Open to Skijorers and Dog Walkers/Joggers
The challenging activities of skijoring and orienteering will be combined in the Tenth annual ASPA Orienteering event at Creamer’s Field on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
This year we will have 8 classes of competitors. There will be 30 and 60 minute SKIJOR classes as well as 30 and 60 minute WALK/JOG with your dog classes. Each of the classes will have adult and child divisions. More than one child may accompany a single dog. We encourage all the people who enjoy Creamer’s Field with their dogs to come and join the fun. You may take one, two, or three dogs. All dogs must be on leash or line at all times.
Registration will begin at 3:30pm and starts will begin at 4:00 p.m. and final start time will be 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration before Saturday, March 22nd.
The Format is to gather as many points as you can in the 30 or 60 minute time allotment that you choose. Thirty “Controls” (sheets of paper with removable numbered tabs attached to wooden stakes) will be placed around the Creamer’s Field and ADMA trails between the ADMA Mushers Hall and 19.7 mile turns on the “Outer Loop” and on parts of the “Inner Loop,” (27-mile extension). The “Controls” will be assigned point values from 10 to 100 points each depending on how easy it is to find them or how close to the trailhead they are. Ten “Controls” will be for walker/joggers only, ten “Controls” will be for skjorers only, and ten “Controls” will be for all participants. The controls will be color-coded.
The control locations and point values will be indicated on a map and score card handed out to each competitor. Competitors will choose to spend either 30 or 60 minutes on the course to score as many points as possible by collecting tabs from the Controls and bringing them back to the start area. A competitor does not have to go to the controls in a specific order or from a specific direction, which means there is the possibility of two-way traffic on any of the trails. Creative shortcuts are perfectly legal if you can get your dogs to take them. Competitors who are late returning to the finish area will be assessed ten (10) penalty points for each minute after their designated finish time. The course will be set so competitors do not need a compass for navigation.
When you arrive at Creamer’s Field, go to the Farmhouse to pay your entry fee and fill out a registration form. At that time, you will be given a map and a score card. Write your name and circle your class (30 minute or 60
minute) on the score card. You must start between 4:00 and 4:30pm. The starter will record your time when you start. You have 30 or 60 minutes from that time to return without penalty. The Starter/Timer must sign you back in when you return. When you are finished, after checking in with the Starter/Timer, put your dog away and take your control tabs into the Creamer’s Farmhouse for scoring.