Flying Pig XXI      April 7-9, 2017

including the

2017 U.S. Night Orienteering Championships


This page has been updated in the Event Packet.  In the event of disagreement between details below and details in the packet page, the packet should be regarded as correct.


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Director: Mike Minium                                     Registrar: Guy Olsen


The Races   All 4 races are “A” Sanctioned by Orienteering USA.  All races will have all normal “A” categories for people of all ages.


            Friday, April 7 – Eagle Creek East - National “A” Meet. 1:10,000 map, Indianapolis, Indiana

            Friday, April 7 – Eagle Creek East - U.S. Night Orienteering Championships. 1:10,000 map, Indianapolis

            Saturday April 8 – Long Distance - National “A” Meet, 1:10,000 map of Yellowwood State Forest., Belmont, Indiana

            Sunday April 9 – 2-stage Sprint - National “A” Meet, 1:5000 and 1:4000 maps, Columbus, IndianaRead this page first.  The links below are intended for your convenience AFTER you are familiar with the overall event information.


Race Details



            Friday Middle and Night maps will be 1:10,000 and printed on 11x17 or 12x18, portrait orientation.

            Saturday Long map will be 1:10,000 and printed on 11x17 or 12x18, portrait orientation.

            Sunday Urban Sprint will be 1:4000 scale and printed on be 8.5 x 11, landscape orientation.

            Sunday Park Sprint will be 1:5000 scale and printed on 8.5 x 14, portrait orientation.



            All standard USA courses and classes will be offered.


Practice Area

            Practice area maps will be available at the (to be determined) 


Control Descriptions

            Control descriptions are printed on your map.  Loose description sheets may be picked up when you enter the call-up area 2-3 minutes before your start.   Descriptions for white and yellow courses are in English only.  Descriptions for orange course and above are in IOF symbols only (ISCD2004).


Control Markers

            Control markers will be IOF standard orange and white flag.  Control markers used in the Saturday and Sunday competitions will have a blue stripe.  Markers used in the practice areas and Friday competition may not have the blue stripe.


Time Limits

            Time limit will be 3 hours for the Night Championships (Friday) and the Long Course (Saturday); 2 hours for the Middle Distance (Friday); and 1 hour for each of the Sprint distance courses (Sunday).


Start Procedures

            Clear and check your SI card when you arrive in the start area.

            You will be called up 3 minutes before your scheduled start.

            2 minutes before your start, you will move forward and may pick up loose control descriptions.

            1 minute before your start, you will move forward to the map line.  You may mark your name / number on the back of the map.  Do not look at your map.  You may ask the starter to check that it is the correct course.

            When the beeper sounds, you punch “start” and pick up your map.

            There may be a short streamered run to the start triangle shown on your map (to be determined).  You must run to the triangle.  There is a flag but no punch at this point.  At this point you may begin navigating to your first control.


Drinking Water on Courses

            There will be at least one control with drinking water on all courses of orange length and above on Friday and Saturday.  Please use the cups provided and dispose of them in the bag or bin provided.  There will not be drinking water on the Sunday sprint courses


Map History

            Eagle Creek Park (Friday) was mapped in ...   There has been extensive updating by Rob and Aidan Minto in 2017.

            Yellowwood State Forest (Saturday) was mapped in ...  There has been extensive updating by Mike Minium, Rob Minto, and others.

            Columbus Riverfront (Sunday) was mapped in December, 2016 by Vladimir Zherdev.  This will be the first use of this map.

            Columbus Downtown (Sunday) was mapped in Jan-Feb, 2017 by Mike Minium.  This will be the first use of this map.


Natural Hazards

            Ticks may be starting to emerge.  Use repellant and check yourself carefully and repeatedly.

            Thorny vegetation including greenbriar and multiflora rose is found in some areas.  A couple of tree species including honey locust and osage orange have long and very sharp thorns.

            Animals are not generally a threat.  Small mammals such as skunk, opossum, raccoon, groundhog, and coyote will generally avoid you, but could bite or scratch if threatened.  Beaver have been active near ponds and larger streams, leaving short, sharpened stumps which could be a hazard.  Deer panic and run from orienteers, but they run blindly and can crash into people.  If you see or hear a deer running toward you, shout and wave arms to divert it.  Collisions between panicked deer and orienteers are rare, but have happened and can result in injury.

            Any snakes you see are probably non-venomous, but can still inflict a painful bite with risk of infection.  There is a very slight possibility of copperhead or timber rattlesnake in the Yellowwood area, but it is early for them to be out of hibernation unless the weather is unseasonably warm.


Course Length / Climb/ Controls Table

            Course lengths are subject to change.


Course Name

Normal OUSA age classes








Sprint 1


Sprint 2



dist km / climb m

dist km / climb m

dist km / climb m

dist km / climb m

dist km / climb m

1 (white)

M-10, M-12

F-10, F-12

M open     F open

Group open

2.6 / 35

2.6 / 40

2.5 / 105



2 (yellow)

F-14   M-14

M open     F open

Group open

2.7 / 45

2.9 / 35

3.5 / 165



3 (orange)

F-16  M-16

M open     F open

Group open

4.1 / 55

4.5 / 90

4.3 / 230



4 (brown)

M65+, M70+, M75+

F55 +, F60+, F65+

F70+, F75+   F-18

M open     F open

3.5 / 50

4.3 / 65

3.8 / 205



5 (green)

M50+, M55+, M60+

M-18   F35+, F40+

F-20   F45+, F50+

M open     F open

4.0 / 80

6.5 / 105

6.1 / 400



6 (red)

M35+, M40+, M45+

F-21+   M-20

M open

5.2 / 95

8.1 / 145

8.7 / 585



7 (blue)



6.0 / 100

11.2 / 160

11.1 / 790





Friday, April 7, 2017

    Eagle Creek East


    Course Setter                   Rob Minto

    Vetters                               Aidan Minto, Brenda Blacklock

    Course Consultant           Don Davis


    Registration / Check-In

            Packet pickup will be available at Eagle Creek beginning at 2 pm.  update – we must use the 56th Street entrance, not 71st Street as originally announced.  Route will be signed from the 56th Street entrance.



            We will have Eagle Creek Park, the site of Friday's Middle and Night-O races to ourselves on Friday night but the gate will likely close to entry at 9:00 pm.  Please make your travel plans accordingly.  Ample paved parking at Shelter A. 


    Walk to the start

            Walk from parking to start (both middle and night):   less than 500 meters, flagged along the road west from Shelter A

            walk from finish to parking:   minimal



            The map will be 1:10,000 with 2.5 meter contours.



            Park restrooms are open near parking and the start. 


    Warm up

            You may warm up in the open area south of the road along the first part of the walk to the start.  Please stay out of the forest.


    Clothing return

            The start will be close to parking.  Plan to leave warmups at your vehicle or pick them up at the start area.


    Safety Bearing

            Go south to 56th Street.  There is a lake to the west and an interstate highway to the east.


    Map Notes

            In general, this is a very flat area.  There are many roads, paths, and cultural features, but some areas of moderate terrain complexity.  Vegetation is highly variable, generally more open in the hillier areas and thicker in the flatter eastern portions of the map.


            Eagle Creek Park is the 11th largest city park in the United States (4,766 acres including the reservoir).  In the late 1800’s most of the land had been farmed.  The park initiated from a 12-acre parcel of land bought by Eli Lilly’s brother, J.K. Lilly Jr. in 1934.  From 1933-1974, the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church and a community of congregants lived with in the south central section of the property. Lilly’s farms, estate land and forest were donated to Purdue University in 1958.  The reservoir was built for flood control and a recreation area in 1970. 


            Middle and Night-O courses will use the east side of the Eagle Creek Reservoir that is comprised of developed parkland, open mature hardwood forest, planted pine forest, brushy forest blocks, a technical broad plateau of rough open land, and a ridge and reentrant system next to the reservoir.   All in all, there is lots of variety. 


            The original orienteering map resulted from 3 mapping efforts in 2002.  The 2017 map is a geo-referenced version with extensive field-checking done during the past four months.  Many features have been added (and deleted) and effort has been made to ensure relatively even mapping standards and representations across the map. Vegetation mapping has been updated and should provide some value to runners.


            Non-IOF symbols shown on the map legend are:

1) Stairs (usually wooden or stone)

2) Green X = rootstocks, typically >1.5 m, although a small number of 1 m rootstocks are mapped if they are prominent

3) In forested areas, distinct trees are denoted by green circles are used.  In open areas, green circles and green dots are used interchangeably.

4) Black x = junk (piles of logs, bales of fence wire, farm debris, cars).  Also, bird houses are generally mapped using this symbol, as are barbeque grills not located right beside a shelter.  Most park signs have been removed from the original map. The only ones that should remain are those corresponding to exercises on a fitness trail.

5) Light standards or flagpoles are infrequent and are mapped with black circles.

6) Blue circles can be wells, water fountains or sewer covers.

7) Overlaid circle and hunting stand symbols are the fenced access points for the ropes courses.


            Other deviations from ISOM are as follows:

1) The terrain is not rocky; while mapped boulders are generally ≥0.4 m, slightly smaller rocks appear where they are prominent.

2) There are many depressions, these are generally 0.5-1.5 m deep and 3-6 m in diameter.  Ones that are always wet are mapped as blue V waterholes.

3) Small erosion gullies are visible but can be subtle.  Some of the earth banks and cliffs near the reservoir are very steep.



    Course Setter's Notes

            There will be numerous road crossings.  Use extreme caution.

            There are many controls.  Check codes carefully!

            The park has many deer and they tend not to be terribly afraid of humans.  You will likely see many eyes shining back at you during the night-O.

            Rootstocks on this map are a GREEN X.

            There were many fences.  Many have been removed but those that remain are ruined and there is still plenty of untaped wire in the forest.  We wish it were not so, but stay alert.  We have taped a very small amount of fence near white and yellow courses.


**Hazards:  Poison ivy should not be in leaf but is widespread on the forest floor. There is greenbriar, rose, and the occasional honey locust.  There are many locations in the park with old usually broken bottles.  One tick was seen during mapping; they should be infrequent (as will any other stinging and biting insects).


Long pants and O-socks or gaiters are strongly advised.  Parts of the park are quite sharp.


Please try to remove the burrs from your clothing before going to Yellowwood.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

   Yellowwood State Forest


    Course Setter                   Ben Hart and Stephanie Ross

    Vetters                               David Waller

    Course Consultant           Don Davis


            Gravel lots with adequate parking, but please park reasonably “tight”.  We are anticipating that Yellowwood Road will be closed for construction, meaning that routes to the event site will be several miles longer on narrow winding roads.  We will publish alternate routes shortly, but please anticipate needing extra time to reach the Saturday event site.


    Walk to the start

            There will NOT be a bus ride.  There will be an uphill walk of about 600 meters, with 50 meters of climb.



            The maps will be 1:10,000, with 5 meter contours



            Primitive (pit) facilities by parking and registration.


    Warm up

            A small practice map will be provided.


    Clothing return

            Warm up clothing left at start will be returned to the finish area.


    Safety Bearing

            Go west to Yellowwood Lake Road or Yellowwood Lake.


    Stream Crossing

            Courses will cross streams.  Under normal conditions, dry-foot rock-hop crossings can be found.  In the event of heavy rain immediately before or during the event, expect to get wet feet.


    Map Notes   

            This area is quite steep.  Plan your routes!

            The map was originally produced in 2005.  Over the years, changes to vegetation and cultural features have been added.  In general, the map is still an excellent representation of the terrain.  There has been logging in some parts of the area, but no current activity, except along the east side road (Dubois Ridge).  There are a few logging roads and trails (both foot and equestrian).  Horses don’t use the area often, but please yield the trail if you do happen to encounter horses.  The few mapped indistinct paths and rides can be variable in terms of visibility and runnability.  Here and there you may find short deteriorated remnants of a road bed or logging extraction path that isn’t on the map.


    Setter's Notes   

            You will see survey flagging tape of various colors, not relevant to your course.

            Special symbols: Brown X is a rootstock.  There were no rootstocks on the original 2005 map, but a few were added over the years.  No new ones were added for this event, so most rootstocks that you see are not on the map.  Those that are mapped are reasonably substantial, but not the only ones in the forest.

            Black X and O have been used sparingly near the campground for signs and campsite features.  There are also a few blue O symbols in the camping area for campground related water features such as pumps or waste-water disposal drains.  The fodder rack symbol has been used for 3 or 4 covered sign kiosks near the campground and office.




Sunday, April 9, 2014

   Columbus Sprints


    Course Setter                   Mike Minium

    Vetters                               Matthew Robbins, Pat Meehan

    Course Consultant           Don Davis



            Large paved parking lot at the Mill Race Center.  Please enter the parking lot from the 8th Street entrance off Brown and Lindsey Streets.  Do not use the 11th Street or 5th Street entrances.  We expect to close both of those entrances and Carl Miske Drive to vehicle traffic.


    Walk to the start 

            There will be a flat walk of around 300 to 400 meters to the start of the first sprint.  From the finish of Sprint 1 back to Mill Race Center, there will be a flat urban walk of 1000 to 1200 meters.  There will then be an additional road walk of 800 to 1000 m to the start of the second sprint.  The second sprint will finish at the Mill Race Center.



            Map scale is 1:4000 for the urban sprint (Sprint 1) and 1:5000 for the park sprint (Sprint 2).  Contour interval is 2.5 meters.



             Indoor restrooms will be available at Mill Race Center near parking and finish of Sprint 2.  There are no toilet facilities at the starts.  The starts are in an urban environment – you won’t find convenient bushes to hide behind.  There will also be indoor restrooms at the finish of Sprint 1.


    Warm up

            A small practice area map is adjacent to parking.


    Clothing return 

            Please leave extra clothing at your cars.  This is an urban area, although we will probably be the only group using the Mill Race Center, we suggest that you lock your vehicles.


    Safety Bearing

            The Flatrock River is to the west.  Route 46 is to the south.  This is an urban area.

            For the urban sprint you will be in an area bounded by Fourth Street (south), Tenth Street (north), California St (east) and Brown St (west).  Find a numbered east-west street; go north of south until you recah 8th Street, then take 8th Street west to the Mill Race Center.

            For the park sprint, the river is on the west, and urban streets are on the east.  Do not cross any road or the river.


    Road Crossing

            There will be numerous road crossings on the first (urban) sprint.  You will also cross lightly traveled park roads on the second sprint.  There may be some traffic, although it should be light. Cross with care.  There will be mandatory underpasses for a railroad and a busy road on the second sprint.


    Setter's Notes 


            For both sprint maps: The olive green symbol has been used for private residential lawns and a very few flower beds and plantings.  In general, I have tried not to create any disqualification traps with olive green, and have used it very sparingly.  So many areas are legal to cross even if they look like planted beds.  Please use your judgment and try not to trample flowers and small shrubs.  I did not use the darkest “uncrossable” green on either map; only the 3 traditional shades of light, medium, and dark green to represent passability.



            The urban sprint map (Sprint 1) was produced in 2017 by Mike Minium.  There are many oddly shaped buildings and a few confusing overhangs and passages.  This is an urban area and most of your running will be on pavement.  Metal spikes are not recommended.  There are a few grassy lawn areas, but this run will be 90% on pavement.

            You will cross many streets and parking lots.  Sunday morning traffic in this area is light, but there are many churches and some of them have services starting at 9, so you will see a few cars beginning to trickle into the area.  No streets are closed or blocked, so you are on your own with the traffic.  Please do not take unnecessary chances.  You will not look good as a hood ornament.  Trust me on this.

            Know the difference between crossable and uncrossable symbols.  A wall mapped with a thick black line (generally more than a meter tall) is considered uncrossable and may not be crossed.  Low walls are mapped with a grey line and may be crossed.  Walls and fences are generally mapped with the wall symbol; in many cases fences do not display tag lines because they would run together with adjacent symbols.  So where the map shows a wall, could look like either a wall or fence – either way you can’t cross it.

            Olive green represents private residential areas or garden plantings.  Do not cross olive green.  In the residential area, I’ve mapped some of the major fences, but haven’t shown every fence or obstacle in olive areas.  There are many more back yard fences and hazards.  Do not attempt to shortcut through residential yards.

            The urban sprint map has no contour lines.  There is a total relief of less than 5 meters across the entire map, and nowhere did the lidar contours show anything that I felt would be noticeable or usable by orienteers.  A few distinct man-made berms are shown with form lines or as knolls.

            All mapped single trees, including some quite large ones, are mapped as green dots (the green circle has not been used).  There are two sizes of green dots; the dot size has no relation to the size of the tree – the smaller dot was used in just a few places to avoid symbol overlap; most eyes won’t notice the size difference.  In general, any substantial tree in a grassy area between street and sidewalk or on parking lot islands has been mapped.  Street trees in the business district (those growing from a grate or very small pavement cut) generally are not shown because of the clutter they would create on the map.  Several of the downtown streets are lined with flowering dogwoods, but it wasn’t practical to try to map all the individual trees.

            Many downtown businesses have door indentations or small canopies.  Larger canopies over the sidewalk are shown, but not every small one is mapped.  In the private residential areas, almost every house has some kind of porch.  I’ve shown a few, but in general, residential houses are just mapped as a solid building, so don’t expect every porch to be shown with the lighter pass-through or canopy symbol.

            Power lines, light poles, and fire hydrants are not mapped.  A black circle has been used for flagpoles, playground equipment, permanently mounted picnic tables, and small monuments.  A black X has been used for small utility structures and playground equipment.  Larger utility boxes are shown as very small buildings.


            The park sprint map (Sprint 2) was produced in 2016 by Vladimir Zherdev.  It consists of open park land with many cultural features and riverside flood plain forest.  Visibility in the open forest is excellent, but be alert to your footing as there is frequent flood debris and uneven ground.  Although there will be portions of the run on walkways, parking lots, and a paved multi-use path, the grassy slopes and flood plain forest can be muddy and slippery.  There is very little climb, but personally I would choose to wear spiked shoes for a slight edge on the few slippery spots.

            You will cross under a railroad.  At no point may you run along or across the tracks.  Where the tracks are not elevated, they are liberally marked with the forbidden route purple “X” symbol”.  You may not cross over them, only underneath.  There is also a major roadway which is liberally marked with the forbidden route purple “X” symbol.  You may not cross over this road.  You may only cross underneath it, on the bike path along the river.  All courses will cross under both the railroad and the road.

            Black X is generally a bench or playground equipment.  Black O is a light pole.  Brown X is a rootstock.

            Green circle and green dot are used for single trees.  The ones with a green circle are larger than nearby ones, but many of those (not all) are smaller than I would ordinarily have used a circle for.  Some of the green dot ones are barely 3 cm thick and 3 m tall.

            The finish area will be very spectator friendly.  After your run, enjoy the patio of the Mill Race Center and watch your competitors scrambling to find a half dozen or more easily visible controls.  It is okay to visit the patio before you run, but please don’t go beyond the marked spectator area.




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