The latest IOF Newsletter includes a nice write-up about Corn Maze Orienteering in the US. Check it out!
[Event Details Here]
RMOC will host the 2016 Western States Corn Maze Championships this Saturday, October 1st, at Anderson Farms in Erie, CO.Runners will have the opportunity to steal the championship titles from 2015 winners Graham Baird and Kris Beecroft.
The 2016 Corn Maze Championships will once again take place at Mike's Maze in Sunderland, MA and are scheduled for September 3rd.
The courses are all figured out, barring any "Canadian" changes. While there is quite a collection of wild animals in the maze (see about the 2-minute mark of the video), the authorities are still OK with us going in there. Bear spray is optional, not required.
Map -- more or less 1:1,000. No contours. The animals and other man-made objects in the maze are not mapped, just the corn. The map complies with ISCMOM.
Note that teams of any size are fine at all events, but going solo is always permitted (except for the Party).
1. Classic. 17 controls. Distance (optimum route) is about 2 km. Expected winning time: 10-12 minutes.
2. Sprint Shuffle. 12 controls. Distance unknown but less than the classic, maybe 1 km? The first control must be taken first, the last one last. For the rest you can go in any order.
3. Trail. 4 controls, all marked by balloons, mark the location on your map. All are at dead ends. Just one class (to save the high-tech folks from embarrassment). Bring whatever gadgets you want.
5. Night. 29 controls. Handicap -- you may skip anywhere from 1 to 10 controls, depending on how good you are (or, one could say, how bad you are).
All the above subject to change, of course. Though the one thing not subject to change is the one rule of corn-maze O' -- no cutting through the corn.
More information at the Attackpoint page for the event.
Another fantastic Corn Maze Champs in 2015!
Ian Smith once again proved that he is dominant in all of the individual corn maze disciplines, continuing his undefeated streak with wins in the classic, sprint, and night event. Unfortunately for Ian, he is not very good at trail-o, and his dismal showing in that event opened the door for Ben Gallup and Joe Brautigam to take the overall title.
Here are the top 10 based on places in each of the four events (in order: classic, sprint, trail, night) --
1. Ben Gallup, 2-4-7-3 = 16
1. Joe Brautigam, 3-7-2-4 = 16
3. Roine Andersson, 5-2-5-5 = 17
4. Ian Smith, 1-1-22-1 = 25
5. Giovanni Berlinda, 4-3-1-30 = 38
6. Steve Richardson, 11-14-10-11 = 46
7. Evalin Brautigam, 6-4-5-32 = 47
7. Kseniya Popova, 9-15-16-7 = 47
9. Pavlina Brautigam, 8-10-4-27 = 49
10. Michael Laraia, 10-8-25-10 = 53
11. Andis Vitolins, 19-11-12-12 = 54
12. Isak Prellner, 7-9-38-2 = 56
13. J-J Cote, 13-13-23-8 = 57
Results and splits for all courses available on Attackpoint.
Special bonus drone footage over the maze, acquired during the trail-O:
October 2013 brings a wealth of Corn Maze orienteering opportunities in the US:
Time to study up for 2013! J-J Cote has provided tracings of the shortest routes for some legs of the 2011 Classic (first four) and Sprint champs. Actually, J-J provided these back in 2011 but CMOUSA was saving them up for the right moment. That moment is now.
CMOUSA is tickled to announce that the 2013 Classic, Relay, and Night Champs (plus associated party) will be held at Mike's Maze in Sunderland, MA on August 24th. This means that, for the first time ever, the pinnacle of corn maze orienteering while take place on a Saturday. Course setter and event director Peter Gagarin is confident that this will bring in the kind of spectator numbers necessary to impress the IOC, "maybe even a dozen!"
As of August 3rd there are 28 people registered for the event. For more details on the event and how to register, see the event thread on Attackpoint.
Head tamale PG writes:
Drought? What drought? The corn is a lush green. For all those who have had success at CMO by cutting corners, not this year!
Ali is heading for Toledo, Alex is heading back to Boston to join the real world, Phil is self-destructing, PG and Gail are knocking on the door of the nursing home. Come join us for a last fling in Western Mass.
Next Thursday evening, August 23.
More info <a href=http://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_11202>here</a>.
Congratulations to the winners at the 2011 US Long-Course Corn Maze Orienteering Championships, hosted by RMOC at Anderson Farms in Erie, CO:
Troy, Doug, JP & Dennis comparing notes after running through the maze:
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