Race Details


            Information is still subject to change.  Changes since March 27 are shown in bold blue.  There has been an unusual amount of rain in the days leading up to the event.  Conditions are wet and sloppy in all areas.  Shoes with spikes or very aggressive tread are recommended for all areas.  It will likely be well below freezing on Friday and Saturday nights, and the Saturday and Sunday highs may not reach 40 degrees F (4 C).



            Saturday and Sunday maps will be 1:10,000 scale.  On Friday, the white, yellow, and brown course maps will be printed at 1:7500.  Friday and Saturday maps have 5 meter contours; Sunday map has 2.5 m contours.



            All standard USA courses and classes will be offered.  Interscholastic courses will be offered for the Air Force JROTC National Championships.


Practice Area

            Practice area maps will be available at registration.


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 will have a blue stripe, either diagonal or vertical.


Course Length (km) and Climb (m) Table (subject to change)


Friday – Pyramid Hill – Middle Dist.

Saturday – Elk Creek – Classic

Sunday – Voice of America – Middle

1 White

2.2 km      90 m

2.7 km     35 m

1.7 km     20 m

2 Yellow

2.7 km    120 m

4.0 km     50 m

2.7 km     25 m

3 Orange

3.5 km    160 m

5.8 km   100 m

4.2 km     45 m

4 Brown

2.7 km    130 m

4.6 km     85 m

3.7 km     35 m

5 Green

3.6 km    140 m

6.4 km   125 m

4.2 km     40 m

6 Red

4.1 km    160 m

7.6 km   150 m

4.7 km     45 m

7 Blue

4.7 km    200 m

10.2 km  200 m

5.5 km     55 m


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.  Please use the cups provided and dispose of them in the bag or bin provided.


Time Limits

            Time limit will be 2 hours for all courses.


Friday, Apr. 6 – Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

       photo credit: Mike Minium

            Middle Distance

            Scale 1:10,000, Contours 5 meters

            Course Setter: Pat Meehan

            Vetters: Mike Minium, Dave Waller, Ben Hart

            Consultant: Don Davis

            Walk to Start:  Event Center, Check-in, and restrooms are 100-200 m flat road walk north of the parking lot; Starts are 100-200 m flat road walk south of the parking lot.

            Toilets: Indoor toilets will be available at the event center / finish.  Some vehicles may need to park along the road from the parking lot to and past the event center.

            Notes: Pyramid Hill is on the hills overlooking the Great Miami River and city of Hamilton.  The park has large mowed meadows, with more than 50 monumental sculptures, several buildings, and a network of roads and trails.  There are several wooded areas, ranging from very open in the developed parts of the park, to quite thick around the outer edges.  The terrain is hilly, and steep in some areas.  This is by far the hilliest area of the weekend.

            Course Setter Notes: to come


Saturday, Apr. 7 – Meadow Ridge Area of Elk Creek MetroPark

            photo credit: Golf Advisor.com

            Classic Distance

            Scale: 1:10,000, Contours 5 meters.

            Course Setter: Mike Minium

            Vetter: Dave Waller, Ben Hart, Matthew Robbins

            Consultant: Don Davis

            Walk to Start: less than 250 meters from event center

            Toilets: Portable toilets at parking lot / event center.

            Notes: Elk Creek MetroPark consists of two distinct areas.  Meadow Ridge is a former 36 hole golf course and the area still has many golf course features such as paved cart paths.  The grasses are being allowed to grow, but runability on the former fairways is still open and very fast.  The Meadow Ridge area is not yet open to the public – we will have exclusive use.

            Around Meadow Ridge to the west and south, steep and densely wooded hillsides descend some 60 meters to the flood plain of Elk Creek.  A couple horse trails traverse the hillsides.  The Elk Creek flood plain consists largely of open fields and park land with a dozen or so picnic shelters.

            Course Setter’s Notes: The golf course is very runnable and very fast.  Most of the fairway and rough has been mowed short.  There are a few patches of tall rough which may have a few thistles or brambles.  Advanced courses will briefly venture into the steep and thickly wooded hills surrounding the course, but 90% plus of all courses should be very fast terrain.

            Green circles and green dots have been used for single trees and a few large shrubs.  In a few cases I thought I’d have used a dot instead of a circle for a particular tree, but in general I stayed with the mapper’s original representation.  Some single trees may have a clump of bushes around the base but are just mapped as a single tree, not as a copse.

            Small patches of white “open forest” are sometimes as few as 2 or 3 single trees with interlocking canopies, but open grass underneath.  Like the distinction between green circles and dots, the mapper made a decision; not everyone will agree on how they would have mapped every particular tree or copse.  In general, if canopies of 2 or more trees connect, they are mapped as white, although in a few cases, especially conifers, they are mapped as individual circles.

            Larger patches of white forest are very runnable, but may have some light deadfall or undergrowth.  Watch out for newly planted 1-2 meter tall trees in these areas; the park has been planting native seedlings to replace hundreds of mature trees killed by emerald ash borer.  Many dead ash trees have been cut down; the map has been updated, so freshly cut stumps are not green dots or circles.

            The very few boulders on the map are small but quite obvious, most are only about 0.5 meter in height.



Sunday, April 8 – Voice of America MetroPark

            photo credit: Bayer-Becker

            Middle Distance

            Scale 1:10,000, Contours 5 meters.

            Course Setter:


            Consultant: Don Davis

            Walk to Start: 1 km flat paved path

            Toilets: Indoor toilets at event center, portable toilets by parking lot.  No toilets at the start

            Notes: Voice of America is a relatively flat area, that was mostly fields until a few years ago, that are now overgrown with tall grasses and other vegetation.  A dense network of trails for cross country running and skiing or just walking and jogging wind through the fields. The transmitter towers for the Voice of America radio station were here, and large concrete “boulders” that supported the towers hide in the fields.  There are a few areas of woods, some small wetlands and ponds, a manmade lake, and a manmade sledding hill.

            Course Setter’s Notes:  Large sections of VOA are meadow / prairie area.  The mapper has mapped almost all rough open area with closely spaced vertical green lines (undergrowth, difficult to run).  These areas have varying quantities of thistle, and an occasional bramble.   In general, I would have mapped many of them with widely spaced lines (undergrowth, slow run), and there are also a few places you can cross quite easily.  The best tip here is to look ahead to judge the density of thistle and possible thorns.  The park has recently used a brush cutter and bush hog on many of the rough open areas.  These have been mapped as rough open with widely spaced vertical green lines, or as rough open with no lines.  However, these freshly cut areas often have stubble that can trip the unwary runner.  Visibility is excellent, but your speed may be slowed.

            Boulders on this map are mostly synthetic – concrete slabs that supported transmitter towers and guy wires.  Large “boulders” are quite visible, often as much as 2 meters or more tall.  But, the small “boulders’ can be as low as barely protruding from the ground, and can be difficult to see in the prairie vegetation.  They have almost all been mapped due to their historical significance, but they are generally not too useful to an orienteer moving at speed.   Small boulders have only been used for controls when they are by themselves, not clustered near many others.  In those few cases, the control flag is not hidden (even if the boulder were high enough to hide it) and will likely be visible before you notice the “boulder” itself.



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