On December 6, BOK will hold a 1-, 2-, and 4-hour Score-O at Umstead West (GPS coordinates = 35.847717, -78.776682). This event is for advanced BOK members who have successfully completed an expert (brown, green, red, or blue) course. You must preregister for this event here, before 5:00 PM Friday December 4, so that we know how many maps to print. Please note that this event will have a mass start at 10:00 AM. Maps will be ready for distribution by 9:30 AM in order to provide competitors some time for route planning. Late starts for the 4-hour event will not be accommodated (and late starters for the other events will have to plan their route on the clock). Please continue reading for important details about this event.
All courses will be printed on a 1:10,000 scale map. The 1-hour course will be printed on one 8.5 x 14 inch page (legal size), and the 2- and 4-hour courses will be printed on two 12 x 18 inch pages (there should be roughly one inch of overlap between the two pages.) Map cases will be provided; however, it is possible that maps will need to be folded in order to fit in their bags. To reduce clutter on the map, downed trees will not be mapped. Controls will be worth between 1 and 8 points, with more distant and/or difficult controls generally being worth more points. Late penalties will be stiff (5 points for the first minute; 1 point per minute thereafter.) The 1-hour course will have approximately 12 controls, and is guaranteed not to be clearable, even by the best orienteers in the world. The 2- and 4-hour courses will have approximately two dozen controls, and will share a common map. The 4-hour course is potentially (but doubtfully) clearable, requiring approximately 20km of straight line distance between controls in order to clear.
Drinking water will not be available at any control; however, four park water fountains at relatively convenient locations will be marked on the map. The event director has verified that these water fountains are operational in late November; but unfortunately, he cannot guarantee that three of them will still be turned on for the day of the meet. Competitors who know that they will need water along their way are thus advised to carry their own.