January 23-24, 2010

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Welcome to a Tucson Orienteering Club weekend in the Sonoran desert at the foot of the Tucson Mountains. Ironwood Park is just west of the city near the Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios. There will be a full set of courses from White to Blue both days — a finale of the training week held in true Sonoran desert terrain with giant saguaros, prickly pears, chollas, mesquites, Ironwood trees, and other hardy species.

We’ll be on the 2009 Ironwood map using preprinted course maps and 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.

The terrain is open and it is generally easy to run, but there are subtle features such as a network of narrow dry washes, which will challenge any orienteer.

Saturday and Sunday courses will be on different parts of the map and using different configurations. Preliminarily distances will be as follows: Blue (8-10 km), Red (6-8 km), Green (4-5), Brown (3-4 km), Orange (5-6 km), Yellow (2-3 km), White (about 2 km).  There will be a trail run following the orienteering on Saturday (see schedule below). 

Registration: Generally directly on-site, but you can speed up the process and help the meet directors by registering on-line here by Monday, January 18.  On-line registration is now closed.  On arrival, please check in at the registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.  Notifying us ahead of time on-line speeds the on-site registration process and helps us in printing the right number of maps. 

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 and Speedway Blvd. to the event site is about 30 minutes.  Vicinity Map

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

Meet directors
Saturday: Jeff Brucker, (520) 886-2528, jeffbrucker at q period com .
Sunday: Pete and Judy Cowgill, (520) 293-1565, petecowgill at comcast period net .
Please call or e-mail them 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 is only through the generous volunteer effort of club members by which these events can happen!

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 (White may get a larger scale). Ludwig Hill’s 2009 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/Sunday:

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.
2:00 PM: Control retrieval begins – Please volunteer with the meet director!
All runners must return to Start/Finish by 2 PM.

On Saturday, following the orienteering activities, there will be a trail run event hosted by Eric Bone of the Cascade Orienteering Club.  Alll proceeds go to the US Orienteering Team.  For more details, go to the Chase The Sun Trail Run web page.

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.

Information for visitors: Tucson has all levels of accommodations close to the meet site. Historical Tucson, museums and the University of Arizona are near-by. The January weather is mostly sunny and pleasantly warm, but there can be cold and even rainy days.

Welcome to the Southwest!