US Masters Orienteering Championships
Orienteering USA 2-Day National Ranking Event
Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT
Oct 8-9, 2022
Preliminary Information and Invitation
The New England Orienteering Club (NEOC) invites you to compete October 8th and 9th, 2022 at the US Master’s Orienteering Championships (Masters) on an all-new orienteering map of Bigelow Hollow State Park & Nipmuck State Forest.
Our top priority is to offer two days of fair & fun orienteering. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve all gotten used to taking reasonable and prudent measures to safeguard public health and the health and safety of meet staff and participants. We will remain compliant with all relevant public health guidelines (federal, state, local) and Orienteering USA guidance. And, we recognize this may change until the last minute.
Organizer & Key Personnel
|Course Setter:||Bridget Hall|
Classic format national ranking event, with two-day combined time championships.
We will offer OUSA standard courses and age classes. Winning time estimates: Blue (70-80min), Red (60-75min), Green (45-55min), Brown (40-50min), Orange (35-50min), Yellow (25-40min), White (20- 30min). The maximum time allowed on course is 3 hours.
General map of the region
The competition will be held at Bigelow Hollow State Park & Nipmuck State Forest, Union, CT, located 35 miles (40 minute drive) NE of Hartford. It is 70 miles (75 minute drive) out of Boston.
The entirety of Bigelow Hollow State Park is embargoed to competitors starting in February 2022. Areas of Nipmuck State Forest immediately adjacent to Bigelow Hollow (the “Breakneck Block” of Nipmuck SF) are also embargoed. Any violations of the embargo (deliberate or inadvertent) should be brought to the Event Director’s attention for adjudication.
We will continue to adapt to current public health directives and OUSA COVID recommendations. We’ll communicate updates online and with registered competitors. As of this time (June 2022), we plan on:
- No carpooling or shuttles to start.
- No packet pickup. We are foregoing race numbers. Event information will be available via PDF and the website. Control descriptions (“cluesheets”) will be printed on the maps and distributed via PDF if you are interested in pre-printing.
- No childcare services offered. We will provide those with small children or special needs appropriate start time flexibility.
- No results displays. Expect a local WiFi where you can get real-time results from your phone. You are likely to get an email with your splits, rather than a print-out.
- No beginner instruction offered. Although we welcome national event newcomers and will offer recreational White, Yellow and Orange courses, newcomer instruction is not a staff focus. We will make reasonable accommodations for competitors to introduce the sport to friends or family.
- Yes, water on courses and post-race refreshments.
- Yes, event dinner/social. We are celebrating NEOC’s 50th Anniversary, after all.
US citizens and US permanent lawful residents who are OUSA members in all age groups 35+ are eligible for US Masters Championship medals. Pre-registration also required. Since it is a combined time, two- day championship, medal eligibility requires running the same class both days.