Mass Start at 12pm.
Finish by 3pm.
25 control Score-O, exciting new B-I-N-G-O Format in The Badlands.
Racers will have two options to choose from.
Both options will use the same map 1:7500 consisting of 5 small sections with 5 controls in each section totaling 25 controls. See visual example below.
1) 25 control all optional Score-O Sprint ~6km
2) 25 control Score-O Sprint B-I-N-G-O ~3km up to ~16km potentially (1 control in each section will secretly be assigned a letter)
Where: Island Lake Rec Area, Brighton, MI - Spring Mill Pond
How it works: B-I-N-G-O racers will choose their own route & punch 1 unique control - per section - per lap in attempt to play the classic game while orienteering. Yes, 1 unique control - per section - per lap! Each ~3km lap will consist of punching 5 total controls (1 in each section) before returning to the S/F area each time. 1 control in each section will be assigned a letter for B-I-N-G-O that will be hidden to racers until they return to the S/F area to see their results and the leaderboard! Each lap that a racer doesn't complete B-I-N-G-O, they will recharge back at the S/F with refreshments/fuel while getting encouragement from spectators before they must then go back out on the course for another lap! Racers will need to keep track of previously punched controls, while punching a new unique control in each section each lap. Thus racers could complete B-I-N-G-O in as few as 1 lap (inconceivable!) to as many as 5 laps (groan!)
Why: This format is inspired by the Barkley Marathon, combined with a Sprint Event feeling. Also due to potential upcoming private entity firm reclaiming the Badlands, it's unknown how much longer they will remain in their current state. So this gets you as much of the Badlands as you will ever want to remember before it changes for good! How few laps will it take? Can you persevere? The first person/team to complete B-I-N-G-O in the fastest total time (clock time) will win a prize (TBD)
Who: Singles or Teams (in any amount up to 5) as an alternating lap relay. Teams are welcome to run this event as a relay, passing off the control stick each lap.
What if it becomes too much for me: You can drop to the Score-O option 1 at any point and anyone that gets more than 1 control per section or more/less than 5 controls per lap will automatically be dropped to the Score-O sprint option 1.
Should I attempt option 2: Anyone can give it a try, if you aren't speedy, don't worry 3 hours is a long time and walkers should be able to get at least 3 laps in. You could get lucky or it's possible you may not complete the challenge but still have a heck of endurance experience!
FAQ: Once I get a letter, can I not go back to that section, clearing it? No, you will visit each section each lap. How will I know what I got? When you return to S/F, we will advise you which letters achieved. You'll need to remember, or write on your maps accordingly, bring a pen! We'll also have a whiteboard as a leaderboard so you can see each time you return to the S/F where you stand. Do I always get 5 controls each lap? Yes, you always get 5 unique controls per lap. This means you will get at least 5 and as many as all 25.
Food: Let's party while we wait for demolition on the course. TBD grilling out! :)