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Unless otherwise noted, all of the club's events take place within the San Francisco Bay Area, are on Sundays, go on rain or shine, and offer courses for beginners. Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for information about event schedules, costs, and what to bring.
Click on the event date to go to the event webpage/website. For the latest information for any event, please check the event webpage/website closer to the event, or (for local events) contact the Event Director. There are additional details about the event schedule below.
Note that there is a Google calendar of "local" events below the list of events. You can subscribe to that calendar to have the events shown on your personal Google calendar.
To see only BAOC events, change the drop-down box below from All Clubs to BAOC, and click on Reload. Similarly, you can select a different year, and you can restrict the displayed list to only a certain type of event.
Type, and Notes
|Wild Goose Chase 5k & 10k; Benicia, CA|| - 510.681.6181
|Trails, trails, trails, so many to choose from. Enjoy the scenic views and fresh air of the Carquinez Strait! Follow a map to find checkpoints—there'll be a variety of routes to choose from. Preregister for lower fees. (Not a BAOC event)|
|Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
San Martin, CA
|- 650.321.9713||Lubomir Šebo|
|B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced; at different parking lot than for previous events (pending park approval)|
|Wild Goose Chase 5k & 10k; Sonoma, CA|| - 510.681.6181
|Trails, trails, trails, so many to choose from. Enjoy the grand forests and wild meadows along Sonoma Creek! Follow a map to find the checkpoints—there will be a variety of routes you can choose from. Preregister for lower fees. (Not a BAOC event)|
|Feb. 19 - 20||Fort Ebey NRE; Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; 1-day NRE on Saturday, nearby non-NRE event on Sunday; 2-day COC Winter League Championships with a “public” event each day (entry deadlines: Feb. 15 [noon] & 16 [9 pm])|
|Feb. 19 - 27||Southwest Spring Week; Tucson & Phoenix, AZ||Tucson Orienteering Club (TSN)|
|B; Nine days of orienteering and sun in the desert southwest: mass-start and separate-start events, including Classic, Goat, Score-O, and Night-O events; Sprint & desert training events (registration is open; deadline TBD)|
|Feb. 26 - Mar. 2||Portugal “O” Meeting 2021; Loulé, Portugal|
|A; Middle, Long, & Night Sprint events (entry deadlines: Jan. 25 & 29 for age classes; none for Open classes)|
|Calero County Park
San Jose, CA
|- 650.941.8251||John Richardson|
|B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)|
|Mar. 12 - 13||Possum Trot XXI; St. Joseph, MO (near Kansas City)||Possum Trot Orienteering Club (PTOC)|
|A?; Saturday: Forest Sprint (2 courses); Sunday: Possum Trot (14 km), Half Possum Trot (5 km), and 90-minute Beginner/Intermediate Score-O; rescheduled from December 2021 (entry deadline: March 9)|
|Joseph D. Grant County Park
San Jose, CA
|- 408.313.3753||Derek Maclean,
Kim van Berkel
|B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)|
|Mar. 19 - 20||Big Woods National Event; Elverson & North Coventry, PA||Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA)|
|A; Two-day NRE Classic with awards based on combined total time; Saturday at French Creek North (updated map), Sunday at Coventry Woods (new map) (entry deadlines: approximately Feb. 27 & March 6) — rescheduled from March 2020|
|Apr. 1 - 3||Flying Pig XXIV, 2022 U.S. Junior Nationals; Milford & Batavia, OH||Orienteering Club of Cincinnati (OCIN)|
|A; 24th edition of the popular Flying Pig National Event; Middle on Friday, Long on Saturday & Sunday (entry details TBD)|
|Apr. 23 - 24||42nd Annual National Meet; West Point, NY||U.S. Military Academy Orienteering Club (USMAOC)|
|A; Popular annual event; 2-Day Classic; "sanctioning in progress" (details TBD)|
|May. 7 - 8||Overlook NRE & 42nd Annual Billygoat; Rochester, NY||Rochester Orienteering Club (ROC)|
|A; Sanctioned one-day Middle-distance NRE event on Saturday; Sunday will be the (non-NRE) 42nd Annual Billygoat (Letchworth Goat) at Letchworth East — aka "Grand Canyon of the East"; limited to 150 people; 30 mi S of Rochester (entry deadline: TBD)|
|May. 11 - 17||World Orienteering Day; International|
|IOF annual event to promote orienteering in schools and clubs around the world|
|May. 13 - 29||World Masters Games 2021; Kansai, Japan|
|A; Includes Sprint events (May 20-22) and Middle & Long forest events (May 24-28) (entry deadlines: February 28 [general WMG], April 10 [orienteering only]); public races will be offered — Postponed from 2021|
|Run the Rotary NRE; Averill Park, NY||Empire Orienteering Club (EMPO)|
|A; One-day NRE; classic courses; hemlock and oak forest with many rock features and a modest trail network (entry details TBD)|
|May. 25 - 29||Swiss 5 Days; Neuchâtel, Switzerland|
|A; Forest & urban Sprints, Middle, and 2 Long events (entry deadlines: Feb. 15, April 25) — Rescheduled from 2020 & from 2021|
|Jun. 4 - 12||2022 Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival; Missoula, MT & Spokane, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; Nine events including two NREs (pending sanctioning approval); Sprint, Classic, Middle, & Goat events (all events pending permit approval)|
|Jun. 4 - 5||Lubrecht 2-Day; Missoula, MT||Grizzly Orienteering (GrizO)|
|A; Possible 1-Day NRE as part of a 2-day competition weekend; part of 9-day 2022 Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival|
|Jun. 11 - 17||Czech Orienteering Tour; Doksy, Czech Republic|
|A; "Public" races that were to be held in conjunction with the 2021 World Orienteering Championships; Sprint, 2 Middle, 3 Long; LIMITED ENTRIES (as of 12/31/21, details seem to be unsettled; deadlines TBD) — rescheduled from 2020 & 2021|
|Jun. 25 - 30||WOC: 2022 World Orienteering Championships; Kolding, Denmark|
|A; Annual world championships — rescheduled from 2020 (also see "WOC Tour 2022")|
|Jun. 25 - 30||WOC Tour 2022; Kolding, Denmark|
|A; "Public" races associated with the 2022 World Orienteering Championships; "Shortened Long", Middle, 2 Sprints, Middle, Sprint (entry deadlines: March 14, June 1)|
|Jul. 1 - 10||Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival 2022 (CROF2022); Alberta & British Columbia, Canada||Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club (FWOC)|
|A; Western Canadian Orienteering Championships (July 1-3) & Canadian Orienteering Championships (July 7-10), each with Sprint, Middle, & Long events; 2 Barebones events July 4-5; training camp July 6-7 (entry opens Jan. 15; deadlines: March 31, May 31)|
|Jul. 2 - 7||5 Days of Italy; Madonna di Campiglio, Italy|
|A; Model, Sprint, Long, & 3 Middle events (entry deadlines: March 21, May 31, June 15)|
|Jul. 3 - 8||54th Kainuu Orienteering Week; Puolanka, Finland|
|A; Four events over six days; competition categories and open courses; quotes from website: "3,500 to 10,000 orienteers annually", "one of the most popular sporting events in Finland" (entry deadlines: Feb. 28, May 31, June 6)|
|Jul. 7 - 17||The World Games 2022; Birmingham, AL||Vulcan Orienteering Club (VOC)|
|A; Sprint, Middle, and Sprint Relay events for selected Elites July 15-17; spectator races might(?) be available; you could be a volunteer (details TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Jul. 8 - 16||WMOC: World Masters Orienteering Championships 2022; Vieste, Italy|
|A; Annual masters championships with Sprint, Middle, & Long events; five "open" events on the same terrain will be available (entry deadlines: Feb. 15, April 15)|
|Jul. 10 - 16||JWOC: Junior World Orienteering Champs; Aguiar da Beira, Portugal|
|A; Annual international championship event for juniors, and multi-day public (JWOC TOUR) event with 2 Sprint, 3 Middle, & 1 Long races (Tour entry details TBD) — postponed from 2021|
|Jul. 13 - 20||WMTBOC & JWMTBOC: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2022; Falun, Sweden|
|A; Annual adult (WMTBOC) and juniors (JWMTBOC) mountain bike championships; there will be 5 Open events in conjunction with the championships (entries open March 1; deadlines: May 14, July 4 & 14)|
|Jul. 19 - 23||WTOC: World Trail-O Champs 2021; Jelenia Góra, Poland|
|A; TrailO Relay, TempO Qualifications and Final, two PreO events (entry deadlines: team size May 20, names July 10) — rescheduled from 2021|
|Jul. 24 - 30||O'Ringen; Uppsala, Sweden|
|A; Annual, "world's largest" orienteering event (entry deadline: July 24) — rescheduled from 2020 & 2021|
|Aug. 15 - 21||WUOC: World University Orienteering Championships; Biel/Bienne, Switzerland|
|A; Sprint, Long, Sprint Relay, Middle, & Relay events for selected team members, who must be attending or recent graduate of a university|
|Oct. 13 - 16||South American Orienteering Championships; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil|
|A; Elite, Youth, Junior, Master, & Open competitions in 3 countries: Paraguay Sprint, Argentina Long, Brazil Middle (entry details TBD)--rescheduled from Oct. 2020. NOTE: U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Paraguay, but not for Argentina or Brazil.|
Schedule of events in 2023 (http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/Current?year=2023)
Additional notes about the above schedule:
- Events in bold are BAOC events. The schedule includes regular orienteering events, and other events of potential interest, such as training sessions, BAOC Board meetings, regional events, National Events, and notable international events. You can use the drop-down boxes at the top of the page to limit the events that are listed and to look at future years.
- B- and C-meets are "regular" BAOC events. B-meets generally provide the standard seven courses (White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red, Blue). C-meets offer a subset of these courses, or another flavor of orienteering, such as Score-O.
- A-meets are National Ranking Events (NRE) for competitive orienteers. They offer courses in all the OUSA competitive classes (https://orienteeringusa.org/about/rules/) (see section A.39) and are counted in the national rankings (https://orienteeringusa.org/events/rankings/). Note, however, that these events also have courses for recreational orienteers and do welcome beginners, and sometimes an event will consist of a combination of NRE and non-NRE events.
- All BAOC events offer beginners clinics and courses unless otherwise noted in the event details.
- Junior events are specifically for youth under 21 years of age (but are often open to everyone).
- Training sessions are often suitable for beginners, but sometimes are intermediate and up—check the event details.
Google Calendar of Events
The Google calendar below shows announced orienteering events. It should contain BAOC, GCO (http://www.goldcountryorienteers.org), Nav-X (http://www.navxchallenge.com/), and terraloco (http://go-terraloco.blogspot.com/#!/p/about-terraloco_09.html) events, as well as selected other California events like Mt Pinos and Anza Borrego. However, please do not rely on this calendar for accuracy. The schedules on each club's website (including our own) will have the most accurate and up-to-date information.
If you have your own Google calendar, you can subscribe to this calendar, and see its events displayed on your personal Google calendar. To subscribe, click on the "+ Google Calendar" button at the bottom of the calendar.
- This calendar was suggested by Shura Kretchetov, and was developed by Shura and Alex Finch. (February 14, 2011)
- If the calendar is not displayed, or if no events are shown in the calendar, that might mean Google is having a problem—please try checking later. Failure to display might also be caused by a browser setting or extension. Try using a different browser, and/or opening a new "private" browser window (e.g., an Incognito window in the Chrome browser).
Working Calendars of Upcoming Events
The Event Coordinators' working schedule is available here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1h08JrdJfDlvfxs7d9zgkv4FzBO4n75kvBWR8yrYZbs4). (You might notice that there are proposed events that need Event Directors and Course Setters. Without them, those events will not happen!)
Please send event suggestions (and offers to direct an event and/or set courses) to , the BAOC Events Coordinator (who leads the Regional Event Coordinators).
Another working calendar of events, named the CA OR WA NV AZ Adventure Calendar is available here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X8gwfoPMxAqupZ7_2gx26xz8aGekARdST4ef_G20HKE/edit?usp=sharing). In addition to BAOC and other regional events, it lists major national and international events.
More Schedule Information
You may find more events by looking at the Orienteering USA (OUSA) event calendar (https://orienteeringusa.org/events/calendar/), the OUSA planning calendar (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18zubcKLGL_gyw3lVNDp6sfiEkSYX5wPB_qwQLmdnvDg/edit#gid=0), the OUSA Rogaine calendar (http://orienteeringusa.org/events/calendar/rogaining-calendar/), the websites of other orienteering clubs, and the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) event calendar (https://eventor.orienteering.org/Events).
If you are looking for an announcement for a past BAOC event, check out the archive of old event schedules (http://baoc.org/sched/archive.php).
The best driving directions are usually within the event announcements themselves, but we also have a page containing driving directions (http://baoc.org/maps/directions.php) to most of the parks.
If you'd like to orienteer more often, volunteering to help put on events is a sure way to do it. Please contact the Events Coordinator, , regarding event directing and course setting.
Note: If you have additional information concerning any of these events, know of an event that should be added, or see something that's incorrect, please contact the .