We will have a second opportunity in March to do some fun-filled orienteering near Tucson.  A training event at Ironwood Picnic Area (different Start/Finish area from February’s meet) will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2009, the weekend following Slavin Gulch.  Similar to our Arthur Pack training event last November, this event will provide thrilling orienteering with the quality and excitement of a full-service meet with control markers, timed races, published rankings, and a detailed color map.

Three fun, but challenging, short classic courses will be offered:  Short Yellow (2.7 km), Short Orange (3.5 km), and Short Green (4.3 km).  The terrain, though physically suited for breakneck running and well detailed on the map, can be navigationally challenging if you allow your attention to wander while moving too fast.  It’ll be up to you to find that sweet balance between speed and accuracy!  The map will be 1:5000 scale (1 cm = 50 m) with 2.5 m contour intervals.

This training event will use the following format:

  • All participants must pre-register (see below for details).  I will use this registration information to pre-build the combined waiver/sign-in/timing log and to reserve maps.
  • All registrations will be individual - no teams.  You may still choose to go on a course with another person, however each person’s time will be posted as an individual.
  • I won’t set any signs out, so carefully read the directions below on how to get to the meet site.
  • To sign-in, go the self-help station, read the waiver, fill out the form, pay your fee, and pick up your punch card and clue sheet.  You will only have a twenty-minute window to sign in, so plan on arriving early.
  • During sign-in, I will give a mass briefing for all participants.
  • The start process will be intensely compressed.  Up to three participants at a time (one person for each course) will start at 2-minute intervals.  Please help things flow smoothly by being at the start gate ready to take your place as soon as the first starts begin.  All starts will occur within a tiny twenty-minute window, so be pumped and ready to go!
  • You will pick up your pre-printed course maps at the last station of the start line.
  • Courses will close two-and-a-half hours after the first start.

Pre-registration:  All participants must pre-register with the meet director at ludwighill at yahoo period com or 299-9041.  Please state your name and course, and if you want to be posted in the results as REC, state that also.  I will reserve a course map for each pre-registered person.  The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, March 18, 2009.  If you find that for some unforeseen reason, you cannot make this meet after pre-registering, please let the meet director know before the meet, in order to avoid being posted as DNS in the published results.

Non-members/Guests:  If you are not a member of TOC or another USOF recognized orienteering club, then you may go out on a course provided you are accompanied by a member.

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.  Turn right at the entrance gate and drive 0.2 miles to the self-help area.  The trip time from I-10 and Speedway Blvd. to the event site is about 30 minutes.

Fees:  $3 per person.  Please bring exact change.

Equipment:  This will be a self-help event - bring your own compass, whistle, map case, and safety pins.  There will not be any water at the event site or on the courses, so please bring your own.

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  Sign-in
9:20 a.m.  Mass briefing.
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.  Starts.
12:00 p.m.  Courses close.  Begin control retrieval.

Safety:  Every person is required to carry some type of safety whistle.  Everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before leaving the meet site.