Race Details



            Friday Sprint maps will be 1:4000, 2.5 meter contours for all courses.

            Long and Middle Maps will be 1:10,000, 5 meter contours for most courses.  Some courses (white, yellow, brown) at Carter Caves (Sat and Sun only) may be printed at 1:7500 (to be determined).



            All standard USA courses and classes will be offered. 


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.


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 – Sprint


Saturday – Long

Carter Caves

Sunday  - Middle

Carter Caves


Course Setter

Ben Hart

Shin Shimizu

Dave Waller

1 White

F-10, F-12, F white, M-10, M-12, M white, Group white

km, m

km, m

km, m

2 Yellow

F-14, F yellow, M-14, M yellow, Group yellow




3 Orange

F-16, F orange, M-16, M orange, Group orange




4 Brown A

F65+, F70+, F75+, F brown, M 75+, M brown, all 80+ classes




5 Brown B

F-18, F55+, F60+, M65+, M70+




6 Green A

F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+, F green, M green




7 Green B

F-20, M-18, M50+, M55+, M60+




8 Red

F-21+, M-20, M35+, M40+, M45+, M red




9 Blue






Start Procedures

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

            You will be called up 3 or 4 minutes before your scheduled start.

            2 minutes before your start, you will move forward and may pick up loose control descriptions.   White and yellow may pick up their maps, mark name/number, and preview the map.

            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 (white/yellow may preview 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 (or may not) 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 long courses of orange length and above.  Please use the cups provided and dispose of them in the bag or bin provided.   There will not be water on the course for the sprint or middle.


Time Limits

            Time limit will be 1 hour for the Sprint on Friday, 3 hours for the Long on Saturday, and 2 hours for Middle Distance on Sunday.



Friday – Morehead State University

            Middle Distance, ALL maps will be 1:4,000


            Parking is TBD.


            Restrooms will be TBD.


            Walk to the start is TBD.


            Course notes and special symbols:

                        ISSprOM standards

                        Notes TBD



Saturday and Sunday – Carter Caves State Park


            Parking TBD.

Parking will be tight, please park close together and carpool if possible.


At the lodge, Please leave the parking spaces in front of the lodge for lodge guests.  Park either in the lots to the right before the lodge, or continue past the lodge through the turnaround circle, and up the hill to the golf course parking lot.  The Visitor Center parking lot must also be left open for non-orienteering park guests.  (You may use the visitor center parking lot for X-Cave tours or visiting the Visitor Center,  Please do not use the visitor center lot for race parking).


            Restrooms TBD


            Walk to the start TBD


            Saturday Long – Preliminary: walk to start for WY is under 500 meters; other courses will have a walk of over 2 km, mostly road, but 600m of trail.  There are no restrooms at either start.


          Sunday Middle – Preliminary: walk to start for all courses is around 750 m.  WY will have a separate start, but the call-up areas are within 150 meters of each other.  There are no restrooms at either start, and the woods are very open. 


            Map and Course Notes for both Saturday and Sunday


            The Carter Caves map was made for the 2015 U.S. Middle and Long Championships.  It had minor updates for another event in early 2019.  The map is still excellent, with just a few minor recent edits to vegetation, paths, and a few manmade features.  The golf course was closed in 2018, and is mapped as rough open, and except for a few small patches is not difficult to cross.


            Terrain is very steep and rocky.  In places, there are rock cliffs as high as 20 meters or more.  Be extremely careful approaching any mapped cliff from above.  There are also several natural arches, and you may cross either over or under some of them on your courses.


            Carter Caves is named for its many caves.  Some of them are huge openings in the sides of hills; others are just holes in the ground, with the bottom of unknown depth in the darkness far below.  A black “v” symbol (rocky pit) may be a large, visible pit, or it may simply be a hole in the ground.  In either case, exercise extreme caution, as the pit may be quite deep.  Some small depressions (brown u) and pits (brown v) may also have openings in the bottom.


            White and light green vegetation is generally quite runnable.  Medium green may be younger, denser trees or patches of brambles, but usually is also not too difficult to cross.  There are a few areas of rhododendron or mountain laurel, mapped as medium or dark green.  Advanced courses may see some larger areas of medium to dark green which may be scrubbier and thornier.


            Embargo Note:  After finishing Saturday’s Courses, …TBD . Embargo will be lifted ONLY for the areas of… TBD so that you may visit or re-visit these spectacular locations.



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