2018 California Orienteering Week (COW)

California Orienteering Week (COW)

Seven National Events Over Nine Days

Date: Mar. 17 - 25, 2018
Location: San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento area
Event Directors: - 510.407.1876, - 916.220.0224
Course Setters: Matej Šebo (BAOC), Steve Gregg (BAOC), George Minarik (BAOC), Matias Arola (BAOC), Heidi Cusworth (GCO), Bill Cusworth (GCO)
Type: A; Seven (sanctioned) National Events spread over 9 days, including 5 Middle events, 1 Long, and 1 Sprint — organized by BAOC and GCO (pending park approval)

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

This year's COW will be a seven-day National Event organized by the Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) and Gold Country Orienteers (http://goldcountryorienteers.org/index.html) (GCO).

Special Note: The trials for the U.S. team that will compete in the 2018 Junior World Orienteering Championships (http://www.jwoc2018.hu) (JWOC) will be held at the final three days of COW! The team selected will compete at JWOC in Hungary in July 2018.


Registration Deadlines

Note: As of November 7, 2017, all the events are pending permits from the respective parks.

Stage 1 – Saturday, March 17

Stage 2 – Sunday, March 18

Stage 3 – Monday, March 19

Stage 4 – Wednesday, March 21

Stage 5 – Friday, March 23

Stage 6 – Saturday, March 24

Stage 7 – Sunday, March 25


Online registration for the California Orienteering Week is now open here (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/register/start/cow2018). (Note: Registration for recreational White and Yellow courses will be at the events).

After you complete the registration process, please "sign" and submit the online waiver. Ideally, you will be able to submit your payment online​—​otherwise see below. (If you've never used the online registration system, you might want to read this information (http://orienteeringusa.org/event-reg-info#er-how) about its use.)

After you have registered online, do not try to use Event Register to modify your registration. Instead, contact the directly.

If you need to send something to the (e.g., your registration payment), the address is:

Gary Kraght
78 Robinhood Dr
Novato, CA 94945

The up-to-date list of people who have registered is available here (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/cow2018).


Entry fees for the National Meet events are given in the table below. You must register and pay by the deadlines shown. For members of OUSA/COF/IOF, a discount ($4 Adult, $2 Junior) will be applied to each event entered.

2018 California Orienteering Week National-Meet Fees
  Number of  
  Early Registration  
(deadline February 12)
  Regular Registration  
(deadline March 10)
 Day of Event 
  Adult     Junior     Adult     Junior     Adult     Junior  
  1   $32 $16 $36 $18 $45 $18
  2   $64 $32 $72 $36 $90 $36
  3   $84 $42 $96 $48 $123 $48
  4   $100 $50 $116 $58 $152 $58
  5   $114 $57 $134 $67 $179 $67
  6   $126 $63 $150 $75 $204 $75
  7   $134 $67 $162 $81 $225 $81
  Notes:     • The registration deadlines are at 1:00 AM PST on the indicated dates.
  • Adult = age 21 & up, Junior = age 20 & under
  • Yes, the Regular and Day-of-Event fees for Juniors are the same.
  • The fees above include discounts for three or more events.

Standard BAOC and GCO (http://www.goldcountryorienteers.org/about.html) event fees will apply to the recreational White and Yellow courses each day (i.e., BOAC fees at the first four days and GCO fees at the final three days). Those fees will be collected at the event (i.e., advanced registration is not available).

Additional, optional fees:

E-punch rental: $5 per day (see Electronic Punching)
T-shirt: $20 Adult, $15 Youth
Sample maps: All venues available, $4 per map
Saturday dinners: $25 per adult or junior, $15 per child 12 and under


The event T-shirts are designed by BAOC's resident artist Stephanie Maclean. The artwork is shown at the top of this page. The fabric is gray, 4.7-ounce, 100% filament polyester, jersey knit with rolled seams and antimicrobial and wicking properties. The shirts are "classic fit". The women’s shirt has a V-neck. The prices and available sizes are as follows:

The deadline to order T-shirts is February 22. Don’t miss out!

Event Dinners

There will be two Saturday evening dinners, on March 17 and March 24. The cost for each dinner is $25 per adult or junior, $15 per child (under 12). More details coming soon.


Information about the National Event courses will be available here later.

Recreational Courses

For beginners and people who do not want to compete, White (Beginner) and Yellow (Advanced Beginner) recreational courses will be available on all the event days. Registration will be at the events, and regular BAOC and GCO (http://www.goldcountryorienteers.org/about.html) fees will apply (i.e., BOAC fees at the first four days and GCO fees at the final three days).

Again, advance registration is not available (or needed) for recreational courses​—​simply show up at the event, register, pay, and enjoy your course(s). Beginner Clinics will be available​—​they are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete a beginner course.

Electronic Punching

SPORTident electronic punching (E-Punch) will be used for both National Meet and recreational courses. Thus, each "team" will need an E-Punch card/stick. Rental E-Punch cards/sticks can be preordered through the National Meet registration, and also will be available at the event (e.g., for recreational courses).

An explanation of E-Punch is available here. More information about the use of E-Punch is available in our User's Guide to Electronic Punching, and will be available in Beginner Clinics at the events.


Stages 1 through 4 (San Francisco Bay Area)

We have a 25-room block at the Marriott Courtyard Pleasanton (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakpl-courtyard-pleasanton/) (5059 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588), which will serve as the headquarters hotel for the event. The rate for King rooms is $109.00 plus tax per night, and for Queen-Queen (2 Queen beds) is $109.00 plus tax per night. Parking and wireless internet are complimentary.

Call 800.321.2211 and ask for the "Bay Area Orienteering Club Room Block" rate at the Courtyard Pleasanton. Or you can use this link (http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=Bay%20Area%20Orieentering%20Club%5Eoakpl%60baobaoa%7Cbaobaob%60109%60USD%60false%604%603/16/18%603/21/18%602/16/18&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes) to make your own reservations online.

Reservations must be made before Friday, February 16th to receive the Courtyard Pleasanton group rate.

There are many, many hotel/motel possibilities in the Livermore/Pleasanton area. A quick search on a travel website yielded dozens of hits, with prices ranging from under $100 to about $300 per night.

Camping is also available: Probably the best camping location is at Del Valle Regional Park (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/del_valle) just south of Livermore. Another centrally located campground is at Anthony Chabot Regional Park (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/anthony_chabot). RV parking is available at Del Valle and Anthony Chabot Regional Parks, the Alameda County Fairgrounds (http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/Fairpark.php) in Pleasanton, and other locations. (Unfortunately, RV parking is not allowed at the Livermore Walmart store that is a few miles from the Stage 1 & 2 events.)

Stages 5 through 7 (Sacramento Area)

There are three good areas that have decent hotel options:

Courtyard Sacramento Folsom (https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/SACFO-courtyard-sacramento-folsom/)
Hampton Inn & Suites Folsom (http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hampton-inn-and-suites-folsom-SACFOHX/index.html)
Staybridge Suites Sacramento-Folsom (https://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/folsom/smffc/hoteldetail?qRef=rr&qDest=1745+Cavitt+Drive+Folsom+California+United+States&qRpn=1&qChld=0&qAAR=6CBARC&qSrt=sBR&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qIta=99618783&qGRM=0&qSlH=SMFFC&qRms=1&srb_u=1&qAdlt=2&qPSt=0&qFRA=1&qRtP=6CBARC&qCiMy=102017&qHtlC=SMFFC&qrtPt=137.00&qCoD=21&qCiD=20&qCoMy=102017&qRmP=K.O.T.X.C&qRRSrt=rt&qRpp=20&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv.ul.vn.ki.sp.nd.ct&qWch=0#)
Fairfield Inn & Suites Sacramento Folsom (https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/SACFL-fairfield-inn-and-suites-sacramento-folsom/)
Larkspur Landing Folsom (https://www.larkspurhotels.com/folsom/)
Hilton Garden Inn Folsom (http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-garden-inn-folsom-SMFFHGI/index.html)
Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham, Rancho Cordova/Folsom (https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/hawthorn-extended-stay/gold-river-california/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-rancho-cordova-folsom/overview?CID=LC:BH::GGL:RIO:National:30633&iata=00065402)
Comfort Inn & Suites Near Folsom Lake (https://www.choicehotels.com/california/rancho-cordova/comfort-inn-hotels/cab34?pmf=yext&mc=llyxyxpx)
More likely to have budget options
There are 10+ hotels/motels right off Hwy 50

Embargo Notice

Because these are National Events, the areas close to the races are embargoed (ref. OUSA Rule A.7 (http://orienteeringusa.org/rules#A7)). This is done for the purpose of fairness.

Thus, from September 20, 2017 through the completion of the events:

Anyone who visits the embargoed areas 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.)

Visit Tri-Valley logo

Support Our Sponsor

Event Headquarters for Stages 1 through 4 will be in the lovely "Tri-Valley" area, including Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, Dublin, and the venue for Stages 1 and 2, Morgan Territory. Visit Tri-Valley has generously agreed to be a sponsor for COW. There are many things to do in the Tri-Valley area, many places to eat, many outdoor and cultural activities available. Your registration packet will contain more details; meanwhile, you can click on the Visit Tri-Valley logo to go directly to their website. We hope you will be able to take advantage of the fine and varied opportunities this area affords.


¹ Sanctioned by Orienteering USA (OUSA)