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Sun, Jan 01


Ironwood Picnic Area

Ironwood Picnic Area

Course: 2-hour Score-O / Setter: Brad Poe / Director: Yvonne Poe / Image: Yvonne Poe

Ironwood Picnic Area
Ironwood Picnic Area

Time & Location

Jan 01, 2023, 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Ironwood Picnic Area, Tucson, AZ 85735, USA

About the Event

Welcome the New Year with Orienteering at Ironwood!

Location:  Ironwood Picnic Area in Tucson Mountain Park.

Courses:  A 2-hour Score-O has been set with both novice and seasoned orienteers in mind.  The Score-O format allows you to choose your own adventure- which controls to visit, in whatever order you determine and what route you will use to arrive at the control. Scenic and interesting areas are highlighted by eighteen pin-punch controls of varying point values. The desert in this location is very runnable, although leg protection would be advisable in a few brushy spots. As you travel through the desert, you may spot evidence of Arizona's mining history or the area's first inhabitants. The objective is to maximize the point total obtained within the two hour course time limit.  Late arrivals will be penalized with a loss of points for every minute (or portion thereof).  Courses will close at 1 pm and control retrieval will begin.

Maps:  Maps will be provided to all participants at the event site.


  • 8:45 am: Free beginners’ clinic starts.  Please arrive 15 minutes early if you wish to attend.
  • 9:00-10:55 am: Check in.
  • 9:00 am: First chance to start.
  • 11:00 am: Last chance to start.
  • 1:00 pm: Courses close.

Registration:  Pre-registration is required in order to keep an eye on crowd size and prepare the right number of maps.  See the "Fees" section below for information on coupon codes to use for member and junior pricing.  Everyone must register as an individual even if you plan on going as a team.  Registration closes December 30th at 10:00 am. 

Also, it's time to renew or sign up for Tucson Orienteering Club (TSN) membership, which will provide a discount for events throughout the year.

Directions and Parking: Park in the lot at the end of the paved road into Ironwood Picnic Area.  Vicinity Map

What to Bring:

  • Safety whistle is required (whistles can be purchased on site for $1)
  • Compass (compass can be rented on site for $1)
  • There is no water on the course, please bring your own (and snacks if desired).
  • Watch or phone (so you can finish on time)

E-punch:  E-punch will not be used for this event.  We will be using manual pin punches instead.


  • Adults: $8 (member), $12 (non-member)
  • Juniors (11-20): $6
  • Kids (0-10): free w/adult

Coupon Codes to use at Registration:

  • "AZClub" for adult members of TSN (Tucson) or GPHXO (Phoenix)
  • "Junior" for juniors 11-20.
  • "KID" for children 10 and under (please register even though it's free—we need a headcount and a waiver for each participant).

Friend-For-Free: Tucson O Club (TSN) members may bring one qualified guest for free to this event.  To qualify your guest must never have attended a Tucson Orienteering Club or other OUSA club event before and must accompany you to the event.  Have your friend use coupon code "FRIEND" at registration.

Groups:  If you are bringing a group, please reach out to the meet director at bpoe2010 at G mail dot com.

Youth Participants: All participants under 18 must provide a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. If you plan to bring a minor without their parent/guardian, then please download a copy of the Waiver and Permission to Participate form and have it completed and signed by a parent/guardian before you bring it with you to the event. For more details, see our instructions sheet.

Covid Safety: Please wear a mask during check-in before and after your run and any time you are unable to keep distance from other people. Do not show up if you are feeling unwell.

Other Safety Information: To ensure that all are safe, everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before courses close and before leaving the event site.

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