COC has submitted a sanctioning packet for the WIOL and Winter O' Series Championship to be a Regional Ranking Event.
The event will be held Feb 17th at Fire Mountain Boy Scout Reservation, near Mt. Vernon, WA. This is COC's northern-most map for those also desiring to attend Vancouver Sprint Camp the same weekend.
Jon Campbell is updating the map. Anna Campbell is designing Elementary through JV/Intermediate (White through Orange), and I am designing advanced courses.
Varsity courses will be ranked on M/F-20 in support of juniors in the Junior National Program. Otherwise, the standard COC course structure will be converted to OUSA courses/classes:
Beginner/Elementary = White
Middle School = Yellow
JV/Intermediate = Orange
Short Advanced = Brown/Green
Long Advanced = Red/Blue
Further details coming after sanctioning is approved. Feel free to contact me with questions at vjhcampb at post dot harvard dot edu. Hope to see you there!
Fire Mountain ... is COC's northern-most map ...
It's the most northerly of the venues we've used in recent years. COC has a map of Moran State Park (Orcas Island) that MerGeo has used recently, and we inherited several maps from the now-defunct Chuckanut Orienteers of which Cornwall Park (Bellingham) was the northern-most. I would love to see all of them get used again.
I look forward to seeing Jon's update of Fire Mountain!
How did we end up on the same date as sprint camp?
Cascade's Winter League & School Champs has always been scheduled on the 3rd weekend of February each year (at least since 2005, when I moved here).
After one other scheduling conflict between these events about 10 years ago, CascadeOC and GVOC worked it out such that Sprint Camp would be on the 2nd weekend in February (except in 2010, when it was pushed back to March because of the Winter Olympics).
We incorrectly assumed that the schedule would remain in 2018. We didn't find out until last October, which was too late for either of us to move dates.
The Winter Series & School League is our biggest series, and permitting was already complete, and schedules had already been sent out to all of the participating schools, many of which schedule other activities around our events. The biggest reason our schedule each year remains so consistent is so that it's predictable and easier for all of the schools' schedules.
GVOC has its reasons for moving Sprint Camp. I won't speak on its behalf, but they are legitimate reasons. It's just a shame that the move wasn't communicated to us until it was too late.
We're already discussing 2019 schedules to avoid this again in the future. The 2019 dates of Cascade's 2018-2019 Winter Series & School League haven't been confirmed yet; GVOC won't decide on a 2019 date until after Sprint Camp 2018.
Thanks for the background, Patrick. Definitely unfortunate timing for all of us. I know we'd love to be able to attend both. GVOC puts on a great event.
I actually hadn't considered trying to get to a both until talking to some of COC's junior parents last weekend. A fair amount of driving involved (especially if you live farther south), but possible, especially with an earlier start at Fire Mountain. That would mean not attending the relay (local end-of-season fun event) on Sunday in WA, though.
Here's to better scheduling in 2019!
Is there a relay event? I don't see it listed on the COC website.
It's a bonus event on Sunday. I think the listing part is in the works, look for it soon.