It's Friday morning and the 2-meter event will begin soon. Competitors' ARDF sets are impounded as hunters gather in the starting area. They get their sets back ten minutes before start time but cannot turn them on until the set out and get to the end of the start corridor.
It is five minutes before the starting whistle for these three competitors, all in different age/gender categories. They are Vadim Afonkin, Michael Bayern W2CVZ, and Mike Urich KA5CVH.
Vadim Afonkin is running through the 2m start corridor. He will find all five foxes and have the best (shortest) start-to-finish time this day.
Jay Hennigan WB6RDV in the 2m start corridor on his way to a silver medal in M50 category. Note the map board, made from a discarded political campaign sign.
Jen Harker W5JEN was official starter on both competition days. Waiting to start (l to r) are Valeri Georgiev, Randy Friesenhahn KA5IIA and Dick Arnett WB4SUV.
Nadia Scharlau in the starting corridor. She will win gold medals on both days.
Harley Leach KI7XF wore this timer to keep track of which transmitter is on the air and how long before transmission changes.
April Moell WA6OPS has medical supplies ready at the 2m finish area. Ardee Fox and friends are keeping watch over them.
Valeri Guerguiev, a visitor from Montreal, Quebec, comes through the corridor toward the 2m finish with the best time in M40.
April Moell WA6OPS had cooling cloths and electrolyte replacement drinks ready for the competitors as they finished. Jay Hennigan has just come in after a silver medal winning run in M50 on 2m.
Matthew Robbins AA9YH is happy as he approaches the 2m finish. He has earned a bronze medal in M40.
Mike Urich KA5CVH approaches the 2m finish line in his first national championships, taking fourth place in M50.
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