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2009 Manitoba Sandhills Orienteering Festival

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The Festival was a Success!

Thank you to all the competitors and volunteers who made this event a huge success.  The festival consisted of 8 orienteering events, the Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp, COF Conference & AGM, Banquets, and High Performance Program fundraising.  For full results, pictures, and feedback from participants, see the links on the left.


In August 2009, the Manitoba Orienteering Association will host both the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships and the Canadian Orienteering Championships.  The Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp, COF Conference & AGM, and several fun events will be held in conjunction with the championships.

The WCOCs will take place in the Lauder Sandhills near Hartney, MB.  The COCs will take place in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on a new map called Hog's Back.

The COC Sprint and COC Long will be World Ranking Events.

Competitor Handbook

The Competitor Handbook is now available for download in two formats:
Web Version (845 KB PDF file) and Print Version (1669 KB PDF file)

If viewing the handbook on a computer, select the web version.  The handbook will be included in each registration package, but if you want to print an extra copy, select the print version and print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, in landscape with short-edge binding.  To view or print the handbook, you need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

The Competitor Handbook has officially replaced much of the original information on this website.

Event Schedule

Date Time Event Location
Aug. 21 (Fri) 4:00 PM WCOC Sprint Hartney (Juniper Hill)
Aug. 22 (Sat) 10:00 AM WCOC Middle Hartney (Fort Desjarlais)
Aug. 23 (Sun) 10:00 AM WCOC Long Hartney (Fort Desjarlais)
5:00 PM WCOC Banquet Hartney Golf Course
Aug. 24-26   Sass Peepre Camp Carberry Collegiate
Aug. 26 (Wed) 1:00 PM Prairie Goat Carberry (Seton)
6:00PM-9PM COF Conference Session A-1 (Coaching WS)
6:30PM-9PM COF Conference Session B    (Officials Program)
Aug. 27 (Thu) 9AM-12PM COF Conference Session A-2 (Coaching WS)
9AM-12PM COF Conference Session C    (Ski & MTBO)
10AM-5PM COC Model Spruce Woods (Yellow Quill South)
1:00 PM Relay Spruce Woods (Yellow Quill)
7PM-9PM COF Conference Session D    (Athlete Dev.)
Aug. 28 (Fri) 9AM-11AM COF Conference Session E    (Info Sharing)
9AM-12PM COF Conference Session A-3 (Coaching WS)
10AM-5PM COC Model Spruce Woods (Yellow Quill South)
12PM-5PM COC Model Spruce Woods (Hog's Back)
2:00 PM COC Sprint Spruce Woods (Hog's Back)
7PM-9PM COF Annual General Meeting
Aug. 29 (Sat) 10:00 AM COC Middle Spruce Woods (Hog's Back)
6:00 PM COC Banquet
COC Silent Auction
Carberry Memorial Hall
Aug. 30 (Sun) 10:00 AM COC Long Spruce Woods (Hog's Back)

For orienteering events, the time refers to the first start time.
All COF conference sessions will be at the Carberry Collegiate.

Registration Package Pickup

Registration packages may be picked up as follows:

Date Time Location
Thur. Aug. 20 4:00PM to 7:00PM Hartney Motor Inn, 301 River Ave., Hartney
Fri. Aug. 21 11:00AM to 1:00PM
2:00PM to 5:00PM Juniper Hill meet site
Sat. Aug. 22 8:30AM to 2:00PM Fort Desjarlais meet site
Sun. Aug. 23 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Wed. Aug. 26 11:00AM to 4:00PM Seton, Prairie Goat meet site
Thur. Aug. 27 11:00AM to 4:30PM Yellow Quill, Relay meet site
Fri. Aug. 28 9:00AM to 11:00AM Spruce Woods Inn, 416 Lyall St., Glenboro (off Hwy 2)
Noon to 4:00PM Hog’s Back, Sprint meet site
Sat. Aug. 29 8:30AM to 2:00PM Hog’s Back, Middle meet site
Sun. Aug. 30 8:30AM to 3:00PM Hog’s Back, Long meet site

Please remember that waivers must be signed when picking up registration packages.

Meet Sites

The following Google Map shows where to leave the main road for each event site.  Click on "View Larger Map" to get directions and a list of locations.

View Larger Map

The following road maps may also be useful.  Maps similar to these will be included in each registration package.

Overview Map

Detailed Map for WCOCs

Detailed Map for COCs

Carberry Map

Meet Officials

Course Planners Jack Forsyth (WCOC Middle)
Muriel Gamey (COC Long)
Steven Graupner (Relay)
Darius Konotopetz (Prairie Goat)
Larry Konotopetz (Prairie Goat)
Jim Lee (WCOC Long)
Tim Lee (WCOC Sprint, COC Sprint and Middle)
Controllers Sheldon Friesen (WCOC Middle, Prairie Goat, COC Sprint and Middle)
Muriel Gamey (WCOC Long)
Jim Lee (WCOC Sprint and Relay)
Lois Watts (COC Long)
WRE Advisor Adrian Zissos (COC Sprint and Long)
Meet Director Dave Graupner
Registration, Awards and Meet Booklet Pat Graupner
Web Site, Timing and Results Thomas Graupner
Start Line Barb Lee
Organizing Committee Angela Bajt
Muriel Gamey
Jennifer Hamilton
Sponsorship Darius Konotopetz
Silent Auction Ursula Goeres


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