The Anza-Borrego Orienteering Festival consists of four unique competitions designed to showcase the great variety of the available terrain and test your navigational and physical abilities.
Fast & Furious
Race the dusk with a short (2-3km) sprint through the flat terrain near event HQ. Balance your map reading skills with your situational awareness to avoid a high-speed encounter with a cholla bush. Make sure to stay focused and ignore the many other competitors that will tauntingly cross your path - follow if you dare!
Course Setter: Viktoria Brautigam
Navigate in Three Dimensions
The most iconic and memorable event of the festival, the weekend ends with a chaotic one-hour "score orienteering" style competition through the unique, multi-level complexities of the "maze".
Simply choose your own route to visit as many of the 8-10 control locations in a 1km square area. But don't get too confident, as you may find yourself cornered with nowhere to go!
Course Setter: Lubo Sebo (BAOC)
The LAMB & The GOAT
Mass start mayhem
Choose between the (approximate) 5km Lamb or the 10km Goat, then toe the line with your competitors for a raucous, anything-goes parade through the desert where following is encouraged!
This event usually includes a few unique twists to keep you on your toes and ensure the winner isn't determined until the very last minute.
Course Setter: Tad Gallistel
The Main Event
Measure your fitness and skills against the best in a traditional 6-course classic orienteering competition that will span both technical and fast terrain.
The 2020 Classic will be a US Orienteering National Ranking Event, earning the first points of this year's nationwide, annual ranking.
Note: All competitors will have start times assigned the week before the event. Please plan accordingly.
Course Setter: Mark Prior