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Discussion: 2024 NAOC+COC Registration

in: Canadian Orienteering Festival (including North American Championships) (Aug 2–11 - Mansfield/Kingston/Calabogie, ON, CA)

Feb 25, 2024 10:35 PM # 
Reminder to all that the first registration window (with the lowest rates) ends this coming Thursday (February 29). I hope you can join us from August 3-11 for 7 great events (6 WRE) over 9 days, including both the Canadian Championships and the North American Champs!

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Registration here:
Feb 27, 2024 5:11 PM # 
I am trying to sign up my daughter for the COC/NAOC events, but I cannot select her correct birth year, 2017. Is it possible to fix this? Thanks in advance. (Or, if it doesn't matter, I can just enter a different year.)
Feb 27, 2024 7:51 PM # 
Are you kidding us? I saw that girl orienteering pretty well on her own two years ago in British Columbia. That would have made her ...?... FIVE years old!
Amazing! A child prodigy there.
I hope she continues to enjoy orienteering so we can continue to enjoy reading about her progress.
Feb 27, 2024 9:55 PM # 
Hi Boris, I'll contact the registration folks and let them know.
Feb 27, 2024 9:57 PM # 
Thanks. I ended up registering her with 2016 as the birth year (the most recent that was available). Not sure it matters...
Feb 28, 2024 12:28 AM # 
Hey Boris, I'm told that the registration system has now been updated and the years 2017, 2018 added.
Feb 28, 2024 5:26 AM # 
In EventReg, the most recent birth year is 2024.
Just sayin'...
Feb 29, 2024 7:15 PM # 
Just going to bump this up because this will be the event of the year in North America (and not just because it's the NAOCs). As the mapper of the NAOC middle and long terrain and some of the sprint terrain I'm kind of sad I can't run this one. Truly world class terrain.
Feb 29, 2024 8:55 PM # 
The sprint at the Kingston Pen sounds especially cool!
Mar 1, 2024 12:55 AM # 
Is there an M50? I've noticed there's no entries for that age group and if there is, its not been disclosed if they race M45's courses or M55's courses or a mixture like last year.
Mar 1, 2024 1:24 AM # 
There is no M50, Canada has 10-year age categories for Masters. Check out: for more info
Mar 1, 2024 1:49 AM # 
@Hammer: Racing in the Kingston Pen will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Mar 1, 2024 2:16 AM # 
Cheers Andrew. Much appreciated.
Mar 1, 2024 8:22 AM # 
Canada used to have five yer increments for age classes, just like the rest of the world.
However, a certain official with a mind not on the science of aging but on the cost of the medals convinced an annual meeting that there were so few competitors in the masters categories that they should be combined.
Then guess what happened: the baby boomer generation found itself in the Masters age groups and those 10-year groupings became the largest in the competitions.
Then another funny thing happened: out of the blue at an Orienteering Canada annual meeting, as I understand it, a delegate spoke up to say he was over 80 and it wasn't fair tht he had to compete against those 75 year old as the aging process accerates after 75. So Orienteering Canada, again not on the science but on a whim decided to make five year age categories for those over 75.
Don't get me wrong. I'm looking forward to 2026 but I think that Orienteering Canada should get in line with OUSA and the rest of the world particulaly with international competitions such as the NAOC and bring in 5-year categories throughout the masters years. It's just good marketing.
Mar 1, 2024 8:58 AM # 
...should get in line with OUSA

Something you don't see every day...
Mar 1, 2024 9:53 AM # 
And here I was thinking that the 10 year categories were an improvement.
Mar 1, 2024 5:08 PM # 
Just checked the registration list and am happy to already see heaps of people in my class - such a rare thing in NA.
Mar 3, 2024 1:45 PM # 
Indeed, J-J, I’ve long thought so, too.

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