Winter Sprinter '01

The Winter Sprinter is a long distance orienteering event. It will be a point-to-point race with a mandatory course and bonus options. The mandatory course is 18 kms in length and if teams opt to pursue any of the bonus points on the course the overall distance could easily reach 30 kms depending on route choice. The mandatory course must be completed or the bonus points will not count.

The event is for two person teams competing in either adventure racer or orienteer category. The difference is in the conveyance of the location of the course checkpoints. In the orienteering class, competitors will copy the points from a master map. In true adventure racing style, the teams who opt for the adventure racer class are only given UTM grid coordinates and it will be up to them to plot the course. Note: The course is the same for both classes, and it must be completed in point to point format. Bonus points can be accumulated in any order, but teams must keep in mind that the mandatory course must be completed for the bonus points to count.

There is an 8-hour time limit set for this event.

Due to the time of year, we only get about 10 hours of daylight, and it is essential that all teams complete the course in the allotted time.

Event Logistics

Date: December 2, 2001 (Dec 9, 2001 weather date)

Registration & Check In: 7:00 a.m.

Registration Location: Pockwock Event Center (see notes below)

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Finish Time: 4:00 p.m.

Mandatory Course: 13 controls - 18 kms

Cost: $20.00 per person paid at Race Registration (2 person teams)

Key Notes: For each 15-minute period that teams exceed the maximum time limit, they will lose 250 points from the accumulated team total. Any team exceeding 1 hour after the cut-off of 4:00 p.m. will be disqualified.

Mandatory Gear (per competitor)

Mandatory Gear (per team)

Course Rules

  1. Mandatory gear required at all times while on course. This is a safety issue and a gear check will be conducted. Missing gear will result in an automatic disqualification.
  2. Littering on the course is strictly forbidden. Respect the environment and practice Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.
  3. Mandatory course must be completed for an official finish. Bonus points are not awarded unless the mandatory course is completed. Use time wisely!
  4. The time limit is 8 hours. Time thereafter is penalized 250 points per 15 minutes. After 1 hour past time limit, automatic disqualification. Again, due to shortened daylight hours, teams must adhere strictly to this rule. No Exceptions.
  5. 100 Meter Rule is in effect. Team members must be within 100 meters of each other at all times.

How to get to the registration area!!!

For those familiar with the SAR Challenge, Race registration is in the same area.

To get to the Pockwock Event Centre, follow the 102 to Hammonds Plains Road (213). Turn right onto 213 and follow it to English Corner (Gas station on left). Take a right and follow the road to the gate at the Pockwock Water Treatment Plant. The road continues to the left. Follow it to the end at a gated area you will see the Registration Area.

Pre- Register Today!

To give race organisers an idea of numbers so that the correct number of maps and punch cards can be supplied, as well as hot cocoa for the start/finish area, please pre-register your team as soon as possible. Organisers will contact you via email to confirm that you are pre-registered within 24 hours.

Pre-register by sending an email to with Team Name and name of Team Captain along with an email address for contact purposes. In the event of a postponement due to severe weather, teams will be contacted 2 days ahead of time if storm warnings are forecast. In the event of a sudden postponement, teams will notified by email no later than 5 a.m. December 2, 2001. Teams pay registration fees at Race registration area 7:00 am December 2, 2001.

Questions can be directed to:

Derek Hann/Tory Meyer or Michael Haynes
Meet Directors Orienteering Association of NS
(902) 454-5312 (902) 425-5450 ext. 325