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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.
For the latest information for any event, please check this website closer to the event, or 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.
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 restrict the displayed list to only a certain type of event.
Type, and Notes
|Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
|- 510.525.1574||Misha Kreslavsky|
|B; 8-course event for beginners through advanced|
|Feb. 8 - 11||7th Mediterranean O Champs, 3rd Egyptian International O Champs; Alexandria, Egypt|
|A; Public events in conjunction with the Mediterranean and Egyptian Championships; Sprint, Long, and Middle distance WRE races in a three-day program (entry deadline: Feb. 8)|
|Feb. 8 - 13||Portugal O Meeting; Évora, Portugal|
|A; Three Model events, urban Middle, Long, Middle, chase-start Long (entry deadlines: January 26 & 30)|
|Left My Heart in San Francisco 5k, 10k
San Francisco, CA
| - 510.681.6181
|Enjoy an exciting adventure around the romantic spots of San Francisco—great fun for teams of 1 to 5. Celebrate with refreshments and socializing and an instant raffle at the finish. Preregister for a discounted entry fee. (Not a BAOC event)|
|2018 Sierra Ski-O, Round 2, Day 1
Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area (Burton Creek), Lake Tahoe, CA
| - 530.414.4163,
Truckee Orienteering Club (Truckee)
|Ski-O; Middle-distance Beginner (White), Advanced (Orange), and Expert (Green & Blue) courses|
|2018 Sierra Ski-O, Round 2, Day 2
Royal Gorge Cross Country, Soda Springs, CA
| - 530.414.4163,
Truckee Orienteering Club (Truckee)
|Ski-O; Score-O — You have 1 or 2 hours to get as many checkpoints as you can|
|Feb. 16 - 18||Vancouver Sprint Camp; Vancouver, BC||Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC)|
|Variety of Sprint training and competition; part of the North American Sprint Series (entry deadline: Feb. 10)|
|Feb. 17 - 25||Southwest Spring Orienteering Week; Tucson & Phoenix, AZ||Tucson Orienteering Club (TSN)|
|B; A week+ of fast orienteering and training opportunities; final event on Sunday, Feb. 25, will be a National Event|
|TBD East Bay Park
Location to be Announced
|- 925.934.6567||Gavin Wyatt-Mair|
|B; Full-featured, 7-course event for beginners through advanced (park can't be disclosed until permit is approved) (pending park approval)|
|Shell Ridge Open Space
Walnut Creek, CA
|B; Full-featured, seven-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)|
|Mar. 5 - 10||World Cup and World Masters Ski-O Champs; Craftsbury, VT|
|A; Model, Sprint, Middle, Long, and Sprint Relay events on the Craftsbury Outdoor Center trails (entry deadlines: Jan. 1, Feb. 28)|
|Joseph D. Grant County Park
San Jose, CA
|- 650.604.3760||Derek Maclean|
|B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)|
|Mar. 17 - 25||California Orienteering Week (COW)
| - 510.407.1876,
Heidi Cusworth (GCO),
Bill Cusworth (GCO)
|A; Seven (sanctioned) National Events spread over 9 days, including 5 Middle events, 1 Long, and 1 Sprint — organized by BAOC and GCO (pending park approval)|
|Apr. 6 - 8||Flying Pig XXII; Hamilton, OH||Orienteering Club of Cincinnati (OCIN)|
|A; OCIN's annual national event; at least 3 races; tentatively in the Hamilton, Ohio area|
|Golden Goat and Golden Kid
Pacheco State Park, Hollister, CA
|Extra-long courses with mass starts; Possibly no beginner or intermediate courses|
|Apr. 28 - 29||U.S. Junior National Championships; Holyoke, MA||New England Orienteering Club (NEOC)|
|A; Annual Troll Cup event; 2-day Classic|
|May. 5 - 13||European Orienteering Championships 2018 & World Cup Round 1; Lugano, Switzerland|
|A; Sprint, Middle, Relay, and Long races for M21 & F21 (also see Swiss 5-Days public event)|
|May. 8 - 13||Swiss 5-Days; Lugano, Switzerland|
|A; Sprint, Middle, Relay, and Long public races in conjunction with European Orienteering Championships (entry deadlines: Feb. 12, Apr. 9, Apr. 16)|
|World Orienteering Day|
|Events all over the world|
|Jun. 16 - 17||41st Venla Relay; Lahti & Hollola, Finland|
|A; Four-leg, 26 km, women's afternoon relay (entry deadlines: Feb. 1, May 9, May 31)|
|Jun. 16 - 17||70th Jukola Relay; Lahti & Hollola, Finland|
|A; Seven-leg, 80-km relay starting at dusk (entry deadlines: Feb. 1, May 9, May 31)|
|Jun. 23 - 24||Mt Pinos Two-Day; Frazier Park, CA||Los Angeles Orienteering Club (LAOC)|
|B; Proposed dates for popular annual event|
|Jun. 26 - 30||5 Days of Italy 2018; Madonna di Campiglio, Italy|
|A; Sprint, Middle, and Long races (entry deadlines: Feb. 15, May 15, June 15)|
|Jul. 6 - 13||WMOC: World Masters Orienteering Championships; Copenhagen & North Zealand, Denmark|
|A; Sprint Model, Qualification, & Final; Middle Final; Long Model, (1) Qualification, & Final (entry deadlines: Dec. 28, Mar. 28, June 1)|
|Jul. 8 - 14||JWOC: Junior World Orienteering Championships; Kecskemét, Hungary|
|A; Annual international championship event for juniors, and a 5-day public event|
|Jul. 15 - 20||Fin5 Orienteering Week; Seinäjoki, Finland|
|A; Sprint, 2 Middle, and 2 Long races (entry deadlines TBD)|
|Jul. 17 - 21||World University Orienteering Championships; Kuortane, Finland|
|A; Annual competition for current and recent university students (entry deadlines: Jan. 17, April 17, June 17)|
|Jul. 21 - 27||O'Ringen; Örnsköldsvik, Sweden|
|A; World's largest orienteering event—8,593 entries as of Nov. 25, 2017 (entry deadlines: April 1, Jun 1)|
|Aug. 4 - 10||WTOC: World Trail Orienteering Championships; Riga, Latvia|
|A; Annual world championships, and "spectator races"|
|Aug. 4 - 11||WOC: World Orienteering Championships; Riga, Latvia|
|A; Annual world championships, with associated public events|
|Aug. 5 - 12||WMTBOC & JWMTBOC: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship; Waldviertel, Austria|
|Annual world championships|
|Aug. 17 - 21||NAOC: North American Orienteering Championships; Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada||Yukon Orienteering Association (YOA)|
|A; Bi-annual Canada/U.S. championships; Long, Middle, (elite-only?) Relay, & Sprint events (entry deadlines: March 31, June 30, July 22)|
|Aug. 21 - 24||COC: Canadian Orienteering Championships; Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada||Yukon Orienteering Association (YOA)|
|A; Annual Canada championships; Long and Middle events (entry deadlines: March 31, June 30, July 22)|
|Aug. 29 - Sep. 3||Rocky Mountain 6-Day Orienteering Festival; Laramie, WY||Laramie Range Orienteering Club (LROC)|
|A; TENTATIVE(?) 6-day event: 1-cowboy relay, Rocky Mountain Goat, and four sanctioned National Events|
|Sep. 8 - 9||4th Annual Seattle Adventure Running Tournament; Seattle, WA||Cascade Orienteering Club (COC)|
|Six-race Sprint orienteering tournament over two days|
|Scout-Orienteering, Pre-registration Required||- 925.934.6567||Steve Harrison|
|B; 26th annual Championships and Scout-O for all scout levels (pending park approval)|
Schedule of events in 2019 (http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/Current?year=2019)
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 Events for competitive orienteers. They offer courses in all competitive classes and are counted in the national rankings. Note, however, that these meets also have courses for recreational orienteers and welcome beginners.
- 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), GetLost!! (http://getlostxx.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. Just click on the button at the bottom of the calendar to subscribe.
- 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 means Google is having a problem. In that case, please check back later.
Working Calendars of Upcoming Events
The Event Coordinators' working schedule is available here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TFrjFh8h0ZErDqr4fsMTB_fYnJbdyvhLP0R0NcLgnow/edit#gid=431100622). (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 (http://orienteeringusa.org/orienteers/on-foot/events/sanctioned-events-calendar), the OUSA working calendar (http://www.event-finder.org/o-planning/maincal.shtml), the OUSA Rogaine calendar (http://orienteeringusa.org/orienteers/rogaines/events), 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 .