Orienteering 4:05:33  20.0 mi (12:17 / mi)
shoes: MudClaw I
NEOOC's FallsQuest. I have a lot of feelings about this event. Most of all it was a blast. I came to orienteering as a trail runner and a road runner, and picked up navigation along the way. So I tend to appreciate O-courses that are running-heavy and navigation-light more than most orienteers seem to appreciate them. This event was definitely running-heavy. The navigation was simple, and I was never even close to being in danger of being out of contact with the map. One could just run as much and as fast as one wanted for four solid hours. Why would anyone in their right mind prefer to run the over-hyped Flying Pig Marathon than an event like this? BoulderBob did a fantastic job of setting a challenging course, and his map is excellent. There was no point during the entire 4 hours that I ever felt like the map was problematic.
Of course, I am so out of shape that running for four solid hours wreaks havoc on me. I was okay for about two, pretty slow from two to three, and just a disaster from three to four. It's the first Score-O that I have ever finished over time, just because I couldn't get the last mile in under about 15 minutes. I was in very sorry shape at the end, and it took me several hours to really recover. (On the plus side, I picked up 110 points on the way in, and only lost 50 points for being 5 minutes late.) I forcibly voided the contents of my stomach (about a pint of water) shortly after finishing -- something I haven't done since running my mile PR in high school. My weariness kept me from socializing properly with the NEOOC crowd, which I regret.
As many on AP have noted, urban-O can be a great way to attract runners to our sport. OCIN should seriously consider putting on an annual urban O event, and I'll be happy to help make it happen. Lebanon, Middletown, or Hamilton seem to me like good places to do this.