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News and Notes

Various tidbits will be posted here from time to time.

You might also be interested in reading the Orienteering USA (OUSA) news page ( (an archive of the Orienteering USA E-newsletter is available here (

Nominations Open for 2018 BAOC Service Award

Every year since 1994, BAOC has honored one of its members with its Service Award, in recognition of that person's extraordinary service to the club and the sport of orienteering. The award will be presented by the President at the club's holiday social event in Willow Glen on Saturday, December 15.

I will be administering the selection process this year. Everybody is invited to submit nominations for one or more deserving volunteers. Please email with the name(s) of the nominee(s), along with a paragraph describing the person's service to BAOC. Nominations will close on Friday, November 30. Once nominations are closed, the past Service Awardees will choose the 2018 recipient.

Past recipients are not eligible, nor is the current club President. Information about the past recipients is available here.

Note: Please do not post your nominations on the BayONet ( "Secrecy" adds to the suspense, and doesn't hurt the feelings of nominees who are not selected, who might win in future years.

(November 9, 2018)

BAOC Results at the 2018 U.S. National Championships

Here is a recap of the results of BAOC members in the 2018 U.S. National Championships (formerly known as the Sprint/Middle/Long Championships). Full results are here (

Middle Course – Friday, Oct. 19, South Bend, Indiana

   Gold:   Dennis Wildfogel, M70+
   Silver: Chuck Spalding, M70+
           Marie-Josée Parayre, F40+
   Bronze: Rich Parker, M75+
           François Léonard, M45+
   Others: Evan Custer, M75+ (5th)
           George Minarik, M70+ (5th)
           Gavin Wyatt-Mair, M60+ (5th)

Sprint Event – Saturday, Oct. 20, Plymouth, Indiana (2-stage, combined-time event)

   Gold:   Chuck Spalding, M70+
   Silver: Dennis Wildfogel, M70+
           Marie-Josée Parayre, F40+
   Bronze: Rich Parker, M75+
           François Léonard, M45+
   Others: Evan Custer, M75+ (4th)
           George Minarik, M70+ (6th)

Long Course – Sunday, Oct. 21, Bishop Lake, Michigan

   Silver: Marie-Josée Parayre, F40+
   Bronze: Rich Parker, M75+
           George Minarik, M70+
           François Léonard, M45+
   Others: Dennis Wildfogel, M70+ (4th)
           Chuck Spalding, M70+ (5th)
           Gavin Wyatt-Mair, M60+ (5th)
           Evan Custer, M75+ (6th)

(October 23, 2018)

2018 JWOC Team Announced

After tough deliberation and consideration of all the petitions, the selections committee is pleased to announce the team that will represent the U.S. at the Junior World Orienteering Champs ( [in Hungary in July]. We want to thank everyone, including the [California Orienteering Week] meet organizers, parents, and supporters, and especially the juniors. Go USA! It starts at home!


Julia Doubson (BAOC)
Siri Christopherson (COC)
Tyra Christopherson (COC)
Brigitte Bordelon (USMAOC)
Caroline Sandbo (COC)
Diana Aleksieva (QOC)
Alternate 1: Sarah Petersen (BAOC)  
Alternate 2: Katie Petersen (BAOC)


Aidan Minto (ICO)
David Runde (Kristiansands OK, Norway)
Peter Zakrevski (HVO)
Martin Heir (Fossum IF, Norway, by petition)
Thomas Laraia (MNOC)
AJ Riley (DVOA)
Alternate 1: Turner Leigh (QOC)  
Alternate 2: Keegan Harkavy (CSU/NEOC)
Alternate 3: Kai Mihata (COC)

Posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Junior Team Coach
(March 25, 2018)

Jean Beuerman Remembered

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know of the passing of Jean Beuerman last week.

For over 20 years, the first BAOC faces people saw were those of Jean and her husband Everett, who handled registration duties at most of our events. Jean's warmth, cheerfulness, and helpful attitude made for the best possible first impression of the club. Jean and Ev received the BAOC Service Award in 1997.

As a former board member and club president, I had the privilege of working with Jean and Ev, and their son Steve, for many years on the BAOC Board of Directors. All three brought common sense, attention to detail, and lively humor to our deliberations.

On a personal note, my wife Esther and I count the Beuermans among our friends. We spent much time together over the years, enjoying good food and wine, discussing their beloved Oakland Athletics and the idiosyncrasies of our fellow orienteers.

BAOC is a better, more friendly organization because of Jean. Our deepest condolences go out to Everett and Steve.

(March 8, 2018)

Steve Beuerman and Jay Hann on 2018 U.S. Trail-O Team

Congratulations to BAOC members Steve Beuerman and Jay Hann for being selected to the 2018 USA National Trail Orienteering Team! The team announcement is available here (

(January 25, 2018)

BAOC Results at U.S. Classic Champs

The weekend of Nov. 11–12, several club members traveled across the country to compete in the U.S. Classic Championships. This two-day, combined-time competition was held in the forests of the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia.

Tory Borish grabbed a silver medal in the elite F−21+ class. Marie-Josée Parayre took second in F40+. Evan Custer won a silver medal in M75+. Leslie Minarik won a bronze medal in F65+. Other BAOC competitors were Stacey Gordeeva, Greg Ehrensing, Rich Parker, and George Minarik.

All of us enjoyed the terrain​—​typical Eastern U.S. ridge and valley. It was quite runnable, and the fall colors were out in force.

(November 17, 2017)

Sunol Results Are Included in the U.S. Rankings

New OUSA Rankings have just been calculated, and they include the results of our recent Sunol event. You can check out the rankings here ( Click on Nov 16, 2017 at the upper left, choose the course of interest, and then either click on "View ... rankings by course" or scroll down to the class of interest.

Thanks to Jeff Lanam for getting the results to OUSA, and to Valerie Meyer for incorporating them into the rankings.

(November 16, 2017)

2018 U.S. JWOC Team Trials at California Orienteering Week

The trials for the U.S. team that will compete in the 2018 Junior World Orienteering Championships ( (JWOC) will be held at the final three days of the 2018 California Orienteering Week (COW)! The team selected will compete at JWOC in Hungary in July 2018.

(October 30, 2017)

BAOC Results at the 2017 U.S. Championships

BAOC had many outstanding results at the U.S. Championships at the City of Trees Orienteering Club ( (CTOC) Gold Rush 2017 A-meet ( on June 23–25 in Idaho. The Sprint was held at Boise State University; the Long and Middle were held near Stanley, ID.

Here are the U.S. and 3-day-combined medals won by BAOC members:

                                  U.S.     U.S.       U.S.      3-day
   Member                Class   Sprint    Long      Middle    Combined
   Ida Tornqvist         F-12              Gold      Gold      Gold
   Linus Tornqvist       M-14              Silver    Silver    Bronze
   Leslie Minarik        F65+    Gold      Silver              Silver
   Dennis Wildfogel      M70+    Gold                          Silver
   Chuck Spalding        M70+    Silver    Silver    Silver    Bronze
   Bob Cooley            M75+    Gold      Silver    Bronze  
   Evan Custer           M75+    Silver    Bronze    Gold      Bronze
   Rich Parker           M75+    Bronze    Gold      Silver    Silver
   Ann Marie Cody        F35+              Gold      Gold      Gold
   Marie-Josée Parayre   F40+    Silver    Silver    Gold      Silver
   Tapio Karras          M55+    Bronze    Gold      Gold      Gold
   Takashi Sugiyama      M60+                        Gold      Bronze
   François Léonard      M45+    Gold      Gold      Bronze    Gold
   Tobias Tornqvist      M45+                        Silver  
   Tori Borish           F-21+   Gold      Gold      Silver    Gold
   Aron Walker           M-21+   Bronze

  • Marie-Josée "should have" won the Sprint (according to her watch time), but there was a mysterious timing error that "robbed" her of 27 seconds (placing her 8 seconds behind first place).
  • The "3-day Combined" results, which were based on each person's best two of the three days, were open to all participants (e.g., including the Canadians, etc.)

These other BAOC members also participated:

   Vicki Woolworth, F55+
   George Minarik, M70+
   Fyodor Konkov, M55+
   Greg Ehrensing, M55+
   Ken Vomaske, M55+
   Matthias Kohler, M60+
   Anastasiya Gordeeva, F-21+

The full results are available here (

All in all, great BAOC results for the weekend, especially for the Long and Middle events, which were on very unfamiliar terrain. One of the participants commented "It was nice to feel the team spirit with our new uniform."

(June 28, 2017)

New Model For Club Event Coordination

BAOC is introducing a new Event Coordination Model for 2018. The goal is to schedule more events in a manner that is satisfying to club members, takes less time commitment, and puts less pressure on individual volunteers.

The new model has five Regional Event Coordinators working as a team. Together, the RECs will be responsible for the yearly schedule. Each of the team members will be recruiting Event Directors and Course Setters for 5–8 events per year. The team is already actively at work. It is currently composed of club members who are committed to the model and have substantial experience of producing BAOC events.

A second feature of the new model is to have the yearly schedule substantially completed by the Fall of the previous year, with most Event Directors and Course Setters recruited for the new year. Where possible, park permits will be obtained before October 1, or soon thereafter.

We will be asking each advanced orienteer to volunteer to take the role of ED or CS for at least one event per year. Of course, there will be some who will not be able to make this commitment, and that is OK, but expect to be asked.

Our National Event Coordinator, , is working closely with the new team. He has already scheduled another exciting COW (California Orienteering Week) National Event in conjunction with GCO for next March. A big thanks goes to Dennis, who took on the job of filling out the 2017 schedule when Steve Harrison, the EC for the past two years, had to resign because of increased work duties.

We hope that this is a model that can be sustained through the years, and that will have the support of club members. Ultimately, the vision is that the model will result in a strong future for BAOC.

Here are some advantages of the new model:

Let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

, South Bay REC (and team lead)
Coordinates events at Big Basin, Calero, Harvey Bear, Joe Grant, Pacheco, Vasona, and Willow Glen
, North Bay REC 
Coordinates events at Bon Tempe, Indian Valley, Lake Hermann, Spring Lake, and Tamarancho
, East Bay REC 
Coordinates events at Briones, Las Trampas, Morgan Territory, Shell Ridge, Sunol, and UC Berkeley
, San Francisco and Sierra Nevada REC 
Coordinates events at Golden Gate Park, McLaren Park, and Presidio of S.F.; Burton Creek, Little Truckee Summit, NorthStar, and Spooner Lake
, Peninsula and East Bay REC 
Coordinates events at Bayfront Park, Emerald Hills, Huddart Park, Montebello, and Stanford; Joaquin Miller, Oyster Point, Point Pinole, and Tilden Park

(May 26, 2016)

Julia Doubson on 2017 U.S. WOC Team

Congratulations to BAOC member Julia Doubson for her selection to the team that will be representing the USA at the World Orienteering Championships ( June 30–July 7 in Tartu, Estonia. You can read the announcement here (

Posted on the OrienteeringUSA website (
(May 3, 2017)

Julia Doubson and Katie Petersen on 2017 U.S. JWOC Team

Congratulations to BAOC juniors Julia Doubson and Katie Petersen for their selection to the team that will be representing the USA at the Junior World Orienteering Championships ( July 9–16 in Tampere, Finland. You can read the announcement here (

Posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Junior Team Coach
(May 1, 2017)

Steve Beuerman on 2017 U.S. Trail-O Team

Congratulations to BAOC member Steve Beuerman for being selected to the 2017 U.S. Trail Orienteering Team per the following announcement.

Based on applications received, the U.S. Trail Orienteering Team roster for 2017 is:
Karl Ahlswede (DVOA)
Steve Beuerman (BAOC)
Joe Brautigam (WCOC)
Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
Clare Durand (LAOC)
Richard H. Ebright (DVOA)
Richard Y. Ebright (DVOA)
Mike Latva-Kokko (NEOC)
Mike Poulsen (CROC)
Paralympic applications remain open indefinitely unless the team fills. To apply visit: (

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA
(April 17, 2017)

ISOM 2017 Has Been Published

"The IOF Council has approved the International Specification for Orienteering Maps ISOM 2017. For IOF events between 1 May and 31 December 2017, both ISOM 2000 and ISOM 2017 could be accepted, but which map standard is used at the event must be clearly stated in the Bulletin(s) for the event. For all events after 1 January 2018, ISOM 2017 should be used.

"

Notice posted in the International Orienteering Federation NEWSLETTER APRIL 2017 (
(April 13, 2017)

Editor's Note: The latest version of the ISOM 2017 can be found here (, along with a handy document detailing the updates from ISOM 2000.

2017 U.S. WTOC Selection Process Announced

[WTOC = World Trail Orienteering Championship ( ESC = Executive Steering Committee]

"The Trail-O ESC received a rules waiver from the Board to allow for a modified WTOC selection procedure this year. Because we will hold our first ever Temp-O Championships, we wanted to try incorporating those results into the selection process. The system to be used is detailed in [this document (]."

Posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Rules Committee Chair
(March 8, 2017)

BAOC Athletes in the 2017 OUSA Junior Program

Julia Doubson and Katie Petersen have been selected for the Junior National Team, and Sarah Petersen has been selected for the Junior Development Team. Congratulations and good luck to them all.

"JTESC would like to encourage athletes who missed the deadline, but are still interested in being part of the program, to apply and become part of the team. Info can be found at ( Come join the National Junior Community! We are excited for a great year. Go USA!"

[JTESC = Junior Team Executive Steering Committee]

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Junior Team Coach
(February 12, 2017)

"Berman" O/NA Issues Now Online

"Back issues of Orienteering North America (O/NA) from 1984–1999 are now available online. The collection consists of all 140 issues published by, and made available courtesy of, Larry and Sara Mae Berman. We hope to add additional O/NA issues in the future.

"There are several ways to access the collection. A 'bookcase' view is available at URL:

"Take a look at the 'Start Here' issue (the first one shown in the upper left of the bookcase) for details about the collection and tips on using it.

"Enjoy browsing a bit of our history!"

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA VP/Clubs
(December 31, 2016)

2016 BAOC Service Award Recipient

Congratulations to Tapio Karras for winning the 2016 BAOC Service Award. Information about Tapio's contributions to the club (and information about previous recipients) is available here.

BAOC President
(December 18, 2016)

BAOC at U.S. Classic & North American Championships

Late September provided a terrific opportunity for orienteering in the northeastern U.S. the U.S. 2-Day Classic Championships were held at Ward Pound Ridge, NY, followed the next weekend by the North American Championship in and around Hanover, NH. The latter, held every other year, has become the biggest event in North America, this year drawing over 500 competitors, many of whom competed the previous weekend at the Classic Champs as well. Thus the fields were talented and deep, even more so than at the U.S. Individual Championships we held in the Bay Area in March. In addition to the BAOC medalists listed below, many fine performances by BAOC'ers resulted in narrow misses from the medals. Complete results can be found by following the links below.

The next North American Championship will be held in the Yukon in 2018 ( Put it on your calendar now​—​it's sure to be a great event!

U.S. Classic Championships (full results) (

    M70+  Silver    Chuck Spalding
    M75+  Bronze    Rich Parker

North American Championships (full results) (

Sprint Event

    F−18  Silver    Sarah Petersen
    F−20  Silver    Julia Doubson
    F40+  Bronze    Marie-Josée Parayre
    F65+  Bronze    Leslie Minarik
    M65+  Gold      Dennis Wildfogel
    M70+  Silver    Chuck Spalding
    M75+  Gold      Rich Parker
    M75+  Bronze    Evan Custer

Middle Event

    F−18  Bronze    Sarah Petersen
    M75+  Bronze    Evan Custer

Long Event

    F−18  Gold      Sarah Petersen
    M75+  Bronze    Evan Custer
    M55+  Silver    Tapio Karras

Clearly, BAOC's best event is the Sprint!

(October 7, 2016)

Steve Beuerman and Jay Hann on 2016 U.S. Trail-O Team

Congratulations to BAOC members Steve Beuerman and Jay Hann for being selected to the 2016 U.S. Trail Orienteering Team per the following announcement.

The U.S. Trail Orienteering Team is a designated group of advanced competitors that exists to promote and encourage the highest competitive standards for Trail Orienteering, and to represent the United States at international events. It is comprised of the top 10 ranked applicants in each international competitive class.
Congratulations to those named to the team for 2016:
Paralympic Class
Glen Cafferty (CROC)
Daniel Heimgartner (QOC)
David Irving (SDO) (Added after original announcement)
* Paralympic applications will continue to be accepted as long as the team is not filled.
Open Class
Karl Ahlswede (DVOA)
Steve Beuerman (BAOC)
Joe Brautigam (WCOC)
Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
Clare Durand (LAOC)
Richard H. Ebright (DVOA)
Richard Yon Ebright (DVOA)
Jay Hann (BAOC)
Mike Latva-Kokko (NEOC)
Mike Poulsen (CROC)

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA
(April 1, 2016)

2016 OUSA Rules Update Published

"The updated rules document for 2016 is now available on the OUSA website ( ( This version incorporates rule changes made at Board meetings in October, November and this week.

"Numerous changes were made to Trail-O ranking and team rules, along with the addition of TempO format.
Ski-O Championship classes and winning times were changed.
A-meet was changed to National meet.
One IC Rule change.
Links updated as necessary."

Posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Rules Committee Chair
(February 19, 2016)

Julia Doubson Wins Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award

The Wilson Family, in partnership with Orienteering USA, announced the winners of the third annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award. This award honors the memory of Iain Wilson by recognizing young athletes whose efforts demonstrate character through their commitment to growth and improvement in the sport as well as their contribution to the orienteering community through service and teamwork. This year’s winners, Julia Doubson of the Bay Area Orienteering Club and Jan Erik Naess of the Chicago Area Orienteering Club (CAOC), will each receive a $1,000 travel grant. The complete announcement is here (

BAOC President
(February 9, 2016)

BAOC is a 501(c)(3) Organization

After a long, arduous process, BAOC has obtained IRS classification as a 501(c)(3) organization. That means, among other things, that contributions to BAOC are tax deductible by the donor on their personal income tax return (if they itemize deductions). The designation took effect on September 25, 2013, so contributions since then are deductible.

One of the "contributions" that can be deducted is car mileage for the benefit of BAOC (but note that the IRS requires written records for the miles claimed). For example, that would include mileage for visiting parks to plan events (e.g., course setting), to attend Board meetings, and to events that you only help at (i.e., not if you enjoy the benefit of running a course). The standard mileage rate ( is 14¢ per mile (per IRS guidelines; subject to change annually). (BAOC's address of record is 335 Beverly Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577; its EIN is 46-4309358.)

BAOC Treasurer
(February 1, 2015)

Staples Discount Program

I want to let you know about the Staples Business Discount program that BAOC belongs to.

When you place a Staples copy/print order referencing our Rewards Number (2867824258), you will receive a 10% discount and BAOC will earn 10% in Staples Rewards. You can use this for BAOC printing and for any other printing needs.

You can submit orders online or in any Staples store. I can send you the login and password if you wish to place orders online.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

BAOC President
(December 22, 2011)

BAOC Membership Now Available On-line

Note: Our on-line membership process is currently not working due to a problem with accessing Google Checkout.

I've now got on-line memberships up and running on our website at this page. Renewals can also be processed this way.

In order to save some money I've chosen to break it into two steps: 1) fill out a Wufoo form to capture the membership contact information, etc., then navigate back to the BAOC website to 2) pay through Google Checkout. Once you click "Submit" on the Wufoo form, it automatically sends the information to me. You'll need a Google Checkout account to pay on-line, which you can set up in a few minutes the first time you pay this way. Please remember that your membership is not complete until you do both steps. Once I get both parts and I record the membership information, you'll get a confirming e-mail from Google that your membership has "shipped" (don't expect anything at your front door!).

There is a small cost to using Google Checkout that we have added to the one-year Individual and Family/Group memberships, which are now $16 and $21, respectively, if you pay on-line (but it saves you at least a $0.44 stamp and a lot of time). But if you sign up for multiple years or Contributing, BAOC will absorb the cost (5 years is always a good choice ).

You can still sign up at events, or by printing a membership form and sending it with a check, but I am hoping everyone will get on board and find it easier to do it on-line. Note: Please do not split the difference, i.e., fill out the Wufoo form on-line and send in a check by mail. This can be done if absolutely necessary, but it will make my life more complicated, so please avoid it if possible. If you go the other way and pay on-line and send in the form by snail mail, the form will be conveniently "lost", and we will gladly accept the voluntary "anonymous" donation.

Try it!

Membership Guy
(June 10, 2011)

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