looking for controls which were extremely hard to see in the dark. I think I will get a new headlamp soon.
Everyone except Jim was late back to the Finish. So Jim might have won this event, or maybe Molly since she was the first to get the anagram right at the end, or maybe me because I got it right too, and no one heard Molly...... In retrospect, the result was obvious since "WITCH" was written all over the event, from the invitation to the clue sheet.
Tom and Kelly, thanks for putting on an awesome fun event. And for having everyone over for the dinner afterwards. Delicious. Really fun catching up with everyone.