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August 2015
Summer is almost over and we are heading into the Fall peak orienteering season.  Here’s the news!
  • Team USA Seniors Take on WOC
  • Team USA MTBO Ride Through Czech Republic
  • Wondering about MTBO? Watch This Video!
  • Save 10% on Icebug Shoes
  • noname offers OUSA Affinity O-wear
  • OUSA Continues Two New Benefits for Clubs
  • Call for 2016 and 2017 A-meet and National Championships

Team USA Seniors Take on WOC

Congratulations to our Senior squad for their recent performance at the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland. The top American was Ali Crocker who finished 15th in the Sprint, 45th in the Long and ran a leg, with Samantha Saeger and Alison Campbell, on the 20th place relay team.

The 2016 WOC will be next August in Sweden.

Team USA MTBO Rides Through Czech Republic

The 10 members of MTBO Team USA are back from a great experience competing at WMTBOC 2015, and hopefully you've been one of the 1,000+ fans following their adventures through the Team blog and Facebook page and event photo album. The Team thanks you for all the support, Likes and encouraging comments!

Here's a quick puzzle from the Middle Distance competition for you - can you see the best route from 13 to 14? It's a relatively short leg, yet the riders who chose it (including Team USA's Tom Puzak, fastest of the Team in this race) saved at least 30 - 60 seconds. When you've selected the route you think is best, click on the image to reveal the answer; the tails representing 'Dall' and 'Beil' show the best route. [Replays of all courses (and GPS tracks) are online at WMTBOC 2015.]

Wondering About MTBO? Watch This Video!

The entire Sprint race in one video (below); the corresponding map is here. Congrats to Sarah Ginsbach, fastest Team USA rider in this event and the person wearing the camera.

Team USA also posted a video on the Team Facebook video page of their fine Training Camp experience in the Czech Republic. The Team would love to hold training camps open to all in the US before too long - contact Greg Lennon if you have a venue to suggest!

Sarah Ginsbach of Team USA competing in the the WMTBOC W21 Sprint Distance race. Playback is at 4x speed, with speed and location overlays. If you ever wanted to know what it's like to compete in a mountain bike orienteering race, this is it! 

Save 10% on Icebug Shoes

Icebug USA announces the following special offer exclusively for OUSA members.

Save 10% on all orders placed through using code OUSA15. In addition to your savings, you will receive the famous Swedish beer “sweater” with every order.

This offer is good only through the Icebug online store. Limit 2 pair of shoes per customer. Offer expires December 31, 2015.

noname Offers OUSA Affinity O-wear

noname, the official outfitter of Team USA has introduced a full line of OUSA affinity apparel including a running jacket, o-top and headband. This is the same quality gear that Team USA wears and is based off of their popular design. These items were extremely popular at the recent US Individual Championships. 10% of your sales will be donated to OUSA. For more information and to order visit or contact Glen at

In addition, if you are interested in getting new O-tops or other clothing for your club contact Glen at

OUSA Continues Two New Benefits for Clubs

As mentioned in earlier e-newsletters OUSA is offering two new benefits for clubs; club grants and free/low cost mountain bike mapping.

This year, clubs are available to apply for grant money from OUSA…not just for maps.

In addition you can get your club’s first MTBO map made with help from Orienteering USA. If your club has a terrain that you feel might be suitable, we’ll look into it and then work out how to get it mapped for MTBO swiftly at low or no cost.

For either opportunity, contact OUSA's 
Greg Lennon for more details.

Call for 2016 and 2017 A-meets and National Championships

The 2016 national calendar is starting to fill up (see below) with the US Interscholastic/ Intercollegiate and Classic champs already awarded.  Current national championships still open include: Individual, Relay, UltraLong, Trail and Night.

In addition there are openings on the 2016 calendar for nationally sanctioned, non-championship events. No 2017 events have been awarded yet, though clubs have begun to express interest in certain events.

To learn more about applying for A-meet and or championship status for your event contact OUSA Vice President/Competition Tom Strat.

Upcoming Orienteering USA 2015 - 2016 National Event Calendar

  • September 18-20: U.S. Classic Champs & A-meet (BAOC - Lake Tahoe area, CA; event website)
  • September 19-27, 2015: OUSA National Orienteering Week - Nationwide
  • October 3-4. 2015: EMPO A-meet (EMPO – East Poestenskill, NY; event website)*
  • October 10-11, 2015: Boulder Dash (UNO – Hancock, NH; event website)
  • October 23-25, 2015: Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games A-meet (OLOU & OCIN – near Cincinnati, OH and Louisville, KY; some info here)
  • January 16 – 17: Georgia Navigator Cub (GAOC – Gainesville, GA)
  • April 1 – 3: US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Champs & Flying Pig XX (OCIN – Butler CO, OH)
  • September 17 – 18: US Classic Champs (HVO & WCOC, Pound Ridge, NY)
  • September 23 – 25, 2016: North American Orienteering Championships (UNO – Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH; event website)

Note: * = OUSA Board of Directors Meetings. All are welcome.


Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                       Executive Director

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