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Kings Mountain National Military Park
March 7 - 10:00 to 12:00Price: $8.00
Battles Continue at Kings Mountain!
This meet had the most difficult challenges in the history of the COK. But, just like the brave patriots of 1780 – we persevere!
It began with the park service not allowing certain parts of the battlefield for orienteering that were previously available. The new restrictions made it virtually impossible to create standard white & yellow courses around the central battlefield area. But, after careful negotiations with park staff – we were allowed to use part of the historic trail for beginner courses.
Our next challenge came from the club’s website that suddenly (without warning to us) went dark due to the lapse of our domain name registration. After an enterprising scramble to obtain another URL – we finally got back on track (a huge thank you to Stephanie @ EnjoySweetTea & Jennifer DeBerry for saving the day). Please keep updated with our Facebook page since we never know when another technical SNAFU might occur!
Walter, the consummate event organizer, was nevertheless undaunted and proceeded to pack up 29 controls and head deep into the woods on Wednesday to carefully place them for the meet. As is a common risk in orienteering – he took a simple step on a steep hill and heard a “crack!” – a noise directly related to his ankle. Nooooooo! All alone in the woods without cell phone reception and with controls still to be positioned – what is one to do? Well, if you’re Walter Siegenthaler – you muster up the gumption, grit your teeth, and you finish the mission! He briefly stopped for something to eat and went back out to finish the second loop of putting out controls (there’s dedication and then there’s something more). Limping through the woods in obvious discomfort – Walter devotedly got the controls out for the meet. Upon returning home and trying to recover; his wonderful wife took him to Urgent Care where it was confirmed that his fibula was indeed fractured. With cast, crutches, and commitment – Walter still managed a great meet that was well received. Yes – he had lots of help from his friends and colleagues with the COK – but, that’s what it’s all about anyway. Teamwork and resolute loyalty to the sport!
189 participants came out to enjoy the gorgeous weather and challenging courses in the Battle of Kings Mountain 2020. All this made possible by the intrepid Walter who wants to thank:
- Lissa (his lovely wife)
- Philip & Bruce (good buddies)
- Jim Hall (long-time friend who came all the way from Asheville)
- David, James, Dan, & Jim (COK regulars always willing to help out)
Here are the results of this formidable orienteering event!
|WHITE (2.8km)||TIME (M:S)|
|Spaghetti & Meatballz||128:47|
|Googly-Eyed Tickle Jellybeanz||132:12|
|Lost Girls (literally?)||DNF|
|Duck Feet (maybe had something to do with it)||DNF|
|YELLOW (3.3km)||TIME (M:S)|
|Sun Valley Old People (we prefer seasoned people)||60:45|
|Burns HS Tm 1||63:30|
|Sun Valley Champlin||69:30|
|Sun Valley Elliot||81:45|
|Rogue Dames (nice to see you ladies)||82:00|
|Nathan Troop 288||109:00|
|Team L (right between teams K & M)||114:00|
|Mama's Birthday (awww)||174:00|
|Burns HS Team 4||DNF|
|ORANGE (4.2km)||TIME (M:S)|
|Lewis T. (sans chien)||99:30|
|Audrey Kell (Wiles)||102:34|
|Chief, Chief, & Chief||119:00|
|Jim Murray (thanks for always helping pick up controls!!)||125:30|
|GREEN (5.3km)||TIME (M:S)|
|Jim Hall (a personal hero for many)||76:31|
|Allmuth Perzel (Curly) - so wonderful to see you!||111:22|
|Barry & Bodkin||139:17|
|RED (6.4km)||TIME (M:S)|
|Tristan Smith||58:35 (yo - don't catch the leaves on fire!)|
|Chris G. (check out Northline Navigation on FB!)||87:08|
Volunteers to help set up, manage, bring in controls after a meet, or help in other ways are always appreciated….