North American Orienteering Festival

2010 North American “O” Festival  – a 21 event extravaganza!

Ever wished you could visit Canada’s Rocky Mountains?  Next summer in the northern latitudes, Canada and the United States host the most extensive series of high calibre orienteering events seen in North America for many years. The North American Orienteering Festival, June 26 – July 27, 2010, offers a diverse and exciting roster of 21 events, including several major championships – all set in the spectacular Rocky Mountains and Pacific Coast Mountains.

Experience some of the finest orienteering terrain anywhere in the world, such as the open fir forests and grasslands of the Rockies. Add the chance to visit renowned Banff National Park, or Whistler, the 2010 Winter Olympics venue, and you have an orienteering festival you won’t want to miss.

Festival highlights include the North American Championships (NAOC2010) in British Columbia, the US Championships in Washington, and the Rocky Mountain “O” Festival in Colorado. The NOAC2010 has courses for everyone, but is also the IOF-sanctioned North American Regional Championship, with 3 World Ranking Events (WRE) in sprint, middle and long distance. Also in Canada are 2 meets in sun-drenched Kamloops, and the Barebones events north of beautiful Vancouver at Whistler. This year’s Barebones doubles as the Western Canadian Championships in sprint, middle (WRE) and long distance.

The US Championships in Washington State will have sprint, middle and long courses, plus the US Trail “O” Champs. Later in July, at the Rocky Mountain “O” Festival in scenic Colorado, another amazing series of races feature the Western States Championships, and the US Night, Relay and Ultra-Long Championships.

As if these races aren’t enough to grab your attention, the North American Festival organizers are including a Top of the World Sprint Series, if you run in the major sprint events.

North American orienteers invite you to come across the pond and enjoy our mountain terrain, excellent maps and hospitality! Registration for the NAOC, with early bird pricing, opens December 1, 2009. For full details on the North American “O” Festival, with links to each of the events, visit the event website

Juri Peepre