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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.
If an event you are interested in no longer appears on the schedule, please check the Archive of event announcements or the Results.
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
|Summer Series Event #2: Mills College
Mills College, Oakland, CA
|- 510.407.1876||George Minarik|
|C; This is the second event of the 2023 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome! (pending park approval)|
|Summer Series Event #3: Vasona
Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA
|C; This is the third event of the 2023 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome! (pending park approval)|
|Jun. 24 - 25||Marmot O Cup (MOC); Spokane, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; The NRE events have been canceled, being replaced by two *non-NRE* events; see the event website for details (entry deadline: June 20)|
|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 deadline: June 15)|
|Jul. 1 - 7||WTOC: World Trail-O Champs 2023; Zákupy, Czech Republic|
|A; Two PreO events, TempO event, Relay event (team organized by OUSA); public events at one PreO day & the TempO event (entry details TBD) -- rescheduled from 2022|
|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. 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 deadline: June 12)|
|San Francisco Bay 2 Bankers 5K, 10K
San Francisco, CA
| - 510.681.6181
|11th annual Bay 2 Bankers: another never-been-done-before mystery theme celebrating the classic vibes of San Francisco; start at Ghirardelli Square; meander through some classic neighborhoods of the city; preregister for lower fees (Not a BAOC event)|
|Summer Series Event #4: UC Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley, CA
|C; This is the fourth event of the 2023 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome! (pending park approval)|
|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 deadline: May 31)|
|Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
|A; All are welcome, including beginners; Western States Orienteering Championships, Day 1; California Orienteering Festival, Stage 1; NRE Sprint event in urban park (pending park approval)|
|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; ALL ARE WELCOME; Stages 1–3 of the California Orienteerinf Festival — see Schedule entries for individual days (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, Western States Orienteering Championships, North American Championships (NAOC), and World Rogaining Championships (WRC) — see Schedule entries for individual events (entry deadline: June 15) (pending park approval)|
|Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
|A; All are welcome, including beginners; Western States Orienteering Championships, Day 2; California Orienteering Festival, Stage 2: NRE Middle-distance event in urban park (pending park approval)|
|Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
|A; All are welcome, including beginners; Western States Orienteering Championships, Day 3; California Orienteering Festival, Stage 3: NRE Long-distance forest event (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 deadline: 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 deadline: June 1) — 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 deadline: June 15) (pending park approval)|
|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 deadline: July 9)|
|Jul. 29 - Aug. 4||O'France 2023; Bolquère, France|
|A; Urban Sprint (nearby in Spain), 3 Middle, 2 Long events (entry deadline: May 31)|
|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 (entry deadline: June 30)|
|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 deadlines: July 9 & 23)|
|Aug. 11 - 18||WMOC: World Masters Orienteering Champs; Košice, Slovakia|
|A; Sprint Model, Qualification, & Final; Forest Model & Qualification; Middle Final; Long Final (entry deadline: June 30) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA
|C; [Tentative date & location] This is the fifth event of the 2023 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome! (pending park approval)|
|Summer Series Event #6: Bayfront Park
Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, CA
|- 650.281.5280||Matthias Kohler|
|C; This is the final event of the 2023 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome! (pending park approval)|
|Aug. 29 - Sep. 4||Laramie Daze; Laramie, WY||Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club (RMOC)|
|B; RMOC/LROC expect this event to take place, but pending permitting from the National Forest; tentative schedule is three non-NRE races and three NRE races; details TBD|
|Sep. 1 - 30||NAV-X GPS Challenge #5: Sunol Regional Wilderness; Sunol, CA||
NAV-X Challenge (NAV-X)
|Rogaine; 2- or 4-hour Map Trek using the MapRun6 smartphone app or MapRunG Garmin app; get to as many of the checkpoints as you can (dates shown are due to a website limit; actual dates are Sept. 1 through Oct. 31) (Not a BAOC event)|
|Sep. 23 - 24||2023 Masters Nationals; Buffalo/Rochester, NY||Rochester Orienteering Club (ROC)|
|A; 2-day Classic event (sanctioned & Champs approved) (entry deadlines: July 23, Sept. 3 & 17)|
|Sep. 29 - Oct. 1||Deschutes Pyroclastic 2-Day NRE; Bend, OR||Columbia River Orienteering Club (CROC)|
|A; Friday model event at Lower Dutchman, Saturday Classic-distance NRE at Upper Dutchman, Sunday Middle-distance NRE at Lava Butte; OUSA sanctioned event (entry details TBD)|
|Oct. 1 - 31||NAV-X GPS Challenge #6: Cache Creek; Clearlake Oaks, CA||
NAV-X Challenge (NAV-X)
|Rogaine; 3- or 6-hour Map Trek using the MapRun6 smartphone app or MapRunG Garmin app; get to as many of the ~50 check- points as you can (dates shown are due to a website limit; actual dates are Oct. 1 through Nov. 30) (Not a BAOC event)|
|Oct. 7 - 8||New England Championships; Sturbridge, MA||New England Orienteering Club (NEOC)|
|A; Classic-distance format, 2-day combined-time event. Both days are National Ranking Events sanctioned by OUSA. Wells State Park map, fully updated 2020 (entry deadline: Sept. 17)|
|NAV-X GPS Challenge #7: Shell Ridge/Diablo Foothills; Walnut Creek, CA||
NAV-X Challenge (NAV-X)
|Rogaine; 2- or 4-hour Map Trek NOT using the MapRun6 smartphone app or MapRunG Garmin app; traditional, in-person, 1-day event; get to as many of the checkpoints as you can (Not a BAOC event)|
|Nov. 4 - 5||2-day Classic; Delaware||Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA)|
|A; Information TBD; pre-registration will be required a few weeks in advance|
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 .