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)
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 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
Here is an overview of the event schedule. See the Bulletin for more details.
Sunday, July 28, 11:59 PM PDT – Discounted registration closes
- Sunday, August 25, 11:59 PM PDT – Preregistration closes
- Thursday, Sept 5, 1:00–6:00 PM – Model event at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- Friday, Sept 6, 10:00 AM – Model event at Big Basin Redwoods State Park opens
- Friday, Sept 6, 1:30 PM – Middle Championships at Big Basin Redwoods State Park begin
- Saturday, Sept 7, 10:00 AM – Long Championships at Big Basin Redwoods State Park begin
- Saturday, Sept 7, 4:00–6:00 PM – OUSA Annual General Meeting at Cabrillo College
- Saturday, Sept 7, 6:00–9:00 PM – Event dinner at Cabrillo College Cafeteria
- Saturday, Sept 7, 8:00 PM – Deadline for names of Sprint Relay team members
- Sunday, Sept 8, 8:00 AM – Trail-O event at Cabrillo College begins
- Sunday, Sept 8, 8:30 AM – Sprint Championships at Cabrillo College Amphitheater begin
- Sunday, Sept 8, 12:30 PM – Sprint Relay mass start at Cabrillo College Amphitheater
- Sunday, Sept 8, 2:00 PM – Award ceremony at Cabrillo College Amphitheater
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).
Bulletin #1 (version 5.5) is available here (PDF/1MB).¹
- The URL in the Bulletin for event registration has been corrected.
- Other details are also subject to change (e.g., to correct errors).
Entries in all the OUSA competition classes (http://orienteeringusa.org/rules#A11) will be accepted. The classes are as follows:
- F–10, F–12, F–14, F–16, F–18, F–20, F–21+, F–21+ Elite, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+, F55+, F60+, F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+, F85+, F90+
- M–10, M–12, M–14, M–16, M–18, M–20, M–21+, M–21+ Elite, M35+, M40+, M45+, M50+, M55+, M60+, M65+, M70+, M75+, M80+, M85+, M90+
- 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.
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.
The Relay event on Sunday will be a Sprint Relay, with teams of three (3) members. The following classes will be available:
- Club team, 8+ points
- Open team, 8+ points
- Club team, 4+ points
- Open team, 4+ points
- Club select team (0+ points)
- Open select team (0+ points)
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:
- Is a regular member in good standing of Orienteering USA.
- Is either a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States of America.
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).
- Medals will be awarded to first-place-overall finishers in each class if they are not championship eligible.
- The top three Trail-O finishers will receive an award.
- The top three Relay teams in each class will receive an award.
- 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
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:
- Anyone who intends to compete in the September 6th or September 7th event is not allowed to visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
- Anyone who intends to compete in the September 8th event is not allowed to visit Cabrillo College (except if they are already a student there).
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.
- Big Basin’s 142-site campground rests under the ancient redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Camping is $35 per night, with a $10 per-night fee for each additional vehicle. For reservations, please visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com.
- Tent Cabins: Registration for the Tent Cabins is at the Gift Shop, or after hours at the Host Site at Huckleberry Campground. The tent cabins are managed by a private concession. To make Tent Cabin reservations, please call (800) 444-7275.
- Little Basin Concession Group Campground: Little Basin is a 534-acre California State Parks campground that was recently added to Big Basin Redwoods State Park through a partnership with the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Sempervirens Fund. Little Basin is currently operated by the non-profit management organization United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats (UCCR). For more information, please visit www.littlebasin.org.
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).