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Western Mass 5-Day



Amherst, MA, US
May 26–27, 2012

Next entry deadline: May 14, 2012

Type: Orienteering - National

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added by: PG

Five days of orienteering professionally squeezed into two days. Events 1 and 2 (both A meets, middle distance) will be at the new Earl's Trails map on the Holyoke Range just south of Amherst Saturday morning and early afternoon. Event 3 will be a sprint at UMass in Amherst late afternoon Saturday. Event 4 will be a sprint at Cemetery Hill on the south side of Northampton. And event 5 will be a mass-start farsta at Mt. Tom.

Training possibilities also on Monday (Memorial Day).

Western Mass 5-Day
May 26-27, 2012
Amherst, MA

To benefit the USA Ski-Orienteering Team
The Ski-O Team had two top-10 places at the last World Championships (Sweden in 2011). Help them as they strive to do even better at the 2013 World Champs in Kazakhstan.

Come join us for 5 orienteering events all squeezed into two days.

Most places need 5 days to hold a 5-day event, though the Swedes seem to need 6 days for their famous O’Ringen and the Turks manage to hold the Istanbul 5-Day in just 4 days. There have been a couple of times it’s been done in one day (the Rt. 128 O’Ringen and the UNO O’Ringen come to mind), but that seems a little rushed. Two days seems just right.

The A meets: Starts for the first one will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Starts for the second one will be from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Parking is at the Notch Visitors Center where Rt. 116 crosses the Holyoke Range between Amherst and South Hadley. Check-in is at the Notch Visitor's Center. Distance parking to finish at most 500 meters. Distance finish to starts is about 50 meters. Map is 1:10,000, 5 meter contours, fieldwork November 2011. Courses will be Middle distance – approximate lengths: Blue 4 km, Red 3 km, Green 2.5 km, Brown 2 km, Orange 2.5 km, Yellow and White 2 km. Terrain is hilly, lots of trails, very few rocks, runnability varies from fair to excellent.

The other three events: Limited courses, no assigned start times but narrow start windows, planned for experienced orienteers. E-punching for all events. See the NEOC web site for more details.

Other information: No WREs, no shirts, no awards, no banquet, no fancy bulletins.. But lots of good orienteering and fun. Come for just the A meets and have the rest of the weekend free, or come for all 5 events, and still have Memorial Day free.

Registration will be on-line only, pre-registration required. Deadline is Monday, May 14. Registration after that date is possible only if start slots are available.

Fees -- we are trying to keep them low. Save by entering early, by April 20.

Organizers: Course setters/vetters: Ali Crocker, Alex Jospe, Phil Bricker, Peter Gagarin. Meet administration: New England Orienteering Club
More information: Peter Gagarin (

Information on lodging and camping to follow. Suggested dinner spot for Saturday evening is Bub's BBQ between Amherst and Sunderland.

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May 5–6, 201233rd West Point A Meet
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May 19, 20123000m Time Trial
May 19–21, 2012Ottawa O-Fest 2012
May 24, 2012CSU Park-O 6: Cat Rock Park
May 31, 2012CSU Park-O 7: Franklin Park
Jun 7, 2012CSU Park-O 8: Long Pond
Jun 16, 2012WCOC Summer Picnic