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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
|Jan. 9 - 17||Oceania Orienteering Championships 2021; Christchurch, NZ|
|A; Sprint, Middle, Long, and Relay events in three areas of the South Island (entry deadlines: TBD)|
|Mar. 19 - 21||2021 U.S. Nationals – Flying Pig XXIV; Cincinnati, OH||Orienteering Club of Cincinnati (OCIN)|
|A; Popular annual event with Middle courses on Friday, Long courses on Saturday, and Sprint courses on Sunday; all events within 20 mi (30 km) radius of downtown Cincinnati (rescheduled from April 2020)|
|Apr. 9 - 10||Lighthouse Classic & 2021 Junior Nationals; Whidbey Island, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; Model event & Sprint on Friday, Long & Middle NREs in Fort Ebey & Fort Casey State Parks on Whidbey Island; White through Orange recreational courses (Junior Nationals formerly known as IS/IC Champs) (entry deadlines: TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|May. 12 - 16||Swiss 5 Days; Neuchätel, Switzerland|
|A; Sprint, 2 Middle, and 2 Long events (entry deadline: TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|May. 20 - 29||WMOC: World Masters Orienteering Champs; Kansai, Japan|
|A; Sprint Model, Qualification, & Final; Forest Model & Qualification; Middle Final; Long Final (entry opens Feb 1; deadlines: Feb 28, Apr 10) — this event is part of the World Master Games|
|Jun. 10 - 18||WMTBOC & JWMTBOC: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2021; Kuortane, Finland|
|Annual adult (WMTBOC) and juniors (JWMTBOC) mountain bike championships; there will probably be an Open event in conjunction with the championships|
|Venla Relay; Finland|
|A; Annual women's afternoon 4-leg relay event (entry deadlines: TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Jun. 19 - 20||Jukola Relay; Finland|
|A; Annual men's overnight 7-leg relay event (entry deadlines: TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Jun. 28 - Jul. 3||Five Days of Italy, Fai della Paganella, Trentino, Italy|
|A; Sprint, Long, and three Middle events "in the Middle of the Trentino Dolomites" (limited to 1800 entries) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Jul. 4 - 9||WOC 2021 (forest); Doksy, Czech Republic|
|A; Annual World Orienteering Championships with six "public" races (entry deadlines: TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Jul. 4 - 9||53rd Kainuu Orienteering Week; Suomussalmi, Finland|
|A; Four events over six days; competition categories and open courses; "3,500 to 10,000 orienteers annually"; "one of the most popular sporting events in Finland" (entry deadline: Feb 28) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Jul. 11 - 17||JWOC: Junior World Orienteering Champs; Granjal, Portugal|
|A; Annual international championship event for juniors, and 5-day public (KCUP) event with Sprint, Long, and three Middle races (entry deadlines: TBD)|
|Jul. 17 - 24||Swiss O Week; Arosa, Switzerland|
|A; (A) Six events including forest Sprint, Long, & Middle (entry opens autumn 2020)|
|Jul. 23 - 25||The World Games 2021; Birmingham, AL||Vulcan Orienteering Club (VOC)|
|A; Sprint, Middle, and Sprint Relay events; Volunteer or represent the U.S.; spectator races will be available|
|Jul. 25 - 31||O'Ringen; Uppsala, Sweden|
|A; Annual, "world's largest" orienteering event (8,959 entries as of 6/27/20) (entry deadlines: TBD) — rescheduled from 2020|
|Aug. 1 - 7||23rd Scottish 6-Days; Fort William, Scotland|
|A; Popular biennial event; largest orienteering event in the UK with typically more than 3500 competitors (entry opens Dec 1, 2020)|
|Aug. 2 - 15||California Orienteering Festival; San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area||- 925.934.6567|
|A; 14 days of activities including the North American Championships (NAOC) and the World Rogaining Championships (WRC) — see separate Schedule entries for each event (pending park approval)|
|Aug. 5 - 9||North American Championships (NAOC)
|A; Biennial American-Canadian championships, hosted by BAOC; Model, Sprint, Middle, and Long events; Elite & Club Relays; (entry deadlines: TBD) (pending park approval)|
|Aug. 13 - 15||17th World Rogaining Championships (WRC)
|Rogaine; Annual world championships, hosted by BAOC (entry deadlines: TBD) (pending park approval)|
|Sep. 11 - 12||Seattle Adventure Running Tournament (SART); Seattle, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|A; Tentative event? 2019 description: "Five-race Sprint orienteering tournament over two days; limited to 80 entries (entry deadline: Aug. 31)"|
|Oct. 9 - 10||2021 Masters Nationals; Onamia, MN||Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC)|
|A; Two-day Classic format (entry deadlines: TBD)|
Schedule of events in 2021 (http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/Current?year=2021)
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, 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.
- 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 California 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 SConet Combined Schedule (http://www.thethinkingsport.com/folder_o_sconet/h_sched_all.php), the OUSA event calendar (https://orienteeringusa.org/events/calendar/), the OUSA planning calendar (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18zubcKLGL_gyw3lVNDp6sfiEkSYX5wPB_qwQLmdnvDg/edit#gid=0), or the Web sites of other orienteering clubs.
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.
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 .