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2005 Sprint Series (84 sprints, plus the finals)

The Sprint Finals are sponsored by Joe Scarborough of Scarborough Orienteering and  


Sprint Series races in 2005 -- number in parentheses is points to the winner (see the "Rules").

For many of the sprints that have already taken place, there are links to the maps and results at the end of the listing for each race.

January (3 sprints)

(40) US Team / Vulcan OC A Meet, Birmingham, AL, Jan. 15-17 (sprint on Monday, MLK birthday) Map

(doubleheader -- 2@30) Sharon Woods Sprints near Cincinnati, Sat. Jan. 29. Meet director: Matt Robbins, (513) 607-8997, cedarcreek(at)gmail(dot)com. Meet report, maps and results

March (10 sprints)

(tripleheader -- 3@40) DVOA/US Team Training Weekend, Norristown, PA, March 5-6 (Saturday is sprint training day -- 3 separate sprints, all with e-punching; Sunday is middle distance training). Sprint course setter: Randy Hall. Maps -- Sprint 1, Sprint 2, Sprint 3.

(doubleheader -- Prologue @30, Final@40) BAOC Sprint Champs, Point Pinole, Richmond, CA, Sunday March 6 (meet director: Steve Gregg, West Coast Sprint Commissioner). Note that final has been upgraded to a 40 point event! Sprint series points are based on the two sprints individually, not the combined time.

From Tapio Karras: Regarding the BAOC Sprint Champs at Point Pinole you might want to add links also to our RouteGadget setup of the event.

RouteGadget not only shows the routes, but when linked with e-punch results, it allows the race to be replayed, even simulating a mass start. You will actually see little squares run across the map. Take a look! Prologue | Chase

Note that there are 2 Chase courses, Chase A and Chase B, depending on the order of the butterfly loops. To run the animation choose 'All classes' which combines the 2 courses. To animate the Chase you need to check off 'Mass start', so that the runners are started based on the results of the Prologue course. With the 'Mass start' checked on, the Chase is animated as a separate course.

With the close head-to-head competition, the sprint format is ideal for RouteGadget.

For RouteGadget introduction visit or go directly to to select other events.
Map of prologue, map of chase

(30) HVO Sprint at Sebago Lake (southern part of the Sebago map), Harriman SP, NY, Sunday March 13. Course setter: Daniel Schaublin. Note: Sprint is part of a local meet that will also include a "World Record in Pit Orienteering" (aka the Pit Cup) -- 8-9 km, about 30 controls, all of the a V pit! Together the sprint and the Pit Cup should make an interesting race day for the advanced runners and some good spring training. Map Results

(40) Peak-2-Peak Sprint, Dundas Valley Conservation Area near Hamilton, Ontario, Saturday, March 26, part of a 3-day training weekend in Hamilton, Ontario. Pre-registration required for sprint by March 22. Weekend plans -- GHO presents: "O" SKOOL - a weekend training camp in the Golden Horseshoe Region. The Hamilton area has terrain similar to the 2005 US Team Trials in Cincinnati, 2005 World Orienteering Championships in Japan, and the 2006 World Orienteering Championships in Denmark. Friday and Saturday will focus on this ridge and ravine terrain. Sunday training will take place at Hilton Falls - terrain similar to the 2006 North American Championships. Map Results

(doubleheader -- 2@30) WCOC Sprints at Hoyt Scout Reservation in West Redding, CT, Saturday, March 26. Two sprints. Event director: Susan DeWitt -- Results Map - Sprint A | Map - Sprint B

(30) Louisville Sprint at McNeely Lake Park in Louisville, KY, Saturday, March 26. Results | Map

April (11 sprints)

(51) US Team Trials / Flying Pig, Cincinnati, OH, April 1-3 (sprint on Friday). Results | Map

(30) Sessions Woods Sprint, Burlington, CT, Sunday, April 3. Also regular courses. Results | Map

(30) CSU sprint at Fresh Pond, Cambridge, MA, Wednesday evening, April 6. Course setter: Jon Campbell. Part of the CSU Park-O series. Results

(30) University of Colorado at Boulder Sprint, Boulder, CO, Saturday, April 9. Event director Brian Moore. Map and comments and results

(30) Eliminator Adventure Sprint #1, Spring Valley, Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday evening, April 13. Results | Map

(30) CSU sprint at Franklin Park, Boston, MA, Thursday evening, April 14. Course setter: Brendan Shields. Part of the CSU Park-O series. Results

(30) CSU sprint at Pine Hill, Cambridge, MA, Wednesday evening, April 20. Course setter: William Hawkins. Part of the CSU Park-O series. Results

(30) CSU sprint at Mystic River, Saturday, April 23. Course setter: Viktoria Brautigam. Part of the CSU Park-O series. Results

(30) Spring Lake Sprint, Spring Lake County Park, Santa Rosa, CA, Sunday, April 24. Event director: Scott Aster. Results | Map

(30) German Ridge Sprint, Hoosier National Forest near Cannelton, IN, Saturday April 30. Also regular courses. Event director: COL Burr Paul

(40) West Point Sprint, Camp Buckner, West Point, NY, Saturday afternoon 1:30-4:00 pm, April 30. No pre-registration needed. Team fundraiser. Part of the West Point A Meet April 30 - May 1. E-punching, courtesy of Team e-punching guru Valerie Meyer. Course setter: Peter Gagarin. Event director Peter Gagarin Results | Map

May (18 sprints)

(30) HVO Sprint at Clear Lake Scout Reservation, Putnam Valley, NY, Saturday, May 7. Also regular local meet. Course setter: Dave Webber, Event director: George Hawes Map

(30) CSU sprint at Peter's Hill, Boston area, MA, Wednesday evening, May 11. Course setter: Pia Kivisakk. Part of the CSU Park-O series. Results

(30) Eliminator Adventure Sprint #2, Scenic Woods Park, Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday evening, May 11. Results | Map

(30) WCOC sprint at Osbornedale SP, Derby, CT, Saturday, May 14. Course setter for sprint: Rick Dewitt. From George Walker: Starts for the sprint from 12 to 2 pm. The sprint follows normal courses in the morning (starts 10 am to noon) and is part of a three event weekend. Part three will be regular courses set by the Team at Ansonia Nature Center with proceeds to benefit the Team. If this sounds familiar - they are the same venues as the Intercollegiates A Meet from 2004. Come back and enjoy again.

(30) NEOC Sprint at Hale Reservation, near Boston, MA, Sunday, May 15. With a middle distance event afterwards, also hoping to have a classic event the day before. Event director: Jeff Saeger (Post-race comments from Jeff: The Sprint at Hale was part of the Hale Reservation intro to orienteering day. The course was designed to provide a lot of opportunities for spectators to see the runners. The race took place after the workshops for beginners so they could watch the "pros" in action. There were 3 loops with 2 spectator controls on the beach. The field was small, but the prizes big. EMS gave prizes 3 deep in the men's and women's catagories. First place was a $30 gift certificate to their stores.) Map | Results

(doubleheader -- 2@30) EMPO Sprint at Fiver Rivers Environmental Education Center (about 6 miles SW of Albany, NY), Sunday, May 15. Meet Director: Glen Tryson. Map from Sprint 1 | Map from Sprint 2

(doubleheader -- 2@30) The Sprints at East Fork Dam, East Fork Dam SP, east of Cincinnati, Sunday, May 15. Meet director: Matthew Robbins.

(40) Guelph Gators Sprint, Guelph, Ontario, Sunday, May 15, after the regular courses (which are part of the Canadian Team Trials). Map | Results

(30) CSU sprint at Stonehurst, Boston area, MA, Wednesday evening, May 18. Course setter: Sanna Sevanto. Part of the CSU Park-O series. Results

(doubleheader -- 2@40) Ottawa Sprint Champs, Gatineau Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday, May 21. Also an A meet on Sunday (Ottawa Interclub A Meet), classic distance courses. Information coming soon on the web. Results | Map sprint 1 (PG routes) | Map sprint 2

(30) DVOA Sprint and team fundraiser, (also more info on Wyatt's page) new park-O' map at Green Lake Nature Center near French Creek SP, PA, Saturday, May 21. Course setting by Wyatt Riley. Meet director: Janet Porter There will be a regular meet at French Creek on Sunday. Results

(30) Possum Trot Sar-Ko-Par Sprint, Lenexa, KS, Saturday late afternoon, May 21, followed by club picnic. Meet director: Dick Neuburger. Results | Map part 1 (Mike Eglinski routes) | Map part 2

(50) Sage Stomp Sprint (Canadian Team Trials, part 2), Savona/Kamloops, BC, Monday, May 23. Also middle distance on Saturday and long distance on Sunday. Results

(doubleheader -- 2@40) Water Gap Sprints, Stuckey Pond, Delaware Water Water, PA, Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). Also regular meet on Sunday with advanced courses only (Brown through Blue). E-punching. Proceeds to benefit the US Team. Meet Director: Sandy Fillebrown Results | Map sprint 1 (PG route) | Map sprint 2

June (15 sprints, so far)

(30) Sprint at Gay City SP, Hebron, CT, Saturday, June 4. Also a regular club meet with courses up through Red (though on the short side). More info: Charlie DeWeese

(30) WCOC sprint at Stamford Nature Center, Stamford, CT, Saturday, June 4. Also up through Green course, motala format. Meet director: Neil Bostrom Results

(30) HVO sprint at Westmoreland Sanctuary, Mt. Kisco, NY, Sunday, June 5. Also regular courses. Meet director: Jeremy Colgan. Results

(doubleheader -- 2@30) University of California at Berkeley sprint, Berkeley, CA, Sunday, June 5. Prologue and chase. Event director is Joan Roos, course setter is Martin Kunz. Results | Maps (link to RouteGadget on BAOC page)

(30) Eliminator Adventure Sprint #3, Chedoke Falls, Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday evening, June 8. Results and map

(30) ICO Sprint at Camp Cullum, Frankfort, IN, Saturday, June 11. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering. Event #1 of the ICO summer sprint series. Meet directors Kris and Steve Ames.

(30) Ratlum Mountain Sprint, Canton, CT, Sunday June 12, Associated with WCOC's summer meeting and picnic. Sprint only. New map. Meet director/host: Charlie DeWeese | Prologue | Chase (PG routes)

(40) Mt. Pinos Sprint, McGill Campground, Mt. Pinos, CA, Saturday afteroon, June 18, part of LAOC's annual Mt. Pinos weekend with classic distance courses on Sunday. Course setter: Clare Durand. Results

(30) Blue Mountain Sprint, Peekskill, NY, Saturday, June 18, as part of a local HVO meet. Event director Boris Granovskiy. Results

(30) Louisville Sprint at Tom Sawyer SP, Louisville, KY, Saturday, June 18. In conjunction with a night-O' (but the sprint will be held before it gets dark). Course setter: Jim Carter

(30) Bay of Fundy Sprint, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Saturday, June 18. Part of the Falcon club weekend of orienteering. More info: Brigitta Ouellette Results

(30) Houghton's Pond Sprint, Blue Hills, Quincy, MA (just south of Boston), Tuesday evening, June 21. 6:30 pm. Meet director: Samantha Saeger

(40) 3nd Annual Axis Gear Sprint Orienteering Challenge, Saturday, June 25, Barrie, Ontario, part of Nav-Stock, "a weekend of summer orienteering." Results Map

(30) NEOC sprint, Needham Town Forest, Needham, MA, definitely on, date changed to 6:30 pm, Thursday evening June 30, . Meet director: Peter Amram (historical background)

July (13 sprints so far)

(tripleheader -- 2 @30, 1@40) DVOA Sprint Weekend / Mid-Atlantic Summer Sprint Champs / Independence O' Day, Valley Forge, PA and vicinity, Sunday, July 3. Two sprints in the morning at Ridley Creek (first one is the 40-pointer), one in the afternoon at Willow, plus a non-counting reverse re-run of the Willows course. On-line pre-registration requested so they know how many maps to print. More info: John DeWolf | Results and splits of all sprints | Maps (without routes): Ridley 1 | Ridley 2 | Willows | Maps with Randy's routes: Ridley 1 | Ridley 2

(30) Ottawa Sprint, Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday, July 9. A two-part sprint still in the planning stage but definitely on, details to follow. More info: Nevin French

(30) ICO Sprint at Camp Bear Creek, Connorsville, IN, Saturday, July 9. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering. Event #2 of the ICO summer sprint series. More info: Jennifer and Eric Tullis | Map

(50) Sprint at the Canadian Champs, Boitanio Park, Williams Lake, BC, 4:00-6:00 pm, Friday July 15. Also a fundraiser for the national team. Event organizer: Mike Smith. Got the following from Jon Torrance: "FYI, I believe it's official that the sprint at the Canadian Champs will be moved to Friday the 15th in order to coincide with a reception Williams Lake will put on (free food - burgers, meat and veggie, have been mentioned). I assume the lack of an update to the information online is due to details not having been quite nailed down but I figure you ought to know. For your further information, Marie-Catherine Bruno is organising a running of this sprint by elites with betting and spectating before the course opens to the public but we aren't allowed to advertise that until the required licenses have been obtained and I don't suppose we can rule out that that won't happen." Update - Definitely on, sprinting, betting, drinking, who knows what else, proceeds to support the Canadian team, will only count North American residents in figuring points.

(doubleheader -- 2@30) UNO Sprints at Ahern SP, Laconia, Sunday July 17. Confirmed. From Jim Arsenault: "2 separate sprint courses, along with beginnner level courses. Ahern Park is a sweet little area, about 750 m x 1000 m, but it's got some nice New England terrain. As a side benefit, registration / start / finish will be right on one of the 2 beaches at the park - it's on Lake Winnisquam. Registration / start window will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plenty of time for folks to run both courses, with time in between to take a dip to cool off. It's also a good spot to launch a canoe or kayak from. More details are on the UNO web page."

(30) Barebones Sprint, Red Deer, Alberta, 5-8 pm, Monday, July 18, e-punching. From Jon Torrance: "It looks as though Louise Oram will spearhead another fundraising sprint at Barebones on Monday, July 18th. Park-O style, rather shorter than even the low end of the IOF sprint standard based on what's online, and late to boot - do with the news what you will." Update - Definitely on, a 30-pointer due to late notice, also will only count North American residents in figuring points.

(doubleheader -- 2@30) Quantico OC's sprint at Broadcreek, Anapolis, MD, Saturday, July 23 (note new date). Two sprints, first at 4pm, second at 6 pm. E-punching. Part of QOC's Summer Short Series, proceeds of which benefit the Team. More info: Nadim Ahmed

(30) BAOC Sprint at Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Oakland, CA, 6-7 pm, Wednesday, July 27. Meet Director: Rex Winterbottom

(30) Woodland Park Sprint in Seattle, WA, 10:30-11:30 am, Sunday, July 31. Course setter: Terry Farrah. Meet director: Eric Bone, 206-634-2279. Please e-mail/call in advance to reserve a map.

August (15 sprints so far)

(40) Prologue at the Colorado 5 Day, Badger Gulch map near Lake George, CO, Wednesday August 3. Course setter Mikell Platt. --"We are going to arrange the Prologue (first part of the Prologue/Chase race) at the Colorado 5 Day as a full blown sprint race. Details will be available later at the Colorado 5 Day web site. For now, details are that it will be at Badger Gulch (not at Teller Pegmatite as the event web page might show right now), we will use a sprint scale (probably 1:5000), it will be on Wed. Aug 3, I will be the course setter, and it will be awesome orienteering. We'll follow up the Sprint with our traditional Chase, which will also be at Badger Gulch."

(30 ILOU Sprint at Deam Lake, Borden, IN, 10:00 am, Saturday, August 6. Also a canoe-O. Meet director: Paul Vice

(30) ICO Sprint at Marrot Park, Indianapolis, IN, Sunday, August 7. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering. Event #3 of the ICO summer sprint series. More info: Jennifer and Eric Tullis

(30) BAOC Summer Sprint Series, Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, CA, 6:00-7:30 pm, Wednesday evening August 10. More info: Dennis Wildfogel

(doubleheader -- 2@30) BAOC Summer Sprint Series, Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, CA, 10:00-12:30, Saturday August 20. Meet director: Chuck Spaulding

(doubleheader -- 2@30) ICO Sprint at Eagle Creek Park (East), Indianapolis, IN, Sunday, August 21. Two sprints, prologue and chase. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering. Events #4 and 5 of the ICO summer sprint series. More info: Jennifer and Eric Tullis

(30) Tucson Lincoln Park sprint, Tucson, AZ, 6:30 am Sunday, August 21. Course setter: Max Suter

(50) Pacific Northwest O' Festival -- Wednesday August 24: Sprint Prologue in AM, Chase (middle distance) in PM, Bend, OR. Prologue in morning counts for sprint series. Will also be Team fundraiser. Also relay August 25. Saturday/Sunday Aug. 27-28 are the US Individual Champs.

(30) MNOC sprint at Lake Elmo Regional Park near St. Paul, MN, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, August 24. More info: Ian Harding

(30) Ottawa Sprint at Kanata Lakes, Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, August 25. Course setter: Stefan Bergstrom. More info: Nevin French

(doubleheader -- 2@30) QOC sprint at Fountainhead, SW of Washington, DC, 4:30 - 5:30 pm and 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Saturday, August 27. Meet director: Jon Torrance

(30) NEOC Sprint at Regis College, Weston MA, registration starting at 5 pm, starts from 6 pm, Wednesday August 31. Meet director: Peter Frykman

Sprint Series Finals, Pawtuckaway SP, Raymond, NH, Saturday, Sept. 10.

Eliminator Adventure Sprint #4, Confederation Park, Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6pm. 2 sprints.

Still to Come

Eliminator Adventure Sprint #5, GHO Club Sprint Champs, Bayview Park, Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday, October 5, 6pm. 2 sprints.

Niagara Wine-O Sprint, near Hamilton, Ontario, Sunday, October 23.


Other Sprint Info

Course setting for Sprints

USOF doesn't yet have its own rules for sprints, so we are going by IOF guidelines, which describe the Sprint as:

Controls: Technically easy.
Route choice: Difficult route choice, requiring high concentration.
Type of running: Very high speed.
Terrain: Very runnable park, streets or forest. Spectators are allowed along the course.
Map: 1:4000 or 1:5000.
Start interval: 1 minute.
Winning time (for Senior Elite competition): 12--15 minutes.
Summary: Sprint orienteering is a fast, visible, easy-to-understand format, allowing orienteering to be staged within areas of significant population.

To this I would add the following:

Make the course fast and fun. Lots of controls, lots of route choice, changes of direction. Have the start and finish right by the parking and/or meet headquarters. Make it easy for people to try a sprint before or after their regular course. Like anything, some will like it, some won't, but give them a chance to try it, especially the young ones. And for us old folks, well, a 1:5,000 map is mighty nice for the eyes.

Number of controls: perhaps 10-20
Course length: 2-3 km, depending on how open the terrain is.


IOF guidelines (specifically for World Championships), PDF format, see pages 38-39.

Article in French about setting Sprint courses (even if you don't read French, there are some interesting map samples of sprints). Focus is on sprints in populated areas.

Sprint races in 2004


Unofficial Sprint Champs, Telemark, WI, Oct.16 (results) (map)

BAOC Sprint Champs, Point Pinole, Richmond, CA, Feb. 22 (write-up and results, 2 stages, with a chase start for the second stage) (map-prologue, map-chase, with a butterfly loop). Note from organizer Steve Gregg -- The event uses the exact same Prologue/Chase setup that Mikell uses for his Wyoming events. The only difference is that both parts are of true sprint length, unlike the 6-7 km chase that Mikell always sets. People enjoy this format as they get to run twice during the day, and people enjoy the chase start as well. I don't think a local event featuring only a single sprint course would be very attractive to our club members.

Sprint relay at WCOC A meet (Intercollegiates), Osborndale, CT, April 3 (results) (map with PG route, one of 3 similar courses)

Billygoat Sprint, Mt. Tom, MA, April 24 (results) (map, 2 loops, 2 people started every minute, one on loop A and one on B)

HVO Sprint, Lake Sebago, NY, May 15

DVOA Hibernia Sprint, Chester County, PA,May 30 (results) (map)

Convention Park-O, July (results) (map with JJ's route)

DVOA Team Fundraiser Sprint, King of Prussia, PA, July 4 (results and part of map)

Rocky Mountain 1000 Day Sprint, Laramie, WY, Aug.2 (results) (map with PG route)

Highlander Sprint, Harriman SP, NY, Oct. 9 (results, 2 stages, qualifying and final)

DVOA Sprint at Iron Hill, Newark, DE, Dec. 12. A sprint at the start of a local meet, so everyone who sprinted also had plenty of time to do a regular course as well. (results/splits) (map with PG route)

CSU Park-O Series, Boston, MA (results)

Fresh Pond, April 14
Hammond Pond, April 22
Pine Hill, May 5
Stonehill, May 13
Prospect Hill. May 19
Peters Hill, May 26
Pine Banks, Oct. 24
Menotomy Rocks, Nov. 6


World Champs Qualifying, Västerås, Sweden, Sept. 15, (results) (map with Brian May's route)

World Champs Final, Västerås, Sweden, Sept. 15, (results) (map with Brian May's route)

European Champs Qualifying, Denmark, July (results) (map with Björnar Valstad's route)

European Champs Final, Denmark, July (results) (map with Hanne Staff's route)

World University Orienteering Champs, June (results) (map)

Park World Tour, Japan, November (results, map, and photos)

Training camp for WOC-2005, Japan, November (results, map)