Ramblers Orienteering Club

Terry Fox Park, Dollard-des-Ormeaux

Street-Orienteering Maze – April 17, 2005


 The 25th anniversary of the start of Terry Fox’s memorable run


The weather was absolutely superb.  The sky was sunny and the temperature rose to 22º, well above the normal.  It was probably one of the reasons that we had such a good turn-out for this less usual type of O-event.   There were 51 “starts” and a total participation of 81. 


We had three courses:  The “long” (#3) was about the same distance as a 1/3 marathon – if run using the shortest route choices.   It was a little longer than last year’s #3.   The #2 course basically did the same legs but in reverse and, omitted the legs that went to top end of Pierrefonds.  The #1 course, at 5.2 km, was a kilometre shorter than last year.  It had 9 controls, all within a one kilometre range of the Terry Fox chalet.


The fastest, and the average, times for each course were about what we had been

aiming for when the courses were planned.  Members comments on distances and courses would be welcome.  We were pleased that everyone finished their course and most with excellent times.


Eric Morand (Rams) had an outstanding run to win the #3 (14.2k) course with a time of 1:13:25.   David Agar (OOC), last year’s winner, was 2nd  in 1:19:28 and Jean-Pierre Launay (Rams) was 3rd in 1:37:38.


On Course 2  Donald Watson (OOC) edged Christian Reber (Rams) for 1st place. (0:52:41 / 0:54:25).   Ariane Burke (OOC) was 3rd, as well as top woman, with a time of 0:56:39. 


The short course - #1, had eight groups/individuals with times of under one hour.  Harri Salo (Rams) repeated his win of last year with another good run, completing the 5.2 km in 0:40:40.  Sandy Phillips (Rams) [+ 2 pre-teen children & a dog!]  also had a great run last year and was once more just a minute behind Harri, in 0:41:47.   Don Gillis and son James (Rams) were 3rd in 0:43:00.  


Of particular note were the couple who actually orienteered the greatest distance.  Jacquie and Serge Therrien (Rams) – although not amongst the youngest participants, were the only ones to complete a second course.  Jacquie and Serge first did Course #1 and then went out again to do #2 – a total distance of about 15 km – 800 meters longer than Course #3; total time – a few minutes less than 3 hrs.


Thanks to Keith Mallette and the DDO Recreation/Parks Dept for allowing us

a key to their Terry Fox Park chalet - normally not yet open in April.


Meet Organization was by 

John & Gloria Charlow,  Ramblers Orienteering Club