2017 California Orienteering Week (COW)
2017 California Orienteering Week (COW)

O in the Oaks 2017

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Joaquin Miller Park  
Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline  
Briones Regional Park  

Date: Mar. 22–26, 2017
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Event Director, Pt. Pinole & Briones: - 510.684.2001
Course Setter, Pt. Pinole: Holly Gaston
Course Setter, Briones: Gavin Wyatt-Mair
Type: A; Saturday: "Extended" Middle courses at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline; Sunday: Ultra Long courses at Briones Regional Park; both days U.S. National Ranking Events; other events Wednesday-Friday (pending park approvals)

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Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

Note: All the events listed on this page are part of the California Orienteering Week (COW)

This extended event will include training days, a Pre-O (Trail-O) National Event, a local Sprint event, an "extended" Middle-distance National Event, and the 2017 U.S. Ultra Long Championships event.


(*) "Pre-O" is short for "Precision-O", which in turn is the new name for what has been called "Trail-O".


Wednesday–Friday, March 22–24 — Training Event

Informal training opportunities

Thursday, March 23 — National and Local Events

Pre-O National Event and Local BAOC Sprint event

Saturday, March 25 — National Event

O in the Oaks 2017, Day 1

Sunday, March 26 — National Event

O in the Oaks 2017, Day 2

Embargo Notice

Since the Joaquin Miller (Pre-O), Point Pinole, and Briones events are National Events, those parks are embargoed (ref. OUSA Rule A.7 (http://www.us.orienteering.org/rules#A7)). This is done for the purpose of fairness.

Thus, from September 2016 through the completion of the respective events:

Anyone who visits an embargoed area can still participate in the event, but will not be included in the official results, will not receive awards, and will not earn OUSA ranking credit.

(This notice does not apply to people who will participate on the recreational courses.)


Preregistration is open here (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/register/start/o-in-the-oaks-2017). You can see who has registered here (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/o-in-the-oaks-2017).

Note: Preregistration is only for competitive entries. Registration and payment for recreational courses must be done at the event.

If you are not able to pay online, or if you need to contact the Registrar for some other reason, here are the contact details:

Gary Kraght
78 Robinhood Dr
Novato, CA 94945

Note: If you need to make changes to your registration after completing it online, do not try to make the changes online. Contact the Registrar directly.

The three National Events that are available for registration are:

The regular registration deadline is March 12th (at 11:59 PDT). There will be Day-Of-Event registration available for those who do not register by the regular registration deadline. For the Pre-O, Day-Of-Event registration is for recreational only (i.e., non-competitive).

In addition, there will be a Sprint course available at Joaquin Miller on Thursday. For those who preregister for the Pre-O event, they can also do the Sprint course for free. For others, the costs are shown in the table below. Preregistration is available, but not required, for the Sprint.


O in the Oaks 2017 Fees
  Day   Event   Age  Early Registration 
(deadline February 12)
 Regular Registration 
(deadline March 12) 
 Day of Event 
  Thur.     Precision-O   Adult $15 $20 $20 (rec. only)
  Junior   $5 $5 $5 (rec. only)
  Sprint   Adult $10 $10 $10
  Junior $5 $5 $5
  Sat.   Extended Middle   Adult $28 $34 $40
  Junior $11 $13 $16
  Sun.   Ultra Long Champs     Adult $33 $39 $45
  Junior $13 $15 $18
  Notes: Adult is age 21 and up; Junior is age 20 and under
              The Thursday Sprint is free with Pre-O preregistration.
              The registration deadlines are at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the indicated dates.

Additional, optional fees:

Note: The preview map for Joaquin Miller will be the "existing" map for the park, not the new, never-been-used ISSOM map that will be used for the competition.


For the Ultra Long event on Sunday, OUSA Championship medals will be presented for the 38 standard OUSA championship classes (http://orienteeringusa.org/rules#A11).

In addition, "2-day" awards will be given, for all classes, for a combined ranking from the "extended" Middle race on Saturday and the Ultra Long race on Sunday. The combined ranking will be based on points awarded according to the two, individual, day rankings. For each day, a first place in class is 1000 points, and all other ranked runners earn points according to their time relative to the class winner, as follows:

1000 × (your class winner's time) / (your time)

For example, if your time is 67:30 (4050 seconds) and the class winner's time is 57:15 (3435 seconds), you get 1000 × 3435 / 4050 = 848 points.

You must successfully finish both races in order to be eligible for a "2-day" award.

Awards for the Thursday Pre-O (Trail-O) event at Joaquin Miller will be described here later. (There will not be awards for the Thursday Sprint event.)


We have 20-room (Friday) 40-room (Saturday) blocks at the Hilton Concord (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-concord-CONCHHF/index.html) (1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA 94520), which will serve as the headquarters hotel for the event. The rate for single- and double-occupancy rooms is $129.00 plus tax per night. Triple and Quad rates are $139 and $149, respectively. WiFi is complimentary. California taxes are 9% sales tax and 13.6% hotel occupancy tax. (Note the additional parking fees below.)

For reservations, visit this event-specific website (http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CONCHHF-OUB-20170324/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG), or call 800.445.8667 and ask for the "Orienteering USA – Bay Area Orienteering Club Meet" rate.

Reservations must be made before Friday, March 3rd, to receive the Hilton group rate, but note that the group block could sell-out before then.

Note, however, that if you reserve well in advance, you might actually get a better AAA rate.

Hotel Parking

Parking at the Hilton costs extra. OUSA has arranged these reduced rates:

    Hours          Rate
    0–0.5          Free  
    0.5–3           $6
    3–6            $13
    6–8            $19
    Daily max.     $19

Guests at the hotel will automatically have the reduced rate applied to their room charge. People not staying at the Hilton who need a reduced rate can get a green "chaser ticket" at packet pick-up.

OUSA Board Meeting

There will be an OUSA Board meeting at the event hotel on Saturday, March 25th, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM PDT.


¹ Sanctioned by OUSA