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Birkhead Wilderness Classic

2012 US Individual Classic Orienteering Championship

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Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Registration 6:00pm – 9:00 pm Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Asheboro, 1113 E. Dixie Dr, Asheboro, NC
  • Model Event: 3100 Tot Hill Farm Rd, Asheboro NC.  Open from Friday Noon until 5:00pm (Sunset 6:23pm) Maps available at the Holiday Inn $5. (Sign for your map, and pay later at Registration.)  You can download at the Holiday Inn after 6pm.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • Thornburg Farm Historic Homestead, 3955 Lassiter Mill Rd, Asheboro, NC.
  • Registration & Parking – 8:00 am – 1pm Thornburg Farm 3985 Lassiter Mill Rd, Asheboro NC.
  • Van transport to the start and from the finish begins at 8:45am and ends at 3:00 pm.  Vans run on a 10-15 minute schedule. allow 15 minutes to the drop off point, then it is a 1.3 km walk to the start.
  • Starts are from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm
  • Beginners class 10:30 at Thornburg Farm
  • Course closes at 3:30 pm or 3 hours from the last start
  • Dinner – 6:00pm – Something Different Restaurant, 1512 F-H Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC

Sunday, March 11, 2010

  • 2:00 AM Daylight Savings Time – Set your watch forward.
  • Registration 7:30am – 11:00am at Thornburg Farm Historic Homestead, 3955 Lassiter Mill Rd, Asheboro, NC
  • Parking:  If the ground is very wet our parking will be limited and we will ask you to car pool from the hotel.  Overflow parking is on the shoulder of Lassiter Mill road – get completely off the pavement!
  • Starts are from 9:00 am until 11:30 am.  The start is a 950 m walk from the parking area.
  • Beginners Class 9:30am
  • Course closes at 2:30 pm or 3 hours from the last start
  • Awards – approximately 1:30 pm at main house porch


Date: March 10-11, 2012

Category: 2012 United States Two Day Classic Orienteering Championship

Form: All events will be held in daylight

Type: Multi-day individual event

Awards: Awards for each class will be based on a competitor’s combined time for both days.  US Champion Awards will be given to the top three US Champion eligible finishers in each OUSA Classic Championship Class.  Those not eligible for US Champion finishing in the top three will also receive awards.

Host club: Backwoods Orienteering Klub

Meet Director: Joseph Huberman

Registrar: Ruth Bromer

Course Planner: Joseph Huberman, Course Consultant: Scott Donald

Vetting Team: Vladimir Stemkovski (Coordinator), Artem Kazantsev, Ken. Hanson, Mihai Ibanescu, Terese Camp

Classes:  Standard classes – OUSA Classic Classes  |  Championship Classes –  OUSA Classic Championship Classes

Courses and course lengths:   These are course lengths and climb and map scale for Saturday and Sunday.  (There may be small further adjustments.)

  •  White      2 km          54 m    1:10,000          2 km          69 m    1:10,000
  • Yellow      2.8 km      69 m    1:10,000           3.2 km      84 m    1:10,000
  • Orange     3.9 km      111 m  1:10,000           4.1 km      144 m    1:10,000
  • Brown      3.9 km      99 m     1:10,000          4.0 km      141 m    1:10,000
  • Green      5.8 km      138 m   1:10,000          5.8 km       198 m    1:10,000
  • Red          8.0 km      246 m   1:15,000          8.0 km       174 m    1:10,000
  • Blue         10.2 km    273 m   1:15,000          10.2  km    306 m    1:10,000

Safety:  All competitors are required to carry a whistle.  Whistles will be on sale at Registration for $1.  Safety bearing is West to a road.

Registration:  Online registration is preferred.  View the List of Registered Competitors

Paper entries can be sent using the USOF standard entry form to: Ruth Bromer, 904 Dorothea Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603

Deadlines & Fees for Competitive Classes:

Registration Deadlines OUSA, COF, IOF Members Non-Members
Early RegistrationDec 1, 2011 – Jan 15, 2012 Juniors: $21-one day | $42 both days
Adults: $26 – one day | $52 both days
Juniors: $23-one day | $46 both days ……….. .Adults: $30 – one day | $60 both days
Normal RegistrationJan 16 – February 15, 2012   Extended to Feb 17 Juniors: $26-one day | $52 both days
Adults: $31 – one day | $62 both days
Juniors: $28-one day | $56 both days ……….. .Adults: $35 – one day | $70 both days
Late Registration Feb. 16 Postponed to Feb 18– Mar 5, 2012 Juniors: $36-one day | $72 both days
Adults: $41 – one day | $82 both days
Juniors: $38-one day | $76 both days ……….. .Adults: $45 – one day | $90 both days

Juniors are 20 and younger as of December 31, 2012 

Optional  Expenses – Separate from Entry & Event Fees 
T-Shirt $15
Dinner $15
SIcard – Finger Stick Rental $2/day
Childcare $10/day (Your competition time only)
Model Event Map $5 venue opens Fri at noon
2008 Birkhead map 3.4 $5 mailed to your address
OUSA Team Donation Optional, your choice


Non-Competitive Entries & Beginners Instruction: We will have walk-in registration on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:00am, and a Beginners Instruction Class on Saturday starting at 10:30am and on Sunday the class is at 9:30am.  (Remember that Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday)  White, Yellow and Orange levels will be available.  Entry fee is $10 and includes use of a compass and finger stick to verify your check points.   Extra maps are $2 each if you are going in a group.

Payment:  Online using GoogleCheckout or checks payable to Backwoods Orienteering Klub.  If you are mailing in your check and you registered in time for a reduced rate, then the check must be postmarked no later than the next business day following the reduced rate deadline, or you will have to pay the higher fee.

Location: Birkhead Wilderness Area, Uwharrie National Forest, Asheboro NC.   Asheboro is 27 miles south of Greensboro, 70 miles west of Raleigh and 70 miles east of Charlotte.  This is an event that is being conducted on the Uwharrie National Forest and is authorized under a Special Use Permit.

View Birkhead Wilderness Orienteering in a larger map

Registration and Model Map pick-up is at the Holiday Inn Express, 1113 E. Dixie Dr, Asheboro, NC

Event Site Location: For both days the parking and results will be at the Thornburg Farm Historic Homestead which is 8 miles South of Asheboro NC on Lassiter Mill Road.  The address is: 3985 Lassiter Mill Rd, Asheboro NC.

  • Directions: From I-74 heading South
  • Exit to US-64 and  NC-49
  • Stay on NC-49 for 5.6 miles
  • Right turn onto Science Hill Road continue for .3 miles
  • Left turn onto Lassiter Mill Road continue for 2.7 miles
  • Thornburg Farm, the event site will be on your left
  • Directions from US-64
  • On the west side of Asheboro take the connector road following signs to NC-49
  • Right turn on NC-49 continue for 5.6 miles
  • Right turn onto Science Hill Road continue for .3 miles
  • Left turn onto Lassiter Mill Road continue for 2.7 miles
  • Thornburg Farm, the event site will be on your left

Time of first start: 10:00am Saturday and 9:00am Sunday.  All starts will be individual.

Travel time to the start:

  • Saturday Vans will leave from the parking area at Thornburg Farm to take you to and from the Saturday Venue starting at 8:45 and continue every 10-15 minutes until 3:00pm.  It is just under a 15 minute ride to the drop-off point and then a 1.3 km easy walk to the start.
  • Sunday there is 950 m walk from the parking at Thornburg Farm to the start.

Typical forest in Birkhead Wilderness

Description of terrain: Birkhead Wilderness Area is rolling ridge and valley with a mature deciduous forest.  The maximum rise is 75 m. The woods are mostly open and runnable. There are small rock features throughout the map. There are small streams and very few trails. We will flag temporary trails for White and Yellow.

Facilities for training:

A Model Event will be available starting Noon on Friday.  (Maps $5) Pick your map up at the Holiday Inn Express, 1113 E. Dixie Dr, (Rt. US64), Asheboro, NC.  You can download and get your splits at Registration either Friday at the hotel from 6-9pm or Saturday morning at the event site.

Section of Birkhead Wilderness Map

Representative section of Birkhead Wilderness Map

Electronic punching: We will be using SPORTident equipment.  We will use the BSF8-DB Control Stations  so all SI-cards should work.

Map: ~11 total  3 checked in 2008 and is available for sale for $5.  7 is new.  Scale: 1:10,000 for all courses except 1:15,000 for red and blue on Saturday. Contour Interval: 3m.

Field checking: Josef Trzicky in 2008-2011 Drafted by Jan Csibrei with updates by Vladimir Stemkovski  and the vetting team.

Use of GPS Equipment:  GPS units with a visible display may not be used by competitors in Championship Classes.  GPS recording only devices are permitted.
If you wish to carry a GPS device with a display to record your track, you should declare it at the start and we will cover the display with a tape that only sticks to itself and can not be removed without destroying the tape.  It will not stick to your watch.  Show the intact tape at the finish and you will not be disqualified.
Babysitting information: $10 per child.  You may only use the babysitting service for your child for the least possible time while you are going to the start, competing, and returning from the finish.
T-shirt  information: We plan to use American Apparel shirts.  They are available in Woman’s sizes  S through XL and Men’s in sizes  S through XXL. T-shirt price $15 each.  The design is from the map with some artistic license…
Dinner information: Down home southern cooking.   The dinner will be held at 6:00 pm at one of Asheboro’s best restaurants, “Something Different”  We will have a buffet with: Chicken quarters, salad, mixed vegetables, spaghetti, bread, sweet and unsweetened tea, lemon-aid, water and banana pudding.

Lunch: We have arranged for a Hotdog Stand to be available at the Thornburg Farm venue both days for lunch.

Camping:  Primitive camping is permitted without permit or fee in the Uwharrie National Forest and Birkhead Wilderness Area.  However, the only forest that is not embargoed on Friday is the Model Map area, accessible from the Tot Hill trail head. 3100 Tot Hill Farm Rd, Asheboro NC

After the close of the finish Saturday you can primitive camp on the southern section of Saturday’s map.  You must stay south of the Saturday finish.

You must stay at least 200 feet from all streams, creeks, roads and wildlife fields. Please don’t build fires and of course pack out all your trash and leave no trace.


Headquarters Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Asheboro ($70 – 13 miles to venue)
1113 E. Dixie Dr, Asheboro, NC
(336) 636-5222
Call hotel and mention Backwoods Klub to get a preferred rate.

Hotels with special rate that have been recently renovated:

Comfort Inn‎ ($69 – 12 miles to venue)
825 W. Dixie Drive, Asheboro, NC 27205
(336) 626-4414
Call hotel and mention Backwoods Klub to get a preferred rate.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott ($13 miles to venue)
920 Executive Way, Asheboro, NC 27203
336-626-9197 $68+tax
Asheboro’s Newest Hotel, Free breakfast, indoor pool, wifi
Call hotel directly and mention Backwoods Klub to get preferred rate

Bed & Breakfast Inns:

Alice Brunner at Hilltop Bed & Breakfast (Randleman 21 miles to venu) – has offered a rate of 79/full breakfast – has 4 rooms total 336-799-4396

Karen Bloxsom at Parkside Bed & Barn – (Denton 9 miles to venu) – has offered a buy one/get one free deal with a breakfast to go on the 2nd morning. 336-302-4756

Budget Hotels:

Value Inn ($45 – 11 miles to venue)
901 Albemarle St, Asheboro, NC, 27203
(336) 629-2101
Mention Backwoods for the preferred rate & check reviews before you book

 There is a Motel 6 in Greensboro about 36 miles from the event site.

Use this link to check availability and get the OUSA discount.

We can answer your questions:

Use our Contact Form
Phone: (919) 828-6068
Mail: 904 Dorothea Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603

Announcement list:

This is used for announcements only.  It won’t clutter your inbox.  Just new information about the event as it becomes available.

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OUSA Classes

  51 Classic Classes
White Yellow Orange Brown Green Red Blue
F-10 F-14 F-16 F-18 M65+ F-20 F-21+ M-21+
F-12 F-Yellow F-Orange F55+ M70+ F35+ M-20
M-10 M-14 M-16 F60+ M75+ F40+ M35+
M-12 M-Yellow M-Orange F65+ M80+ F45+ M40+
M/F-White Gr-Yellow Gr-Orange F70+ M85+ F50+ M45+
Gr-White F75+ M90+ F-Green M-Red
F80+ M-Brown M-18
F85+ M50+
F90+ M55+
F-Brown M60+

OUSA Championship Classes

38 Classic Championship Classes
White Yellow Orange Brown Green Red Blue
F-10 F-14 F-16 F-18 M65+ F-20 F-21+ M-21+
F-12 M-14 M-16 F55+ M70+ F35+ M-20
M-10 F60+ M75+ F40+ M35+
M-12 F65+ M80+ F45+ M40+
F70+ M85+ F50+ M45+
F75+ M90+ M-18
F80+ M50+
F85+ M55+
F90+ M60+


USDA – Forest Service Nondiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

OUSA Champion Eligibility Requirements

The title of U.S. Orienteering Champion in any class as determined at an officially designated U.S. Championship Orienteering “A” meet shall be limited to any person who meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a member in good standing of USOF
  • Is either a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States of America
  • During the same calendar year, has not and agrees not to compete for another country’s national orienteering championship title.





3 Responses to “Birkhead Wilderness Classic”

  1. I just want to point out that the Motel 6 in Greensboro
    is a “dive.” We stayed there last year and do not recommend it.
    Allmuth Perzel

  2. Hope this is not a silly question: will there still be *snow* on the ground at time of the competition? Thanks, Eugene

  3. With North Carolina, you never know, but chances are fairly slim.
    We usually get snow once or twice a year, we haven’t seen a flurry yet.
    March is probably very unlikely to have snow.

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