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Discussion: You're Invited: Join us at the 2024 Canadian Orienteering Festival!

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

Dec 14, 2023 9:48 PM # 
Hello Attackpoint Community!

On behalf of the Toronto Orienteering Club and Orienteering Ottawa, we are excited to invite you to the 2024 Canadian Orienteering Festival, featuring the 2024 Canadian and North American Orienteering Championships.

The Festival will be an event for all. Experienced orienteers will enjoy World Ranking Events and age-group championships. For those who are new to orienteering, we will offer open classes to experience the sport in iconic Ontario venues. No matter your experience in orienteering, there will be something for you!

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Registration for the 2024 Canadian Orienteering Festival opens January 1, 2024. We will post a reminder once registration opens, so you can get in at the early bird pricing.
Dec 17, 2023 2:04 PM # 
Has there been a consideration given to the request to have late start times for the Saturday NAOC Middle so that the obviously small but obviously hardy group who are trying to also compete in the WMOC on that Friday, could be accommodated?
Dec 17, 2023 4:12 PM # 
T/D I hope you are also asking that directly to the COC/NAOC organizers. Not all events are equipped to handle inquiries sent to them indirectly through AP, Facebook secondary pages or the like.
It is a good question
Dec 21, 2023 8:36 PM # 
Hi folks. We would love to try to accommodate people coming from WMOC to the NAOC races. Please e-mail our team at to help with any regsitration inquiries and start time requests. Thank you for bringing up the question!
Dec 28, 2023 3:39 PM # 
I don't think this is an individual-level inquiry. Because of IOF event rules, likely the entire start window for the affected (all Masters) categories should begin and end later in the day, which will affect overall race logistics. That's why I inquire; making scheduling changes will be too difficult for the organizers at some point soon.
Dec 28, 2023 5:10 PM # 
T/D I guess you have looked at the flight schedules between Barcelona and Ottawa.
I guess you will know that if one can get to Barcelona airport and loaded on a plane by 1 pm on Friday they can get to the NAOC race arena easy peasy by NAOC Middle first starts AND get a good night's sleep in between.
I guess you know that if someone can get on a flight by 3 pm that person will be in Ottawa just after midnight and can get to the NAOC in time but not so well-rested.
After 3 pm means a long layover somewhere in Europe and an arrival in Ottawa mid-afternoon Saturday.
So a person looking to do that adventurous, aggressive and probably historic double should be looking for start time accommodations at both ends.
Dec 28, 2023 8:50 PM # 
Not sure a flight from Barcelona is going to be much use when the event's in Finland :-).

IOF rules only govern the elite and (older) junior classes at NAOC (the rest are covered by local rules), but WMOC start times are governed by position in previous races. (I did once run in a WMOC where one of the favourites deliberately lost time in the qualifier because he had a flight to make and didn't want to start late in the final).
Dec 28, 2023 9:52 PM # 
What was I looking at? I'm sure it was a WMOC 2024 event websitre identifying a venue just north of Barcelona. My bad!
Damn, it was WMOC 2025! But funny thing the timelines still apply.
You just have an extra hour or so to leave Finland than Spain.
Dec 29, 2023 2:52 AM # 
Just speculating, and not trying to sound snippy, but I would imagine the organizers might not want to move potentially half of the competitors to a later start time due to the likely heat and air quality changes during the day at that time of year. So I would take them up on their offer of discussing individual start time adjustments.
May 15, 2024 8:50 AM # 
The reason I haven't bugged the organizers is that there's one and seemingly only one way to make it from the Friday WMOC Long Final to the North Americans Middle on Saturday, and the flight arrives early enough on Saturday that early starts are not being requested. (One and only one way to Toronto. Once you get to Toronto, there are multiple Saturday morning flights or driving.)

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