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Southwest Spring Orienteering Meet

Race Details

Middle Distance

Off Road
: Orienteering Meet
Race Date: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Start Time: 10 AM
Entry Fee: $10
Location: Catalina State Park
City/State/Zip: Tucson, Arizona 85737
Country: USA
Race Website:
Welcome to the 2013 Southwest Spring B-Meet during the Washingtons Birthday weekend! Three days of orienteering near Tucson with a full range of courses every day. Saturday we kick off with Long* courses. Sunday well have Middle* distances, and then we will finish the triplet and celebrate Washingtons Birthday with Classic* courses on Monday.

9:00 AM: Registration opens.
10:00 AM: First start, Long courses
11:30 PM: Start closes.
2:00 PM: Long Courses close.
9:00 AM: Registration opens.
10:00 AM: First start, Middle courses
11:00 Last start Middle courses
1:00 PM: Middle Courses close.
9:00 AM: Registration opens.
10:00 AM: First start, Classic courses
11:30 PM: Start closes.
2:00 PM: Classic Courses close.
Course Information:

The courses will be at 2700 feet altitude where the desert meets the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Well run in the foothills among the iconic giant saguaro cacti, palos verde, and mesquite trees, in canyons, and over grassy fields against the backdrop of 9000 feet high mountains. The desert terrain is generally open with scattered trees, cacti, and bushes, sometimes in groves; thickets of thorny cat claw or spiky chollas may occur in smaller patches. From the top of the hills you can see far and wide, but to get where you want to go you may have to pass drainages and go down into the valleys where its a challenge to keep track of which side canyon or re-entrant youre heading for. The area is rich in features orienteers love (or sometimes hate), all on our new map from 2009-2012. Click here for pictures from the area.

Directions: The entrance to the Catalina State Park is located about 15 miles north of the center of Tucson on Oracle Rd (AZ SR 77) in Oro Valley.

GPS coordinates for the park are: N 32.416777, W 110.937581.

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