2021 North American Rogaining Championships

August 14-15, 2021

  • Event Director: Gavin Wyatt-Mair
  • Northstar Resort, Truckee,

2021 North American Rogaining Champions:

  • Mixed Junior – We Stretch
    • Keegan Harkavay M 18 USA
    • Kirsten Mayland F 18 USA
    • Bridget Hall F 19 USA
    • Anthony Riley M 20 USA
  • Women Junior
  • Men Junior
  • Mixed Open – Best Pace Scenario
    • Ashley Blake F 38 USA
    • Nikolay Nachev M 44 USA
  • Women Open – Tango Mike
    • Victoria Campbell F 47 USA
    • Maiya Anderson F 46 USA
  • Men Open – Bones Adventure
    • Roy Malone M 54 USA
    • Jason Quinn M 47 USA
  • Mixed Veteran – NCC-74656
    • John Beard M 57 USA
    • Marcy Beard F 52 USA
  • Women Veteran – Tango Mike (see Women Open)
  • Men Veteran – Bones Adventure (see Men Open)
  • Mixed Super Veteran – Pikes
    • Gelena Siganevich F 57 USA
    • Manfred Kopisch M 57 USA
  • Women Super Veteran – Map Mavericks
    • Ing Uhlin F 61 USA
    • Sue Kuestner F 62 USA
    • Vicki Woolworth F 62 USA
  • Men Super Veteran – phast generation
    • Ken Walker Sr. M 72 USA
    • Charles Leonard M 66 USA
  • Mixed Ultra Veteran – Nightcrawlers
    • Eric Smith M 78 USA
    • Mary Smith F 74 USA
  • Women Ultra Veteran
  • Men Ultra Veteran – phast generation (see Men Super Veteran)

Additional Media:

2021 Junior World Orienteering Championships

September 5-10, 2021

From Left to Right:

  • Jessica Colleran, COC, JNT
  • Ben Brady, COC, JDT
  • David Runde, MNOC and KristiansandOK (NOR), JNT
  • Anthony Riley, DVOA, JNT
  • Diana Aleksieva, QOC, JNT

Go Team USA!!

Follow TeamUSA through their personal training logs over on AttackPoint!

August 28-Sept 1 (Sat-Wed): Training

Friday, September 3: Arrival & Accreditation

Saturday, September 4: Opening Ceremony

Sunday, September 5: Sprint

Sprint Results

Men – Map71st – Anthony Riley18:21 (+2:42)
Men – Map119th – Benjamin Brady22:09 (+6:30)
Men – Map123rd – David Runde22:31 (+6:52)
Women – Map111th – Jessica Colleran24:16 (+9:19)
Women – Map112th – Diana Aleksieva24:28 (+9:31)

Monday, September 6: Middle Qualification

Middle Qualifier Results

Men A – Map31st – Anthony Riley27:27 (+6:59)
Men B – Map36th – David Runde26:57 (+6:22)
Men C – Map40th – Benjamin Brady32:32 (+12:00)
Women B – Map36th – Jessica Colleran31:11 (+11:39)
Women C – Map36th – Diana Aleksieva36:25 (+17:01)

Tuesday, September 7: Middle Final

Middle Final Results:

Men’s B Final – Map37th – David Runde30:40 (+6:44)
Men’s B Final55th – Benjamin Brady42:11 (+18:15)
Men’s B FinalAnthony RileyMSP
Women’s B Final – Map38th – Jessica Colleran47:51 (+19:56)
Women’s B Final40th – Diana Aleksieva49:03 (+21:08)

Wednesday, September 8: Rest Day

Thursday, September 9: Long Distance

Long Distance Results:

Men Long – Map68th – Anthony Riley1:25:26 (+16:29)
Men Long111th – David Runde1:43:36 (+34:39)
Men Long122nd – Benjamin Brady1:58:22 (+49:25)
Women Long – Map101st – Diana Aleksieva1:30:21 (+37:22)
Women Long104th – Jessica Colleran1:36:23 (+43:24)

Friday, September 10: Relay & Closing Ceremony

Relay Results:

Note: Diana & Jessica ran on a mixed team with Kristina Pashchenko from Ukraine. Because this was an ‘unofficial’ team, their results were not published in the official JWOC results.

34United States Mens 1 – Map2:34:19+50:05
1. Anthony Riley42:203342:2033
2. Benjamin Brady1:00:24411:42:4438
3. David Runde51:35332:34:1934+50:05

2021 Orienteering USA Nationals

August 6-9, 2021

  • Event Director: Gavin Wyatt-Mair
  • Friday: Sprint
    • Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
  • Saturday: Middle Distance
    • Little Truckee Summit, Truckee, CA
  • Sunday: Long Distance
    • Sagehen, Truckee, CA
  • Monday: Club Championship Relay
    • Burton Creek, Tahoe City, CA

The following information was posted on the BAOC website on April 24, 2021:

“The difficult decision to move the California Orienteering Festival (CalOFest) to 2023 was made in the interests of safety and fairness due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions. The decision was made jointly with the International Orienteering Federation, International Rogaining Federation, Orienteering Canada, and Orienteering USA​—​along with our partners and landowners. This change affects the North American Orienteering Championships as well as the World Rogaining Championships. The delayed Festival will be held in San Francisco and Tahoe locations during summer 2023, with dates pending IOF and IRF approvals. (The complete announcement of the change is here.)”

Instead of hosting CalOFest this year, the Bay Area Orienteering Club hosted Tahoe 2021:

  • The 2021 U.S. Orienteering Championships including Sprint, Middle, and Long events, and a club Relay event. The events were held the same weekend dates (August 6–9), and at the Tahoe areas, as were originally planned for CalOFest.
  • The 2021 North American Rogaining Championships (separate page) were held on the same dates (August 14–15), and at the same Tahoe area, as the originally planned World Rogaining Championships. In addition to the 24-hour competitive event, there was a 4-hour “recreational” event.

Friday: US Orienteering Sprint Championship

Day 1 of the Orienteering USA Nationals took place on Friday morning on the campus of Sierra College in Rocklin, CA under warm, but thankfully overcast skies. This event was moved to Sierra College to preserve the Northstar Resort sprint venue for CalOFest/NAOC Sprint in 2023.

Photos: Nadim Ahmed, Clinton Morse

2021 US Sprint Champions:

  • M-21+ Gregory Ahlswede – DVOA
  • M-10 Reed Parker
  • M-12 Tucker Rupe – COC
  • M-14 Jackson Rupe – COC
  • M-16 Ben Cooper – COC
  • M-18 Benjamin Brady – COC
  • M-20 Dan Sebo – BAOC
  • M35+ Samuel Kolins – DVOA
  • M40+ Ethan O’Conner – COC
  • M45+ Francois Leonard – BAOC
  • M50+ Jeff Coker – TSN
  • M55+ Sergei Velichko – CTOC
  • M60+ Ken Vomaske – BAOC
  • M65+ Glen Tryson – DVOA
  • M70+ Dennis Wildfogel – BAOC
  • M75+ Chuck Spalding – BAOC
  • M80+ Rich Parker – BAOC
  • M85+ Edwin Gookin – SOAR
  • F-21+ Tori Borish – RMOC
  • F-10
  • F-12
  • F-14 Nicole Aleksieva – QOC
  • F-16
  • F-18 Alison Weber – GCO
  • F-20 Bridget Hall – NEOC
  • F35+ Allison Brown – GrizO
  • F40+ Ioana Fleming – RMOC
  • F45+ Marie-Josee Parayre – BAOC
  • F50+ B. Brooke Mann – RMOC
  • F55+ Clare Durand – LAOC
  • F60+ Ing Uhlin – COC
  • F65+ Debbie Newell – COC
  • F70+ Judith Karpinski – NEOC
  • F75+ Pamela Jill McBee – CROC

Additional Media:

Saturday: US Orienteering Middle Championship

Day 2 was to be contested at Little Truckee Summit (adjacent to the original CalOFest terrain) where the air quality was, well, horrible. Due to the Dixie Fire to the northwest, the entire area was blanketed in a thick smoke plume with an AQI in excess of 500 on Friday afternoon, over 3 times the level considered unhealthy for strenuous activity. Organizers announced that a decision to hold the race would be made at 7am Saturday AM.

At 7am the word came that the race was cancelled due to poor air quality, but that the forecast hinted that things might improve for the afternoon and thus another decision would be made around noon. At noon the notification came that the Middle Distance race would be held, starting at 2:30pm. Air quality was still hazardous, but better than the morning conditions and competitors were urged to make their own decision to compete or not. Mid afternoon starts meant that conditions were also quite a bit warmer than morning races would have been.

Conditions were still smoky, but most competitors chose to race, some with masks, most without. Everyone seemed to roll with it…

Photos: Clinton Morse

2021 US Middle Distance Champions:

  • M-21+ Michael Laraia – MNOC
  • M-10 Alaric Aaronson
  • M-12 Sullivan Rupe – COC
  • M-14 Erik Fey – Espoon Suunta
  • M-16 Colin Casler
  • M-18 Benjamin Brady – COC
  • M-20 Daniel Sebo – BAOC
  • M35+ J-J Cote – LROC
  • M40+ Ethan O’Conner – COC
  • M45+ Wyatt Riley – DVOA
  • M50+ Tom Herrnstein – OK
  • M55+ Sergei Velichko – CTOC
  • M60+ Nadim Ahmed – QOC
  • M65+ Takashi Sugiyama – BAOC
  • M70+ Jeffrey Saeger – NEOC
  • M75+ John Harbuck – EWOC
  • M80+ Rich Parker – BAOC
  • M85+ Edwin Gookin – SOAR
  • F-21+ Tyra Christopherson – COC
  • F-10
  • F-12
  • F-14 Kendal O’Callaghan
  • F-16
  • F-18 Alison Weber – GCO
  • F-20 Bridget Hall – NEOC
  • F35+ Allison Brown – GrizO
  • F40+ Ioana Fleming – RMOC
  • F45+ Victoria Campbell – NEOC
  • F50+ B. Brooke Mann – RMOC
  • F55+ Mary Jones – OK
  • F60+ Peggy Dickison – OK
  • F65+ Debbie Newell – COC
  • F70+ Judith Karpinski – NEOC
  • F75+ Pamela Jill McBee – CROC

Additional Media:

Sunday: US Orienteering Long Championship

Day 3 of the OUSA Nationals was met with another air quality delay, but this one was only 90 minutes so the Long Distance races got started late morning on another warm day. Similarly to Saturday, the competition was held on unused portions of the Sagehen map originally slated for CalOFest. As an “experimental forest”, there was a variety of forest type and undergrowth/debris to deal with. Presumably the best parts of both the Saturday and Sunday venues will be unveiled at the North American Championships in 2023 at CalOFest and that Tahoe 2021 was just a taste of things to come.

Photos: Peter Laraia, Clinton Morse

2021 US Long Distance Champions:

  • M-21+ Anthony Riley – DVOA
  • M-10 Alaric Aaronson
  • M-12 Mark Fey – Espoon Suunta
  • M-14 Jackson Rupe – COC
  • M-16
  • M-18 Benjamin Brady – COC
  • M-20 Daniel Sebo – BAOC
  • M35+ JJ Cote – LROC
  • M40+ Boris Granovskiy – GrizO
  • M45+ Wyatt Riley – DVOA
  • M50+ Jon Torrance – QOC
  • M55+ Sergei Velichko – CTOC
  • M60+ JP Lande – RMOC
  • M65+ Rick Breseman – COC
  • M70+ Jeffrey Saeger – NEOC
  • M75+ John Harbuck – EWOC
  • M80+ Rich Parker – BAOC
  • M85+ Edwin Gookin – SOAR
  • F-21+ Tori Borish – RMOC
  • F-10
  • F-12
  • F-14 Kendal O’Callaghan – RMOC
  • F-16
  • F-18 Alison Weber – GCO
  • F-20 Bridget Hall – NEOC
  • F35+ Alison Brown – GrizO
  • F40+ Ioana Fleming – RMOC
  • F45+ Angelica Riley – DVOA
  • F50+ Stephanie Ross – OCIN
  • F55+ Kris Beecroft – RMOC
  • F60+ Peggy Dickison – OK
  • F65+ Debbie Newell – COC
  • F70+ Nadezhda Popova – HVO
  • F75+ Pamela Jill McBee – CROC

Additional Media:

Monday: Club Championship Relay (non-NRE)

Monday’s Club Championship Relay was held at Burton Creek State Park in Tahoe City, CA and competitors were met with much clearer skies than the previous two days of racing. But the day was not with out it’s own set of complications – a local football team was practicing on the field that was designated as the relay arena and paving contractors decided Monday would be a good day to paint new stripes on the high school parking lots, forcing a last minute relocation of parking to surrounding neighborhood streets.

Competitors, quite used to delays at this point in the weekend, took it in stride during the roughly 90 minute delay required to iron out the kinks and get everything ready. The time was put to good use however, as teams socialized and an impromptu awards ceremony was held to hand out Sunday’s Long Distance awards. Although the format for assembling relay teams and determining club championships was a bit convoluted, everyone seemed to have a good time with head to head racing and cheering on their teammates in the arena area. Be sure to check out the YouTube video (link after the photos) if you haven’t already.

Photos: Nadim Ahmed, Peter Laraia, Clinton Morse

2021 North American Rogaining Championships

Media is posted in a separate entry.

Call for nominations: 2021 Silva and Golden Service Award

The Annual General Meeting of Orienteering USA will be held online Thursday night, October 21. One of the highlights of the AGM is the naming of the recipient of the Silva Award.

The Silva Award is given annually to an orienteer who has demonstrated outstanding service to orienteering in the United States over the past five years. The essential quality of every winner has been service to promoting and sustaining orienteering, to making the sport work in this country, and in helping to build the organizations needed to make orienteering successful.

The AGM will also include the announcement of the OUSA Golden Service awards recognizing those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the sport of orienteering that extends beyond the local club level.

Nominations for both awards are being solicited between now and September 26th.  Full eligibility criteria and lists of past award winners can be found in the attached announcements.  Nominations for both awards should be emailed to Susan DeWitt (skdewitt@nullsnet.net) by September 26th.

Full Silva Award Announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-GdPkOS3ceKGSHvzdcgO9mIAG_-dN61D/view?usp=sharing

Full Golden Service Award Announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jcHCxcTeknuD4A7nhzAgNRnpaop6kvc8/view?usp=sharing

Puzzle Friday: NARC 2021

Just rolled back home after almost 4 weeks on the road – Deschutes Daze in Oregon, OUSA Nationals in Lake Tahoe and the 2021 North American Rogaining Championships, also in Lake Tahoe, CA. It occured to me on the long drive home that it’s been a while since I posted a Puzzle Friday. So here’s a quickie from the rogaine while I sort through thousands of photos and video and make sense of things.

It was great to meet so many of you in my travels these past few weeks. Look forward to catching up with you at future orienteering events. Here is this week’s puzzle.

US Team Trials ’21

May 7-9, 2021

Race director Peggy Dickison

Congratulations to the automatic qualifiers for the WOC Team going to the Czech Republic later this year. The remainder of the Team will be determined after the Czech selection races next month. Previous US WOC Teams can be viewed in the OUSA Library.

Automatic WOC Team Qualifiers: Anthony Riley, Angelica Riley, Joseph Barrett & Sydney Fisher

Automatic Qualifiers:

Winners of the Sprint:
– Anthony Riley
– Angelica Riley
Winners of the Middle +Long (normalized)
– Joseph Barrett
– Sydney Fisher

Highlight Video

Friday Results

Sprint Blue4.14km22C
1Anthony RileyDVOA17:52
2Michael LaraiaMNOC18:37
3Will EngerCOC19:13
4Sergei RyzhkovDVOA19:14
5Eric BoneCOC20:11
6William HawkinsWCOC20:31
7Danny RileyCAOC21:22
8Wyatt RileyDVOA21:38
9Greg AhlswedeDVOA21:48
10Joseph BarrettQOC21:55
11Gheorghe FalaBOK25:11
12Patrick ShannonDVOA26:28
Sprint Red3.4km, 60m19C
1Angelica RileyDVOA25:36
2Diana AleksievaQOC25:54
3Alexis MerkaQOC29:45

Saturday Results

Middle Blue6.0 km 55 m13 C
1Eric BoneCOC37:44
2Joseph BarrettQOC39:32
3Sergei RyzhkovDVOA44:31
4Anthony RileyDVOA47:08
5Boris GranovskiyGRIZO47:51
6Greg AhlswedeDVOA50:11
7Gheorghe FalaBOK53:00
8Wyatt RileyDVOA53:27
9Danny RileyCAOC55:09
10William HawkinsWCOC56:09
11Michael LaraiaMNOC1:05:28
12Will EngerCOC1:06:10
13Patrick ShannonDVOA1:07:52
Middle Red5.3 km 55 m13 C
1Sydney FisherQOC53:27
2Angelica RileyDVOA57:47
3Alexis MerkaQOC1:16:32

Sunday Results

Long Blue (Men)11.4 km 410 m23 C
1Barrett, JosephQOC1:17:59
2Ahlswede, GregDVOA1:19:29
3Riley, AnthonyDVOA1:20:39
4Enger, WillCOC1:24:19
5Bone, EricCOC1:25:06
6Laraia, MichaelMNOC1:26:33
7Hawkins, WilliamWCOC1:31:18
8Granovskiy, BorisGRIZO1:35:18
9Riley, DannyCAOC1:36:06
10Riley, WyattDVOA1:42:48
Shannon, PatrickDVOAdnf
Regular Blue (Women)9.7 km 355 m20 C
1Fisher, SydneyQOC1:47:32
2Riley, AngelicaDVOA2:05:51
3Aleksieva, DianaQOC2:16:10
4Merka, AlexisQOC2:27:53

Photo Credits: Wyatt Riley, Nadim Ahmed, Clinton Morse

YMP Map of the Month: May 2021

The Youth Mapping Program‘s Map of the Month for May 2021 features Bensalem High School in Bensalem, PA. Remote mapping was performed by Chris Gikkas with a field checking team comprised of Marine Corps JROTC cadets and their instructor Retired USMC Master Sergeant Shawn Worthen. Chris comments that the teams of cadets produced “a perfectly marked-up map that made my revision work quick and easy.

MCJROTC Cadets learning about the mapping process with remote YMP mapper Chris Gikkas.

Chris goes on to say “The best part of the whole experience for me was the Zoom video call with Mr. Worthen and the cadets. We reviewed a sample fieldwork map I had sent from a previous YMP project, went over the history and basics of orienteering, the mapping process, what a great map looks like (and why,) and how they’ll use it once it’s made . They were engaged, with thoughtful questions, and I believe this communication really boosted their confidence. Given their high level of participation, the Bensalem cadets can be extra proud of their new orienteering map.

Puzzle Friday: Southwest Spring Weekend ’21

Happy Friday everyone! This week’s puzzling excursion takes us to Arizona where, in a normal year, the annual Southwest Spring Week Orienteering Festival (SWSW) would have taken place. But, like most things over the past 12 months, this year’s festival was reduced to a mere Spring Weekend ’21 but that still beats no orienteering at all. Three great maps, 3 great events. Thanks to the hard working folks at Tucson Orienteering Club (TSN) for keeping the tradition alive and sharing their event with us.

Mark your calendars for next year! SWSW 2022 will take place February 19-27, 2022.

YMP Map of the Month – February 2021

The Youth Mapping Program February Map of the Month feature is the William A. Hough High School in Cornelius, NC.  Due to Covid-19, the Hough HS JROTC unit has not met in person, says Walter Siegenthaler who provided the ‘eyes-on-the-ground’ field checking of the new map.  A multi-session series of virtual classes has been conducted via Zoom to about 45 cadets and it is anticipated that in-person use of the map will commence toward the end of the month.

Mapper Chris Gkikas (WNCOC) notes “This was my first time working with the YMP and it was a great experience from start to finish. Jon (Campbell) is a fantastic map consultant and effectively raised my mapping and drafting skills to a whole new level.  The map was drafted entirely in Open Orienteering Mapper, a free and open source alternative to the industry standard OCAD.”

Are you interested in flexing your cartography skills and joining the growing team of YMP mappers?  Sign up here.  Note: Mappers for the YMP are remote cartographers with field checking performed by persons from the recipient organization collaborating with you remotely as well as support from the core YMP consultant.

2020 Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award

Philadelphia, PA — The Wilson Awards, in partnership with Orienteering USA, is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award.  This award honors the memory of Iain Wilson by recognizing young athletes whose efforts demonstrate character through their commitment to growth and improvement in the sport as well as their contribution to the orienteering community through service and teamwork. This year’s announcement was delayed from spring 2020 due to the impact Coronavirus has had on training and competition.

We are excited to announce the winners, Bridget Hall and Keegan Harkavy  of New England Orienteering Club and Christiane Fletcher of Georgia Orienteering Club. Each athlete will each receive a $1,000  grant for orienteering travel and expenses. Additionally, applications for the 2021 Individual and Community Growth Awards are being accepted now through April 30, 2021 and can be found at  https://orienteeringusa.org/about/recognition/.

Read the full Press Release