Pawtuckaway NRE Event Recap

September 9-11, 2022

Pawtuckaway State Park, in southern New Hampshire played host to the 1992 Orienteering World Cup and since that date has been the site of over 25 years of annual Camping Weekend fun held every year in early September. This year the host club, Up North Orienteer’s opted to up then ante and used their one-day fee waiver to host a National Ranking Event (NRE).

The weather was great and two days of conventional orienteering along with Canoe-O and a number of Night-O variants combined with the group camping and potluck picnic supper made for a very memorable weekend. Thank you to Lex Bundschuh and her tireless team for another awesome year at Pawtuckaway!!

JWOC ’22 – Part Deux – Return to the Forest

Back in July, Orienteering USA sent a strong team to Portugal to compete in the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC). Most of the 10-person squad arrived early and got in a week of quality training under very hot conditions. Unfortunately, conditions were so extreme that Portugual closed all forest access across the country, forcing the organizers to pivot and essentially create a ‘sprint-JWOC’ for all the athletes who trained so hard. At that time, the decision was made not to hold formal closing ceremonies, but to postpone the forest races until later in the fall after the danger of fires was gone.

The TeamUSA Executive Steering Committee is now excited to announce the team that will return to Portugal this November to finish what they started. Due to school commitments, many of the team members from July can not attend the forest races. Of the original 10 athletes, four will be returning: Lily Addicott (GAOC), Anna Campbell (NEOC), Alex Merka (QOC) and Holden Sopoti (USMAOC). Joining them will be Oriana Riley (DVOA) who was originally selected as an alternate for the original team, and Emilia Schmidt (QOC) who was selected to compete on the 2020 JWOC Team, but due to the cancellation of JWOC ’20 to the pandemic was unable to compete.

Emilia also brings along her personal coach, Kari Jussila,, who has agreed to be the coach for the US Team. Jussila is the general manager of the elite team for Tampereen Pyrintö – a well-known & regarded Finnish multi-sport club – and has about 50 years of experience in orienteering. Coaches Evalin Brautigam and Thomas Laraia, who coached the team in July, will remain as backup coaches and assist the team remotely, but are unable to attend the competition. Also accompanying the team will be parents Tuija Schmidt and Angelica Riley.

Links to the Original JWOC Team Announcement and the JWOC ’22 (Part One) Event Recap.

17th World Rogaining Championships Event Recap

August 26-27, 2022

Ten Teams from the United States ventured to the Czech Republic last month to compete at the 17th World Rogaining Championships. Rogaining is, at its essence, an ultra-distance score orienteering event with controls placed over a very large area, frequently on steep and demanding terrain. Looking at the maps from Czechia, this years event didn’t disappoint in the steep & long category. Teams have 24 hours to visit as many controls as possible, with varying point values depending upon distance & difficulty.

A number of US Teams managed podium placements in their respective categories. The Women’s Super Veteran category was won by Team Menopawsome with members Shari Hymes (USA) and Australian Thorlene Egerton. Another long-time US/AUS collaboration between Sharon Crawford (RMOC) and Robin Spriggs (AUS) took bronze in the Women’s Ultra Veteran category. Over in the Mixed Ultra Veteran category, perennial competitors the Nightcrawlers (Eric & Mary Smith, CNYO) also took the third spot. Winner’s of last year’s Lake Tahoe Rogaine, Nikolay Nachev & Ashley Blake (COC) just missed the podium, placing 4th in the Mixed Open division. They will definitely be a team to watch when the World Rogaining Championships come back to Lake Tahoe next July. Keep in mind that in Rogaining, teams are eligible for all categories in which they qualify so in the results below some teams have up to four ‘results’.

Photos courtesy of Hana Orienteering / WRC ’22

The World Games – Birmingham Event Recap

July 15-17th, 2022

The first major international orienteering event in the United States in over 25 years took place in Birmingham, Alabama in July. The World Games, traditionally held the year following the Summer Olympic Games, brought over 3,600 athletes from 100 countries to compete in over 30 sports. 80 of the worlds best orienteers, 2 women & 2 men each from 20 invited countries, traveled to Birmingham to test themselves in the Sprint, Middle & Sprint Relay disciplines.

An amazing team of volunteers, both local and Orienteering USA members from across the US, came together in Birmingham to create world class events in the hot Alabama summer. The team, led by Cristina Luis of Tucson Orienteering Club, overcame many obstacles created by working in a complex multi-sport, high security environment to produce events at 3 different venues that challenged, and perhaps surprised, the worlds best orienteers. Thanks to all those that helped make The World Games orienteering events so memorable.

Pre-Event Media

July 15th 2022 – Sprint @ Birmingham Southern College

July 16th, 2022 – Middle @ Oak Mountain State Park

July 17th, 2022 – Sprint Relay @ Railroad Park

WUOC ’22 Event Recap

August 15-22, 2022

Eleven members were selected to represent TeamUSA at the World University Championships in Switzerland. Team members Thomas Laraia & Peter Zakrevski were originally selected but could not attend due to injury and Edgardo Cruz (1st alternate) was promoted to the team to fill the vacancy. Additionally, Anthony (AJ) Riley made it to Switzerland but did not race, also due to apparent injury. Evalin Brautigam accompanied the team as coach and Michelle Kastner also provided team support and some of the official photos.

Photos below courtesy Evalin Brautigam & Michelle Kastner
Tip: Right-click images below to view larger version

  • Team Announcement
    • Keegan Harkavy
    • AJ Riley
    • Danny Riley
    • Tyler Wilson
    • Edgardo Cruz
    • Diana Aleksieva
    • Jessica Colleran
    • Julia Doubson
    • Bridget Hall
    • Kirsten Mayland
    • Oriana Riley
  • #WUOC Forever – US National Orienteering Team Blog – a must read!!

Wed, Aug 17, 2022 – Sprint @ Biel/Bienne

Thu, Aug 18, 2022 – Long @ Gondiswil

Fri, Aug 19, 2022 – Sprint Relay @ Langenthal

Sat, Aug 20, 2022 – Middle @ Corcelles

Sun, Aug 21, 2022 – Relay @ Gondiswil

  • Forest Relay Day – TeamUSA fielded two championship eligible womens teams.
    • United States 1 included Bridget, Jessica & Julia.
    • United States 2 consisted of Diana, Kirsten & Oriana.
    • On the men’s side Keegan, Danny & Eddie ran as United States 1.
    • Tyler joined Farrand Graeme of Canada & Hus Martijn (a Belgian) as Mixed 4 (non-eligible).
  • Only the highest placing mens and womens team from each country is listed in the Official Results, but you can check out the other times in the Live Results on the IOF site.

WMOC ’22 Italy Event Recap

July 9-16, 2022

Summary: 34 athletes from 14 Orienteering USA clubs ventured to Italy in July to compete in the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Puglia. Not too many photos have emerged – most seemed to be locked behind a paywall, but we have compiled results for US athletes below.

The Sprint medalists include Sharon Crawford (RMOC) taking Bronze in W75A and Pavlina Brautigam (WCOC) just missing the podium in W60A by only 6 seconds. Over in the Middle Distance event Pavlina redeemed herself with a Bronze Medal in W60A. And in the Long A Final Sharon Crawford took Silver in W75A, Erin Nielsen (UNO) took Bronze in W40A and Pavlina once again just missed the medals with a 4th place finish. Special mention to Stephanie Ross (OCIN) whose solid 5th place finish in the Middle W50B Final earned her a promotion to the W50A final for the Long event.

Sunday, July 10th, 2022 – Sprint Qualification

Monday, July 11th, 2022 – Sprint Final

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 – Forest Qualification

Thursday, July 14th, 2022 – Middle Final

Saturday, July 16th, 2022 – Long Final

Team USA to Compete in World Trail Orienteering Championships 2022

Orienteering USA is pleased to announce the team competing in World Trail Orienteering Championships in Jelenia Gora, Poland, July 19th-23rd. The team is a mixture of youth and experience. The most experienced members of the team are David Irving (SDO), Sharon Crawford (RMOC), and Clare Durand (LAOC), whereas the newest team member, junior Jarmo Latva-Kokko (Age 16 from NEOC) is participating in his very first WTOC.

David is likely our biggest hope for strong placement in the paralympic category, but Jarmo is looking to turn some heads especially in the timed Temp-O event. He is already ranked 4th in the US in Temp-O and his performance in the Philadelphia training camp this May was impressive. Clare and Sharon bring lots of WTOC experience to the team and are hoping to improve on their personal best. Bob and Karen have less experience in competing in WTOC, but have done well in recent US ranking events. The team is looking to improve from past WTOC performances. Three of the selected team members were unable to go to Poland this year, but hopefully will participate in future.

Selected team:

Open:

  • Clare Durand (LAOC)
  • Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
  • Karen Dennis (SDO)
  • Bob Cooley (BAOC)
  • Jarmo Latva-Kokko (NEOC) Junior

Paralympic:

  • David Irving (SDO)
  • Daniel Heimgartner (CRNA) unable to attend
  • Lee Kuxhaus (CRNA) unable to attend
  • Julius Schram (CRNA) unable to attend

Virtual AGM – 2022

The 2022 Orienteering USA Annual General Meeting will take place online on Thursday, September 29 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm (EDT) via Google Meet.

Your membership in Orienteering USA helps us to bring programs and services to orienteers and clubs throughout the country. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Clare Durand
President, Orienteering USA


NOTE: Information pertaining to accessing the 2022 AGM will be added to this page as details become available.


Open Board Seats

Four of the current 12 Board seats are up for (re)election in 2022. If you are interested in running for a seat on the board, please contact Jon Torrance (jon.torrance@nullorienteeringusa.org)


Delegates

As outlined in the USOF Bylaws, the number of votes your club’s delegates may cast is based on the number of USOF members in good standing, designating your club as their primary club, as of August 31, 2022.  

You can find a list of your club members in good standing at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1z_bHXWx8v6E6VVsVufo6AaGYsAUMV_wv?usp=sharing

Please notify the USOF Office of the names of your delegates and alternates.  The delegate appointments should be emailed from a club officer to contact@nullorienteeringusa.org or mailed to the address below to be received by the OUSA Office no later than Sept. 27, 2022.  Delegates and alternates representing your club must be OUSA members, designating your club as their primary club, as of August 31, 2022. Delegate forms can be found at: 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MxcSwg9XNQKCeAubOhb28pmjPi7tymRP?usp=sharing

Your club may assign its votes by proxy to another club or to an OUSA member-at-large who plans to attend the AGM.  The proxy will only be valid if no OUSA-primary member of your club will be present at the AGM.  Proxy statements must be received by the OUSA Office by Sept. 27, 2022.  Proxies may not be assigned to a particular member of another club.  Give a copy of the proxy form to the club or member-at-large to whom you are giving your proxy and send the original to the address below.  Proxies may be scanned and emailed from a club officer’s email address, but you must use the form enclosed and it must be hand signed. Proxy forms can be found at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MxcSwg9XNQKCeAubOhb28pmjPi7tymRP?usp=sharing

Email scanned proxy forms or delegate and alternate names to: contact@nullorienteeringusa.org

OR Mail proxy forms or delegate and alternate appointments to:

Orienteering USA
509 Seeman Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452


Agenda

The proposed agenda can be found in the Orienteering USA Library.


PNWOF ’22 Event Recap

June 4-12, 2022

Sat June 4th, 2022 – Lubrecht Middle NRE

Sun, June 5th, 2022 – Lubrecht Long

Mon, June 6th, 2022 – University of Montana Sprint

Tue, June 7th, 2022 – Saltese Uplands Classic

Wed, June 8th, 2022 – Manito Park Sprint (AM)

Wed, June 8th, 2022 – Bowl & Pitcher Sprint (PM)

Thu, June 9th, 2022 – Camp Seven Mile Classic

Sat, June 11th, 2022 – Fishtrap Lake Middle NRE

Sun, June 12th, 2022 – Fishtrap Lake Goat(s)