2019 U.S. National Championships
 Bulletin #2 (PDF/2MB)

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2019 U.S. Nationals & NRE Trail-O

Big Basin Redwoods State Park & Cabrillo College

Date: Sep. 6 - 8, 2019
Location: Boulder Creek & Aptos, CA
Event Directors: - 925.934.6567, - 408.313.3753
Course Setters: Nick Corsano, Misha Kreslavsky, Erin Schirm
Type: A; Friday afternoon Middle and Saturday morning Long, both at Big Basin; Sprint, Relay, & Trail-O on Sunday at Cabrillo College in Aptos

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

Bulletin #2 is available here (PDF/2MB).
Maps for the Model Event are available below.
All the results are available here.

The Bay Area Orienteering Club is pleased to invite all orienteers to participate in the 2019 U.S. Nationals Orienteering Championships. Races will have courses for all ages and abilities, and will be open to anyone. All the races will take place in the vicinity of Santa Cruz, CA, the weekend after Labor Day.

The Middle, Long, and Sprint events have been officially sanctioned as NREs and as the 2019 U.S. Nationals. In addition to those events, there will be a fun Sprint Relay event and a Trail-O event (which will be an NRE).

We will be using a completely revised map of Big Basin. A brand new map of Cabrillo College will be used for the first-ever orienteering event to be held there.

Information will be added here over time. Be sure to check back later.

Event Program

  Event   Location   Eligibility   Type     Date
  Middle   Big Basin S.P.   U.S. Champs   NRE   Friday, Sept. 6
  Long   Big Basin S.P.   U.S. Champs NRE   Saturday, Sept. 7  
  Sprint   Cabrillo College     U.S. Champs NRE   Sunday, Sept. 8
  Relay   Cabrillo College     Sunday, Sept. 8
  Trail-O     Cabrillo College   NRE   Sunday, Sept. 8
  NRE = OUSA National Ranking Event

Event Schedule

Here is an overview of the event schedule. See the Bulletin for more details.

Thursday Note: 
Packet pickup, registration, and the model event will be near the parking lot.
Friday Note: 
Packet pickup, registration, and the model event will be near the parking lot. There will be a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the assembly area. A bus will leave every 15 minutes; the ride is 15 minutes. On Friday, there is a 15-minute walk from the assembly area to the Start. You need to get to Big Basin extra early to account for the shuttle and the walk​—​we strongly recommend that you aim to take a bus that leaves at least an hour prior to your start time. (Note that assigned start times will be enforced!)
Saturday Note: 
Packet pickup and registration will be near the parking lot. There will be a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the assembly area. A bus will leave every 15 minutes; the ride is 15 minutes. You need to get to Big Basin extra early to account for the shuttle. (Note that assigned start times will be enforced!)


Preregistration for the events has closed Competitive orienteers and participants in Open classes may enter at the events.

Registration fees and deadlines are in the event Bulletin.

You can see start times (and who has registered for the event) here (http://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/2019-us-nationals).

Event Bulletin

Bulletin #2 is available here (PDF/2MB). (Posted at 9:00 AM on 9/3/19.)

Competition Classes

Entries in all the OUSA competition classes (http://orienteeringusa.org/rules#A11) will be accepted. The classes are as follows:

F = female, M = male; the number denotes the entrant's age on December 31, 2019. A minus (–) before an age indicates that competitors that age and younger may enter that class. A plus (+) after an age indicates that competitors that age and older may enter that class.

See Bulletin #2 for how the classes are assigned to courses.


Note: The start procedure is described in Bulletin #2. In particular, note that assigned start times will be enforced​—​that is, if you are late at the Start, your course time will have been running since your assigned time. (Exceptions will be granted only if a person is late due to a fault of the organizers.)

Friday Middle Courses

        Course   Length   Climb   Controls    Classes
1 1.7 55 12   F-10, F-12, M-10, M-12, Open 1
2 2.1 110 13   F-14, M-14, Open 2
3 2.2 130 10   Open 3
4 2.9 155 13   F-16, M-16, Open 4
5 2.0 125 10   F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+, M75+, M80+, Open 5
6 2.4 160 11   F-18, F55+, F60+, M65+, M70+, Open 6
7 2.7 160 11   F45+, F50+, M60+
8 2.9 180 12   F-20, F35+, F40+, M-18, M50+, M55+, Open 7
9 3.4 230 16   F-21+, M-20, M35+, M40+, M45+, Open 8
10 3.7 260 18   M-21+
11 3.6 230 15   F-21+ Elite
12 4.1 260 18   M-21+ Elite

Saturday Long Courses

         Course   Length   Climb   Controls    Classes
1 2.4 90 9   F-10, F-12, M-10, M-12, Open 1
2 2.8 110 10   F-14, M-14, Open 2
3 3 180 6   F-16, Open 3
4 3.3 235 7   M-16, Open 4
5 2.3 135 10   F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+, M75+, M80+, Open 5
6 2.8 165 7   F-18, F55+, F60+, M65+, M70+, Open 6
7 3.7 230 9   F45+, F50+, M60+
8 4.5 290 11   F-20, F35+, F40+, M-18, M50+, M55+, Open 7
9 5.8 390 12   F-21+, M-20, M-21+, M35+, M40+, M45+, Open 8
10 7.1 465 17   F-21+ Elite
11 9.0 570 21   M-21+ Elite

Sunday Sprint Courses

The following course details were shown in the actual control descriptions. They are different than those shown in the event Bulletin.

         Course   Length   Climb   Controls    Classes
1 3.1 90 22   F-21+ Elite, F-21+
  M-20, M-21+ Elite, M-21+, M35+, M40+, M45+
2 2.8 75 17   F-16, F-18, F-20, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+
  M-16, M-18, M50+, M55+, M60+, Open 3, Open 4
3 2.0 55 16   F-10, F-12, F-14, F55+, F60+, F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+
  M-10, M-12, M-14, M65+, M70+, M75+, M80+, Open 1, Open 2

Model Event

As described in Bulletin #2, there will be a Model Event at Big Basin Park available on Thursday and Friday. The map will be in registration packets, but they are here for people who want to go before picking up their packet:

Recreational Courses

In addition to the competition classes, the following courses will be offered as "Open"/recreational classes: White, Yellow, Short Orange, Long Orange, Beige, Brown, Green, and Red. Participants in Open classes may enter on the day of the event. Open classes are non-competitive and not eligible for awards. There will not be pre-assigned start times for Open classes.

Sprint Relay

The Relay event on Sunday will be a Sprint Relay, with teams of three (3) members. The following classes will be available:

See the event Bulletin for information about how individual's points are determined by age and gender.

Note: Team members must be submitted to the registrar by 8:00 PM Saturday, September 7th. Email submissions to are acceptable.

U.S. National Championships Eligibility

The title of Orienteering USA National Champion in any class is limited to any person who meets both of the following criteria:

Requests for clarifications based on eligibility criteria may be submitted to Orienteering USA in writing before August 10th.


Orienteering USA championship medals will be awarded to the top three eligible finishers in each age class in each of the three Nationals races (i.e., Middle, Long, and Sprint).

Request for Volunteers

We have created a Google spreadsheet (http://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xgUVC2vR65pe2JWoTsbOt-PAifPU4tPrfHl-svOnLWQ/edit?usp=sharing) to sign up for volunteer positions for the U.S. Nationals. If you are coming, or if you hadn't planned to attend but have a day free, please sign up for one of these positions. Every day if possible. We'll need a lot of people to make this happen. Most of the positions will allow you to run a course. We do need a few people during the relay to help monitor the map exchange. Most tasks don't require orienteering experience.

Note that there is a tab for each day, and that the Sunday tab must be scrolled to see all the positions.

I will ask participants from other clubs to help out as well, but I want to give BAOC members the first shot. Cells in the spreadsheet with red borders need to have a name in them.



Directors: (Big Basin S.P. events) and (Cabrillo College events)
Registrars: and Sarah Williams: Course designers:
Misha Kreslavsky and Nick Corsano (Long and Middle)
Erin Schirm (Sprint and Relay)
Jay Hann and Gavin Wyatt-Mair (Trail-O)
Maps: Bob Cooley and Rex Winterbottom
Technology: Western Race Services, Jay Hann

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 March 20, 2019 through the completion of the events:

Of course, there are exceptions for activities directly associated with the events (e.g., model event, OUSA AGM, event dinner, actual competitions).

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.)


Transport to the Event Centers is by car from the San Francisco Bay Area, which is served by airports in San Jose (SJC), San Francisco (SFO), and Oakland (OAK). All the airports have many rental car agencies. (See the event Bulletin for driving distances and times from the airports.)

Carpools to the events are encouraged, since parking may be restricted.

Child Care

There will be a designated area at both Big Basin and Cabrillo College for small children, and some things for them to do (String O, crayons, etc.) There is no designated babysitter; parents must co-ordinate with others to ensure that someone is around at all times. Please do not just drop off your child without pre-arrangement.



Hotels, Motels, Bed-and-Breakfasts

There are hundreds of accommodations available in the San Jose, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek, Aptos area. You may search websites like Airbnb (http://www.airbnb.com/) or Vrbo (http://www.vrbo.com/) for homes, or other websites like booking.com for hotels and motels.

Driving Directions

Big Basin State Park

There are many (twisty-road) ways to get to Big Basin State Park. See Bulletin #2 for details.

Parking is at the main lot at the Park Headquarters. The approximate coordinates of the entrance to the parking lot are 37.172313,-122.222010. The is a $10 parking fee, which must be paid at the Park Headquarters across the road from the parking entrance if the kiosk is closed.

Packet pickup and registration will be near the parking lot, outside the grocery store.

The Model Event is located very close to the parking lot. See Bulletin #2 for details.

On Friday and Saturday, there is no parking at the Event Arena. There will be a shuttle bus to take you to and from the Arena. The bus will depart from, and return to, a location near Registration and Packet Pickup. See Bulletin #2 for the shuttle bus schedule.

On Friday, there is a 15-minute walk from the assembly area to the Start. Considering that, and the time for the shuttle bus, we strongly recommend that you aim to take a bus that leaves at least an hour prior to your start time.

(Note that assigned start times will be enforced both days!)

Cabrillo College

Note: Highway 1 (not Hwy 17) north of Santa Cruz will be closed on Sunday because of the Ironman Triathlon. The closure will be from 8:15 to 11:45 for southbound traffic from Pigeon Point Road north of Santa Cruz to Western Dr in Santa Cruz. During the closure, the highway will be open to cross traffic when flaggers consider it safe. This will not affect our event, but it might affect some people staying in the area. The full closure info is in this file (13.3MB PDF!) (http://www.ironman.com/~/media/ee317cf599d8494d93bb4579b6ad8eb8/2019%20im%20santa%20cruz%20traffic%20mailer.pdf).

The following applies to the OUSA AGM and the event dinner on Saturday, and to the Sunday event.

For embargo reasons, you must follow these directions: From Santa Cruz, take California Highway 1 south. Take exit 436 onto Park Avenue in Capitola. Head north for 0.5 miles, and then turn/veer right onto Soquel Drive. Head east on Soquel drive for 1.2 miles to Perimeter Road. Note that Perimeter Road is a loop. Take the second (eastern) Perimeter Road left turn, proceed 250 meters, and turn left into Parking Structure "P".

The entrance to the parking structure is at these coordinates: 36.988816,-121.921607. Park on the second level. There is a $4 fee to park, payable at machines scattered around the structure (the machines accept only credit/debit cards, no cash).

Mandatory route from parking to the Event Center: Exit the parking structure at the stairs located in the southwest corner. There will be signs inside the parking structure to guide you. Follow the signs and chalk marks on the pavement to the Cabrillo College Cafeteria, which is the Event Center.

The Trail-O Start is at 36.986438,-121.926683, which is in the southwest corner of Parking Lot “L”​—​a 0.5 mi drive or walk from the exit of the main event parking structure. Note: If you walk from the Sprint assembly area, you must go back through Parking Structure "P" as shown on a map in Bulletin #2.

From the main event parking structure, head south on Perimeter Road, turn right onto Soquel Drive, and left onto Cabrillo College Drive. Parking Lot “L” is on the west side of Cabrillo College Drive.


¹ Note: An incorrect version of Bulletin #1 was posted 6/13/19 and removed 6/15/19. Make sure you have the "June 15, 2019" edition (or later).