Adventure runners go out for a first meeting
Connie Carpentier | Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series
Pathfinders celebrated spring temperatures and bright sunshine on March 7 as they sailed to assorted beacons in the northern parts of the facility and along the western land trail network.
The trail system was particularly attractive with emerging green vegetation and trails recently groomed by the 1908 Trail Run volunteer team.
The orienteering offered two divisions – a four-mile sprint course and an eight-mile Olympic course. The urban setting of the 13-check sprint course and intermediate-level navigation skills have proven to be beneficial for families with strollers, kids on bikes, and an excited 12-year-old dachshund ready to let off some steam.
The 20-check Olympic course required an increased level of orienteering skills as the runners walked north on Sherman Avenue and walked the western multi-use trails.
Several experienced solo orienteers and two-person teams took on the challenges of the Olympic course. Team movements in Limine – Cristy Molzen and Phillip Gragson – worked out their plan of attack based on the clearance of the course while exploring the monuments and historic buildings of the facility. Team Motions at Limine cleared the course in two hours and 58 minutes.
In anticipation of an upcoming land navigation event, Robert Pechk devised a plan of attack that emphasized his orientation skills, maximized distance, and boosted his endurance. Pechk carried a fully loaded backpack and crisscrossed the courses using a topographic map and markers captured in sequential rather than tactical order. He carried out 20 checks in 2h27.
Rural runners team – Debbie Van Laar and Amy Joyce – chose a counterclockwise attacking approach securing the controls at the higher elevations, then descending into the cantonment area for lower level captures. Team Rural Runners completed the course in 1:47.
Solo orienteering course Edwin Callahan got the best score clearing the course in 1:17.
The sprint course was fiercely contested between six family teams.
Superwomen Plus Mom and Dad Team – mum Nicole, dad Gary and their daughters Mara, Katelyn, Kaia and Greta Lysaght – established a steady pace by crossing the threshold of 13 controls and finishing at the top of the standings in 1h50.
Son Calvin Roberts was the main navigator of Star Wars Team and led Papa Kurt through the urban course. Team Star Wars cleared the course and moved closer to the finish line, missing first place by three minutes.
Ruhnke Newcomer Team – Dad Joseph, Mum Nina, their daughters Allison and Lisa, along with their small but mighty Dachshund – completed the four mile course securing 12 checks in 2:58 to take third place in the family division.
The adventure series program continues on April 11 with Bing-O Orienteer from 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Gruber Fitness Center. For more information visit FTLVAdventure.com or call (913) 683-5634.