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Discussion: Details for Anza-Borrego 2018

in: SDO: Anza-Borrego (Jan 6–7 - Borrego Springs, CA, US)

Dec 2, 2017 12:11 AM # 
This January 6-7th, San Diego Orienteering presents a weekend of unique navigation competitions at the beautiful Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs, CA.

Located about 90 miles east of San Diego, this rugged open desert terrain is like nothing else in the world. Sunny, warm winter days attract competitors from around California and beyond.

Registration capped at 125 participants. Always a sell out. No race-day registration.

Details at


Saturday 10am: A mass-start race with a few twists. Long "Goat" (10k) and Short "Lamb" (5k). Race briefing at 9:45, Mass Start at 10:00, individual starts until 11:00, course closes at 3:00

Saturday, 4:30pm: Night-O Motola Sprint. Experience the desert under the full moon! Bring a headlamp. Three short loops. Starts 4:30 to 5:30, course closes at 7:00. If you get lost, head toward the bonfire.

Sunday, 9am: Traditional point-to-point orienteering courses, starts at 9am to 11am, course closes at 1:00. Classes: Beginner (Yellow), Intermediate (Orange), Advanced - Short (Green), Advanced - Long (Blue)

Sunday 2pm: One hour to choose your own route (aka Score-O) through the famous slot canyons in the desert "maze". Starts from 1:00 to 2:00, course closes at 3:00


Camping is available at the site for free. Bring water. The quaint village of Borrego Springs, CA is nearby and the tourist mecca of Julian, CA is just up the hill. Reserve soon as rooms fill up this time of year.


Event HQ is at 33.173267, -116.206089.

From the West: Take Highway 78 through Julian and go 10.5 miles past the junction with S-3 (Yaqui Pass Road) and 1.5 miles past the junction of Highway 78 with Borrego Springs Road. Look for the brown Buttes Pass and Orienteering signs on the left. Turn off Highway 78 onto the dirt Buttes Pass Road and go 1.6 km (one mile) to the junction and go right 0.7 km (0.4 mi.) to the camping area and Competition Center on the broad saddle.

From the East: Take Highway 78 about 7 miles past Ocotillo Wells and look for the Buttes Pass and Orienteering signs on the right and follow Buttes Pass Road as described above.

The route will be signed from Route 78. Expect no cell service.

For questions, please contact Mark Prior at

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