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February 2016
We hope that all is well. Many thanks to GAOC for a successful Georgia Navigator Cup. After a very rainy Friday for set up, the skies cleared for competition Saturday through Monday. There are a lot of local meets in February, followed by the North American Ski Orienteering Champs and US Individual Orienteering Champs in March. Here’s the news:
  • Orienteers of the Year Named
  • Iain Wilson Athlete and first-ever Community Awards Announced
  • National Meet and Member Benefit: Hilton Hotels named OUSA Official Hotel Partner
  • Updated Beginner’s Guide Section of the OUSA Website with New Videos, etc.
  • Club Benefit: Pictometry
  • Welcome Central Iowa Orienteering Association and Karta Racing
  • Looking for an Event Theme? 
  • Open Championship bids for 2016
  • …and much more

Orienteers of the Year Named

Congratulations to the following individuals who received “Orienteer of the Year” honors.

Ali CrockerOrienteer of the Year: Ali Crocker (pictured)

Junior Orienteering of the Year: Isabel Bryant

Orienteering Comet of the Year: Tyra Christopherson, with Honorable Mention to Julia Doubson and Greg Ahlswede

Orienteering Team of the Year: Eric and Mary Smith, with Honorable Mention to Fork Union Military Academy

To see more information about these people, go to the OUSA website News page

Iain Wilson Character and first-ever Community Awards Announced

Jan Erik NaessCongratulations to Julia Doubson (BAOC; below) and Jan Erik Naess (CAOC; right) for winning the third annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award. This award honors the memory of Iain by recognizing young athletes whose efforts demonstrate character. Julia and Jan Erik each receive a $1,000 travel grant.Julia Doubson

Additionally, the Madison School Forest Orienteering Program, led by Susie Madden (Badger O club), has been chosen as the inaugural winner of the $1,000 Wilson Community Growth Grant. This grant supports development and implementation of programs that expand access to orienteering for youth. In partnership with the school district and friends group, the grant will support mapping and creation of a permanent orienteering course accessible to thousands of students annually in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more about the athletes’ award visit and for more about the community grant visit

National Meet and Member Benefit: Hilton Hotels named OUSA Official Hotel Partner

HiltonOUSA would like to welcome Hilton Hotels as our new official hotel partner. Hilton has over 3,000 properties across the USA highlighted by the Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn properties which are popular with the orienteering community.

A full write-up of the program will appear in the March issue of Orienteering North America magazine and the website will be updated in March.

New Learning Center on OUSA Website

The “Beginners Guide” on the website has been updated. A number of new learning videos have been added. This is now a better place to send “new-to-O” people for information on how to orienteer and it can also be used by intermediate orienteers to improve their skills. Check it out at and take a look at the orienteering techniques videos. 

Mapping Resource: Pictometry

Aerial Image - Do you  know where?Through OUSA, members have access to aerial imagery from Pictometry, one of the largest collections of high-resolution, leaf-off georeferenced images covering much of the US. With our recent contract renewal, we now have simplified pricing as well as access to new features, including a "dual image" ability to do side-by-side comparisons of two images taken at different times of the same terrain.

For more information about these new features and how Pictometry access can benefit your mapping projects, contact VP/Clubs Greg Lennon.

Welcome Central Iowa Orienteering Association and Karta Racing

Orienteering USA would like to welcome the following organizations as members to the OUSA family. Central Iowa Orienteering Association (IOWA) of Des Moines, IA, is a new club. Also, Karta Racing (KARTA) of Minneapolis, MN, has joined OUSA as a new supporting member organization.

We welcome both Central Iowa and Karta Racing and encourage you to participate in their events.

Looking for an Event Theme?

Clubs looking for a late spring/early summer event theme should consider the following two programs. On May 11, the International Orienteering Federation will celebrate World Orienteering Day; and in the month of June the United States Olympic Committee will celebrate Olympic Day.

For details or more information on how to sign up for these no-cost programs contact Glen.

Open Championship Bids for 2016

The following national championships are still available for 2016: US Ultralong Orienteering Championships, US Relay Orienteering Championships, and US Night Orienteering Championships. If interested contact Vice President/ Competition Tom Strat.

Upcoming Orienteering USA 2016 National Event Calendar

  • March 11 -13: United States and North American Ski Orienteering Championships (GMOC – Presque Isle, ME; info here)
  • March 18–20: United States Individual Orienteering Championships (BAOC – Pleasanton, CA; event website)*
  • April 1–3: US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Champs & Flying Pig XX (OCIN – Butler CO, OH; event website)
  • April 16–17: Troll Cup National meet (NEOC – Foxborough, MA; event website)
  • May 11: World Orienteering Day
  • June 29 - July 4: Rocky Mountain O'Fest (RMOC, LROC - Laramie, WY)*
  • September 10 - 18: National Orienteering Week (multiple clubs - nationwide)
  • 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 Meeting. All are welcome.


Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                      Executive Director

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