Featured photo by Ken Walker
Meet Director’s Report
Sunday’s Highlander saw a healthy turn out of runners. Kseniya Popova, this year’s course setter, led a pack of 60 brave souls to the start of the Highlander course, while, Nadya Popova, mother of the course-setter, led 26 Lowlander souls to their start. Both groups started on time!
In classic Highlander style, the much discussed streamers that had been placed along the trail run on the Surebridge section of the course were discovered just before the start to have gone missing! Thankfully, there was time to remedy this before our first runner reached the trail. This year, we had the benefit of radio stations (thanks Bernie!) across the more remote Surebridge map, and runners’ bib numbers were called in to the finish area as they started on the trail run.
The leaves were on fire and the weather was mostly friendly (sunny and cold). The on and off snow flurries were the most popular cause of complaints, as reported by the volunteers at the map exchange area at Kanauwake Lake, as runners traded in their maps to start their last loop on the course, just north of Sebago lake.
Food was hot and plentiful. Liisa went all out this year, and not a one could have left this years’ event without a full belly. At the same time, the missing personal snacks for the lowlander runners is sincerely regretted… they were unintentionally left at the registration area.
Several congratulations are in order:
- Alex Jospe was this year’s first place female finisher, coming in at 4:26. She was also crowned Queen of the Mountain, making the toughest climb on the course in 10:52.
- Jordan Laughlin was this year’s first place male finisher, coming in at 3:19. He was also crowned King of the Mountain, making the toughest climb on the course in 8:15.
- Ethan Childs and Evalin Brautigam were top male and female finishers on the Lowlander.
- Joe Brautigam won a prize for correctly guessing which maps the course would use this year.
- The fabulous five Joe, JJ, Bernie, Peggy and Charlie, all showed up and did not disappoint!
Congratulations to the team that came together to help make this event the success that it was, and to all the runners who inspired us to do so.
In alphabetical order, my most sincere gratitude to all the volunteers:
Alan Y., Anna & Anna B., Annette B., Asiya A., Bernie B., Betsy H., Bill B., Cathy C., Craig W., Daniel S., Declan H., Donna F., Eric S., Geof C., George H., Greg B., Guy O., Jeff O., Jeremy C., Jon O., Judy D., Katya D., Yevgeniy G., Liisa B., Max A., Nadya P., Pavlina, Valerie M., Valya
I’m surprised/disappointed there wasn’t any comment about the typo on the maps. We were hoping it could become a new tradition…
The Hudson Highlander is an ultimate test of navigation and endurance. Metric marathon, 26.2 km, in beautiful Harriman State Park is not for the faint of heart. You will battle rugged Harriman terrain, mountain laurel, and blueberry bushes while trying to keep your head cool for navigation, and it will be technical. Following is permitted.
If you are interested in learning more about Erin Schirm’s OUSA Junior Training Camp taking place this same weekend, look here. For your convenience, we have combined the registration process for both events.
For this mass start event, the course consists of four sections on different Harriman maps with three normal orienteering sections and one trail run to give your head a breather. Prepare yourself for one brutal uphill leg, dubbed King/Queen of the Mountain, the winner (fastest leg split) of which will receive a special prize and title upon finishing.
The Lowlander, a shortened version of around 13 km, will be available for those that are not ready for the grandeur of the Highlander.
Course setter this year is Kseniya Popova, a US National Team member who recently competed at the World Orienteering Championship in Scotland.
There will not be any recreational courses this year.
Before October 12:
Highlander* (Adult/Junior) – $45 / $30
Lowlander (Adult/Junior) – $30 / $20
October 12 – 15:
Highlander* (Adult/Junior) – $55 / $30
Lowlander (Adult/Junior) – $40 / $20
After October 15:
* 2013 Highlander finishers will receive a $5 discount
Registration is now open until October 15.
Guy Olsen is the event registrar.
8 am – Check-in and bib collection opens
8:30 am – Mass walk to start for Highlander (led by Kseniya Popova)
9 am – Mass start for Highlander
9:30 am – Mass walk to start for Lowlander (led by Nadya Popova)
10 am – Mass start for Lowlander
2:30 pm – Awards
5 pm – Courses close*. This is the deadline for the Highlander official finisher award.
* Important: Please refer to meet and course notes for mid-course timelines, as some controls may be picked up before 5 pm.
Commemorative t-shirts will be given to all participants who finish the Highlander in under 8 hours.
BBQ and refreshments will be served afterwards, courtesy of Bernie and Lisa Breton. Only those that finish the course will be allowed to eat, just kidding. Eating multiple portions of burgers and hot dogs will be permitted and even encouraged.
See you there!