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October 10th-13th
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Oct 10-13

Over 600 orienteers came and
TOOK CONTROL at NAOC2014
and made it a huge success!

Final Details

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Middle Distance

This is the official North American Middle Distance Orienteering Championships for all age classes.  For the M and W 21-34E classes this is the official IOF sanctioned Regional Championships for the North American Region and a World Ranking Event.  This means that course 9 and 10 will follow IOF rules and M and W 21-34E competitors must obey such rules as not carrying any GPS devices with a display of any kind.  This also means that the North American winner of the M and W 21-34E classes will get an automatic personal starting spot in the Middle Distance Final at the 2015 World Orienteering Championships.

Timing

Event Date: Saturday Oct. 11th
Start window - age classes: 10:30 - 13:15
Start window - elite classes: 11:20 - 13:40
Flower Ceremony (elite classes): 14:45
Course closing time*: 15:30
Course time limit**: 2 hours

*All competitors are required to report to the results desk no later than course closing time. Failure to do so will cause search and rescue procedures to be initiated.  

**Competitors who take over 2 hours on their course will be disqualified for being over time.  Please make every attempt to be back at the finish within the course time limit. You MUST report to the results desk whether or not you have completed your course.

Arena Information

The arena for the middle distance race is at Hidden Meadow Farm on the north-east side of the Carp Ridge off of Stonecrest Rd.

The following amenities will be available in the arena throughout the day:

  • Portable toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Orienteering equipment vendor O-store.ca
  • Information desk and lost and found
  • First aid
  • KidZone and child care
  • Marketplace vendors with food
  • Shelter

Plan your day

GPS coordinates for the arena: 45.418784, -76.096906
Arena Parking: Parking available for $10/day
Distance from Nick Smith Event Centre: 30km
Length of shuttle bus ride from Nick Smith Event Centre: 30 min
Frequency of shuttle: 10-15 min
First shuttle to arena: 8:00
Last shuttle from arena: 16:30
Distance from parking / shuttle bus drop-off arena: 50m
Distance from arena to start: ~1.8km relatively flat, marked route

 

Course Setters Notes

The Middle Distance race is the opportunity for runners to demonstrate their ability for technical orienteering and precise navigation in complex terrain at a sustained fast pace. The NAOC20414 Middle will run on a new portion of an expanded Carp Ridge map, with contours derived from LiDAR data. Form lines are used sparingly for additional detail. Map scale will be 1:7,500 for course 4, and 1:10,000 for all other courses.

While the mapped terrain does not include any large hills, there is no shortage of smaller hills, knolls and subtle contour detail. Marshes, ponds and small lakes are also plentiful. If the fine dry autumn weather continues until race day, most of the indistinct and even the distinct marshes will be relatively dry. Beaver dams, which are mapped using the earth embankment symbol, are generally crossable. Runners will encounter cliffs, rock faces and boulders scattered throughout the area. Only boulders >1m high and cliffs / rock faces larger than 1m high by 5m long are mapped. Some areas feature a dense trail network while other areas are entirely devoid of trails.

In early October these woods are a living palette of rich and beautiful colour. The runnability of the forest is mixed. As usual, the relative runnability of the woods is mapped using white (fast), and three shades of green (slower). The boundaries/ transitions between the various forest densities are generally gradual and indistinct. Visibility should be quite good on race day as many of the leaves will already have fallen. However, the carpet of colourful leaves on the forest floor can make it difficult to recognize indistinct trails and smaller indistinct marshes.

There are numerous clearings of various sizes in the terrain as well as some abandoned fields. The abandoned fields are generally overgrown with goldenrod and other wild plants, including sharp raspberry canes. In some of the clearings where the ground is rocky, runners could be slowed by the presence of low juniper bushes. The juniper patches are indicted on the map by vertical green lines (dense undergrowth symbol).

There are several maintained and ruined fences in the terrain and they are indicated on the map. Some of these fences are/ were constructed from barbed wire. Although we have worked diligently to mark the fences with survey ribbon in areas where runners are likely to cross, it is likely that some loose strands of barbed wire have evaded us. Please watch out for ribbons and use caution near all fences.

Runners are encouraged to check their control codes, as there will be a rather large number of controls in the terrain. The safety bearing for all courses is east to Stonecrest Road. The Arena is at Hidden Meadow Farm, 3407 Stonecrest Rd. Courses 9 and 10 will have a spectator control which will also serve as a water station. We hope you enjoy these courses and the many orienteering challenges and route choices waiting for you!

A portion of the 1.8 km route to the start follows a country road that is open to traffic – so for your own safety, please keep to the shoulder and watch out for vehicles.

A warm-up area with several control flags and a warm-up map will be available near the start. Toilets will be situated in the arena and near the start and the warm-up map. The start and warm-up area are located on privately owned land, and we expect the landowners will be present on race day to witness the fun. Please help us maintain good relations with these folks who have welcomed us onto their property - please use the toilets and not the woods!

Course setter: Andrew Cornett
Controller: Bill Meldrum

See the Terrain section below for the mappers notes on the map and terrain.

Map Specs

Map: Carp Ridge - Hidden Meadow Farm

Scale: 1:10,000, *1:7,500 for Course 4

Contour Interval: 2.5m

Last Used: Portion used - 2011 O-Fest

Original Field Work: Bryan Chubb / Bill Anderson - 2009 / 2010

Expanded Map: Bill Anderson - 2014

Revision and Drawing: Bill Anderson 2014

Course Details

Course 1 2 3 4 5 6a 6b 7a 7b 8 9 10
Length (km) 2.4 2.5 3.3 1.5 2.2 2.9 2.8 3.9 3.7 3.4 4.3 4.9
Climb (m) 35 40 50 25 35 40 40 65 65 60 75 90
Controls 15 14 15 9 11 13 12 17 16 15 18 21
RWT (min) 20 20 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 30 30-35 30-35
Classes M12-, F12-, Open F14-, M14-, Open F16-, M16-, Open F75+, F80+, F85+, M80+, M85+, Open F55+, F65+, M75+, Open F20-A, M65+ F45+, Open M45+, Open M55+ F21-34A, F20-E, F35+, M20A F21-34E, M21-34A, M20-E, M35+ M21-34E

Long Distance

This is the official North American Long Distance Orienteering Championships for all age classes.  For the M and W 21-34E classes this is the official IOF sanctioned Regional Championships for the North American Region and a World Ranking Event.  This means that course 9 and 10 will follow IOF rules and M and W 21-34E competitors must obey such rules as not carrying any GPS devices with a display of any kind.  This also means that the North American winner of the M and W 21-34E classes will get an automatic personal starting spot in the Long Distance Final at the 2015 World Orienteering Championships.

Timing

Event Date: Sunday Oct. 12th
Start window - age classes: 9:30 - 12:30
Start window - elite classes: 10:00 - 13:00
Flower Ceremony (elite classes): 15:00
Course closing time*: 16:00
Course time limit**: 3 hours

*All competitors are required to report to the results desk no later than course closing time. Failure to do so will cause search and rescue procedures to be initiated.  

**Competitors who take over 3 hours on their course will be disqualified for being over time.  Please make every attempt to be back at the finish within the course time limit. You MUST report to the results desk whether or not you have completed your course.

Arena Information

The arena for the long distance race is at Hidden Meadow Farm on the north-east side of the Carp Ridge off of Stonecrest Rd.

The following amenities will be available in the arena throughout the day:

  • Portable toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Orienteering equipment vendor O-store.ca
  • Information desk and lost and found
  • First aid
  • KidZone and child care
  • Marketplace vendors with food
  • Shelter

Plan your day

GPS coordinates for the arena: 45.418784, -76.096906
Arena Parking: Parking available for $10/day
Distance from Nick Smith Event Centre: 30km
Length of shuttle bus ride from Nick Smith Event Centre: 30 min
Frequency of shuttle: 10-15 min
First shuttle to arena: 7:30
Last shuttle from arena 16:30
Distance from parking / shuttle bus drop-off arena: 50m
Distance from arena to start: ~1km marked route

 

Course Setters Notes

The general area of the long courses is the same area as the middle event. However the longer courses will cover terrain further north and south than the middle event. The north end of the map consists of generally flat topography with subtle topographic features and few trails. Runnability varies from fair to very good with some areas of slower running. The powerline corridor in the north end of the map is somewhat overgrown with moderate to slow running. The south end of the map has more topographical relief with a dense trail network. Smaller trails may be difficult to see in the terrain. Forest runnability is variable.

Semi-open land marked with vertical green lines is either low juniper bushes (common on open hills) or thorny raspberry vines (along the powerline). Visibility is good but runnability is slow (walk). Beaver dams are crossable as marked, but runnability is generally slow (walk) due to poor footing. In October, small water features may be dry, unless significant rain occurs prior to the event. Uncrossable marshes are deep year-round and soft-bottomed. There are electric livestock fences in the vicinity of the start and finish. Power will be off during the competition.

Courses 9 and 10 have a spectator control and a map exchange. Please take note the different map scales in use: Courses 1 through 3 will use 1:10,000, Course 4 will use 1:7,500, Courses 5 through 7b will use 1:10,000 and Courses 8 through 10 will use 1:15,000 as per IOF regulations. Please note the change for course 4 and the addition of 7b. Safety bearing is east northeast (67 degrees) to Stonecrest Road.

There is a 1km walk to the start. There is no warm-up map or toilets near the start. Like the Middle Distance the start area and walk to the start are on private land. Please respect the owners by using the facilities at the arena.

Course setter: Brian Graham
Controller: Richard Guttormson

See the Terrain section below for the mappers notes on the map and terrain.

Map Specs

Map: Carp Ridge - Hidden Meadow Farm

Scale: 1:10,000, *1:7,500 for Course 4, *1:15,000 for courses 8-10

Contour Interval: 2.5m

Last Used: Portion used - 2011 O-Fest

Original Field Work: Bryan Chubb / Bill Anderson - 2009 / 2010

Expanded Map: Bill Anderson - 2014

Revision and Drawing: Bill Anderson 2014

Preliminary Course Details

Course 1 2 3 4 5 6 7a 7b 8 9 10
Length (km) 2.5 2.6 3.6 2.2 2.9 3.8 5.2 5.2 6.5 7.9 12
Climb (m) 30 70 75 40 65 105 120 120 80 115 150
Controls 12 10 8 6 7 9 9 9 14 17 24
RWT (min) 30 30 50 45-50 45-50 45-50 55 55 55 70-80 90-100
Classes M12-, F12-, Open F14-, M14-, Open F16-, M16-, Open F75+, F80+, F85+, M80+, M85+, Open F55+, F65+, M75+, Open F20-A, F45+ M65+, Open M45+, Open M55+ F21-34A, F20-E, F35+, M20A F21-34E, M21-34A, M20-E, M35+ M21-34E

Sprint 

This is the official North American Sprint Orienteering Championships for all age classes.  For the M and W 21-34E classes this is the official IOF sanctioned Regional Championships for the North American Region and a World Ranking Event.  This means that course 4 and 5 will follow IOF rules and M and W 21-34E competitors must obey such rules as not carrying any GPS devices with a display of any kind.  All athletes competing in the 20-E and 21E elite classes will be required to be in quarantine at the Nick Smith Event Centre.

Timing

Event Date: Monday Oct. 13th
Start window - age classes: 9:00 - 11:15
Start window - elite classes: 10:30 - 11:30
Course closing time*: 12:30
Course time limit**: 1 hour

*All competitors are required to report to the results desk no later than course closing time. Failure to do so will cause search and rescue procedures to be initiated.  

**Competitors who take over 1 hour on their course will be disqualified for being over time.  Please make every attempt to be back at the finish within the course time limit. You MUST report to the download tent whether or not you have completed your course.

Arena Information

Runners in the 20-E and 21-34E classes will be held in quarantine prior to the start of the Sprint event.  The quarantine location is the Event Centre. Athletes are required to be in the Event Centre by 9:00 on Monday morning. From there they will be bussed directly to the warm-up area without going to the arena. From the warm-up area, athletes will make their own way to the start. They will NOT be permitted to enter the arena prior to the start of the race.vBags and warm-up clothing will be transported to the arena. 

All other competitors will be bussed to Robert Simpson Park from the Event Centre  and then will have a walk to the start. Bags and warm-up clothes will be transported from the start to the arena. Free parking will be provided t the Event Centre with frequent shuttle. Toilets will be available at the arena.

The following amenities will be available in the arena throughout the day:

  • Flush toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Orienteering equipment vendor O-store.ca
  • Information desk and lost and found
  • First aid
  • KidZone and child care
  • Marketplace vendors with food
  • Shelter

Plan your day

GPS coordinates: 45.443161, -76.351596
Arena Parking: Not permitted - Event Centre parking only
Distance from Nick Smith Event Centre: 2.3 km
Length of shuttle bus ride from Nick Smith Event Centre: 6 min
Frequency of shuttle: 5-10 min
First shuttle to arena: 7:30
Last shuttle from arena: 16:30
Distance from shuttle bus drop-off to arena: 50 m
Distance from arena to start: ~1.2 km marked route

Course Setters Notes

The sprint in the Town of Arnprior start off with an incredible view of the Madawaska Falls and finish in scenic Robert Simpson Park along the Ottawa River. Runners on courses 1, 4 and 5 will stay in the urban area for the entire race. Courses 2 and 3 include a jaunt through the old growth forest of Gillies Grove (long pants recommended).

All of the courses have very minimal climb of 20-25 metres and the running conditions are very fast. As most of the Sprint courses will be on paved surfaces non-cleated or at least non-metal spiked shoes are recommended.

All courses have numerous opportunities for route choice. Split-second decision making, efficient control taking and an empty tank at the finish line will win the race. Winning times for the elite classes are expected to be well within 14-15 minutes. Traffic will be blocked and rerouted around the main Downtown area to allow us to orienteer safely. However, there can still be some traffic on residential streets so be cautious when crossing streets. The general public is permitted to be in this area and while crowd control will be in place runners should be aware.

There are 14 control points located within 120 metres of the finish chute, so govern yourself accordingly to prevent disqualification for mispunching.

The sprint arena is a spectator’s paradise with the possibility of 7 spectator controls for both the Men’s and Women’s Elite courses. Radio controls will inform spectators of the runner’s status as they enter Robert Simpson Park with many controls remaining.

Course Setter: Randy Kemp
Controller: Brian Graham

See the Maps and Terrain section below for the mappers notes on the map and terrain.

Map Specs

Map: Robert Simpson Park / Gillies Grove / Arnprior

Scale: 1:4,000

Contour Interval: 2.5m

Last Used: Never

Fieldwork and Drawing: Bill Anderson 2014

Preliminary Course Details

Course 1 2 3 4 5a 5b
Length (km) 2.4 2.4 3.4 3.4 4.1 4.0
Climb (m) 25 20 20 20 25 25
Controls 16 12 14 20 22 20
EWT (min) 10-12 12-15 12-15 12-15 12-15 12-15
Classes F12-, F14-, M12-, M14-, Open F55+, F65+, F75+, F80+, F85+, M75+, M80+, M85+, Open F45+, M55+, M65+

F16-, F20-E,

F20-A, F21-34E, F21-34A, F35+, M16-

M21-34E, M20-E, M35+ M20-A, M21-34A, M45+

National Team Relay 

The National Team Relay is the 4th and final event of the Björn Kjellström and Future Champions Cups for the senior and junior national teams.  The format for this year's relay is the IOF sprint relay format.  Teams consist of four runners, at least two of which must be female. The first and last legs must be run by women. Note that this means there are not separate men's and women's classes.  There will still be 20- and 21-34 categories but they will be on the same course and start in the same mass start.

Each leg of the relay is designed for a winning time of about 12-15 minutes.  All legs will include forking so runners will not be running the exact same course as others on the same leg but in the end all teams will run all of the same control to control legs as all other teams.  

Each North American country (USA, Canada) will be able to enter as many teams as they can field with the restriction that registration is limited to those athletes who have competed in the elite (M20-E, F20-E, M21-34E, F21-34E) classes in the individual . International and mixed teams will also be permitted to register, with the same athlete restrictions.  The National Team Relay has been specifically designed to be watched by spectators so we hope everyone not running the relay will stay in the arena after the sprint to watch it.  Following the National Team Relay, spectators will have an opportunity to run in the People's Cup Finale which features the same courses as the relay.

Registration

To register for the National Team Relay, coaches or team managers must complete a registration form at the Information Desk no later than 19:30 on Sunday.

Timing

Event Date: Monday Oct. 13th
Mass Start: 12:30

Arena Information

The National Team Relay starts and finishes at the Robert Simpson Park Arena, location of the morning's Sprint .  Everyone who participated in the Sprint event is encouraged to stay to watch the and cheer on their national teams as they vie for the Björn Kjellström and Future Champions Cups. 

Plan your day

Arena: Sprint Arena - Robert Simpson Park
Last shuttle from arena: 16:30
Distance from arena to start: 0 m

Course Setters Notes and Course Details

The National Team Relay and the mass start People's Cup Finale following the relay are taking place in the Gillies Grove old growth forest and the park terrain around the Galilee Centre and Robert Simpson Park. The old growth forest with towering trees is very open except for some green areas with limited visibility. The running is very fast for most parts, but sometimes slowed by fallen trees, the biggest being mapped as green lines on the map. Root stocks are mapped with the green x. Stumps are not mapped, only root stocks with the roots in the air are mapped. The area is criss-crossed with a network of trails. There are some patches of poison ivy so please use full leg cover. Orienteering shoes with cleats are recommended.

The Relay start, finish & exchange is in Robert Simpson Park. After start or relay exchange follow the streamers 150 m to the start triangle. The courses are forked. Seniors and Juniors run the same course but are counted separately in the results.

Course lengths are approximately 2.6 km for legs 1 and 4, and 2.9 km for legs 2 and 3.

See the Maps and Terrain section below for the mappers notes on the map and terrain. 

Map Specs

Map: Robert Simpson Park / Gillies Grove

Scale: 1:5,000

Contour Interval: 2.5m

Last Used: Never

Fieldwork and Drawing: Bill Anderson 2014

People's Cup Finale 

The People's Cup Finale will close out NAOC2014, following the Sprint event and the National Team Relay.  This mass start race takes place on the same courses as the relay, so it is a chance to see just where you stand in comparison to the top orienteers in the USA and Canada. Points from the Finale will be weighted double relative to each of the Sprint, Middle and Long events for calculating the winning club for the coveted People's Cup.  Rules and scoring system for the People'peoples-cup-rules">here.

Timing

Event Date: Monday Oct. 13th
Starts, by age class: 14:00 - 14:30
Course closing time*: 15:30
Course time limit**: 1 hour

*All competitors are required to report to the results desk no later than course closing time. Failure to do so will cause search and rescue procedures to be initiated.  

**Competitors who take over 1 hour on their course will be disqualified for being over time.  Please make every attempt to be back at the finish within the course time limit. You MUST report to the download tent whether or not you have completed your course.

Registration

Registration for the People's Cup Finale will be included in the purchase of the weekend's Spectator Guide. For those not purchasin the guide there will be a $10 fee. Registration will take place at the Information Desk throughout the weekend.

Arena Information

The People's Cup Finale starts and finishes at the Robert Simpson Park Arena, location of the morning's Sprint and the National Team Relay.  Everyone is encouraged to participate and earn points for your club towards the People's Cup.  In a minor role reversal, National Team Relay competitors are encouraged to stay to watch and cheer on their club members and country-mates as they vie for the People's Cup.

Course Setters Notes and Course Details

See National Team Relay notes above.

Map Specs

See National Team Relay notes above

Maps and Terrain

Carp Ridge - Middle adn Long Distances

Terrain Notes

The Carp ridge is a 30km long rocky outcrop just west of Ottawa. It’s a beautiful piece of the Canadian Shield popping out of the flat and fertile Ottawa Valley farmland that surrounds it. Most of the ridge has been designated as a conservation area to be preserved from development. While most of the ridge is privately owned, the City of Ottawa is slowly buying up sections in the heart of the ridge as part of the preservation process. Orienteering Ottawa is fortunate to have event-based access to most of the area.

There are two fairly distinct types of gently undulating terrain. The “Barrens terrain” refers to mostly open bare rock with a maze of lakes, marshes, and streams. The rest of the terrain is made up of forested, smooth rocky ridges, with many large and small marshes and a fair bit of rock detail. Some sections have an extensive trail network and other areas are completely wild and undisturbed.

We have mapped the ridge with 2.5m contours to reflect the intricate topo detail for this type of terrain. The result is a very technically challenging area that will be a great test of your navigational skills.

Map Notes

Ten property owners have kindly allowed us to run all over their 100 acre “back yards”. It contains small hills, deep marshes, a maze of trails, and a fair amount of rock detail. Rock faces/cliffs may be as short as 5 metres in length but they are vertical, higher than 1 metre, and contiguous.

The woods are quite dry this time of year. Indistinct marshes may be only “moist”. Marshes outlined with the bank line are very difficult to cross. Even dry-looking marshes have a deep, sticky mud. The beavers have been very busy and their dams keep raising the level of the lakes or creating new ones. A couple of large dams have burst leaving large grassy marshes where lakes used to be.

A wet summer has been a boon for the tall weeds in the rough open areas and especially in the hydro right-of-way which runs through the middle of the map. Thick juniper bushes, raspberry cane, and small vines fill some of those areas. As indicated in the course notes they are drawn with the rough open symbol overlaid by the thick undergrowth symbol. As such, I highly recommend that participants wear full protection on their lower body. Double tights and/or gaiters will be appropriate.

There are old broken strands of barbed wire along the borders of the properties. We have tried to cut down and/or ribbon every piece we can find. The are also many sections of single-strand electric wire which can be easily jumped – and all turned off!

Arnprior - Sprint, National Team Relay, and People's Cup Finale

Terrain Notes

The sprint and relay take place in the town of Arnprior, with a mix of urban areas, parkland, and forest. The forested part is a tract of old growth forest, with towering white pines and sugar maples, many root stocks, and a dense trail network. The area has only small elevation changes. Uncrossable fences, hedges and forbidden areas add challenging route choice elements to the very fast running of the forest and parkland.  A closed streets of downtown Arnprior for the sprint add to the excitement and the challenge as competitors change gears multiple times throughout the race.  The arena and the downtown streets both offer superb spectator opportunities.

Map Notes

A mix of urban, forest and parkland areas. The man-made object symbol - "X" - is most often a very large sign. In Gillies Grove, an old-growth pine ofrest, I have used the vegetation-impassable symbol (a very dark green) to indicate the location of uge, distinct, felled pines that are too large to pass over. Root stocks must be 1.5 metres or higher to be included on the map. Large, distinct, deciduous trees are indicated by the green circle symbol filled with white. Large distinct conifers and bushes are drawn with the dark green symbol. Small individual trees are shown with a small green dot.

Good Luck! Bill Anderson.