2019 U.S. National Championships
 Bulletin #1 (PDF/1MB)

2019 U.S. Nationals

Big Basin Redwoods State Park & Cabrillo College, Aptos

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; sanctioning for U.S. Nationals has been approved (entry deadline: Aug. 25)

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

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 hopefully 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   * Pending sanction approval

Event Schedule

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


Registration for the events is open here (http://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/register/start/2019-us-nationals). All competitive orienteers should pre-register. Participants in Open classes may enter at the events.

Registration fees and deadlines are in the event Bulletin.

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

Event Bulletin

Bulletin #1 (version 5.5) is available here (PDF/1MB)

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.

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).


Directors: Gavin Wyatt-Mair (Big Basin S.P. events) and Jeff Lanam (Cabrillo College events)
Registrars: Gary Kraght 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.



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.


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).