Event Dates and Times

We aim to hold Tucson Orienteering Club meets at least monthly, year-round.  For actual dates, click "Event Calendar" on the main menu.

Unless otherwise announced all meets follow this schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration opens and beginners’ clinic starts.
  • 9:00 a.m. Courses open.
  • 11:00 a.m. Last time to start a course.
  • 1:00 p.m. Courses close.

Note that due to Covid-19 there may be differences in how events are currently organized.


Main Course Types

  • White course -- Follows mostly trails.  Is ideal for youngsters and anyone who isn’t comfortable with reading a road map yet.  Typically 2-3 km long.
  • Yellow course -- Takes you off of the trails but follows helpful linear features.  Is a good course for the beginning adult.  Typically 2-4 km long.
  • Orange course -- Takes you out “into the forest.”  Is for the orienteer who is very comfortable with off-trail travel on topographic maps and has intermediate orienteering skills.  Typically 4-5 km long.
  • Green/Red course -- Takes you into difficult, complex, and ambiguous terrain.  Is only for orienteers with advanced skills.  Typically 4-6 km (Green) and 5-8 km long (Red).
  • Tucson Motala -- Is for the advanced orienteer who wants to go the ultra distance.  Combines the Yellow, Orange, and Red courses in the order you want.  Typically 11-17 km long
  • Descriptions for other types of courses offered at TOC local meets such as sprints, score-o's, rogaines, mini-rogaines, goats, and others can be found in the event announcement for each event.



Participation fees may vary, so be sure to check the announcement for the event that you plan to attend.  However, for most Tucson Orienteering Club meets the event costs are as listed in this chart.


Minors (Under 18) Participation at Events

All participants under age 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver for them at all TOC events.  If your parent/guardian is not able to accompany you or your youth group to the event, then please read this.


Volunteering at Events

Experienced course setters are usually happy (with advance notice of about a month) to work with apprentices who want to learn to set courses.  Directing a meet consists essentially of setting up and supervising the Registration and Timing areas, with help from other volunteers.  Teams of two are encouraged.  Please contact our Membership Chair if you wish to help.