The 17th Annual Billygoat Run

Grafton Lakes State Park, Albany, New York
May 21, 1995
by Heather Williams, event director

Fredrik Delås, visiting from Norway, was tipped as the men's winner at the briefing before the 11:00 mass start, and he lived up to his pre-race billing. He completed the first loop of the course two minutes clear of his nearest competitors, and, in the tradition of Norwegian orienteers, Delås took his time exchanging his punch card and sampling the refreshments, leaving almost two minutes after he arrived. Joe Brautigam and Gregory Balter caught sight of him as they arrived, and were followed a minute later by Peter Gagarin; three minutes passed before the threesome of Craig Murray, Scott Pleban, and Sandy Stripp arrived. Although the second loop, which covered easier terrain, shook things up a bit, the first seven through the split accounted for the first five men and the top woman in the final results list. Delås steadily pulled away to win by over eight minutes, and Balter dropped Brautigam to come in six minutes clear in second place. Gagarin and Brautigam engaged in a sprint for third, but, as Gagarin said, "Joe was just playing with me." Craig Murray, who is less than half Gagarin's age, took fifth place. Sandy Stripp was the first woman in 118:02, 4 minutes ahead of Peggy Dickison, and almost 11 minutes ahead of Pavlina Brautigam; the intervals at the finish were almost identical to those at the end of the first loop.

For this event, Peter Gagarin ceded control of the weather to A. Peter Dunlavey. The new holder of the position did well until more than half of the finishers were in, at which time he took a two hour nap. After hail and two thunderstorms had pelted the area, the nap ended, and the weather cleared for the awarding of T-shirts. As is usual at the Billygoat, the awards ceremony featured two finishers at almost exactly 3½ hours; Barb Dominie made it with 12 seconds to spare, and Mary Smith missed the cutoff by 4 seconds, claiming second place in the all-time missed-a-T-shirt-by-the fewest-seconds rankings list (Bob Lehman still holds first place with a time of 3:30:01).

This year's Billygoat was notable for the introduction of a punch-card exchange. The course was made up of two loops, both of which were shown on the map (how else could competitors make an informed decision on which control to skip?). Because the organizers did not wish to perform a punch card check upon queues of competitive and impatient orienteers, punch cards were handed in at the end of the first loop and new ones plucked from a line to start the second loop. Due to careful course setting, the O/NA press contingent finished the first loop just in time to see the winner's arrival at the end of the second loop.

The punch-card exchange was announced on the O-net a few days prior to the event, and this afforded the first opportunity for competitors to acquire all-important style points for the club competition. CNYO and NEOC-MQ managed to garner negative points by questioning the organizers' intelligence, sanity, and common sense, and HVO took an early lead by pointing out the brilliant thinking behind the punch-card exchange scheme. On the day of the race, HVO led in number of T-shirts awarded (11; WCOC and NEOC-MQ won 10 each). Style points were awarded to NEOC-UNO (5 T-shirts) for their café and the champagne and caviar they provided to the organizers; to AOK (5 T-shirts) for their special Billygoat competition uniforms and for having last official finisher, the only junior finisher, and the first woman; to NEOC-MQ for car adornments (unfortunately, NEOC-MQ lost these points when it was discovered that no one had registered from NEOC-MQ); and to CNYO (6 T-shirts) for their attempts to overcome the early handicap. WCOC's fine performances were eclipsed by a loss of style points when experienced club members met Dan Bedeker and sent him back out to punch at the last control, causing him to miss a T-shirt; he had not skipped a control and did not need to do the extra kilometer imposed upon him. In the end HVO, while not as elegantly flamboyant as NEOC-UNO, held on to its lead by virtue of Jon Nash's acquisition of a T-shirt even though he avoided skipping the most advantageous control (#10) so that he would not have to visit the control bearing the initials of the orienteer who had questioned the organizers' brilliance - and, as all Billygoat devotees know, the most important rule is that the organizers "must be accorded the utmost respect, in view of, if nothing else, their advancing age."

Results of the club competition:

We thank Mette Tabur and Akina Yim for volunteering as event workers, and Tom Conklin of Grafton Lakes State Park for his support.

15.6 km, 315 m climb, 21 controls

1Fredrik DelåsUSMA1049:4495:35
2Gregory BalterHVO1051:54103:42
3Joe BrautigamWCOC1051:48109:40
4Peter GagarinNEOC-WM1053:15109:42
5Craig MurrayCNYO1656:42110:45
6Jeff SaegerNEOC1056:48116:07
7Piaras DeCleirHVO1059:42116:10
8Scott PlebanAOK/BFLO1656:44116:11
9Steve TarryNEOC-UNO259:09117:18
10Alar RuutopoldNEOC-UNO1957:23117:50
11Sandy StrippAOK1056:55118:02
12Gyula KarolyiDVOA/HVO1057:12118:40
13Urs HoferNEOC2057:10119:20
14J-J CotéRMOC1059:36119:30
14Charlie DeWeeseNEOC-WM1059:40119:30
16Peggy DickisonOK1059:47122:18
17Mitch CollinsworthCNYO1059:47125:31
18Dave McGrawNEOC164:03126:19
19Paul BennettHVO2064:15127:52
20Pavlina BrautigamWCOC1064:15128:50
21Pete BundschuhUNO1566:15130:35
22Mark DominieAOK260:35134:35
23Glen Brake1065:04139:09
24John PotterNEOC1670:15141:56
25Linda KohnROC2076:39144:16
26Ian TidswellHVO1069:57144:35
27Michael StrippCNYO168:32148:28
28Rick WornerROC1066:54150:16
29Paul BissetWCOC1676:47150:20
30Paul ReganHVO1676:35150:31
31Anne DentinoNEOC1073:49151:10
31Damon DouglasWCOC1176:28151:10
33Glen TrysonEMPO1072:33152:09
34Phil Hawkes-TeeterEMPO877:40153:31
35Bill JamesonEMPO273:28156:20
36Jim EagletonDVOA10160:39
37Dave CutlerHVO1578:18161:37
38Chris Johnson1680:42163:19
39Eric SmithCNYO2076:29163:49
40Sharon CrawfordNEOC1086:19164:03
41Peter GoodwinWCOC1683:04164:30
42Allmuth PerzelNEOC1683:07164:34
43James HendersonWCOC1683:13164:36
44Richard NietupskiWCOC1683:13164:38
45Laurie CollinsworthCNYO1576:54165:48
46Bob IrelandCNYO1075:39167:05
47Gail GagarinNEOC-WM1683:05168:25
48Steve DentinoNEOC1082:59168:41
49Rick DeWittWCOC79:34174:14
50Judy DickinsonHVO1689:20177:21
51Tom MoranROC1688:16178:42
52Guy OlsenHVO15184:30
53Olaf TaburNEOC1089:31196:32
54Steve FluegelWCOC16101:52199:09
55Larry BermanCSU1094:15199:17
55Sara Mae BermanCSU1094:15199:17
57Bernie StringerHVO6101:56199:59
58Steve StiblerHVO16101:51200:37
59Jon NashHVO16101:53200:59
60Cameron MurrayNEOC192:41203:07
61Lex BundschuhUNO20111:47205:45
62Eva RuutopoldNEOC-UNO20111:50205:46
63Mike DominieAOK1095:50206:16
64Barb DominieAOK1095:50209:48
Mary SmithCNYO10104:13210:04
Francis Hogle IIIDVOA993:25212:20
Robert BuraczynskiCNYO10113:27228:03
Anne BuraczynskiCNYO10113:27247:35
Daniel BedekerWCOC96:37*?
Ellen O'KeefeHVODNF
Donna HuttonDNF
Joe MokszyckiHVODNF
Cheryl MadsonNEOC-UNODNF
Valerie MurrayNEOCDNF
Travis deValingerDNF
Clinton MorseNEOCDNF
Ellen MorseNEOCDNF
Nicholas RosenstockHVODNF
David SodaroNEOCDNF
* did not hand in punch card

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