Come on out and join us on Sunday, December 15th to run on Classic-O Courses set by Mark Everett.  White, Yellow, Orange, Green and Red courses will be offered, with the Motala option for those wanting a longer workout.

Ironwood is largely flat and runnable, with a complex network of various-sized dry washes, some small hills, dotted with Palo Verde trees and desert scrub.  It is adjacent to Saguaro National Monument at about 2000 feet above sea level.  The Start/Finish area is at the large cement picnic table under the ironwood tree at the end of the road.

Volunteers to assist with registration, timing and control retrieval are always welcome.  If you are new to the sport, control retrieval is an excellent way to practice your skills and there is always someone willing to show you the ropes to registration or timing.

Large Groups:  If you are planning to bring a large group of more than five people, please let the course setter (everett [-at-] noao [-dot-] edu) or meet director (brad.poe [-at-] att [-dot-] net) know so that we can reserve enough maps for you.

Parking: Parking is limited at the actual meet site though there is plenty at the main road, a kilometer’s walk.  Please carpool if possible and pick up orienteers walking in from the highway.  Alternatively, you can help by parking head-in (perpendicular) to the curb at the parking area at the end of the road.  This will allow us to get twice as many cars close to the Finish/Start area.

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 no later than 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.

Fees: Classic 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.

Schedule:
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.

Directions:  From Exit 257 on I-10 drive west on Speedway Blvd. After approximately 5 miles Speedway Blvd. becomes Gates Pass Rd.  Continue another 5 miles through Gates Pass until reaching the T-intersection with Kinney Rd.  Turn left on Kinney Rd and drive south 1.5 miles until reaching the entrance gate to the Ironwood Picnic Area on the right.  Follow the orienteering signs to the event registration area.  The trip time from I-10/Speedway Blvd to the event site is about 30 minutes.  Alternatively you may come from I-19,  travel west on Ajo Way, highway 86, approximately 5  miles to Kinney Road.  There is a McDonalds Restaurant on the N.E. Corner, turn north travel about 3-4 miles into Tucson Mountain Park.  The entrance to Ironwood Picnic Area will be on your left.