Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bisbee Street-O Results

Today SWSW moved down to the historic and quirky town of Bisbee for a 2-hour street-o. Eighteen people headed out on the course and everyone came back, though a few may have stopped for coffee along the way.

Many thanks to Bisbee resident Mark Parsons for selecting all the control locations and drafting creative questions and answers.

Results (21 possible points)
Ethan Childs53:27.821
Jeff Coker60:5721
Keegan Harkavy78:0021
Vilppu Viinikainen80:0021
Glen Tryson102:0621
Sverre Froyen105:1021
John Maier109:0021
Rick & Eileen Breseman110:0021
Brooke Mann119:0019
Gregg Townsend97:0016
Janet Tryson107:0015
Scott Moore109:0014
Mary Jo Childs93:0012
Heather & Sierra113:0010
Lukas Luis80:002
Barb Bryant118:00??

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Training events

Thanks to everyone joining in for the races over the long weekend! More details and photos will come up over the next few days. The rest of the week before the weekend in Phoenix consists of low-key training events. Please bring your own map case if you want to use one during the training sessions (letter size for all except Bisbee, which is 11x17). The training sessions do not involve timing, e-punch, results, or big control flags. They do involve cool terrain and fun exercises. It's going to be awesome!

Results from Day 3 Catalina Mass Start

It was a windy morning at Catalina State Park for Arizona's inaugural THOMASS-style mass start race. Twenty-two runners set out in the mass start with lots of head-to-head action, a few regrettable route choices, and some surprises in the finish.

Results (pdf)

The course setter welcomes deeper analysis of the splits by any participants. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Results from Day 1 Kentucky Camp

An energetic crowd of 47 orienteers descended on the Santa Rita foothills today for some very fine courses set by Mark Everett. The ground was still wet from the recent rains but the clouds mostly stayed away and our out-of-town guests got a dose of the sun they were promised.

Results and splits for today are available on Attackpoint.

Add your route or check out the courses and other people's routes on Livelox.

See you tomorrow!

Friday, February 16, 2018

It all starts tomorrow!

Make sure to check the Orienteering Details page for directions, start windows, and information about each day. Here are a few tidbits and useful information:

- No assigned start times on Saturday and Sunday. We'll just be making sure you start with appropriate separation between other runners on your course.

- You'll want leg covering for the forest events. You won't need leg covering for Bisbee (Wednesday) and UA + Reid Park (Thursday).

- If you get a cholla ball stuck to your leg DO NOT try to remove it with your fingers! Then you'll just have a cholla ball stuck to your fingers. Instead, with your map in one hand and your compass in the other, carefully pluck the ball off. Alternatively, carry a comb with you.

- Yes, we're in the desert, but it can rain and there are big differences between night and day temperatures. Bring some layers, especially for early in the morning. Keep in mind that it will also be cooler on the Rt 83 maps (Saturday & Sunday) which sit a couple thousand feet higher than the city.

Still have questions? Please email Cristina Luis.

Have fun! See you in the desert!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Courses will be on Livelox!

Want to easily compare your route against the competition after the races this weekend? We're using the online tool Livelox for most of the Tucson events, which will make it easy to share and compare.

Livelox is an orienteering analysis tool that makes it easy to view and share your route as recorded by a gps - either a watch or your phone, using the Livelox app. It is quite popular in Norway and Sweden and has seem some use in the US. Most of the functionality is available for free (just make an account!), but to see head-to-head comparisons you'll need a subscription.

Charge up your gps watch or download the app and get ready to Livelox!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Two NRE days during SWSW2018!

In addition to Phoenix's National Ranking Event on February 25th, Tucson's event on Feb 18th at Box Canyon will also be an NRE.

Come for a day, a weekend, or the whole week! Get some ranking races and some sun!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Possible NRE status for February 18th

The Tucson Orienteering Club has applied for a "free" National Ranking Event day on February 18th. If approved this means that the Sunday event at Box Canyon will award national ranking points to all participants. We'll update this site again as soon as we know!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Registration open!

Registration for this year's Southwest Spring Week is open on EventReg! Sign up now!

See who is already registered.

Fee information on the registration page.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


This is the new home of the Southwest Spring Week annual orienteering fest in Arizona, USA. The 2018 edition will take place Feb 17-25, starting in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson and finishing in desert northeast of Phoenix.