The Sunday, May 20th orienteering event will take place in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains (off Highway 83 in the Coronado National Forest). The Start and Finish for will be where the Arizona trail crosses Box Canyon Road. There will be White (2-3 km), Yellow (3-4 km), Orange (5-6 km), Green (4-5 km), Red (5-7 km) and Tucson Motala (~14 km) courses. For details about course types, click here.

The terrain is open with sweeping ridges from which you can see forever. Go down into the valleys and it’s a challenge to keep track of which side canyon you’re heading for. There are areas of higher hills, surrounded by fractal elevation curves that break the hillsides down into smaller and smaller re-entrants.

Meet director:  Mike King “newwaymike (-at-) aol (-dot-) com” .  Please call or e-mail Mike and offer your help during the meet! The fees collected at each event only cover the costs for permits, insurance, transportation, map printing, supplies, and equipment used at the event. They don’t cover planning, organizing, or running the event. It’s only through the generous volunteer effort of club members by which these events can happen!

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 when courses open at 9:30 a.m. The latest time to start the last stage is 11:30 a.m. (Red loop), 11:50 a.m. (Orange), or 12:20 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.

Fees: All courses: $5/individual, $8/team for members of any recognized orienteering club. $10/individual, $15/team for nonmembers.  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.

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

Maps: Pre-printed for each course, 1:10,000.

Directions: From Tucson, drive east on I-10 to SR 83 (Exit 281). Then drive south on SR 83 for 17 miles to Greaterville Road (between mileposts 42 and 41). Turn right at Greaterville Road and drive about 3 miles to the Y-junction at the end of the asphalt pavement. Take the right fork (Box Canyon Road) and drive about 1 mile to the event site. It takes about an hour to get to the event site from downtown Tucson.

Parking: There is parking space on the sides of the road but it is limited, so please car pool and park perpendicular to the road as much as possible.

9:00 AM: Registration opens.
9:30 AM: Courses open.
11:30 AM: Last start.
1:00 PM: Courses close.
1:00 PM: Control retrieval begins – Please volunteer with the meet director!
All runners must return to Start/Finish by 1 PM.

Check-In: To insure that all are safe, every runner, whether finished with the course or not, must check in at the Finish before leaving the meet site.

Newcomers: Go directly to the Registration. Ask for instructions and introductory information.

Route choice reviews: Orienteers love to talk about alternate routes and their advantages and disadvantages. If you would like to discuss your choices, there will be advanced orienteers available near the Start/Finish area.