Organizer: Jackie Bonn (Event Director)
Update: Start location will be at Lundbom Lake East rec Site. Follow signs for Lundbom Lake. There will be orienteering signs along the way.
The LAZY LUNDBOM is an event not to be missed which can be completed on bike or foot or both. Plan and follow a route on foot/bike to as many of the 35 checkpoints marked on the map as you can in your chosen time limit. Go for 4 hours, 7 hours, or the full 10 hours.
- Sunday, June 30 - There will be a 10-hour navigation race, with 4-hour and 7-hour event options (foot or mtn bike or both)
You can enter go solo or go in a team of 2-5 people. There will be two start times for the 4 hour event: 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 30th
6:00-7:00 AM Check-in/registration
7:00 AM Map issue and briefing for 4-hour early, 7-hour, and 10-hour participants
8:15 AM Pre-start briefing
8:30 AM Start
12:30 AM Map issue and briefing for 4-hour later participants
12:30 AM Finish for 4-hour early participants
1:15 PM Pre-start briefing for 4-hour later participants
1:30 PM Start for 4-hour later participants
3:30 PM 7-hour finish
5:30 PM 4-hour later finish
6:30 PM 10-hour finish and course closes
7:00 PM Awards/food
No team will be allowed to compete in this event unless all members of the team have read and signed the liability waiver.
Flora and Fauna:
There are a lot of deer, a few moose and bears in the area. The hot weather has probably moved the bears to higher elevations but still be bear aware. The main hazard on the lower part of the map is the prickly-pear cactus. This low-growing cactus can cause considerable pain if it gets imbedded in your leg (or any other part of your anatomy). Leg protection (gaitors at least) is recommended because of this cactus, rose bushes in the gullies and, most of all, the sharp grass seeds (these are a real nuisance) on the course. There is a chance (but a very remote chance) of seeing a rattlesnake at the lower elevations on the southwestern edges of the map sheet. There are a few mosquitos and black flies out there, but nothing that requires any special action at this time of the year.
Event organizers have made every effort to insure map accuracy, but remember that this is a rogaine map... not an orienteering map....so don't expect the kind of detail you would get on an orienteering map. The 100 foot contour lines are very broad but generally quite accurate while the vegetation boundaries are vague in places and some small patches oftrees....mainly young deciduous...are not shown at all on the map. Also, please note that most, but not all fences, have been shown...and the accuracy of their location is quite good in the open range areas but much less certain in the forests. Please leave gates as you find them, try not to spook any cattle you come across and when crossing fences pass under the lower wire, on the ground, or between the wires if the strands are loose enough....DO NOT CLIMB ON THE WIRES!!
No score card will be used for this event as all punching is done with the sport-Ident electronic system ...so every team member should have either a card 6 or a card 9 which will allow for approximately 65 punches. Card 6's are available for rent at registration.
CONTROLS & PUNCHING:
There are 35 controls in total on the map. After you punch the control unit...located on an aluminum post... sign in on the intention sheet (should be nailed to a nearby tree or lying close to the control) with your team number, the time (use the 24 hour system) and indicate the next control you plan to visit. There will be a start punch, due to the mass start, but there will be a finish punch. Each team should carry at least one pen or pencil with them to use on the intention sheets in case the one at the control is broken or missing.
- Each team must have bottles or other containers able to carry at least 0.5 liters of water per team member
- Each participant must carry a whistle for signaling in case of emergency (three short blasts)
- Each team must have a compass
- Each team must have a watch (or other time-telling device)
- Each team must carry a writing utensil (pencil works best) to mark the checkpoint intention sheets
- Each team must carry enough emergency blankets (mylar or tyvek wrap or similar) to provide emergency shelter for the entire team
- Each individual should have clothing appropriate to the weather, accounting for the possibility of injury or exhaustion
The above list is not meant to be comprehensive. Participants will want to carry other gear (for example, an emergency headlamp, additional water carrying capacity, food), as they determine necessary.
Rules for Navigation Race:
International rules of rogaining will apply with a few exceptions:
- Solo participants are allowed (exception to IRF rule B1)
- All team members must go to each checkpoint visited by the team, meaning all must simultaneously approach within 20 meters (IRF rule B15)
- All participants are required to respond to a distress signal and to assist a competitor who is injured and needs assistance (elaboration on IRF rule B30)
- All participants are responsible for their own safety while they participate, and participants should make themselves aware of the hazards associated with traffic, weather, rugged terrain, livestock, health risks of extreme exertion, equipment malfunction, and remoteness from emergency assistance
- Except in case of emergency, all participants must check in with event staff before leaving the area; in case of emergency, an evacuated participant or his/her team members should notify event staff of the situation as soon as possible after attending to the emergency
- Points will be deducted from the scores of late returning teams, and the per-minute point penalty will be announced at the event; teams finishing more than 40 minutes late will receive a score of zero (exception to IRF rule B27)
- Points may be deducted from the scores of teams that repeatedly fail to record their visits on the checkpoint log sheets (up to 10 point deduction per checkpoint is possible)
- A team may be assessed point penalties or be disqualified, at the discretion of the organizer, for infringing these rules (modification of IRF rule B23)
- Competitors may travel on foot or bicycle (exception to IRF rule B9)
- Minimum age for a participant not accompanied by an adult is 16 in the 7-hour and longer events, and 14 in the 4-hour event (exception to IRF rule B2)
- GPS devices and altimeters (such as GPS tracking watches) may be carried on the course (to allow tracking analysis afterward) but not used for navigation by teams competing for an official result and awards. (exception to IRF rule B7)
- Teams that wish to use additional navigation aids are welcome to do so if they notify the organizer, but their results will be listed separately and they may not be considered for awards (exception to IRF rule B7)
- Following another team is allowed if consent is secured from the followed team (exception to IRF rule B12)
LATE PENALTY: The late penalty for all events is 10 points per minute or part thereof.
Drinking water will be available at or near several checkpoints on the course. It will also be provided at the start/finish area. Participants should have enough water carrying capacity to go for 3-4 hours between refills, and since there is no potable water source onsite, each person should bring enough water with them to take care of their needs during the event.
It can be hot (30+ C (86+ F)) so be sure to plan regular stops at these stations. There are no cups at these stations so fill your water bottles...but please don't waste the water.
The average high for Merrit on June 29 is 26 degrees Celsius, and the average low is 10 degrees Celsius. June is an low average month for precipitation in this semi-arid location. BRING WATER.
Begin just E of Merritt where the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97C) turns off the Coquihalla Freeway (HWY 5). 0.0 km is at the traffic light as you start up the hill towards Kelowna, and all distances are measured from that point:..I): at 9.0 km tum left off the freeway onto Lundbom Lake road (there will be a sign);...2) at 9.3 km, keep left on gravel road;...3) at 12.9 km, keep left along Lundbom Lake;...4) go to 2nd rec site on east side of lake
Motels and Camping
There are motel and camping options in Merritt. There is camping at Lundbom Lake as it is a forest rec site, but being a long weekend it could be primitive. There will be no designated camping at the event start. However the event will start at a forest rec site camping area. There is a lake but no running water, so plan to bring your own water.