This was my first solo night orienteering event and it was a little intimidating. (A bit of background for those of you who don't know me... I'm not a huge fan of the dark... my Mom would say that's an understatement... I grew up in a house 100 meters from my grandparents and if I happen to be visiting them after dark, I would sprint home in sheer terror... a normal run might be 50 pace count steps but I probably only took 15!... P.S. I lived out in the middle of nowhere, miles up a dirt road, in the White Mountains where I often woke up to bear in my backyard!) With all that being said, I did ok in the race! I only got super lost once and it was not fun... turns out it is way harder to re-orient yourself in the dark. I ended up walking south because I knew I would eventually hit water and be able get oriented...thankfully logic set in instead of panic!!!
Seeing the finish was definitely a relief! The last leg was a fun sprint along the grass to a bunch of Christmas lights that lined the finish...wahoo! Luckily I was able to capture this fun finish in a pre-race handstand. Thank you to my photographer who not only captured the race clock time at 5:13 like I requested, because 3 is my favorite number, but also happened to catch it at 5:13:33... great timing!!! 5:13 was also exactly 30 minutes before my start time... most people were running and warming up for their race, I was taking handstand pictures:)
~Night-O Finish Line Handstand