The next Boulder Dash hosted by Up North Orienteers is now being planned for the spring of 2023. We are considering putting in a bid for it to
be the US Junior Nationals. Looking for input on date preferences. Weekends under consideration are April 15-16, April 22-23, or April 29-30, 2023.
We expect preference will be driven by timing of school vacation weeks, to the extent those have been announced for the 2022-2023 school year, however our insights are somewhat limited to NH and MA school schedules.
Event will be held in Hollis, NH - just west of Nashua.
What say you??
West Point is often quite date restricted in that time frame, so you might check with Jordan for dates to avoid.. But back to back NRE weekends in the northeast might be a draw for those outside the region.
15-16APR would probably be the best from USMAOC's Point of view. USMAOC's national event would likely be the one of the other two weekends.
I would expect that the 15-16 or 22-23 might be best for midwest schools. Later in April increases likelihood of conflicts with prom and getting closer to finals.
Flying Pig (US Nationals) will be late March; Easter is April 9.
Juniors and their families probably would not be able to easily do back-to-back weekends during the school year; otherwise I love the idea of week-long O festivals, but Junior Nats might not be the best fit for one.
I just did a spot check of some Seattle-area school district calendars (including Tahoma School District, which would likely bring the most kids west of Texas), and spring breaks here for all of them is April 11-15, 2022. I'll forward this message to our regional orienteering community, which consists of a lot of coaches, athletes, and parents not active on AP.
Is this thread the best place to respond? If so, I'll report back when I hear something.
PinkSocks - either here, or my email address is in my profile - feel free to send to me directly.
Also - note we are asking about the spring of 2023, not 2022.
Thanks. I know it's for 2023. I was just saying when the breaks are for spring 2022, since those are the schedules that are published so far, which would give an idea for 2023.
Tahoma and many of the schools around here in the Seattle area have spring break either the week before or after Easter depending on if Easter is early or late. This year spring break is before easter. we have spring break April 11-15. But we have had it as early as 4-8th of April before.
Is snow a factor on date choice?
It’s hard to tell out to 2023 but with Easter on April 9th my guess is Tahoma will be on spring break the 10th-14th back to school on the 17th so a champs on the 15-16th might work really nice for my team. Many of our long time racers will be seniors so I hope to rally a great showing maybe 20 kids on my school team plus parents racing. We would prefer to travel over spring break and make a trip of it, missing school is hard in High school. the later dates likely interfere with our track season and I will lose about half of my top varsity runners to track.
I think my preference would be for April 15-16th for best showing, But I will bring a core team whenever it's held.
By April, the snow around here should be gone.
MA public school spring break aligns with Patriot's Day (3rd Monday of April).
That makes Apri 17-21 the spring break for local folks. That said, it is easier for local folks to make it so it might not matter quite as much.
Boston Marathon will be the 17th.