The Flying Pig XIII            April 3-5, 2009

co-sponsored by Orienteering Cincinnati and Cincinnati Parks


            The Flying Pig is an annual, class "A" series of orienteering competitions hosted by Orienteering Cincinnati in late March or early April.  There are courses for all ages and abilities, and anyone is welcome to attend.  All 4 events are USOF “A” sanctioned!  The terrain is described in the Mapper's and Course Setter's Notes.  Event Director: Mike Minium.   Site Locator Maps

The Short Pig   IOF "Middle" Distance   Friday, April 3

            IOF Middle Distance "A" event at Mt. Airy Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Late afternoon start times (3 - 5 pm).  Shorter than standard courses, Middle distance has 30-35 minute estimated winning times.  There will be courses offered for all USOF standard age classes.


The Pig Sprint   United States Orienteering Teams Fundraiser Sprint      Saturday, April 4

            Very short race with 10-15 minute winning times.  Burnet Woods, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Sponsored by Get Lost!! Running, Racing  Course Setter: Vladimir Gusiatnikov.  3 courses: white/yellow, orange/brown/green, and red/blue.  Event revenue will support both the U.S. Senior and Junior Teams.  Part of the North American 2009 Sprint Series.


The Higgledy-Piggledy   United States Relay Championships      Saturday, April 4

            Mt. Airy Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mass Start event tentatively planned to start around 1 or 2 pm.  Relay points structure will be posted soon.  Course Setter: Matthew Robbins.  Information about relay rules and forming a relay team.  Each team must complete and submit a Team Entry Form  There will be a junior-junior relay for white course runners.  Bring the kids early for a free treasure hunt and games sponsored by Cincinnati Parks.


The Long Pig    IOF "Long" Distance Event   Sunday, April 5

            Mt. Airy Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Starts from 9 am - 11 am.

Courses and Classes

        All standard USOF competitive courses and classes will be offered. (See entry form).  All competitive entrants should pre-register.

        Recreational Courses will be offered on white, yellow, and orange for $5 for individuals, $10 for groups.  Advanced courses may be done "recreational" with permission of Event Director only.  Recreational entrants should register on site on the day of the event, at least 1 hour before the last start time.


    The Sport-Ident electronic punching system will be used for all competitive courses.  If you own an SI card, be sure to put your SI number on the registration form. Rental cards are available if you do not own one.  If you are unfamiliar with SportIdent, see: How to Use Electronic Punching.  SI-5 or SI-6 cards will work with all controls.  Recreational courses will use traditional manual punching.

    Maps will be custom printed for this event.
    Maps of areas previously used for orienteering are listed below and are available for $5.00 each.

Middle Distance Event
Map (Friday) will be 1:10,000 with 5 m contours.
Mappers: Minium & Gusiatnikov, 1999, from earlier work by Cheek, Sommer, and Meehan.
2009 updating by Minium.

U.S. Team / Junior Team Fundraiser Sprint 
Sprint map (Saturday) scale will be 1:4000 with 3 m contours.
Mappers: Alexei Redkozubov, 2001, updates by Mike Minium, 2007

U.S. Relay Champs & Long Course
Maps (Saturday and Sunday) will be  1:10,000 with 5 m contours. Jr/Jr relay will use a 1:5000 map.
Mappers: Zherdev (RUS), 2007.
2009 updating by Minium and Robbins. 

Existing maps available for sale:
McFarlan, 1999, 1:10,000

Existing maps available for sale:
Burnet Woods, 2007, 1:4000
may include a course from 2007 Pig Sprint

Existing maps available for sale:
Mt. Airy, 1993, 1:10,000
Mappers: Shtempler and Pantsyr (UKR)

Relay Information
    Information about relay rules and forming a relay team. Each team must complete and submit a Team Entry Form

Embargo Information
    The following areas may not be used for orienteering or orienteering training prior to Flying Pig XIII.
Mt Airy Forest, Cincinnati City Park, Cincinnati, Ohio.  ALL parts of the park are closed to orienteering training including the areas south of I-74 known locally as McFarlan Woods. Burnet Woods is also closed to orienteering training.

Model Event / Training Area
    Friday morning and early afternoon.  Details to be announced.

    Normal highs are around 60 F (15 - 16 C) and normal lows around 40 F (4 - 5 C).  Records for the period range from around 20 F (-7 C) to 86 F (30 C).  It normally rains about 1 day in 3 during early April.

    There will be first place awards in all classes each day.  U.S. Champion awards to the top 3 teams in the U.S. Relay Championships.  Awards to all participants in the Jr-Jr Relay.

    T-shirt will be offered.  T-shirt design

    Friday evening
   A scrumptious dinner will be prepared by Heather Poast, a local trail runner, adventure racer and orienteer who also provides healthy in-home meal services.  You don't want to miss this one!  Heather also provided the much-acclaimed Flying Pig dinner in 2008.  New:  Dinner will be followed by awards for The Short Pig, and also recognition for the winning students and school teams  in TROL, the Tristate Regional Orienteering League.  We also hope you will join us in welcoming Glen Schorr, the new Executive Director of the U.S. Orienteering Federation.    
    Whole wheat pasta w/ homemade sauce.  Both meatless vegetable and a meat sauce (made from local Black Angus ground beef) will be offered, Locally grown mixed greens w/ basil buttermilk dressing, Toasted garlic bread (made w/ Shadeau's bread, a local bakery in Cincinnati), Dessert to be announced.
    Prices: age -12: $8,   age 13-20: $10,   age 21+: $15.

U.S. Team Silent Auction
    Friday afternoon and evening.  Items will be available for viewing and bids at Maple Ridge Lodge during the competition and dinner hours.  Bidding will close near the end of dinner, and items may be picked up and paid for either that night or Saturday.  If you have anything you would like to donate to the auction, contact Linda Kohn,  Linda would appreciate knowing in advance so that she can prepare bidding forms & display space, but last minute donations on the spot are welcome too.  Donations of all varieties are welcome!  Clean out that basement!  Get rid of the Christmas gift that you got from your mother-in-law that you will never use! Baked goods are welcome from all of you great bakers out there! Recycle that used, but still working, small appliance…someone always needs a blender! Consider donating an entry to one of your clubs events!  What about those O shoes that are still good but you've outgrown?  And don't forget hat bottle of Chardonnay (that you don't really like) that would be someone's favorite!  Bring your donation on Friday or send it in with someone who is attending the event or dinner.  Everyone will have a chance to bid on items donated, the highest bid wins!

    Nearest campground is Miami-Whitewater Hamilton County Park, 15 miles west on I-74.  Click here for Lodging Information

Child Sitting
    Child sitting will be offered only during competition hours.  There may NOT be child sitting available at the Sprint Race on Saturday.  We will make every effort to accommodate parents with split start times, if requested.  Details and fees to be announced.  Saturday will NOT have heated indoor facilities for either Sprint or Relay.


    Site Locator Maps

    Public transit (bus) information

    Friday, McFarlan
        I-74, exit #14, North Bend Rd.  Go south on North Bend for 1.5 miles.  Turn left on Westwood Northern Blvd. for 1/2 mile.  Turn left into park to Maple Ridge Lodge.

    Saturday, Sprint
        Burnet Woods, Cincinnati, Ohio, details coming soon.

     Saturday Relay and Sunday, Mt. Airy.
             I-74, exit #18, Colerain Ave.  Go north on Colerain about 2 miles and turn left into Mt. Airy Forest.  Follow signs to starts.  Saturday Relay will start at Pine Ridge Area.  Sunday event start to be announced, probably Oak Ridge Area.  There may be a very large boy scout encampment in Mt Airy this weekend.  Please use extra caution on the roads.





    Last Day to register without late fee

March 14

11:59 pm

    Last Day to receive registration

March 27

11:59 pm

    Model Area / Training 

April 3


    Check-In open at Maple Ridge Lodge

April 3

2 - 6 pm

    Starts for The Short Pig

April 3

3 - 5 pm

    Dinner at Maple Ridge Lodge
    Middle Distance Awards

    Including the U.S. Team’s annual Silent Auction

April 3

6:30 pm

    Check-In open at Sprint – Burnet Woods

April 4

8 am ? - tbd

    Starts for Sprint – Burnet Woods

April 4

9 - 10  am

    Games and Treasure hunt for kids

    Mt Airy – Pine Ridge Area

April 4

11 am – 1 pm

    Check-in open at Mt. Airy, Pine Ridge

April 4

Noon ? tbd

    Relay team forms must be turned in

April 4

1:00 ? tbd

    Mass Start of Junior-Junior Relay

April 4

1:30 ? tbd

    Mass Start of US Relay Champs Leg 1

April 4

2 ? tbd

    Check-In open at Mt. Airy – Oak Ridge

April 5

8 am

    Starts for The Long Pig – Oak Ridge

April 5

9 - 11 am

    Long Course Awards

April 5


Entry Fees
    If you are not entering all 4 events, please clearly specify which events you are entering.  Please clearly print all information, especially your e-mail address.  Double check your USOF and SI numbers for accuracy!
    Entrants from outside the USA may e-mail entry information and then pay on arrival.  However, if you have previously registered for an OCIN "A" meet and then "no-showed" without giving us advance notice, then you must pay before your entry will be accepted.
    Entries must be received no later than March 27.  Late fee of $5 per event is required on entries postmarked after March 14.

competitive entry fees
(postmark before March 13)

entering any 1 event
(Middle, Relay, Long)

entering any 2 events
(Middle, Relay, Long)

entering all 3 events
(Middle, Relay and Long)

U S Team Sprint

adult age 21+




$10 minimum donation

adult age 21+
member of USOF, COF or IOF




$10 minimum donation

junior age -20




$5 minimum donation

junior age -20
member of USOF, COF, or IOF




$5 minimum donation

competitive group

$15 per adult
$10 per junior

$30 per adult
$20 per junior

$45 per adult
$25 per junior

$10 per adult minimum
$5 per junior minimum

    Recreational: $5 per individual, $10 per group, entry on day of event only.  (Recreational entrants are not eligible for awards and times are not recorded or posted).
    Sport-Ident e-card rental
            $6 for entire weekend.  Must sign agreement (at event check-in) to pay $40 for lost or damaged card.
    Preview Maps
            $5 each.  Specify which maps:  Mt Airy Forest 1:10,000; McFarlan Woods 1:10,000, Burnet Woods 1:5000
            $8 age-12;   $10, age 13-20;   $15, age 21+

    Printable entry form


Entry Form (printable version)

Relay Team Entry Form

Location Maps

Lodging Information

Public transit (bus) information

Course and Map Notes

T-shirt design

Start List / List of Entrants

USOF Membership Form

How to Use Electronic Punching

OCIN Schedule Page


updated 1:40 PM  03/31/2009