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Unless otherwise noted, all of the club's events take place within the San Francisco Bay Area, are on Sundays, go on rain or shine, and offer courses for beginners. Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for information about event schedules, costs, and what to bring.
Click on the event date to go to the event webpage/website. For the latest information for any event, please check the event webpage/website closer to the event, or (for local events) contact the Event Director. There are additional details about the event schedule below.
Note that there is a Google calendar of "local" events below the list of events. You can subscribe to that calendar to have the events shown on your personal Google calendar.
To see only BAOC events, change the drop-down box below from All Clubs to BAOC, and click on Reload. Similarly, you can select a different year, and you can restrict the displayed list to only a certain type of event.
Type, and Notes
|Go Wild! Lime Ridge; Walnut Creek, CA|| - 510.681.6181
|2-hour Map Adventure Course; Enjoy a trail & wilderness scramble among the oaks, quarries, & grasslands of Lime Ridge Open Space. Teams of 1–5 find checkpoints along the trails & in the wilds in 2 hours. Preregister for lower fees. (Not a BAOC event)|
|Feb. 3 - 5||2023 OUSA Ski Orienteering Championships; Lake Placid, NY||Empire Orienteering Club (EMPO)|
|A; Sprint, Middle, & Long events to be held in conjunction with the Empire State Winter Games (entry deadline: Jan. 28)|
|Wild Goose Chase 5k & 10k
Mississippi Bar, Fair Oaks, CA
| - 510.681.6181
|5k/10k map adventure courses; enjoy the many trails, rock piles, & American River views of Mississippi Bar! Not your typical 5k/10k: follow a map to find the checkpoints; have the trail run of your life! Preregister for lower fees. (Not a BAOC event)|
|Shell Ridge Open Space
Walnut Creek, CA
|B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)|
|Fire Mountain Middle NRE; Mt Vernon, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; Middle-distance classic orienteering; one race; five public courses interspersed with eight student (Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League) courses|
|Feb. 18 - 26||Southwest Spring Week (SWSW) 2023; Tucson, AZ||Tucson Orienteering Club (TSN)|
|B; Nine days of orienteering and fun in the desert southwest with a variety of courses (registration is open; deadline TBD)|
|Lake Herman Recreation Area
|- 650.906.9672||Nick Corsano|
|B; Standard 7 course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)|
|Wild Goose Chase 5k & 10k
Rossmoor Bar, Rancho Cordova, CA
| - 510.681.6181
|5k/10k map adventure courses; enjoy the many trails, rock piles, & American River views of Rossmoor Bar! Not your typical 5k/10k: follow a map to find the checkpoints; have the trail run of your life! Preregister for lower fees. (Not a BAOC event)|
|Mar. 11 - 12||Royal Romp 2023; Quantico, VA||Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC)|
|A; 2-day Classic NRE event at Prince William Forest; advance registration is required (entry deadlines: Jan. 5, Feb. 20, Mar. 4)|
|Mar. 24 - 26||2023 U.S. Nationals – Flying Pig XXV; Cincinnati, OH||Orienteering Club of Cincinnati (OCIN)|
|A; 25th edition of the popular National Event; at Carter Caves State Park (KY) and TBD Sprint venue; this event will be the JWOC 2023 Team Trials (details TBD)|
|Calero County Park
San Jose, CA
|- 408.688.4482||Rich Parker|
|A; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced orienteers; this will be our annual, 1-day, National Ranking Event (NRE) with standard fees (i.e., not normal NRE fees) (pending park approval)|
|Apr. 15 - 16||43rd Annual National Event; West Point, NY||U.S. Military Academy Orienteering Club (USMAOC)|
|A; S/M/L National Ranking Event: Middle & Sprint on Saturday at West Point, Long on Sunday at Harriman State Park (details TBD)|
|May. 6 - 7||Boulder Dash; Hollis, NH||Up North Orienteers (UNO)|
|A; 2-day combined-time Classic NRE; details TBD|
|May. 27 - 29||“Sprint” Adventure Running Festival; Atascadero, Morro Bay, & San Luis Obispo, CA|
|A; 3 days, 6 events (1 NRE); for runners, walkers, hikers, ... of all ages; new maps; 2km–3km courses; exciting variety of formats; about 20 checkpoints per course; BAOC and terraloco are collaborating for these events (entry deadlines: May 21 & 25) (pending park approval)|
|Jun. 24 - 25||Fisk NREs; Spokane, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; Two NREs: Forest Sprint and Middle (new maps and venue)|
|Jul. 1 - 7||WTOC: World Trail-O Champs 2023; Zákupy, Czech Republic|
|A; Two PreO events, TempO event, Relay event; public events at one PreO day & the TempO event (entry details TBD) — rescheduled from 2022|
|Jul. 1 - 5||5 Days of Italy; Pieve di Cadore, Veneto, Italy|
|A; In the Dolomites of northern Italy: Two Sprints, three Middle, and one Long event (entry deadlines: March 31, June 15)|
|Jul. 2 - 7||55th Kainuu Orienteering Week; Kuhmo, Finland|
|A; Four events over six days; competition categories and open courses; quotes from website: "3,500 to 10,000 orienteers annually", "one of the most popular sporting events in Finland" (entry deadlines: Feb. 28, May 31, June 12)|
|Jul. 2 - 8||JWOC: Junior World Orienteering Champs; Baia Mare, Romania|
|A; Annual international championship event for juniors, and "Romanian Cup" public event (Sprint, Long, 2 Middle)|
|Jul. 11 - 16||WOC: World Orienteering Championships; Flims Laax, Switzerland|
|A; Annual world championships, with associated Swiss O Week "spectator races" open to everyone (see separate schedule entry)|
|Jul. 15 - 22||Swiss O Week; Flims Laax, Switzerland|
|A; Popular open event in conjunction with the WOC; 3 Long and 3 Middle events (entry deadlines: Jan. 31, May 31)|
|Jul. 17 - 19||2023 Western States Orienteering Championships
San Francisco Bay Area
|A; Championship event for orienteers from the western U.S. states that have 10,000-foot mountains (pending park approval)|
|Jul. 17 - 30||California Orienteering Festival; San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area||- 925.934.6567|
|A; Many days of activities including multiple NRE events, the Western States Orienteering Championships, the North American Championships (NAOC), and the World Rogaining Championships (WRC) (entry deadlines: Jan. 15, March 1, June 15) (pending park approval)|
|Jul. 21 - 24||North American Championships (NAOC)
|A; California Orienteering Festival, Stages 4–7: Biennial American-Canadian championships, hosted by BAOC; Model event; NRE/WRE Sprint, Middle, & Long events; Elite & Club Relays (entry deadlines: Jan. 15, March 1, June 15) (pending park approval)|
|Jul. 23 - 29||O-Ringen; Åre, Sweden|
|A; Annual, "world's largest" orienteering event; main 5-day event is 2 Middle & 3 Long; other options available (entry details TBD) -- rescheduled from 2022|
|Jul. 28 - 30||World Rogaining Championships (WRC)
Northstar California Resort, Truckee, CA
|Rogaine; California Orienteering Festival, Stage 10: Annual world championships, hosted by BAOC; limited to 1000 entries; model event on Friday (entry deadlines: Jan. 15, March 1, June 15) (pending park approval)|
|Jul. 29 - Aug. 4||O'France 2023; Bolquère, France|
|A; Urban Sprint (nearby in Spain), 3 Middle, 2 Long events (entry deadlines: Mar. 31, May 31)|
|Jul. 29 - Aug. 2||Bavarian Forest 5 Days; Zwiesel, Bavaria, Germany|
|A; City Sprint & 4 forest days; age classes (10-80) and open categories; max. 800 entries (entry deadlines: Jan. 1, May 1, July 9)|
|Jul. 30 - Aug. 4||Scottish 6-Day; Elgin, Scotland (near Inverness)|
|A; Event results based on best four of five events: two Middle and three Long; plus an optional, limited-entry, non-counting Sprint (entries open in December)|
|Aug. 5 - 13||Canadian Orienteering Championships; Ottawa/Montreal, CA|
|A; 6-day O-Fest (8/5–8/10) followed by 3-day championships with Sprint, Middle, & Long events (8/11–8/13) (entry details TBD)|
|Aug. 11 - 18||WMOC: World Masters Orienteering Champs; Košice, Slovakia|
|A; Sprint Model, Qualification, & Final; Forest Model & Qualification; Middle Final; Long Final (entry deadlines: Jan. 10, May 10, June 30) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Aug. 29 - Sep. 4||Laramie Daze; Laramie, WY||Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club (RMOC)|
|B; "In planning and therefore still tentative, but stronger than mere rumor." Details TBD|
|Sep. 23 - 24||2023 Masters Nationals; Buffalo/Rochester, NY||Rochester Orienteering Club (ROC)|
|A; 2-day Classic event (sanctioned & Champs approved); details TBD|
|Sep. 30 - Oct. 1||Upper Dutchman NRE; Bend, OR||Columbia River Orienteering Club (CROC)|
|A; One-day NRE at Upper Dutchman, 2nd non-NRE event at nearby TBD venue; in planning stages|
|Oct. 7 - 8||New England Championships; Sturbridge, MA||New England Orienteering Club (NEOC)|
|A; Details TBD|
Schedule of events in 2024 (http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/Current?year=2024)
Additional notes about the above schedule:
- Events in bold are BAOC events. The schedule includes regular orienteering events, and other events of potential interest, such as training sessions, BAOC Board meetings, regional events, National Events, and notable international events. You can use the drop-down boxes at the top of the page to limit the events that are listed and to look at future years.
- B- and C-meets are "regular" BAOC events. B-meets generally provide the standard seven courses (White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red, Blue). C-meets offer a subset of these courses, or another flavor of orienteering, such as Score-O.
- A-meets are National Ranking Events (NRE) for competitive orienteers. They offer courses in all the OUSA competitive classes (https://orienteeringusa.org/about/rules/) (see section A.39) and are counted in the national rankings (https://orienteeringusa.org/events/rankings/). Note, however, that these events also have courses for recreational orienteers and do welcome beginners, and sometimes an event will consist of a combination of NRE and non-NRE events.
- All BAOC events offer beginners clinics and courses unless otherwise noted in the event details.
- Junior events are specifically for youth under 21 years of age (but are often open to everyone).
- Training sessions are often suitable for beginners, but sometimes are intermediate and up—check the event details.
Google Calendar of Events
The Google calendar below shows announced orienteering events. It should contain BAOC, GCO (http://www.goldcountryorienteers.org), Nav-X (http://www.navxchallenge.com/), and terraloco (http://go-terraloco.blogspot.com/#!/p/about-terraloco_09.html) events, as well as selected other California events like Mt Pinos and Anza Borrego. However, please do not rely on this calendar for accuracy. The schedules on each club's website (including our own) will have the most accurate and up-to-date information.
If you have your own Google calendar, you can subscribe to this calendar, and see its events displayed on your personal Google calendar. To subscribe, click on the "+ Google Calendar" button at the bottom of the calendar.
- This calendar was suggested by Shura Kretchetov, and was developed by Shura and Alex Finch. (February 14, 2011)
- If the calendar is not displayed, or if no events are shown in the calendar, that might mean Google is having a problem—please try checking later. Failure to display might also be caused by a browser setting or extension. Try using a different browser, and/or opening a new "private" browser window (e.g., an Incognito window in the Chrome browser).
Working Calendars of Upcoming Events
The Event Coordinators' working schedule is available here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JG_uFZgck4lyAvmna2OC0SjCBXJ0Unv0NjaGXUiUttk). (You might notice that there are proposed events that need Event Directors and Course Setters. Without them, those events will not happen!)
Please send event suggestions (and offers to direct an event and/or set courses) to , the BAOC Event Coordinator (who leads the Regional Event Coordinators).
Another working calendar of events, named the CA OR WA NV AZ Adventure Calendar is available here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X8gwfoPMxAqupZ7_2gx26xz8aGekARdST4ef_G20HKE/edit?usp=sharing). In addition to BAOC and other regional events, it lists major national and international events.
More Schedule Information
You can find more events by looking at:
- The Orienteering USA (OUSA) event calendar (https://orienteeringusa.org/events/calendar/)
- The OUSA planning calendar (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18zubcKLGL_gyw3lVNDp6sfiEkSYX5wPB_qwQLmdnvDg/edit#gid=0)
- A list (https://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/) of U.S. "local" events
- The OUSA Rogaine calendar (http://orienteeringusa.org/events/calendar/rogaining-calendar/)
- The websites of other orienteering clubs
- The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) event calendar (https://eventor.orienteering.org/Events)
If you are looking for an announcement for a past BAOC event, check out the archive of old event schedules (http://baoc.org/sched/archive.php).
The best driving directions are usually within the event announcements themselves, but we also have a page containing driving directions (http://baoc.org/maps/directions.php) to most of the parks.
If you'd like to orienteer more often, volunteering to help put on events is a sure way to do it. Please contact the Event Coordinator, , regarding event directing and course setting.
Note: If you have additional information concerning any of these events, know of an event that should be added, or see something that's incorrect, please contact the .