Let's try a Street-O! This will be a Score-O held in a central Tucson residential neighborhood. The map will be an aerial photograph assembled by Ludwig Hill from 12 orthophoto tiles available on the Pima County website. No controls are hung; You will answer a question about the control site on your control card instead of punching. All locations will be easily visible from public property. Your responsibility: stay off private property and watch out for cars.

Since you won't be battling hostile vegetation or wild animals, feel free to dress lightly. I'm hoping the early hours will keep orienteers from overheating. No water will be on the course, so bring a bottle or your high tech hydration system.

Why should the Tucson Orienteering Club experiment with a Street-O?

1. We're creative people who just can't resist a new format.
2. An incredibly easy-to-reach site.
3. New areas for courses without intensive map development.
4. Greatly lowered demand for volunteers - but I do need two: one for the clinic, one to cover a table until 7:29.
5. Frankly, I hope we make money with this format.
6. Easy introduction to our sport for neophytes.
7. You can still make it to the late church service.

To reach the start, from the corner of Tucson Blvd. and Broadway Blvd., drive south to 15th Street and turn west (right). We will be in the shade along the street. There should be plenty of on-the-street parking, but if the street is crowded with cars, look for the orange and white orienteering signs.

If you are going to bring more than one new person with you, please let me know so that I can have enough maps.

6:15 AM: Registration opens, beginner clinic starts
6:30 AM: Course opens
7:30 AM: Last course starts
8:30 AM: Course closes
No control retrieval!

Costs: same as for the usual meets.

Peg Davis, meet director and course setter, 628-8985 or email pegdavis at u.arizona.edu