SWSW by the numbers:
- 236 control points marked in terrain (or marked with a question!) in the Tucson events
- 100 participants throughout the week, some taking part every single day!
- Participants came from 18 different clubs
- Volunteers represented 10 different clubs
- We used 10 different mapped areas throughout the week
- Over 400 maps printed
- 13 cactus spines removed from the bodies of non-desert dwelling orienteers (I made that one up)
- Many hours of sunshine (and a few hours of cloudy skies)
Thanks to Peg Davis (TSN) for planning, volunteer wrangling, beginner instruction, pizza party, refreshments, and turning her home into an orienteering hostel. Barb Bryant (Navigation Games/NEOC) helped with planning, directed the Catalina training, and setting up training activities on the sprint day. Valerie Mayer (QOC) was our fearless registrar and e-punch mentor extraordinaire. Jeff Coker (TSN) and Mark Everett (TSN) set a full slate of courses on the Rt 83 maps for the Tucson weekend days, while Boris Granovskiy (QOC) and Greg Ahlswede (DVOA) designed challenging training courses during the week. Mark Parsons (TSN) did all the legwork for the Bisbee Street-O. Nancy Coker (TSN) worked start at Box Canyon and helped with all the control setting and fetching for the Rt 83 weekend.
Jeff Brucker (TSN) was a lifesaver, vetting and streamering both Tucson Mountain training courses. John Little (TSN) streamered and vetted the Friday Catalina training. Jeff Brodsky (TSN) worked e-punch, provided us with quiet power, and hauled a lot of gear back and forth each day. Pat Townsend (TSN) worked e-punch and registration Gregg Townsend (TSN) worked e-punch and took some great action shots at the Catalina mass start race.
Super thanks to the GPXHO crew, led by Ron Birks on Saturday and Glenn Haselfield & Forest Brown on Sunday, for organizing Phoenix events to fill out a week of Arizona orienteering.
Last but certainly not least, Melissa Trout (TSN/Nydalens SK) gets a big thanks for working the start at Kentucky Camp and a much bigger thanks for taking primary duties watching our energetic son throughout the entire week while I fiddled with OCAD, printed maps, drove around town, streamered control locations, and generally spent way too much time with orienteering and too little with my family.
Thanks again for letting us share beautiful Southern Arizona with you! We'll see you at SWSW 2019!