Two Days of Valentine Loops, Butterflies, and a Sprint!

Course Setter: Leif Lundquist

Meet Director: Cristina Luis & Barb Bryant


Event type: Classic courses (WYOGR) Sat and Sun; sprint series sprint on Sunday


Welcome to a Tucson Orienteering Club weekend. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Sonoran desert just west of Tucson. We will use the new Ironwood map and there will be three events featuring e-punching, which will allow us to provide results in real time including splits (times between controls). At the beginning of each day there will be an Orienteering clinic covering orienteering basics, maps, compass use, and with special attention given to the use of SI-cards for e-punching. They’re very easy to use, and there will also be several experienced users to ask.


We kick off Saturday – the 97th birthday of the Valentine State - with a set of single loop Classic courses: Red (7 km), Green (5 km), Orange (4 km), Yellow (3 km), White (2 km). Sunday morning we’ll have the same course colors, but shorter and on a different part of the map. The layout Sunday morning will be several loops in a butterfly configuration, where you will visit the same hub-nexus-nest control many times coming from different directions. By popular request the final run on Sunday will be a Sprint giving aficionados a chance to pick up national Sprint points.


Registration: Please pre-register by sending an e-mail including your name, selected courses, SI-card number (if you have your own), age (this year), sex (M,F) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon on Wednesday February 11th. Please also include number of available seats in your car or request for a ride, and home/pickup/dropoff address. On arrival, please check in at the registration desk and pay the appropriate fees. It will be possible to register on-site, but we can't guarantee enough maps if you don't email us to let us know!

Notifying us ahead of time by email speeds the on-site registration process and helps us in printing the right number of maps. 


Directions: From the frontage road along I-10 (Exit 257 is closed due to construction) 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 and Speedway Blvd. to the event site is about 30 minutes."


Parking: Only in designated areas. Space is limited, so please car pool as much as possible.


Fees per day: Members $7 per individual, $10 per team for members of any recognized orienteering club. Non-members: $12 per individual and $17 per team. $2 discount on Sunday if you also participated on Saturday.

SI-card rental: $1. Compass rental: $1. Safety whistles to keep: $1. Every person, regardless of course, will be required to carry some type of safety whistle.


Maps: Pre-printed for each course, 1:10,000 for the Classic courses and 1:5,000 for the Sprint. Ludwig Hill’s new map of Ironwood is very good, but with its many dry stream beds the open flat desert areas present a unique and enjoyable challenge.


Schedule, Saturday:
9:15 AM: Orienteering clinic starts.
9:30 AM: Registration opens.
10:00 AM: Courses open.
12:00 noon: Last start.
2:00 PM: Courses close.
All runners must return to Start/Finish by 2 PM.

2:00 PM: Control retrieval begins – Please volunteer with the meet director!


Schedule, Sunday (notice changes from Saturday):



9:00 AM: Orienteering clinic starts.
9:00 AM: Registration opens.
9:30 AM: Classic courses open.
11:00 AM: Last Classic start.
1:00 PM: Classic courses close.
All Classic runners must return to Start/Finish by 1 PM.


To make the Sprint more exciting, we’ll assign starts every minute.
1:00 PM: Sprint registration opens – get your start time!
2:00 PM: Registration for Sprint closes
2:00 PM: Sprint course opens.
4:00 PM: Sprint course closes.
All Sprint runners must return to Start/Finish by 4 PM.

4:00 PM: Control retrieval begins – Please volunteer with the meet director!


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. For Orienteering clinic start times, see above.


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.


Hiking:  Group hiking trips arranged upon request for Friday, Monday or Tuesday.  Contact Barb.


Other questions: Please contact the meet directors.
Saturday/overall:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sunday:  Barb Bryant at (617) 661 9579 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.