Flying Pig XIX

March 27-29, 2015

including the

2015 U.S. National Orienteering Championships

Sprint – Middle - Long



Morehead State University

Outdoor Adventures

Morehead Tourism





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Who’s Registered

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All information is subject to change.

Director: Mike Minium                                     Registrar: Guy Olsen

Course Setters: Mike Minium, Stephanie Ross, Ben Hart


Overview   Orienteering Cincinnati will host 3 races over 3 days.  Races will have courses for all ages and abilities and will be open to anyone.  The U.S. Individual Championships will include a Sprint distance race at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, then Long and Middle distance races at Carter Caves State Park near Olive Hill, Kentucky.  This weekend will also include the selection races for the teams that will represent the USA at the 2015 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) and Junior World Championships (JWOC).


The Races   All 3 races are “A” Sanctioned by Orienteering USA.  All normal “A” categories will be offered.

            Friday, March 27 – U.S. Sprint Championships “A” Meet. 1:4000 map of Morehead State University.

            Saturday, March 28 – U.S. Long Championships “A” Meet. 1:10,000 map of Carter Caves State Park and Tygarts State Forest.

            Sunday, March 29 – U.S. Middle Championships “A” Meet. 1:10,000 map of Carter Caves State Park

            Go to Race Details for more information about each race.


U.S. Air Force JROTC Championships   The Saturday and Sunday races will be the Air Force JROTC Championships for 2015, with awards to qualifying cadets (individual and team) from Air Force JROTC programs.  Scores from both days will be combined.  Cadets should enter AF Junior Varsity or Varsity classes for the Saturday and Sunday events.  AF classes will not be offered on Friday – cadets should enter a regular age class if participating on Friday.  Contact Col. Edgar Paul for more information.


Courses and Classes

            Competitive   All standard OUSA competitive courses and classes will be offered.  Competitive entrants must pre-register.

            Recreational   Recreational Courses will be offered on white, yellow, and orange level courses at all events, for $10 per adult, $5 per child.  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.


Awards   U.S. Champion awards will be given to the top three eligible individuals in each race.   Flying Pig medals will be given to the first three individual finishers in all other categories, plus any ineligible orienteers finishing in the top 3 places in championship categories.


Team Selection races for WOC and JWOC   If you want to try out for the U.S. Teams for World and Junior World Championships, contact the appropriate team Executive Steering Committee for more information, to be sure that you qualify and that you register for the correct courses.


Embargo Information   The following areas may not be used for orienteering or orienteering training prior to these championships:

            1.  Carter Caves State Park and Tygarts State Forest is off limits.  You may use the lodge, cabins, campground, golf course, visitor center and underground cave tours starting from the visitor center, entering the park via the main entrance on Kentucky route 82 only.  You may not go on any non-paved roads, trails, or off-trail.

            2.  Morehead State University and any portion of Daniel Boone National Forest within 1 mile (1.6 km) of the Morehead Campus. 


Practice / Training Area   A practice area will be open during the week of the event.

Safety   All competitors must carry a whistle and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Breakfast Buffets   Carter Caves State Park Lodge offers a full breakfast buffet Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, 7-10 am.  You can also order off the menu.  Cost is $7.99 adults, $4.99 kids, not including drink ($1.99).  Lunch hours in the restaurant are 11:30 – 2 and dinner hours are 5 to 8.

Friday afternoon – Morehead State Ourtdoor Adventures high ropes challenge course   The high ropes course near the finish will be open for a $5 per person participation fee, paid to MSU Outdoor Adventures.  The course will be open from 4 to 6 pm, and as long after 6 as sufficient participation makes it worthwhile for Outdoor Adventures to keep staff on the course.  A separate waiver form is required, youth will need a parent or guardian signature.

Friday evening Cave Tours   We are offering ranger-guided tours of X Cave Friday evening.  Tours will begin at 7 pm and 8 pm, last about 45 minutes, and have a limit of 35 persons each.  $7 adults and $4 children by pre-registration.  (Allow at least 45 minutes travel time from Morehead).  In the event that both tours fill up, an additional tour will be added on Saturday afternoon.  Your tour times will be assigned at check-in on Friday.

Friday evening Dinner at the Park Lodge   The park has reduced the price on its Friday night buffet to $13.99 and included some great vegetarian and health-conscious selections to accommodate event participants.  Here is some of what will be featured on the Friday night buffet (open to the public):  Dinner hours are 5 pm to 9 pm.  Dinner hours extended from 8 pm until 9 pm just for us!

Soup & Salad Bar

BBQ Chicken

Catfish & Hush Puppies

Portabella Mushroom Stroganoff

Green Beans

Mashed Potatoes

Yellow Squash

Several Desserts

Lunch Sandwiches Saturday and Sunday   The Orienteering USA Junior Team will be providing sandwiches, available for purchase by pre-order when you register.  Choices will be ham, turkey, or vegetarian, with or without cheese.  All sandwiches are $5.  Condiments such as mustard and mayo will be available for your use.

Saturday afternoon activities

            Junior training activities Saturday afternoon.  This may include both course review, discussion, and in-the-woods activity.


            “Crossroads Fun-O”.  Junior team fundraiser, participation by donation.  Think you are good at keeping your map oriented to the terrain?  Think again; this short fun course will befuddle your brain.  We may offer this again on Sunday.


            Ranger guided nature hike will also be offered for all ages at 4 pm.   This is a 75 minute hike, plus a short bus ride leaving from the lodge.  One of the park’s most scenic trails passes unusual geologic features, including the Cascade natural bridge, the Box Canyon and the wind tunnel. This trail is hilly and fairly difficult. The trail is 0.8 miles long.  Cost will be around $5, limited to 60 participants.  There will be a shuttle bus from the lodge to the start of the tour, or you may drive your own vehicle (limited parking, 15 minute drive) to the hike starting point at the Cascade area (Exit the main park entrance, go south on 182 and west on 209).  Please check at registration for shuttle departure time!


            Orienteering USA Board of Directors meets from 3:00 to 5:30 at the park lodge.


Saturday evening Dinner   Carter Caves State Park lodge.  Guest lecturer Kentucky Bat Biologist Brooke Hines will tell us about bats and the caves. 

Menu: Tossed Garden Salad, Lasagna (meat), Pesto Linguine (vegetarian), Garlic Bread, Choice of 2 Desserts, Drink

Child Sitting    We will accommodate parents with split start times if requested.  Please let us know as early as possible if you have children who will need tending during the events, and we will try to help you work out an appropriate arrangement.


     Carter Caves State Park  28 lodge rooms are $69.95 each (Two are pet friendly for $25 additional fee), 11 cabins are $159.95 each for up to 8 people (10 have 4 queen beds, 1 has 4 double beds).  Call the park directly at (800) 325-0059 or (606) 286-4411 and mention “ Flying Pig Orienteering” to get special rates.  (Prices are before a $2 state park fee and taxes)  ALL of the lodge rooms and cabins are reserved for our group.  You will not be able to reserve rooms or cabins through the online system because they are all blocked for our group and must be reserved by telephone.  There is also a campground (59 spaces with electric and water, 30 tent sites without hookups, 8 pull-thru horse camping sites).   Campground does not officially open for reservations until April 1, but it is “open” for camping.  Depending on weather, campsite water and sewage hookups may not be turned on, but there will be at least one bath house open.

     Greenbo Lake State Resort Park  has a beautiful 36 room lodge and is a scenic 32 mile (50 minute) drive east of Carter Caves.

     Choice Hotels  Follow link, then be sure to select “Special Rate / Corp ID” from the drop down menu under “Best Available Rate”, and enter the OUSA code 00228560 to get discount rates at Quality Inn in Grayson and Comfort Inn in Morehead.

      Grayson (12 miles east of Carter Caves) has Quality Inn (Use Choice link above), Super 8, Days Inn, and Guesthouse Inn and Suites.

      Olive Hill (closest to Carter Caves) has a small motel called Spanish Manor Inn.  From the outside, it looks like it could use a little TLC, but it is rated highly on Trip Advisor.  John Hunt Morgan B&B is another Olive Hill option.

       Morehead / Rowan County Tourism This site links to Comfort Inn (Use Choice link above), Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Mountain Lodge, and Super 8.  This site also lists cabin and camping options, including Cave Run Lake south of Morehead.  There is also a Red Roof Inn in Morehead but it isn’t linked from the tourism website.  Morehead is about 30 miles (40 minutes) west of Carter caves via I 64.

     Junior Cabin – We have two cabins reserved for older male and female juniors who will be traveling without family members or would just like to stay with other juniors.  Spaces will be reservable thru pre-registration.  More details soon.


Transportation    This is rural eastern Kentucky.  It will take longer to get there than you expect!

   From Cincinnati Airport to Morehead: 110 miles or about 2 hours via KY 9, 11, 32.  150 miles or about 2:15 via I-75 and I-64.

   From Carter Caves to Cincinnati Airport 125 miles or 2:20 via KY 2 and 9, 160 miles via I-64 and I-75, about 2:30.

   These estimates assume good weather and good traffic flow, which are not always a given, especially on Hwy 9 route choices.

   location map


Tourist Activities and Local Information    Links coming soon.






    Last Day to register without late fee.

Sun. Mar. 1

11:59 pm

    Last Day to receive registration

Sat. Mar. 14

11:59 pm

    Practice / Training area

Thu. Mar. 26

All day

    Practice / Training area

Fri. Mar. 27

All day

    Check-In open at Morehead State University

Mar. 27

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Starts (Sprint) at Morehead State University

Mar. 27

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Ranger guided Cave Tours of X Cave

Mar. 27

7 and 8 pm

    Friday evening check-in at Carter Caves State Park Lodge

Mar. 27

9:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    Check-In open at Carter Caves State Park

Sat. Mar. 28

9:00 am to Noon

    Starts (Long) at Carter Caves

Mar. 28

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Ranger guided Nature Hike

Mar. 28

4:00 pm

    Junior Fundraiser Activities – “Crossroads” Fun-O”

Mar. 28


    Orienteering USA Board of Directors Meeting

Mar. 28

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

    Dinner / Speaker at Carter Caves State Park Lodge

    Awards (Sprint and Long)

Mar. 28

7:00 pm

    Check-In open at Carter Caves

Sun. Mar. 29

8:00 am to 10:00 am

    Starts (Middle) at Carter Caves

Mar. 29

9:00 am to Noon

    Awards (Middle)

Mar. 29

2:00 pm or earlier


Registration      Register online


  Registrar  Guy Olsen ( ,

       Guy Olsen

       17 Gladding Rd

       Caldwell NJ 07006-5804

   Checks payable to OCIN

   Any mail to Registrar must be received by Friday, March 13


Any late mail after March 13 must go to:

            Mike Minium,

            6797 Stillwell Beckett Rd

            Oxford, OH 45056-8870


Competitive entry fees
(on or before Sunday, March 1)

Entry per race

(entering 1 or 2 races)

Entering all 3 events

Adult age 21+



Adult age 21+
member of USOF, COF, or IOF



Junior age -20



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



Junior age -20

with TROL season pass




** TROL members must enter on or before March 1 to get $5 entry.  Normal $10 per race late fees apply after March 1.


Late fee

    $10 per race late fee for any entry received after March 1. ($30 for all 3 events).  Reminder that anything sent by mail MUST arrive by Monday, March 13.


Recreational Courses

   $10 per adult, $5 per child, (White, yellow and orange courses only)  (Recreational entrants are not eligible for awards).


Sport-Ident e-card rental
   $2 per race.
  Must sign agreement (at event check-in) to pay $45 for lost or damaged card.  All entrants must use a SportIdent card.  All cards except flat cards should work.


Preview Maps

    These races are on brand new maps of areas not previously used for orienteering, so no preview maps are available.  The area is different enough from most other OCIN terrain that we do not feel offering any of our other maps would be beneficial.


T shirts

    Long or short sleeve, black all-cotton shirts will be offered.  See the shirt design .  Order by March 1 to guarantee size.

    $12 for short sleeve, $16 for long sleeve.  Adult sizes: S, M, L, XL.  $2 extra for XXL.  Youth sizes: S, M, L


Lunch Sandwiches (Sat and Sun)

    All sandwiches are $5 and will be made with wheat bread.  Choices are turkey or ham or vegetarian, with or without provolone cheese.  Condiments such as mayo and mustard will be available for self-application.  Sandwich sales benefit the OUSA junior team


Saturday Dinner

    Banquet at Carter Caves State Park Lodge.  Featured speaker: Bat Biologist Brooke Hines.  Children age -12 are $10, Adults 13+ are $16



    Full refund will be given if requested on or before March 13, less the fees for any preview maps or other materials already sent.  No refunds after March 13, unless an exception is granted by the event director.


Joel Rauschenbach Memorial Junior Fund
      The Joel Rauschenbach Memorial Junior Fund provides grants to help develop youth orienteering in the Greater Cincinnati area and to assist area youth in traveling to national and international competitions.  As you register for these events, you will have the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to this fund if desired. 
Joel Rauschenbach Memorial Pages  Your donations help young orienteers.  See some of their stories and photos.


Registrar  Guy Olsen ( ,

       Guy Olsen

       17 Gladding Rd

       Caldwell NJ 07006-5804

   Checks payable to OCIN

   Any mail to Registrar must be received by Mar. 13.


Any late mail after March 13 must go to:

            Mike Minium,

            6797 Stillwell Beckett Rd

            Oxford, OH 45056-8870

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