Welcome to Texas!

Competitive registration is closed. Recreational participants may still register day of race, at the event.


UPDATE 2/12/17: Orienteering USA National Junior Team Coach Erin Schirm will conduct two Coaching Certification sessions, as well as lead a course review on Saturday evening. See the Schedule page for more details.


UPDATE 1/8/17: Sir Peter Snell, one of NTOA’s founders (oh, and multiple Olympic Gold Medalist), will give at talk at the IS/IC/LoneStar Saturday night BBQ dinner. See the Schedule page for more details.


General event notes

North Texas Orienteering Association is proud to host the 2017 U.S. Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Orienteering Championships (IS/IC), and Lone Star Armadill-O national event. These concurrent events will be held at Cooper Lake State Park (CLSP), South Sulphur Unit, in Sulphur Springs, TX, on March 3-5, 2017.

In addition to the standard JROTC classes, this event also serves as the Air Force JROTC National Championships.

Format

The competitive events will follow the two-day Classic format, with winners decided based on two-race combined scores for Saturday and Sunday.

  • Friday, March 3: Non-competitive model event
  • Saturday, March 4: Day 1, Coyote Run map (eastern side of CLSP)
  • Sunday, March 5: Day 2, Buggy Whip (western side of CLSP)

All competitive races are nationally sanctioned by Orienteering USA and will have standard national-level classes for people of all ages, in addition to the special categories for Interscholastic and Intercollegiate events. Go to Race Details for information on courses and classes, and Map and Course Notes for descriptions.

The event will be conducted in accordance with OUSA Rules of Competition — please review them for most recent eligibility requirements.

Embargo Information
Cooper Lake State Park is off limits to orienteering training prior to the event.

Event Organizers

Meet director: Lisa Carr (lisawernercarr [at] gmail.com)
Assistant meet director: Ralph Courtney (ralph [at] courtneyrentals.com)
Registrar: Mary Lynn Genovesi

E-punch/scoring: Carl Bridges
OUSA Map Consultant: Tom Strat
OUSA Course Consultant: Boris Granovsky
Coursesetters: Stan Darnell, Jim Stevens and Sheila Doyle

Event Center
The Lone Star Armadill-O and IS/IC event center is the Hampton Inn Sulphur Springs at 1202 Mockingbird Lane, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. A block of rooms has been reserved at the OUSA affiliate rate of $89+tax for March 2-4. Mention “orienteering” and the date. Free breakfast and parking. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out. Call the hotel directly at (903) 439-4646 / http://bit.ly/hamptoninnsulphursprings

This rate is also available at the Hampton Inn Mt. Pleasant, 2504 West Ferguson Road, Mount Pleasant, TX 75455, which is further east on I-30. Call the hotel directly at (903) 572-7100.

Packet pick-up

Here are Event Center times and locations:

  • Friday: 12:30-5 p.m. at the Gulls Bluff Day Use Area, CLSP
  • Friday: 6-10 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, Sulphur Springs
  • Saturday: 8:30-noon, Gulls Bluff Day Use Area, CLSP
  • Sunday: 8-11, Honey Creek Day Use Area, CLSP

Extra event T-shirts will be sold at the Event Center on a first-come, first-served basis. NTOA T-shirts will also be available. Gale Teschendorf (GO Orienteering) will have his trailer and wares at the Event Center Saturday and Sunday.

Park Entrance Fee

There is a daily gate fee to enter Cooper Lake State Park of $5/adult and $3/youth – which for our purposes includes anyone competing in the Interscholastic OR Intercollegiate Championships. So even if they’re age 20, if they’re competing in the IC, the $3 fee applies. Children 12 and under are free.

The park accepts cash, check and credit cards. Note that you are required to display the permit on your vehicle windshield when in the park. Groups in buses, please have a head count and payment calculated ahead of time to help prevent a traffic backup at the entrance.

Concessions

You’ll find souvenirs and a Gatorade or soda pop at the park HQ building, but no food. So load up your backpacks in Sulphur Springs, or stop off at Joe Bob’s convenience store before heading west on Farm Road 71. The Dining page provides some suggestions for local eateries to enjoy your run.

Safety
All competitors must carry a whistle, wear a watch or other OUSA-permitted time-keeping device and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Local Climate
Sulphur Springs, TX, has a warm, humid, temperate climate. March 3-5 is early spring, with historical average high/low temperatures of 62°F/41°F. Light-to-moderate rain or thunderstorms are possible — the chance of snow is less than 3%!

Last update: 2/24/17