- First and foremost, relays are exciting and fun.
- At the club level, having important relay events helps to build stronger clubs by having common training and competition goals. Relays provide the camaraderie of a team event in a mostly individual sport.
- At the national team level, relays are important to Canada and the USA, as it is a good opportunity for a top-16 finish at the World Orienteering Championships (WOC).
- The new WOC format is an alternating-year forest and urban format, with corresponding forest and urban (sprint) relays. As such, incorporating either a sprint or a forest relay into the North American regional championships is important to build athletes’ experience and capacity with both relay formats.
NAOC 2018 Relay Format
- Classic 3-person forest relay.
- National team relay
- Senior Men’s & Women’s relays, counting toward the BK Cup.
- Junior Men’s & Women’s relays, counting toward the Future Champions Cup.
- Club relay
- Participation is open to everyone.
- To be eligible to win the club championship, all team members must be from the same North American club.
- National team relay to mass start approximately 10 minutes earlier than the club relay mass start.
- Recommended Winning Times (RWT) are such that the club relay will substantively finish before national team relay finishes.
- Grey Mountain Biathlon Range
- Arena at Yukon Biathlon facility.
- Map scale: 1:10,000 and 1:7,500
National Team Relay
- For North America teams only
- Teams entered by National Federations
- Up to 2 teams per country in each of the four relay categories.
- 3-person relay teams as per IOF rules.
- Scoring for BK and Future Champions cup will be described elsewhere.
- 3-person relay teams.
- Each team must have three competitors (each competitor may only run one leg).
- Categories based on a points system (see below).
- The team has the option to 'move up' to a more difficult category, i.e. a category with fewer points than your team has. Note that a more difficult category will have more difficult courses!
- It is NOT possible to register a team in a more difficult category than Club Expert, nor is it possible to substitute different leg codes.
- Some form of forking may be included.
- Everyone can participate
- To be eligible for the club championship, all team members must be from the same North American club
- Non-eligible teams are welcome, and will be recognized in the awards ceremony if they win their category.
Club Championship Relay Points System
|70 & over||5||6|
Relay Course & Category Structure
|Leg code||Difficulty||Length||Leg RWT|
|Category||Points||RWT||Leg codes||Map Scale|
|National Team Senior Men||n/a||135||G-G-G||1:10,000|
|National Team Senior Women||n/a||130||F-F-F||1:10,000|
|National Team Junior Men||n/a||125||E-F-F||1:10,000|
|National Team Junior Women||n/a||120||E-E-E||1:10,000|
- Beginner and Novice level orienteering courses, with lots of fun surprises that will make you want to run the courses again!
- 1:7,500 scale map.
- SI-timed, but self-start after the relay mass starts.
- Complete one or both of the courses, as many times as you’d like. Go alone or in pairs.
- National team relay: Teams to be submitted in writing by the national federation representative 24 hours prior to the race.
- Club relay: Online registration of teams is closed.
For anyone running the youth courses: just check in at the start on the day of the relay.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to register a club team in a more difficult category than Club Expert?
This is NOT allowed.
Is it possible for a club team to substitute different leg codes from what is shown in the above table?
This is NOT allowed.
Is it possible for a competitor to run more than one leg?
No. Each team must have three competitors (each competitor may only run one leg).