Added 19 January: Runners are highly encouraged to bring your own water if you expect to drink while out on the course! Do not expect to have water on the course! 

Come run through - or, more properly, around! - the cacti of the Tucson Mountain Park on Sunday, January 23rd. Course Setter Cristina Luis will set White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, and Red classic courses, so there is something for orienteers of all experience levels and abilities! This meet, like the February meet, will make use of electronic punching, which will make it easy to compare splits and get accurate times. Never used e-punching before? No worries, we'll have e-punch sticks to rent (for $1) and we'll show you how to use them.

The meet director for this meet is Melissa Trout. Send her email at first.last (at) if you'd like to help out for an hour or so at the meet. We especially need volunteers to assist with registration and with control retrieval.

Important note about the map:  Some of the courses (Red, Brown, and likely Orange) will use a new base map for Cat Mountain rather than the old, completed map. The good news is that this base map will be used to make a completely new Cat Mountain map, with much more detailed contour lines and more accurate additional features. The interesting news is that, currently, the map includes "base mapisms" - areas of vegetation are outlined in green, areas of rocky ground or bare rock are outlined in black, boulders are marked with small plus signs, etc. Even in base map form I think intermediate and advanced runners will have a blast running with the new detail. A copy of the new map will be available at registration so that you can get your eyes on the peculiarities before having to run!

Motala:  The Tucson Motala is a three-stage course that will test and develop both your navigation and endurance skills.  The stages may be run in any order desired and consist of a ~3-4k on/off trail loop (or “Yellow” loop), a more navigationally challenging ~4-5k off trail loop (Orange) and a more difficult ~5-6k off trail loop (Red).  We recommend that you start the first stage by 9:15 a.m.  The latest time to start the last stage is 11:30 a.m. (Red loop), 11:45 a.m. (Orange), or 12:00 p.m. (Yellow).  Motala fees for members of the Tucson or other recognized orienteering club are $10/person + $5/each additional team member for each event.  Nonmember fees are $15/individual + $10/each additional team member for each event.

Directions:  From Tucson, take Ajo Way (AZ 86) west to Kinney Road (4 miles west of Mission Road).  Turn right at Kinney and go northwest 0.9 miles to Sarasota Blvd.  Turn right at Sarasota and go northeast 0.4 miles to a dirt road branching to the right.  Turn right on the dirt road and continue east 0.5 miles to unmarked parking area.  Registration and e-punch download will be adjecent to the parking area. Start/finish for all courses except White will be a marked 800m walk/run up to the to the pass.

Fees:  Classic courses:  $5/individual, $8/team for members of any recognized orienteering club.  $10/individual, $15/team for nonmembers.  If you don't own your own e-punch stick you will have to rent one for $1. For motala fees, see the special section above.  Compasses rent for $1.  Safety whistles sell for $1.  Every person, all courses, all meets is required to carry some type of safety whistle.

  Members may invite one guest for free to this event.  For details and restrictions, click here.

8:30 a.m. Beginners' clinic starts.
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration. 
9:00 a.m.  Courses open.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Route choice reviews.
1:00 p.m.  Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.  Begin control retrieval (orienteering practice).

Check-In:  To insure that all are safe, everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before courses close and before leaving the meet site.

Newcomers:  Go directly to Registration.  Ask for instructions and introductory information.  To attend the free beginners’ clinic, arrive between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Route Choice Reviews:  Orienteers love to talk about alternate routes and their advantages and disadvantages.  If you would like to discuss your choices after you do the course, there will be advanced orienteers near the Start/Finish area who would enjoy going over your route with you.

Maximillian The Cat

It's Not Cat Mountain... But it is a Cat! (Photo Credit: Ludwig Hill)