Here in the US, it's a by now hallowed tradition for Mike Eglinski to comment in his blog each year on the age composition of the US WOC team compared to that of other nations. As far as I know, no one has a longstanding claim to that role in Canada so I'm going to step up and note what I think is a very positive development, the Canadian WOC team just named is surely the youngest one in more than a decade. The oldest members are Louise Oram and Will Critchley, both born in 1984. The average age is 25 years (compare with this year's US team average age of 30.2 years). On the male side, this came about through quite a competitive selection process in which a significantly older team certainly could have resulted if the younger runners hadn't raced well. On the female side, it's unfortunate that we're only sending one woman to WOC this year but there's every reason to believe the absent members of the very strong and young team of 2011 will both be back in future and there are eight other women 21 years old or younger in the senior and junior HPP who will no doubt be trying out for WOC teams soon. Summing up, hooray for our efforts of recent years when it comes to developing young athletes because good things have clearly been happening on that front.
Locally here in Washington, DC, with the winding down of the spring season and all the associated travel and the end of the second Quantico Orienteering Club season with me as president, I can, to some extent, relax and focus for the next few months on putting in a good summer of training to prepare for the Canadian and North American Championships. As for Serghei Logvin, that means some non-orienteering racing, although I'll probably mostly or entirely avoid road races since I have a slowly healing bruised heel from the spring that hard running on pavement probably wouldn't much agree with. Fortunately, that was no obstacle to running, along with a fair number of other orienteers, in the most recent edition of the Bushwhacker Adventure Running Race this past weekend, which local race company EX2 Adventures held again this season after not having done so in 2011.
|Punching at the finish|
|QOC members post-race|
Photos courtesy of Heidi and David Onkst.