2012 Championships Challenge

With many of our national championships scheduled to take place this spring, Orienteering USA has announced a first-of-its-kind program to promote participation in multiple A-meets.

Dubbed the “2012 Championships Challenge,” this program will reward all individuals who enter and compete in at least three of the scheduled nine A-meet weekends from February through June, 2012*.  These orienteers will receive a custom-designed racing shirt acknowledging their accomplishment.

Eligible event weekends (< click link to events calendar for details/website for each):

  • U.S. Ski Orienteering Championships, February 2–5 – California (BAOC)
  • U.S. Two Day Classic Championships, March 10–11 – North Carolina (BOK)
  • Sprint Black Diamond, March 17 – California (GetLost!!)
  • Flying Pig XVI, March 30–April 1 – Kentucky (OCIN)
  • U.S Individual Championships and Trail Orienteering Championships, April 13–15 – Georgia (GAOC)
  • U.S. Interscholastics and Intercollegiates Championships, April 20–22 - Washington (COC)
  • West Point A-meet, May 5–6 – New York (USMAOC)
  • Western Mass 5 Day, May 26-27 – Massachusetts (NEOC)
  • Sprint the Golden Gate, June 8-10 – California (GetLost!!)  cancelled

What do I have to do? (updated 21 March 2012**)

  • Enter and compete in at least three of the weekends (or qualify by having a major role--see the fourth bullet item).  Competing at least one time at the championship level (non-recreational; that is, in your age group) per weekend counts as a weekend.
  • If you compete in both Foot and Trail Orienteering in Georgia it counts as one weekend.
  • You must be a member in good standing of Orienteering USA as of July 1, 2012.
  • Volunteers having a major role in one of the above A-meets can use that service to qualify.  The following major roles qualify: Event Director, Course Setter, Course Vetter, Event/Course Consultant, Event Advisor. The rules are that you must run at least two events and volunteer in at least one other.  Such qualifiers must petition Glen Schorr at gjs [at] orienteeringusa [dot] org by June 20th, 2012.

What do I win?

  • A custom technical running shirt.  Distinctions will be made for how many weekends you competed.

Do I have to fill out any special paperwork or forms?

  • No, as long as your individual event entry forms are correct, you will be counted.

How and when will I get my shirt?

  • You will receive an email notifying you of your prize and requesting your shirt size.  Once we receive all winners’ information we will make the shirts.  
  • Shirts will be mailed to you.
  • Update July 30:

Thanks to all for your participation in the 2012 Championships Challenge Program.  158 of you participated in at least three A-meets this spring.
We are in the process of finalizing production of the shirts and contacting those who earned a shirt for size and shipping information.
Thanks for your patience and participating in the Championships Challenge.

If you have any other questions regarding the Championships Challenge:  Please contact OUSA Executive Director Glen Schorr at gjs [at] orienteeringusa [dot] org.

Updated 8 February 2012
* Since additional A-meets were added in January/February, the Challenge has expanded to include them all; notification date updated.

Updated 21 March 2012
** Added information about OUSA membership requirement and major volunteers at spring A-meets.

Updated 30 July 2012
Thank you for your patience.