Three races in one weekend on newly (fall 2023) revised map near Hamilton/Burlington, ON. Information is available on the website GLOF
and registration will open soon.
Registration is now open.
More details are now available for all three events including preliminary course lengths. The woods are getting more and more open by the day and most of the open fields were cut the other day so everything looks great!
Fees will go up after the weekend so seize the opportunity to save a few dollars and sign up before midnight on Sunday.
Registration closes tonight. Map, terrain and courses all look great. Weather forecast too.
Start lists and final race bulletin have been posted.
That was well worth it to look at those results.
Who would have thought that they could have an orienteering event in mid November in Ontario, Canada? "Back in my day," said the old-timer, "we pretty well shut things down in mid-October. After that it was too cold and too much chance of a snow storm."
Well, there they are in Burlington and Hamilton. And look at those first day results! It's a Who's Who of the next two decades of Canadian orienteering.
(Plus good on Jim Waddington representing us old farts!!)
And look at that! If they were to have a team contest Dads vs Lads the Lads would be winning hands down.
Special shout out to the Fransson family, who brought home three gold medals!
And in the Dads category (maybe a granddad?), Ray Kitowski was 4th of 26 in the Classic Short Advanced race, continuing to crush almost every race he does.
Thank you so much for these races! Hans (and Eric) did great work. Super courses, on an excellent map. A great way to end the season!
That was so much fun! Thanks from the oldest fart.
Gord: Ontario has had a winter Orienteering series since the late 90s. What began as the THOMASS series (fundraiser for the then Ontario Jr Team) is now called the O-Cup. The mass start has been a great way to get newcomers into the sport and JimW helped create the format to try to get everyone finished around the same time to help keep things short for the volunteers.
I'm commenting from afar so perhaps I'm missing something but what is really outstanding from the GLOF results is the lengths of courses and the times some really young orienteers are posting. I don't know all of them but when 12-14 year olds like Woodrow Connell, Daniel Mahoney and Etienne Jacques are posting competitive times on the Long Advanced course that is REALLY something and flies in the face of the conventional wisdom that their age should be limited to White and Yellow courses. Give them enough experience to go with the great brains they already have and the world is open to them.
And keep an eye on Mia Smith.
I hope you parents bring them back to Florida soon. We can't offer you any snow but the winter orienteering schedule is going to be pretty full this year.
Livelox is available for long advanced. https://www.livelox.com/?tab=allEvents&timePer...
The map at the races didn't have the green stripes on the fields (they had been recently cut).