Needham Town Forest, Needham, MA
April 25, 2015
Meet Director: Jeff Schapiro
A comfortable, sunny day set the backdrop for the Needham event. We had 84 starts which were quite evenly distributed with only the White course attracting a lesser degree of interest.
In recent years, the Town Forest has become a very popular venue for trail bike riders. As a result, a great number of new biking trails have been introduced on the terrain. The presence of these trails proved somewhat of a dilemma for the meet director. Both time constraints and concerns about map legibility made it undesirable to try to fully map the biking trails. In the end, I opted to map only the bike trails which seemed likely to influence competitors on the White and Yellow courses. I also tried to indicate intersections which crossed the pre-existing trail network. It is hoped that the presence of the numerous unmapped trails did not prove to be too excessive of a distraction to the competitors on the upper courses.
The woods in Needham are generally open for running and provide a fairly intricate array of small terrain features. Competitors on the Yellow course were also amused to discover the elaborate model train that has been erected by one of the adjacent neighbors in the southeast region of the map. Ian Smith set the standard for excellence with a sub-45:00 performance on the Red course. Meet organizers are saddened that they will have to consider this result unofficial as Ian failed to start within the prescribed start window. :-)
Many thanks to Michael Cooper and Marsha Westerberg who assisted with Registration, and also to the omnipresent Jim Paschetto who once again ran the computer, to the great relief of the technically challenged meet director. I was pleased that Scott Turner and Ken Menzies were able to assist with the computer towards end of the event which allowed Jim the opportunity to run a Green course. Jim and Ian were also gracious enough to stay afterwards to help pick up the controls. In addition, special thanks are also due to my sister Amy who served as parking consultant and somehow managed to park about 50 cars in a venue that was only designed for about 20, thereby saving competitors the unpleasant option of parking at the quite distant overflow parking area.
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|2||Greg & Eleanor Lewis||NEOC||45:36|
|4||Bob & Anita Redus||72:55|
|3||Roland & Ted Ouelette||NEOC||48:51|
|5||Terry Myers Coney||NEOC||55:40|
|6||Bob & Anita Redus||57:23|
|10||David, Jacob, Peter Severance||NEOC||63:38|
|11||Steve & Betsy Fiedler||NEOC||66:22|
|4||Team Jake (2)||NEOC||90:22|
|5||Aaron Aaker & Ethan Aaker||NEOC||106:37|
|8||Andy, David, Zach Baumel||NEOC||117:42|
|9||Sean Lane (2)||NEOC||120:25|
|10||Ulla Björkman||IK YMER||123:22|
|11||Joan Albert, Emily Chang||130:46|
|12||Mia & Andrew Vakhutinsky||NEOC||132:43|
|14||David Goldman (4)||177:10|
|David & Jacob Severance||NEOC||DNF|
|Clarissa Smith +1||NEOC||DNF|
|Team Tobias (2)||NEOC||DNF|
|1||Leif Björkman||IK YMER||60:25|
|2||Neil & Dashiell Martin||NEOC||65:54|
|9||Gabe Bronk, P. Carrera, P. Lu||NEOC||129:30|
|Roland & Ted Ouelette||NEOC||DNF|
|1||Jon K. Hansen||Viking (NO)||66:19|
|13||Jeanne & Mark Hummel||NEOC||192:48|