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Items of interest to New England orienteers

by Samantha Saeger

This summer was another orienteering adventure! I set off in June for an orienteering wedding in Yosemite followed by the North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) in BC, Canada. This was a milestone year for the US as we won the Björn Kjellström Cup for the first time since 1982. The cup is awarded to either the US or Canada, based on results in the male and female elite categories at the North American Orienteering Championships which are held every 2 years. The Cup is awarded to the country with the highest point total after the sprint, middle and long distance races. Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each M21+ and F21+ according to a points system similar to cross country scoring. I always love competing at NAOC with the rest of the US men and women. Unlike a WOC team where there are only 5 men and 5 women competing in a foreign country, the US team at NAOC can be larger and we are surrounded by our supporters. I’m proud to be a part of the team that won the trophy back - finally!

by Barb Bryant

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation invites public comment as it updates its plans for managing the Middlesex Fells. While it appears that NEOC and CSU will continue to be able to obtain permits for orienteering meets, the strong anti-off-trail-use language in the draft plan may hamper orienteers' ability to train informally.

Below is the letter that I wrote to the DCR in response to their request for public input; you have until March 30th 2011 to submit your own comments.

Keystone Capers, June 25-26, will be the first "A meet" to be located in Western PA in 30 years.

WPOC is offering two days of classic distance courses on new maps and in parks that have never hosted an "A meet" before. In addition, you can camp in a park with a beach, participate in the First Great College Orienteering Club Reunion, or visit some of the many tourist attractions in the vicinity of Pittsburgh.

Registration is open, for those who like to get things done early.

Discounted Early Registration is now open for the "O in the Oaks 2011" A-Meet to be held on April 15, 16, 17,  2011.  This event features the US Interscholastic Champs and the US Intercollegiate Champs.

You can go directly to the registration page, or for comprehensive information on the event, go to the meet web page.  The hills are green and the creeks are flowing.

The 7th Asian Winter Games proved to be a highly successful launching pad for the emerging sport of ski orienteering.  Read the full article at SportsFeatures.com.

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