The 2021 Reid Park Motala event is in the books.  A late winter storm brought a night of cold rain and some early morning snow to the Tucson metro area which made for a wet beginning to the event.  By the end the sun was shining and the orienteers who ventured out in the more "Pacific Northwestish" kind of weather were smiling.  A big thanks goes to Mother Nature for filling Reid Park with an assortment of temporary water features, including a fast moving stream. The additional water features made the route choices more interesting, one needed to read the map a little closer to find the footbridges across the normally dry arroyo.

This was a Motala style event where there where three loops and participants could choose to run one, two or three loops.  The Navy JROTC cadets from Sahuarita High School had a great showing taking the two top spots on the three loop course but Tom Boucher, with his third place finish, kept them from the sweep of the top seven spots.  The American Heritage Girls team had the most applicable team name for the day with Team Popsicles and also took the top spot on the two loop course.  Melissa Trout made quick work of the one loop course.  Although Lukas Luis may have given her a run for her money if the lure of stomping in all the puddles hadn't been so strong!

All the results and splits are available on the Sportident Center Results Page.  Check out the maps and view/upload routes on the Livelox link.

There will be a virtual course review (zoom) on Wednesday, 17 March, at 7pm for anyone who'd like to chat about their run or just hear from others. Anyone interested should contact Cristina at cristina dot luis at gmail dot com for the zoom link.

The list of people that helped to make this event a success is long.  Robere helped with the set-up, Peg put on not one, but two, beginner's clinics and Cristina was instrumental in working out the bugs with the e-punch system.  But the biggest thanks goes out to the cadets from the Sahuarita Navy JROTC unit!  They helped with set-up, map corrections, map swapping between loops and control retrieval.

It was great to meet new orienteers and catch up with old friends.   Keep up with the Tucson Orienteering Club on our club's website and Facebook for notices on future events.