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Tahoe 3-Day "A" Meet

Northstar Resort and Burton Creek State Park

Date: Jun. 20 - 22, 2008
Location: Tahoe City, CA
Event Director: - 510.526.9071
Course Setters: Steve Gregg, Dwight Freund (GCO)
Type: A; Sprint Friday, Middle distance Saturday, Classic distance Sunday

List of entrants as of June 16, with START TIMES

Meet Director's Notes

Course Setter's Notes--Friday Sprint

Course Setter's Notes--Saturday & Sunday

Pre-registration for the A Meet is closed!

Download the Tahoe 3-Day Flier.

Note: The Junior Training Camp has been canceled.

Table of contents

BAOC will host the Tahoe 3-Day "A" Meet on June 20-22, 2008. The three days will offer a sprint event, a middle-distance event, and a classic-distance event. All the events will be USOF Sanctioned "A" Meets with full age-group classes.

Join us in the stunning Lake Tahoe area to orienteer through the eminently runnable and friendly pine forests. The weather should be delightful at this time of year with temperatures in the 70's and only a very small chance of rain. The lake will be surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The days are long and the nights clear and star studded. More information will be periodically added to this web page—check back here for updates.

Sprint Event at Northstar Resort, near Truckee

Friday Afternoon, June 20

The forested area around the village at the Northstar Resort, near Truckee, is prime sprint territory. Quick decision making will be tested by the variety of the terrain and preponderance of features. No poison oak here, just beautiful ponderosa pine forests. The elevation is 6300 ft. Steve Gregg has revised the map that was made in 2000 by George Kirkov. Steve has many years of experience in designing sprint courses. This event will be part the U.S. Sprint Series. The maps will be printed at 1:5000.

See the Sprint Course Setter's Notes for more information.

Burton Creek State Park, near Tahoe City

Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22

Burton Creek State Park is a beautiful park near the lakeside. You will run through mature pine forest, meadows, and creeks. The 6400 ft. average elevation is too high for poison oak. The map was originally made in 2000 by George Kirkov, and has been extensively revised through the years. Dwight Freund will set middle-distance courses (70% of the classic length) for Saturday, and a classic-distance event for Sunday. Dwight has been designing courses for almost 20 years, including courses on this map. The maps will be printed at 1:10000.

Note that Saturday and Sunday are separate events—times will not be combined.

See the Saturday/Sunday Course Setter's Notes for more information.

Recreational Courses

There will be recreational courses on Saturday and Sunday for the beginner's White course, the advanced beginners Yellow course, and the intermediate Orange course. Recreational participants will register the morning of each event, and pay the normal BAOC prices. There will not be recreational courses on Friday.

Event Timetable

March 12           Early registration open
May 28             Early registration ends 
June 12            Preregistration ends
June 17            "A" Meet Start Times are posted on web site
June 20   2PM-6    Packet Pickup and day-of-event Registration at Northstar Resort
June 20   8PM-10   Evening Packet pickup at Northstar
June 20   3PM-6    Sprint Event Start times at Northstar
June 21   9AM      Packet Pickup and day-of-event Registration at Burton Creek State Park
June 21   10AM-1   Start Times for Middle-Distance Event at Burton Creek
June 21   1PM      Awards Ceremonies for Sprint Event & Middle-Distance Event
June 22   8AM      Packet Pickup and day-of-event Registration at Burton Creek
June 22   9AM-12   Start Times for Classic-Distance Event at Burton Creek
June 22   1PM      Awards Ceremony for Classic-Distance Event


All three events will use SportIdent E-punch. If you don't own a SportIdent E-Card you can rent them according to the prices below. If you're not familiar with E-punch, see our User's Guide for an explanation of how it works.

Map Copies

Existing copies of the Northstar Resort and Burton Creek State Park maps can be ordered with your registration (see prices below).

Entry Procedures

A-Meet entries are no longer being accepted online or by mail. However, you can still enter at the event. If you will be doing that, the would appreciate if you would send him email advising him to expect you.

Start Times for all pre-registered entrants are available here.

A-Meet Prices

A-Meet Courses:

                                               Adult       Junior
  Postmarked by May 28, 2008:   Friday Sprint  $15.00      $ 7.50
                              Saturday/Sunday  $24.00/day  $12.00/day
  Postmarked by Jun 11, 2008:   Friday Sprint  $20.00      $10.00
                              Saturday/Sunday  $30.00/day  $15.00/day
  Day of event:                 Friday Sprint  $24.00      $12.00
                              Saturday/Sunday  $34.00/day  $17.00/day

Adult members of USOF or another national federation belonging to IOF receive a $3.00-per-day discount on A-Meet entry fees. Juniors (under 21) who are members of USOF receive a $1.50-per-day discount on A-Meet entry fees.

Other fees:

  * SI Card rental:          $ 3.00/day
  * Loss of rental SI Card:  $25.00
  * Compass rental:          $ 1.00/day
  * Loss of rental compass:  $15.00
  * O Map of Northstar:      $ 4.00
  * O Map of Burton Creek:   $ 4.00

Registration for Recreational Courses will be done at the event at standard BAOC prices.


Awards will be given out to the first three finishers in each class for each of the three events.

Equipment Supplier

Scarborough Orienteering (http://www.orienteer.com) will be at Northstar and Burton Creek each day. Send an e-mail to , if you need anything in particular. You may order e-sticks on-line for delivery in your packet.

Parents' Shared Childcare



Special BAOC rates at Northstar Resort:

Note: There is still space as of May 30!
BAOC has negotiated reduced rates at the deluxe Northstar Resort (http://www.northstarattahoe.com). Consider spending the weekend at this World Class Resort for the price of a Lake Tahoe Motel. You can stay longer at the same rates if you would like an extended vacation. Here are the rates: Studio Condo $99, Village Room $116, Village Loft $137, 1Bdrm/1 Bath Condo $161, 2 Bdrm/1 Bath Condo $181, 2 Bdrm/2 Bath Condo $203, 3 Bdrm/2 Bath Condo $269. These rates may sell out early, so book soon. Rates are per unit per night. A 2-night minimum is required. Rates do not include 10% lodging tax, 1% housekeeping gratuity, and $5 per condo per night resort fee. A deposit of $200 per bedroom will be due at time of booking, payable by credit card. The balance is due 14 days prior to arrival date and will be automatically charged to your credit card. There are cancellation policies you should ask about. All Northstar Resort guests receive complimentary use of the Swim & Racquet Club and free onsite transportation. Call Northstar at 1-800-GO-NORTH, press 1 for reservations, and ask for the Bay Area Orienteering Club rate.

There are dozens of motels and cabin rentals in the North Tahoe area. See the Tahoe Visitors Bureau (http://www.gotahoenorth.com/?Visitor=XM8J83XC6UKM8WZD&Visit=MIGYGYMPU3R4F5A1) website for information.


Note: The list of campsite assignments was emailed to everyone on June 11. If you did not receive it, contact .

Please note that the camping option is not sponsored by BAOC. It is provided as an informal alternative for people to consider when making their lodging choice.

Many campers have signed up to camp at Donner Memorial State Park (http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=503), off Interstate 80 near Truckee. We have reserved 15 sites (as of May 27) for Friday and Saturday nights. We also have some sites for Thursday night if you want to come up and stay the night before the event. We can have 8 campers on each site. We plan to have a group campfire each night at one of the sites. The sites are near the swimming area. There are coin-operated showers, flush toilets, and lockers for food storage. Good shopping is in nearby Truckee. We probably can reserve more spaces if needed, but don't wait until the last minute!

Let know if you'd like to join us, and what nights. It's a beautiful area, and I'm sure that we'll enjoy the camping. Contact to reserve a space, or for more information on this campground or on other campgrounds in the area.

Directions to Northstar Resort

The closest airport is the Reno Tahoe Airport, about 40 miles away. Sacramento Airport is 114 miles away. San Francisco and Oakland Airports are about 200 miles away.

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From Reno

Directions to Burton Creek State Park

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From Reno

From Northstar Resort