Friday, August 8, 2014

USA Trail-O Champs Preview

The 2014 Championships are a few hours away. The course set by Sharon Crawford with Peter Goodwin as vetter promises to be challenging. Seven US team members will be competing along with other highly ranked Champs eligible competitors. TempO World Champ Martin Jullum is also registered, which will certainly elevate the competitive level. Watch for Team members on the course wearing their spiffy new uniforms.

The event asked for a waiver from the official OUSA rules to operate under current IOF rules. The timed controls will be one station with three problems and will count only for time and not for points.  Speed will be of the essence as only 30 seconds per problem will be allotted with a 60 second penalty for incorrect answers.

About 25 people brushed up their skills at the convention today. I led a workshop that included a presentation on various trail-O solution techniques. Workshop attendees also had an opportunity to try a demo TempO station and a few other field exercises. Anticipation is high for tomorrow's competition.

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