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|US Championships, 13-14 September, 2003
IOF World Ranking Event, 13 September, 2003
Contact: Evan Custer, 925-254-5628
The BAOC will hold the second annual Tahoe 2 Day A meet on a new map of Fallen Leaf Lake, which is on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, about 4 miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe, California. Here is a map of the area. This will be the United States Orienteering Federation's Individual Classic Distance Championship for 2003. The championships will be a two-day, cumulative time, classic distance event. There also will be a classic distance IOF World Ranking Event (WRE) held concurrently on the 1st day of the championships. There will be a model event Friday afternoon, September 12th for all participants.
Fallen Leaf Lake is on U.S. Forest Service property. The terrain is approximately 30% open area, meadow, or fast runnable coniferous forest, about 20% slightly slower but still relatively fast white forest, and about 50% slower forest with slash and low growing thick bushes and other thick vegetation. The trail and road network is variable, being relatively extensive in some areas and sparser in other areas. The rock detail varies from almost none in some areas, to areas with large amounts of rock detail. There are many small pits which may only be 0.5 meter deep and 2.0 meters across. There are many individually mapped large fallen trees.
The brown and green courses will be set almost entirely in the fast terrain. The red course will be about 75% in the very fast terrain, and the blue course will be about 50-50 between the faster and slower terrain. The red and blue courses will also extend up into the steeper areas of the terrain.
The climate in mid-September can be quite variable, ranging from sunny clear days with a high temperature of about 70 degrees, to cooler temperatures in the mid 40's. There is a small chance of rain and snow but that would be quite unusual.
The biggest hazard at this event is probably the altitude. You will be competing at 6200 feet. One of the best ways to decrease some of the effects of high altitude is to stay hydrated throughout the competition. Start drinking water about 1 hour before your start, and drink water at all of the water stops. If it is warm, it is even more important to stay hydrated. There are no rattlesnakes or poison oak. Bears are common in the Lake Tahoe Basin, but are usually not aggressive, and are mainly seen at night when they are searching for food in garbage cans. The safety bearing is north until you reach Highway 89. All participants must carry a whistle for emergency use.
The blue and red courses will be printed at 1:15000, and all other
will be printed at 1:10000. All maps will be printed with a high
ink jet printer with water proof ink. The maps will be sealed in a 3
There will be the standard 7 courses and 43 USOF classes for the A meet. For the WRE, there will be M21E and W21E classes. If you want to enter the WRE, you must explicitly indicate so on the entry form. If you do enter the WRE, your entry must be postmarked by August 30. This is an absolute deadline. No special requests for start time will be accepted for the WRE, and a computer will generate the draw for the start list.
Class Course Length Climb No. of controls M21, M21E Blue 1 11.55 420 23 Blue 2 10.575 375 20 M40, M45 Red X 1 8.175 290 16 Red X 2 7.825 255 16 F21, F21E, M20, M35, M-Red Red Y 1 8.0 260 16 Red Y 2 7.825 245 17 M50, M55, M60 Green X 1 6.075 190 13 Green X 2 6.025 180 12 F20, F35, F40, F45, Green Y 1 5.475 165 12 F-Green, M18, M-Green Green Y 2 5.575 165 12 F50, F55, M65 Brown X 1 4.55 95 11 Brown X 2 4.425 130 10 F18, F60, F65, F70, Brown Y 1 4.05 95 9 F-Brown, M70, M-Brown Brown Y 2 3.825 105 11 F16, F-Orange, M16, Orange 1 4.3 100 8 M-Orange, Group-Orange Orange 2 4.575 150 9 F14, F-Yellow, M14, Yellow 1 3.525 65 11 M-Yellow, Group-Yellow Yellow 2 2.95 60 9 F10, F12, M10, M12, White 1 2.25 35 10 M/F White, Group-White White 2 2.65 45 12
The estimated winning time for M21E is 75-85 minutes and for W21E is 60-65 minutes. For the US Championships, the estimated winning times are :White, 25-30 min; Yellow, 35-40 min; Orange, 50-55 min; Brown, 45-50 min; Green, 50-55 min; Red, 60-65 min; Blue, 75-85 min.
Model Event and Training
The model event will be held on Friday afternoon, September 12th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and is free to all competitors. E-punching will be available at the model event. Additional training areas are available at Burton Creek State Park in Tahoe City (about 1 hour away) and at Spooner Lake on the east shore of Lake Tahoe (about 45 minutes away). Maps for Burton Creek and Spooner Lake may be ordered for $3.00 each.
SportIdent electronic punching will be used for all classes in the championships and in the WRE. If you do not own your own SI Card, you may rent one for $2.00/day. Please indicate on your entry form the number of your SI Card, or if you need to rent one.
Event Center, Accommodations and Meals
The event will be centered at Camp Concord, which is on the Fallen Leaf map. Rustic cabins (6-10 beds per cabin, no heat, no linens [bring sleeping bag or sheets and blanket], with or without electricity, separate bathroom building with hot showers) will be available for use on Friday and Saturday nights. A cabin may be reserved for a family or group with 4 or more people, or you may be assigned to a cabin shared with other orienteers. The price ($52/night/adult for cabins with electricity, $48/night/adult for cabins without electricity) includes six meals: Friday and Saturday night dinners, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, and Saturday and Sunday lunches, which may be box lunches if desired. Accommodations only (no meals) are available for Thursday and Sunday nights at the rate of $30.00 per night per person for those participants who want or need to arrive early or stay late. Additional activities such as archery, hiking, campfire, canoeing, crawdad fishing, arts and crafts, and games are available. Float trips down the Truckee River near Tahoe City or horseback rides at a nearby stable are also possible, depending on demand and on the weather, for an additional fee ($10/person for float trip, $25/person for an hour long horseback ride). All participants are welcome and encouraged to attend the Saturday night dinner ($15.00 per adult, which is included in room and board fee if you stay at Camp Concord) at the camp dining hall. If you'd like to stay
at Camp Concord you can fill out a registration form. There are many other motels and hotels available in South Lake Tahoe. Participants who are staying at Camp Concord must park their cars at
SnoPark Assembly Area, and take a shuttle to the camp. There is very
parking at the camp, and only event officials and volunteers will be
park at the camp. There will be frequent free shuttle service to the
the SnoPark Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday evening (for
dinner) and Sunday morning. Alternatively, participants may walk
Camp and the SnoPark via Cathedral Road. The distance is 1.2 km.
Assembly Area, Parking and Packet Pickup
The assembly area and parking for the model event and both days of
will be at the Taylor Creek SnoPark, just south of Highway 89 and west
Cathedral Creek off of Cathedral Road (which is between Fallen Leaf
Mt. Talac Trailhead Road). Packets may be picked up from 12:00 noon to
and then from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 13th.; from 8:00
on Saturday, Sept. 13th; and from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Sunday, Sept.
The assembly area will be the parking area for the model event, both
competition, for people staying at Camp Concord, and for people
Saturday night dinner.
Camping is available at the Fallen Leaf Campground, which is on the competition map. Reservations and information about the campground can be found here. The fee is $18.00 per night for a campsite, which will allow a maximum of six persons per site. Parking for one car is included in the $18 fee. Each extra car is $5 per night. Reservations are available now, and early booking is suggested as the campsite may fill up on a nice fall weekend.
Postmarked by Aug. 16:
Postmarked between Aug. 17 and Aug. 30 and absolute last day for entry in the WRE:
Day of event entry:
Adult members of USOF or another national federation belonging to the IOF receive a $3.00/day discount of the above fees, and juniors (age 18 and younger, born in 1985 or later) receive a discount of $1.50 per day.
Housing and meal fees at Camp Concord:
No pre-registered entries will be accepted after Aug. 30th. Entries received with a postmark later than August 30th will be treated as a day of event entry. Day of event entries will be accepted for the Championships (but not the WRE), but these entrants will not receive assigned start times and will have to wait for a vacancy in the start list for their start time. Register on line at www.active.com or complete a standard USOF entry form (editor: bad link to "http://www.us.orienteering.org/Forms/standard2002.pdf" removed), and mail it with your check, made payable to BAOC, to the registrar at the following address:
Information about obtaining a visa for entry into the US can be found at http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html. Foreign competitors may pay at registration when they pick up their packets or register online at www.active.com.
There will be cash awards for the top three U.S. Championship eligible M21 and F21 finishers for the 2-Day A meet.". First place winners will receive $1,000.00, second place finishers will receive $500.00, and third place finishers $250.00. Non-cash awards will be available for the top 3 finishers in all other classes. To be eligible for the awards of US Champion, you must be a member of
in good standing and meet one of the following criteria:
Saturday Night Dinner
There will be a dinner on Saturday night, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Camp Concord dining hall. Course reviews and door prizes will be provided. If the fastest person on the orange and advanced courses presents a review of his or her course, he or she will receive a complimentary dinner.
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You must check in at the finish and the Electronic Punching (EP) download station whether you finish your course or not. If you do not check in, we must assume you are either lost or injured, and will have to start an unnecessary search and rescue effort.
The courses will close at 4:00 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Please return by closing time. Please do not try to finish your course or get "just one more control" if you cannot get back to the finish by closing time. You will have the full three hours to finish, and if you do not return by that time, according to USOF rules, you will be classified as overtime, and your time will not count anyway. Please be courteous to the organizers and not make them wait and worry if you are lost or injured by not showing up before closing time.
The safety bearing is north. You will eventually reach Route 89 if you keep going north. There are two main paved roads that basically run north-south, Fallen Leaf Road and Cathedral Road. If you follow any paved road north, you will eventually reach Route 89.
Whistles are required to be worn by all competitors. If you are injured or hopelessly lost, give three short blasts on the whistle, and repeat about every 30 seconds or so. Whistles are not toys, and every competitor is required to respond to a person in distress who is using the whistle in an emergency. Please do not ruin someone else's run by needlessly blowing your whistle.
There will be first aid at the finish.
There is an emergency room at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, about 5 miles from the event site. It is at 2170 South Avenue at the corner of 3rd St. The phone number is 530-541-3420. The directions to the hospital are:
Take Route 89 south to South Lake Tahoe. (Turn right at Highway 89 when leaving the SnoPark assembly area.) At the "Y" intersection with US 50, turn left. Go two blocks and turn right on 3rd Street and go about 4 blocks to the hospital.
The phone number to the El Dorado Sheriff is 530-544-3464 or 911. The sheriff is to be contacted in case a search and rescue effort using search dogs is required.
The emergency number for the US Forest Service is 530-543-2600.
The start and finish for the model event will be a 900 meter walk from the SnoPark Assembly Area down Cathedral Road. There is no parking available on Cathedral Road.
There will be remote starts for Saturday, Sept. 13. Busses will be available from the SnoPark Assembly Area to the start areas from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. It will be about a 5 minute ride, but there will only be two busses shuttling back and forth, so please allow enough time to get to your start on time. There will be two start areas on Saturday, one for the red and blue courses, and a second one for all other courses. There will be about a 200 meter walk from the drop off at the bus to the start location. There will be a remote finish on Saturday, with about a 700 meter walk back to the assembly area.
On Sunday, there will be two separate start areas, one for white and yellow, and the other for the rest of the courses. Both start areas are less than a 5 minute walk from the assembly area. The finish will be at Camp Concord. Shuttle service will be provided back to the assembly area for those staying at the Camp. Non campers will have a 1.2 km walk back to the parking area from the finish, although there may be space available on some of the shuttles.
Directions and Parking
Here is a map of the Lake Tahoe region. Fallen Leaf Lake is just northwest of South Lake Tahoe.
The nearest large airport is Reno, Nevada. The event center will be at Camp Concord, approximately 4 miles northwest of the "Y" intersection of US 50 and State Route 89 in the western part of South Lake Tahoe. All participants should
the Assembly Area at the Taylor Creek Sno Park on Cathedral Road, just
of Highway 89. Registration for the event, packet pick-up, and check
Camp Concord will all be at the Assembly Area.
From the Bay Area and Sacramento, take US 50 east from Sacramento to
Lake Tahoe. At the "Y" intersection of US 50 with Route 89, continue
on Route 89. Go approximately 3.5 miles to Cathedral Road (past Camp
Richardson and the Forest Service Visitors Center). There will be a
"Sno-Park." Turn left. Go less than 0.1 mile and turn left again into
Sno-Park Assembly area.
From Reno and the east, take US 395 south towards Carson City. Turn
US 50 and go through South Lake Tahoe. At the "Y" intersection of US 50
Route 89, turn right onto Route 89 north, and follow the directions
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