PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Kootenay Orienteering Club (KOC) is proud to be hosting the 2021 Canadian Orienteering Championships in the East Kootenays of B.C. with races near the towns of Kimberley and Cranbrook, on July 9th, 10th and 11th, 2020.

The COC’s will consist of three races: a sprint, a middle and long distances.  There will also be an HPP Relay, model practice event, a banquet, silent auction and music and dance party!

All races will be on new or fully updated high quality maps with incredible terrain. Open classes will be available on all courses for each race for recreational orienteers. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do in the East Kootenays; checkout our local, accommodation and tourism info!


Schedule

DateEventLocationMapTime
Thursday 8Event Centre OpenKimberley Nordic Centre2:00pm – 6:00pm
Model EventTBA2:00pm
Friday 9Sprint EventKimberleyKimberley Nordic South, new map 201910:00am – 12:00pm
HPP relayKimberleyKimberley Nordic North, new map 20192:00pm
Saturday 10 Long EventCranbrookEager Hills, updated 202010:00am – 3:00pm
Banquet/Award/Silent Auction/ Music and danseKimberley Conference Centre5:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday 11Middle EventCranbrook areaRamparts, new map 202010:00am – 2:00pm

REGISTRATION PACKAGE PICKUP

Thursday, July 8th: At the Kimberley Nordic Centre, between 14h00 and 18h00. Please bring your SI stick (number check). Renters will collect their SI stick at the registration. Waiver signing. Pickup race bib, banquet ticket and model event map (Paper copies of event brochure available).

AT THE EVENT SITES:

  • Friday 9th: before the sprint event from 9:00am
  • Saturday 10th: before the long event from 9:00 am
  • Sunday 11th: before the middle event from 9:00 am

If you are not a member of an Orienteering Club, you will need to purchase a CA$5.00 KOC membership. This is an insurance requirement in advance or at registration. If you have not signed the KOC waiver in 2020, then you will need to complete and sign a waiver when you come get your registration package.

At package pick-up competitor accounts will be settled:

  • Any money owing will need to be paid in cash or by cheque drawn on a Canadian bank
  • Any refunds will be issued in Canadian cash

EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING AND SHOES

Please bring your SI stick (number check) and compass. Renters can collect their SI stick at registration. If you’ve rented an SI stick it’ll be available at registration to pick up. Please return it at the finish after the last race!

A watch enables participants to adhere to course closure times and individual time limit (GPS watches are allowed).

There are no special clothing regulations. Full leg cover is recommended for all events. Protective eye-wear can be advantageous, but is not required. Change of clothing, water bottle, travel mug etc. may be left in the registration tent, and the starts. We strongly recommend to all participants to carry bear spray while on a course.

All competitors must carry a whistle for safety purposes. The start crews will check that you have a whistle. You will not be allowed to start the middle or long events without. Whistles will be for sale at the package pickup and the Event Centre for CA$2.00 cash.


EMBARGO AREA

The following areas are embargoed:

  • Eager Hills east area
  • Kimberley Nordic Trails south
  • Ramparts area south of Highway 3, east of Cranbrook

When warming up, please stay on warm-up maps and out of the competition terrain.


COMPETITOR RISK AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Competitors participate in each event at their own risk and must take their own safety precautions. Use common sense. Competitors must sign the event waiver.

Competitors are responsible for any injuries that might occur to them during the races as well as for any accidents on the way to and from any event.


HEALTH, MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY

First Aid will be available at the FINISH for all events. To reduce unnecessary pressure on First Aid services at the events, competitors should bring their own basic first aid kit and sports tape.

911 is the Canadian emergency number for ambulance, fire and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Contact an event organizer before you call 911 from an event site. Ideally, have an organizer call 911, to provide directions.

The following are the closest medical facilities:

  • Kimberley Medical Clinic
  • Cranbrook General Hospital

In the event of an emergency, competitors are required to follow the directions of the Emergency Response personnel.


HAZARDS

The forest events take place in a wilderness environment, with wild animals such as bears, cougars, wolves (unlikely), moose, aggressive deer with fawns and stinging/biting insects. Participants are unlikely to encounter wildlife while orienteering, but it is possible. If a bear is encountered it will likely be a black bear, though grizzlies can also be found in this region. Back slowly away from a bear, speak calmly, and don’t run. We strongly recommend to all participants to carry bear spray while on a course and to know how to use it.

For those unfamiliar with bear and other wildlife encounters, please check out the links about wildlife safety in the FAQ page of this website.


FAIR PLAY

A competitor who breaks any rule, or who benefits from the breaking of any rule, may be disqualified.

All competitors shall behave with fairness and honesty. Attempts to gain any information related to the courses, beyond that provided by the organizer, is prohibited before and during the competition.

It is not permitted to bring previous orienteering maps of the competition area to the event. Spectators are not allowed to enter the competition terrain before and during the competition.

Everyone must follow the routes specified by the organizers to reach the parking, event arena, and start.

Competitors are not allowed to re-enter the competition area after they have finished their race and before course closure without the permission of the controller. At all times, respect local people, private property, fences and walls.


COC ELIGIBILITY

Orienteering Canada rules apply for all events.

Eligibility for championships is open to all residents of Canada.  A resident is defined as a person who has resided in Canada for at least 6 months prior to the event and is a current member of a Canadian orienteering club. Non- residents are very welcome to participate.


PROTEST

Any protest must be filed in writing within 30 minutes of course closure at the event registration or finish.