If you are registering in the Age Class Races, and you are under 21 you are permitted to "race up" if you wish. For instance, if you are a 15 year old male, you can register in M16-, M20- or M21. If you are 35 or over, you can "race down" if you wish. For instance a 47 year old female can register in F45+, F35+ or F21. Anyone between 21 and 34 years old has no choice in the age class. They will be in F21 or M21, with the exception of the "short" option. M16-S, F16-S, M21S and F21S are somewhat shorter ("S" stands for "short") than their counterpart courses to give an option for people who do not want to tackle the full length of their age class course.
Note that you will be required to race in the same class in both the Middle and the Long events to qualify for awards, since they are based on total combined time for the two days.
If you are registering in the Recreational Courses, you can select one of two Novice courses or one of two Intermediate courses.
The Novice 1 course will be completely on trails, with controls along the trail - if you have never orienteered or have experience map reading, this is a great place to start.
The Novice 2 course will have controls just off trails or other linear features (edge of field, fence or stonewall) and may require some choices of which way to go, along the route.
The Intermdeiate 1 and 2 courses will add a little more challenge with making decisions on route choices but there will be trails and other linear feature to help keep you oriented. Intermediate 2 will be a little more challenging than Intermediate 1.
Note: If this is your first big meet you may want to read this description of how it differs from a casual non-competitive event. It will also give you greater detail about your class options.
Course / Class Table
|Course||Male Classes||Female Classes||Recreational Classes|
|3||M14-, M16-S||F14-, F16-S||Intermediate 1|
|5||M75+, M80+, M85+, M90+||
F75+, F80+, F85+, F90+
|6||M21S, M65+||F18-, F21S, F45+, F55+, F65+|
|7||M18-, M45+, M55+||F20-, F21, F35+|
|8||M20-, M21, M35+|
It is sometimes helpful to have a feel for the length of the courses when deciding whether to race in your age class, or to race "up" or "down" or select an "S" course. It may also be helpful in selecting the recreational course that is right for you. The following table offers approximate values and should assist in your decision making. Actual course data (length, number of controls, climb and map scale) will be published once the course planners have finished preparing the courses.
The age classes and Technical Difficulty levels and recommended winning times (RWTs) assigned to each course are as per Orienteering Canada's Course and Category Guidelines (updated March 2020)
Long Distance (Sunday)
Technical Difficulty Level
|RWT* (min)||Length (km)||RWT*
|1||1 - Beginner||20-25||1.5 to 2.0||30-35||2.0 to 3.0|
|2||2 - Novice||20-25||2.0 to 2.5||30-35||2.5 to 3.5|
|3||3 - Intermediate||20-25||2.5 to 3.0||30-35||3.5 to 4.5|
|4||3- Intermediate||25-30||2.5 to 3.0||50-55||4.5 to 5.5|
|5||4 - Veteran||30-35||2.0 to 3.0||45-50||3.0 to 4.0|
|6||5 - Expert & Elite||30-35||3.0 to 4.0||50-55||4.0 to 5.5|
|7||5 - Expert & Elite||30-35||4.0 to 5.0||60-70||6.0 to 8.0|
|8||5 - Expert & Elite||30-35||4.5 to 5.5||80-90||9.0 to 12.0|
*RWT = Recommended Winning Time
Course Setter's Notes
The Middle course terrain varies between rolling hills with a very complex trail network and flat pine forest with clearings. The forest is very open with high visibility. Using a 2.5m contour interval on the new map has significantly enhanced the readability of the terrain.
All the Long courses start out with a 25m climb to the top of the escarpment and then it’s downhill from there… The clearings and pine forest that runners got to sample during the Middle race will be a highlight of the Long course. The combination of trails and clearings offers plenty of route choice options. Importantly, staying in contact with the map and good compass bearings will pay large dividends. The other half of the Long sends runners into the same rolling hills and deciduous forest used for the Middle.
The start list for Saturday will be published here within the week before the event.