Flying Pig XXV      March 24-26, 2023

Including 2023 Orienteering USA Nationals

Morehead State University  and  Carter Caves State Resort Park

Kentucky USA

Presented by Orienteering Cincinnati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Information Center

 

2023 OUSA Nationals Preview Video

 

Making the Map of Carter Caves (video from 2014)

 

Vetting and scouting photos

 

Register online

Who’s Registered

Locator Maps and Directions

Race Details

Lodging and Local Activities

Orienteering USA membership

Director: Mike Minium                                     Registrar: Guy Olsen

 

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 events will take place in eastern Kentucky, east of Lexington and southeast of Cincinnati.  This will include the 2023 Orienteering USA Nationals and the team trials for the 2023 Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC).   (JWOC candidates should register for the appropriate -20 course and answer all of the JWOC candidate questions). 

 

The Races   All races are Nationally Sanctioned by Orienteering USA.  See Race Details more detailed information about each race.

            Friday, March 24                   Afternoon Sprint Distance at Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky

            Saturday, March 25              Long Distance Races at Carter Caves State Park, Olive Hill, Kentucky

            Sunday, March 26                 Middle Distance Races at Carter Caves State Park, Olive Hill, Kentucky

 

Courses and Classes

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

            Recreational   Recreational Courses will be offered at all events.  (white/yellow/orange courses only – more advanced courses are open to event volunteers with permission of event director only)  $10 per individual for each event.  Recreational participants may only enter on day-of-event.   However, you must use the pre-registration system if you want to purchase extras like dinners, cave tours, or t-shirts.

 

Awards

            Orienteering USA Nationals

                        Orienteering USA Championship medals will be given to the first three individual finishers in all age-based classes.  You must be a current Orienteering USA member to earn a championship medal.

            National Ranking Events

                        Flying Pig medals will be given to the first three individual finishers in all classes which are not part of the 2023 Orienteering USA Nationals, for each day’s race.

 

Embargo Information   (See locator maps) The following areas may not be used for orienteering or orienteering training prior to these events:

            1. Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

            2. Carter Caves State Park and Tygarts State Forest, Olive Hill, Kentucky

            Embargo note: The lodge, cottages, and campground at Carter Caves State Park may be used.  You may drive the main entrance road to access the lodge, cottages, and campground.  You may also use the visitor center and visitor center parking lot.  Cave tours are permitted but you must stay with the tour on marked paths to and from the caves.

 

Park admission / parking fees   At this time, we are not anticipating any parking or admission fees will be charged at either Morehead State or Carter Caves.

Safety   All competitors must carry a whistle and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  Orienteering USA keychain whistles may be purchased with registration for $2.

Mixed Punching   SportIdent electronic punching will be used.  SportIdent Air (SIAC) cards or traditional SI cards may be used on all courses.  If you do not own an SI card, select “renting” when you register.  This will get you a traditional SI card for the weekend.  If you want to upgrade to a rental SI Air card (limited number available, first come first serve), then also choose the upgrade to an SI Air card when you get to the “additional selections” page.  If you have your own SI card but want to use an air card for the weekend, you may also rent an Air card for the weekend.  However, if you choose to rent an Air card, we ask that you use it for ALL of the races that you are entering.

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.

Lodging and Tourist Activities       See the Lodging and Local Activities page.   We have reserved a block of lodge rooms and modern cottages at Carter Caves State Park.  Reservations must be made by February 22, 2023.  Call the park at (606) 286-4411.  You must use the reservation code 3835 or they will tell you that everything is booked.   Book early.  Even with everything blocked, we will fill up the park quickly.

 

MAZE-O Fundraiser    Run Bruce Moore’s Amazing Maze courses on Saturday afternoon, and donate to USA orienteering teams.  $5 for adults, free for juniors.  Run as many times as you want for a single fee.  You may also form a team for a Maze Relay competition to be held before dinner on Saturday.   See the Video of a Maze Relay

 

Schedule

 

Date

Time

    Last Day to register without late fee.

Feb. 28

11:59 pm

    Last Day to receive registration and fees

Mar. 14

11:59 pm

    Practice / Training areas

Thu. Mar. 23

All day

    Practice / Training areas

Fri. Mar. 24

All day

    Check-In open at Morehead

Fri. Mar. 24

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Sprint Distance Starts at Morehead

Fri. Mar 24

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    X Cave Tour

        (Meet at CCSP Welcome Center by 5:25)

Fri Mar 24

5:30 pm

    Dinner at Carter Caves Lodge

        Lodge Banquet Room

Fri. Mar 24

7:30 pm

    Guest Speaker:

        Steve Newman, the “Worldwalker

        Lodge Banquet Room

Fri. Mar 24

8:30 pm

    Check-In open at Carter Caves

Sat. Mar 25

9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Long Starts at Carter Caves

Sat. Mar 25

10:00 am – Noon

    MAZE-O open courses

        Team USA Fundraiser

Sat Mar 25

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    X Cave Tour

        (Meet at CCSP Welcome Center by 3:25)

Sat. Mar 25

3:30 pm

    MAZE-O Relay

         Team USA Fundraiser

Sat. Mar 25

5:00 pm

    Dinner at Carter Caves Lodge

        Lodge Banquet Room

Sat. Mar 25

6:30 pm

    Awards from Friday and Saturday races

        Lodge Banquet Room

Sat Mar 25

7:30 pm

    Barb Bryant presentation / demo

        Navigation Games Curriculum

        OUSA Youth Mapping Program

        Lodge Banquet Room

Sat. Mar 25

8:00 pm

    Check-In open at Carter Caves

Sun. Mar 26

8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Middle Starts open at Carter Caves

Sun. Mar 26

9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Awards

Sun. Mar 26

1:00 pm or earlier

 

 

Registration    

            Register online

           

  Registrar  Guy Olsen (flyingpigregistrar@gmail.com)

 

       Guy Olsen

       17 Gladding Rd

       Caldwell NJ 07006-5804

   Checks payable to OCIN

          (See bottom of page for mailing address)

 

Competitive entry fees
(on or before February 28)

Entry per race

(entering 1 or 2 races.)

 

Entering all races

Adult age 21+
non-member

$55

$148

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

$51

$136

Junior age -20
non-member

$21

$57

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

$19

$51

Junior age -20

with TROL season pass

$12

$30

 

Late fee

    $10 per race late fee for any adult competitive entry received on or after Mar. 1. ($25 for all 3 events).  $5 per race late fee for any junior competitive entry received on or after Mar. 1. ($10 for all 3 events).  Reminder that anything sent by mail MUST arrive on or before March 19.

 

Recreational Courses

   Recreational Courses will be offered at all events.  $10 per individual for each event.  Recreational participants may enter day-of-event. (Recreational entrants are not eligible for awards or OUSA ranking points).

 

Sport-Ident e-card rental
   $2 per race.  Must sign agreement to pay $45 for lost or damaged card.  All entrants must use a SportIdent card.  All cards except flat cards should work.   SIAC (Air) cards will be available for rental for an additional $2 per race, with a cost of $80 for a lost or damaged card.   If you are upgrading to an Air card, we ask that you use it for ALL of the races that you are entering.

 

Preview Maps

    FREE download:  Previously used maps are available for you to download and print yourself for FREE:  (PDF format)

    PRINT$ by mail:

    Previously used maps of Carter Caves $15 for a set.

    A previously used (2015) map of Morehead State University $10.

    Orders for preview and training maps received by Feb 28 will be mailed to you; late orders will be in your packet when you arrive.

Training Maps

    FREE download only:  Big Bone Lick State Park (with permanent course), 3380 Beaver Rd, Union KY, 41091.

    Big Bone Lick was mapped by the same mapper as Morehead State and Carter Caves (Vladimir Zherdev), but is roughly 2 hours drive from these sites (close to Cincinnati airport).

    Other permanent and Usynligo (phone app) maps in the Greater Cincinnati area are available on the OCIN ParkQuest page.  Most of these map files have not been updated since they were first posted in very early COVID days (March to May of 2020).

 

Shirts   Flying Pig shirts will be available through pre-registration.  Black short-sleeve cotton shirts designed by Dave Waller must be ordered by the February 28 regular registration deadline in order to guarantee size.  Update: A very limited number of select sizes may still be available.  $21 per shirt for youth and adult thru XXL.  $23 for 3XL and above.  (Event volunteers get a $6 discount)  See the shirt design (jpg).  

 

Cave Tours   We will be offering cave tours at Carter Caves on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  X Cave Tour - X Cave is comprised of two narrow, vertical joint-passageways. These passageways differ, so that it seems as if you are walking through two separate geologic creations rather than a singular cave. While inside visitors will learn of the cave’s geologic formations, cave ecology, and some local history.  The tour is about 45 minutes.  Temperature in the cave in winter / early spring can be 30 to 60 degrees F (-1 to +15C); dress for the outdoor weather conditions.  Cave tours are $10 for adults age 13+, $7 for children age 3-12, free for children 0-2.  Tours are limited to 35 participants per tour.   Update: Both tours are sold out.  Please contact the registrar Guy Olsen (flyingpigregistrar@gmail.com) to get on a wait list.  If there is enough additional interest, we will try to add another Saturday afternoon tour time.

 

Banquet Buffet Dinners   Friday evening and Saturday evening.  Location: Carter Caves State Park Lodge.  $30 for adults age 21+, $25 for juniors age 13-20, $15 for age 6-12.  (Event volunteers get a discounted price of $20)

     Both banquet dinners include tossed garden salad with 3 dressings, hot rolls, cornbread and butter, iced tea, soft drinks, and coffee.

     Friday Dinner:   7:30 pm.  Menu:   hot buffet entrees: lemon baked fish and homestyle meatloaf; sides: scalloped potatoes, broccoli spears, honey glazed carrots; desserts: apple cobbler, chocolate cake

                Guest Speaker: Steve Newman, Worldwalker.  The first person to hike solo around the world from 1983 to 1987, and author of Worldwalk, Letters From Steven, and Guardians of Yellowstone, Steve tells an exciting tale of his globe-circling adventures.

     Saturday Dinner:   6:30 pm.  Menu:   hot buffet entrees: roast turkey and dressing, vegetarian lasagna; sides: roasted new potatoes, California vegetable blend, fried apples; desserts: cherry cobbler, banana pudding

                We will present the awards from the Friday and Saturday races.

Dinners MUST be ordered by the Feb 28 regular registration deadline.  Update: we are still able to add a few dinners – as long as they show up as an option on registration, you may order them.

 

Whistles

    All competitors must carry a whistle.  Orienteering USA keychain whistles with red LED light, $2 or flat red OCIN whistle, $1.

 

Refunds

    Full refund on or before Mar. 14, less the fees for any training maps, or other materials already sent.  No refunds after Mar. 14, unless exception is granted by the Event Director.   As per OUSA guidelines, if you cancel because you develop symptoms of an infectious disease, you may request a refund of entry fees.

 

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.  OCIN Junior pages

 

Registrar  Guy Olsen (flyingpigregistrar@gmail.com)

 

   Checks payable to OCIN

Any late mail must go to:

            Mike Minium,

            6797 Stillwell Beckett Rd

            Oxford, OH 45056-8870

 

 

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