September 2017

MTBO Worlds and the World Cup

Four MTBO-ers had the opportunity to represent Orienteering USA this past summer at the Masters World Championships and World Cup races in Orleans, France, and the World Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania.

2017 - Mapping Workshop Summary


14 people joined in a mapping workshop at Rochester’s Falls Classic National Event for "woods” mapping. The workshop started with a discussion of mapping principles, pace count, and setting magnetic north. After a view of the Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park (which was quite spectacular), participants used the provided LiDAR base map to map a series of reentrants, spurs, and complex topography.

2017 - Introducing the Newest Board Members

If you have any ideas or concerns for the Board to address, contact one of the new Board members, or any of the current Board members. Their contact information is given on the Board of Directors page.

2017 September Rankings - Kings and Queens

These rankings are current as of July 2017. Of note, we have 55 ranked runners in M-21+! Considering that usually the M55 and older classes dominate the numbers, this is great! In the junior classes, we have a tie between QOC and GAOC for the highest number of age group leaders, while in the 21 and older classes, we have a tie between DVOA and BAOC for the most age group leaders. And Sharon Crawford continues to dominate both the F70+ and the F35+ categories, because she is a living legend. Congrats to all!

Orienteering USA Junior Team Giving Back to the Community

We hear a lot about the Junior Team, but that's mostly in the context of their competitions and results. What isn't always immediately obvious is the amount of work that these talented young men and women are giving back to their community as they strive to improve. The Junior Team Executive Steering Committee (JTESC) has compiled some of these efforts, and wanted to share this information with the rest of the community.

Orienteering USA National Event Changes

The Orienteering USA Board of Directors just approved a new structure for our National Events. The full proposal that was passed can be viewed below.

The rules changes to support the intent of this proposal are being drafted and will be available soon. The most important changes are that our championship Events are now known as:

2017 Golden Service Award Recipients


Ron Birks' dedication, effort and accomplishments in furthering the sport over the past 10 years have been truly exceptional. All of his work is on a volunteer basis. His scope has been all of Arizona (big state, two clubs) plus some regional/national involvement. And he has participated in many national and international events.

2017 Board of Directors Elections - Five Candidates for Five Seats

UPDATED 12 September 2017

 The 2017 OUSA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Humphrey Nature Center in Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY. The AGM is being held in conjunction with the Falls Classic National Event hosted by Rochester Orienteering Club.  The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m., and club delegate check-in will start at 3:00 p.m., also in the nature center.