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Discussion: 2017 US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Championships and Lone Star Armadill-O

in: US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Championships (Mar 4–5 - Sulphur Springs, TX, US)

Jan 2, 2017 11:28 PM # 
Preliminary information is live for the Lone Star Armadill-O and 2017 US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Championships on March 4-5, 2017, to take place in Sulphur Springs, TX, east of Dallas.

In addition to the main event information page, you'll find details on lodging and perhaps the most critical decision-driver: the t-shirt design!

Registration is open at the OUSA site if you're ready to roll.
Jan 9, 2017 6:21 PM # 

Sir Peter Snell, one of NTOA's founders (oh, and double Olympic Gold Medalist), will give at talk at the IS/IC/LoneStar Saturday night BBQ dinner. Peter and Miki have officially retired from orienteering, so many of you won't have seen them for a while. Come on down and catch up!

For you youngsters, Peter is widely considered one of the greatest middle-distance runners of all time. Watch one of his iconic victories.

Also, he's a helluva nice guy.
Jan 30, 2017 1:41 AM # 
Only 13 more days to sign up for the IS/IC or Lone Star Armadill-O down here in Texas! Registration deadline is February 11.
Feb 7, 2017 8:30 PM # 
Deadline is approaching -- this Saturday, Feb. 11 -- we are really hoping more of you will make the journey to Texas!!
Feb 7, 2017 8:55 PM # 
Waiting for course statistics to be published.
Feb 7, 2017 10:53 PM # 
Glen's just teasing. ;-)

Wondering about terrain description, though.
Feb 8, 2017 3:05 AM # 
The meet director is a real slacker. :-) I'll get her to crack the whip on the mappers/course setters and other note-writers.

Mike Minium also just let me know that our deadline is actually really early -- so we will likely push that out.
Feb 8, 2017 3:21 AM # 
I'd blame the course consultant for not having final course lengths available yet. :)
Feb 8, 2017 3:52 AM # 
>Wondering about terrain description, though.

A couple of videos of riding/hike in the park:

Better watched muted. Looks like typical Deep South. Should be thorny, and lots of snakes.
Feb 8, 2017 3:15 PM # 
What about the BBQ dinner? Is it at a restaurant or park facility? Will it be possible to hear Peter speak without purchasing dinner? (I orienteer for the food
Feb 10, 2017 1:53 AM # 
Hi, Dick -- Sure, you can come over an hear Peter speak. Just come full, so the BBQ dinner doesn't tempt you. :-) It will be at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.
Feb 10, 2017 1:54 AM # 
UPDATE: We've extended the registration deadline to 2/18 to accommodate more schools -- but $5/day late fees kick in after Valentine's Day, on 2/15! So don't put it off too long!
Feb 13, 2017 3:40 AM # 
Update: Orienteering USA National Junior Team Coach Erin Schirm will conduct two Coaching Certification sessions during the weekend, as well as lead a course review on Saturday evening. More specific info on the content of the certification sessions when we get it. No need to pre-register for those; just show up. See the Schedule page for time/location.

We're finalizing map and course notes this week -- bottom line, this is definitely "gaiter country." North Texas is on the edge of the Great Plains, rather than in the Deep South. Instead, think of us -- and I say this affectionately -- as "OCIN South." :-)
Feb 13, 2017 6:31 AM # 
As long as it's not gator country...
Feb 13, 2017 11:09 AM # 
Hey, we in Florida take exception to that.
Besides, it's a well-known fact that gators don't feed during the cold weather months.
Feb 13, 2017 8:04 PM # 
Recommended model of Icebugs for this terrain:
Feb 14, 2017 5:24 PM # 
We *do* have gators on at least one of our maps. Not this one, though. This area is rife with armadillos and hogs.
Feb 14, 2017 5:26 PM # 
No need for snake boots -- there *are* snakes but as with gators, they're not terribly active this time of year.

Seriously, though -- wear gaiters. If you forget to bring them, you can buy some from Gale on the spot.
Feb 16, 2017 1:53 AM # 
What about those horned toads? You'll get a heart attack just from seeing one
Feb 16, 2017 2:02 AM # 
When might course and/or terrain info be available?
Feb 16, 2017 11:00 PM # 
We're meeting on it tonight -- making some decisions based on registrations to date. Then, ASAP.

Late fees waived -- competitive registration closes on Saturday night, 2/18!
Feb 18, 2017 9:50 PM # 
Mapping notes and course specs (Day 2) have been posted on the site: Day 1 TK. Not going to be crazily different.

Competitive registration ends tonight at midnight!

Recreational registration will continue to be accepted by emailing the registrar directly (because the form will be turned off): marylynn [dot] genovesi [at] gmail [dot] com. Or day of race at Registration.
Feb 18, 2017 11:24 PM # 
Coupla Qs...

Will Brown courses be on 1:7,500 (as for Orange & Green)?

Will it be possible to pre-purchase park passes (ie, for Saturday and/or Sunday) at either the gate or event check-in?
Feb 19, 2017 3:17 AM # 
And another question: What is the contour interval on the map?
Feb 19, 2017 9:46 PM # 
Good questions:

Guy: Yes, Brown will be 1:7500. Park fee has to be paid at the gate, but you can pay once for the whole weekend.

Glen: Scale is 3m.
Feb 21, 2017 10:40 PM # 
Will there be old maps of the race terrain available to look at beforehand?

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