EMPO Times Winter 1999-2000
For the second time, EMPO will be hosting the US Ski-Orienteering
Championships. In fact, it will be the second consecutive time,
because there hasn't been a US Ski-O Champs since the last one EMPO
held in 1997. For this go 'round, the event will also serve as the US
Ski-O Team Trials, to select the group who will venture off to Russia
(Siberia, actually) to compute in the World Ski-O Championships. And
to really add a little icing (and bring it all back a little closer to
home for many of us), the races will also be Empire State Games
Qualifiers. This will allow you to qualify for the Games by competing
in the required two races in just one weekend.
There will be one big similarity and one big difference from our last
US Ski-O Champs: the similarity will be the Day 1 race at Garnet Hill
Cross Country Ski Center, where we were in 1997. While the venue is
the same as before, the courses will certainly be different, utilizing
different aspects of the expansive and challenging terrain there. Put
that together with the always delightful hospitality we have received
from Dick Carlson and the folks at Garnet Hill, and this should be a
great day. The difference from '97 will be that we'll move for Day 2
over to the Saratoga Biathlon Center for "Sprint" races. Some new
trails are being cut there, just for this event, and Course Setter
Eric Hamilton will have some new challenges ready for us, while our
host Jim Schriener and family will make us all welcome.
We have had numerous contacts from orienteering folks around the
country looking forward to this event, including a number who say they
plan to give it a try even though they have rarely or never been on
skis before. So why don't YOU plan on coming out too! Enjoy the
Winter. Get out and "O in the Snow!"
- Phil Hawkes-Teeter
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