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 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.

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.