The Races

 

All 3 races are “A” Sanctioned by Orienteering USA.  All races will have all normal “A” categories for people of all ages.  This page has the details for all 3 days of the event.

 

1.    Middle Distance Race, at Big Bone Lick State Park. (Friday)

2.     Long Distance Race at Taylorsville Lake State Park (Saturday)

3.     Middle Distance Race at Taylorsville Lake State Park (Sunday)

 

General information for all 3 days

 

Registration   (Late fee begins on Oct 12, registration closes on Oct 15)

See who has Registered

Locator Map to Big Bone Lick SP

Locator Map to Taylorsville Lake SP

 

 

Meet Details

 

Registration

 

Friday at Big Bone Lick SP:   The registration table will be open from 1 pm until 4 pm.  Pick up your packet and number if you pre-registered, or register on site for recreational courses.

 

Saturday at Taylorsville Lake SP: Table will be open from 9am – Noon.   You can also sign up for recreational courses during the same time period.

 

Sunday at Taylorsville Lake SP: Table will be open from 8am – Noon.    Recreational courses are also open on Sunday as well.

 

Registration at Taylorsville Lake will be at the shelter behind the restrooms.  Follow the sidewalk from the parking lot North to the shelter. 

Recreational starts will be allowed on White, Yellow and Orange at both parks.  The fee is $10 with a $2 discount if you have your own finger stick.    No advanced registration required but please notify meet directors if you have a group larger than 5.

Parking  (Taylorsville Lake SP)

At the boat ramp parking lot or the grass field (just east of the boat ramp parking lot).  This area is located west of the registration area.  It is about a 500 meter walk to registration at the shelters.  Both the start and finish are within 75 meters of the shelters on Saturday and 150 Meters to the Start on Sunday.  The boat ramp is located at the west end of the main park road. There is no entrance fee to the Park.

Restrooms

There is a toilet building adjacent to registration / parking / finish at both Parks.  There are additional modern toilets in the Visitor Center near the start at Big Bone Lick.

 

Warm up (Big Bone Lick)

There will be a very limited warm-up area along the trail to the start.  You may see controls along the way and are asked not to deviate from the marked route.

 

Warm Up area Map (Taylorsville Lake)

 Along the road from the parking area to the registration area.

 

 

Clothing return

At Big Bone Lick warm-up clothing may be left in the bags provided near the start and will be returned to the finish area.  At Taylorsville Lake they may be left at the second shelter and picked up upon returning from the finish.

 

Lunch and snacks

Big Bone Lick has several soft drink vending machines (Coca Cola brands, large bottles, $1.50).  We will have free water and light snacks at the finish.   Sandwiches will be served atTaylorsville Lake (Advanced registration ordering option only)  Snacks and drinks will be available free of charge at the Shelter.  

 

Places to Stay

Two Northern Kentucky hotels (Hyatt Place and Courtyard by Marriott) will be offering special rates to Orienteers. Both are offering $99 rooms with complimentary breakfast and high speed internet on that weekend.  Unfilled rooms will be released by 22 September, so make reservations early.

-          Hyatt Place:  Cincinnati Airport – Florence.  Call hotel directly at 859-647-1170 and ask for Orienteering USA block.

-          Marriott:  Courtyard by Marriott.  Call hotel directly at 859-647-8504 and ask for Orienteering USA block.

 

There are hotels on the east side of Louisville at the same rates as above, with OUSA blocks of rooms.  Unfilled rooms will be released by 22 September, so make reservations early.

-          Country Inn & Suites – Louisville East:  Call hotel directly at 502-261-9434.

-          Wingate by Wyndham – Louisville East:  Call hotel directly at 502-261-0644.

 

Camping is available at both State Parks.

Fees

OUSA members charge is $35/day, junior fees for OUSA members is $15/day.  Discount is available if you register for more than one day.  Old maps of Big Bone Lick (PDF) and Taylorsvillewill be available online or paper copies by pre-order at $5 each (When you register). Lunch sandwiches will be available by pre-order for both Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

Starts

Friday:     The starts will be open 2 pm to 4 pm.  We will try to schedule everybody pre-registered to start between 2 and 3, but will keep the start open until at least 4.  We will try to accommodate late arrivals, but later starters may experience lengthening shadows, low angle sun, and diminishing light in the forest.  The walk to the start is less than 1000 meters and flat to gently rolling.  Please keep right and make room for oncoming runners as you cross the bridge on your way to the start.

 

Saturday:  Starts are between 10am and Noon.  Same time period for Recreational courses.  No starts past Noon as we will need to move controls for Sundays event.   There is a 75 meter walk to the Start from Registration.

 

Sunday:    Starts are between 9am and 11am.    Same time period for Recreational courses.   There is a 150 Meter walk to the Start from the Registration area.

         

 

Time Limits

Time limit will be 2 hours for the middle distance courses.   3 hours for long distance course.

 

 

Start Procedures

Clear and check your SI card when you arrive in the start area.

You will be called up 3 minutes before your scheduled start.

2 minutes before your start, you will move forward and may pick up loose control descriptions.

1 minute before your start, you will move forward to the map line.  You may mark your name / number on the back of the map.  Do not look at your map.  Starter can check that it is the correct course.

When the beeper sounds, you punch “start” and pick up your map.

There may be a short streamered run to the start triangle shown on your map (to be determined).  You must run to the triangle.  There is a flag but no punch at this point.  At this point you may begin navigating to your first control.

 

 

Drinking Water on Courses

There will be at least one control with drinking water on all courses of orange length and above.  Please use the cups provided and dispose of them in the bag or bin provided.

 

Map History

Big Bone Lick State Park was mapped in December, 2010 by Vladimir Zherdev.  A few map updates have been by Mike Minium.  Big Bone Lick has a permanent course and has hosted several local OCIN meets.  The park was used for one day of the Flying Pig “A” meet in spring, 2012.     Taylorsville Lake State Park was mapped in 2010 thru 2014 by Ken Kling.  Updates have been made by Bruce Moore and Ken Kling.

 

 

Course and Map Notes

 

Out of Bounds

 

Big Bone Lick SP 

There is a fenced area with bison.  The fence is about 6 feet high (a little less than 2 meters).  The bison pasture is marked with both olive green and purple vertical lines.  Do not cross this fence under any circumstances.

An area around the manager’s residence is also mapped with purple stripes as out-of-bounds.

Pasture land to the east and south of the park is private and out-of-bounds.  The boundary fence is mapped as an uncrossable fence in most areas, even though it is generally not high or difficult to cross (although it may be electrified in places).

 

Taylorsville Lake SP South  This section is bounded by the lake on the west and south.    The only road with vehicle traffic (Main Park Road) should not be crossed while you are on the courses. The East end of the map is marked by a thick Magenta line.     Safety Bearing is North.   There is also an out of bounds area that is the Park Manager Residence.   As always, stay well away from the Magenta striped lines!

Taylorsville Lake SP North This section is bounded by the lake on the west,  the paved road on the south, a large uncrossable creek on the north along with a thick magenta line also on the north.  Safety Bearing is South.

 

Natural Hazards

Ticks are possible but not that common in either area.

Thorny vegetation including greenbriar and multiflora rose is common in some areas.  A couple tree species including honey locust and osage orange have long and very sharp thorns at Big Bone Lick.   Taylorsville Lake has a few thorny areas (blackberry thickets).

Animals are not generally a threat in either area.  Small mammals such as skunk, opossum, raccoon, groundhog, and coyote will generally avoid you, but could bite or scratch if threatened.  Beaver have been active near ponds and larger streams, leaving short, sharpened stumps which could be a hazard.  Deer panic and run from orienteers, but they run blindly and can crash into people.  If you see or hear a deer running toward you, shout and wave arms to divert it.  Collisions between panicked deer and orienteers are rare, but have happened and can result in injury.

Any snakes you see are probably non-venomous, but can still inflict a painful bite with risk of infection.

Rusted Fences are very common at Taylorsville Lake SP.   Quite a few of these are down on the ground, unseen and can be very hazardous creating trip wires.   Keep in touch with the map around these areas and be aware of mapped fence lines.    They could extend on the ground past the mapped lines.   Most, if not all have been mapped as broken fences.  There are many old fences on the park property many of which have been streamered, but we probably missed some.

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Other Notes regarding Taylorsville Lake SP

 

·         This map has many rock cairns and ruined stone walls.  Some of the rock cairns are quite impressive reaching 2.5 M in height. Most cairns less than a meter high were not mapped.

·         Vegetation tends to be thick on the ridge lines. The blackberry thickets are shown with the double green slashes. The ridge lines were used as pastures prior to this being a park. Vegetation on the hill sides and valley floors tends to be mature forest.

·         On Saturday’s Map, an old telephone line crosses this map. In places the old telephone line is almost touching the ground.  This is shown on the map using the power line symbol.

·         The symbol for vegetation boundary is only used between coniferous and deciduous trees.

·         All gullies and streams tend to be rocky.

·         The lake shoreline is rocky.

·         The Green X is used for a root stock.  These were mapped when the original map was done but have only been updated near control locations.

·         Black X can be a junk pile or a man-made object such as a horse rider rest area.

·         Trails are multiple use being open to hikers, bikers and horses.  I have only seen one bike in several years of mapping here.  The park is trying to close the trails we are using to horses during the meet.  Please be careful around horses if you see them during the meet.

 

 

Maps

The maps for all 3 days will be 1:10,000 scale.  Contour interval is 5 meters.

 

Courses

All standard USA courses and classes will be offered as follows

 

 

Course Length / Climb/ Controls Table  (Big Bone Lick)

            Courses are identified by both number and color.

            Normal OUSA age classes are on their normal color.

 

 

  Big Bone Lick Middle Distance Friday

 

Course Name

Length

Climb

Controls

 

km

m

 

1 White

 2.7

 60

 14

2 Yellow

 3.2

 90

 15

3 Orange

 3.9

 140

 13

4 Brown

 2.8

 60

 16

5 Green

 4.1

 160

 16

6 Red

 4.5

 160

 17

7 Blue

 4.8

 200

 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylorsville Lake Long Distance Saturday

 

The White course has a 90 Meter marked route

Course Name

Length

Climb

Controls

 

km

m

 

1 White

2.2

 60

11

2 Yellow

3.2

 85

14

3 Orange

4.7

155

13

4 Brown

4.1

150

11

5 Green

5.6

220

15

6 Red

7.2

290

19

7 Blue

9.3

450

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylorsville Lake Middle Distance Sunday

 

Course Name

Length

Climb

Controls

 

km

m

 

1 White

 3.0

  75

13

2 Yellow

 3.3

 135

14

3 Orange

 3.8 

 140

14 

4 Brown

 3.0

 130

 12

5 Green

 4.6

 165

 14

6 Red

 5.8

 210

 16

7 Blue

 6.5

 245

 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Symbols

A brown X is a rootstock (Big Bone Lick).  The Green X is used for a root stock (Taylorsville Lake).  Green O is a distinctive single tree.  Black X and O are used for miscellaneous manmade objects including junk piles or huts made of forest debris, significant signs, benches, or other manmade objects.

Any additional map-specific special symbols will be noted here shortly.

 

 

Control Descriptions

Control descriptions are printed on your map.  Loose description sheets may be picked up when you enter the call-up area 2-3 minutes before your start.   Descriptions for white and yellow courses are in English only.  Descriptions for orange course and above are in IOF symbols only (ISCD2004).

 

 

Control Markers

Control markers will be IOF standard orange and white flag.  Control markers will have a blue stripe for Friday but not all will have the stripe for Sat and Sun.

 

 

Stream Crossing (Taylorsville Lake SP)

Unless there has been a recent heavy rain, most creeks can be easily crossed without getting wet.

Road Crossing (Taylorsville Lake SP)

You will need to cross the main park road to get to the start and to get from the finish back to the registration area. The courses will not cross any roads with cars.

 

         

 

Course Credits:

 

 

Big Bone Lick (Friday)

Course Setter:  Mike Minium

Course Vetter:

 

Taylorsville Lake (Saturday)

Course Setter: Ken Kling

Course Vetters:  Emily Sellers, Dan Mattingly, Lloyd Vest, David Waller

Course Consultant:  Peter Goodwin

 

Taylorsville Lake (Sunday)

Course Setter:  Bruce Moore

Course Vetters:   Aaron Smith, Emily Roach, Dan Mattingly

Course Consultant:  Peter Goodwin