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Georgia Navigator Cup 2014

OUSA Sanctioned A-Meet
Southeast Interscholastic Championships
Extreme O Competition

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
January 18-20, 2014
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, Georgia

The Georgia Navigator Cup is a 2-day Classic orienteering event sanctioned by OrienteeringUSA
Extreme O (Monday) is a challenging fun event

Online Registration --  Registered Racer List

Georgia Navigator Cup

GNC2014 is comprised of the following competitions and awards:

  1. The Georgia Navigator Cup (Shortest 2 day total time)
    1st, 2nd, 3rd in USOF standard classes
  2. Southeast Interscholastics (SEIS): (Lowest 2 day total score)
    M-ISVVarsity MaleGreen1st2nd3rd
    F-ISVVarsity FemaleBrown1st2nd3rd
    M-ISJVJunior Varsity MaleOrange1st2nd3rd
    F-ISJVJunior Varsity FemaleOrange1st2nd3rd
    M-ISIIntermediate MaleYellow1st2nd3rd
    F-ISIIntermediate FemaleYellow1st2nd3rd
    M-ISPPrimary MaleWhite1st2nd3rd
    F-ISPPrimary FemaleWhite1st2nd3rd
  3. Team SEIS categories:
    SEIS School Varsity Team3-5 studentsM-ISV on Green and/or F-ISV on Brown1st team
    SEIS JROTC Team3-5 studentsM-ISV on Green and/or F-ISV on Brown1st team
    SEIS School Junior Varsity Team3-5 studentsM-ISJV and/or F-ISJV on Orange1st team
    SEIS School Intermediate Team3-5 studentsM-ISI and/or F-ISI on Yellow1st team


  • Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in USOF standard classes
  • Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in SEIS individual classes
  • Trophies 1st in 4 SEIS team competitions
  • Medals for individuals on 1st SEIS teams

Team Trophies
Southeastern Interscholastic Championships
Traveling Team Trophies
Sponsored by Georgia Orienteering Club

General Information

Directions & Park Information

Sweetwater Creek State Park Location Map

Sweetwater Creek State Park is approximately 20 miles west of Atlanta, south of I-20. Do not rely on GPS units for directions to this park!

Directions from Atlanta: take I-20W to exit 41 and turn left onto Lee Road towards Lithia Springs. Go left on Cedar Terrace Rd after 1 mile, right on Mount Vernon Rd after 0.8 miles, then left on Factory Shoals Rd into the park after 0.3 miles. Follow signs to the Group Shelter.

The park is 22 miles from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and is typically a 28 min drive. From the airport, follow Camp Creek Parkway for 3 miles west to I-285. Take I-285N towards Birmingham/Chattanooga for 7.2 miles. Take I-20W towards Birmingham for 8.7 miles to exit 41.

Park website: http://www.gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek/

GPS coordinates: N 33.753783 | W -084.639000

Park Hours: 7am-SUNSET

Park Office Hours: 9am-5pm

Local area restaurant info:

Around exit 44, the Thornton Road exit: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g35068-Lithia_Springs_Georgia.html

Around exit 37, the Fairburn Road exit near the HQ Hotel: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g34907-Douglasville_Georgia.html

Emergency Information - In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911

For minor injuries, Wellstar Douglas General Hospital‎ is in Douglasville, GA, approximately 9 miles to the west of Sweetwater Creek State Park along I-20. The contact information is Wellstar Douglas General Hospital‎, 8954 Hospital Dr., Douglasville, GA 30134. (770)949-1500.

For serious injuries, the Marcus Trauma Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, is a Level 1 Trauma Center. It is approximately 20 miles along I-20 to the east of Sweetwater Creek State Park in downtown Atlanta. The contact information is 80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. (404)616-2226.

Friday Meet Check-in and HQ Hotel

The Headquarters Hotel is the Comfort Inn, 5487 Westmoreland Plaza, Douglasville, GA 30134. Directions from Atlanta: take I-20W to exit 37 and turn right onto GA-92/Fairburn Road towards Douglasville. Take an immediate right onto Cherokee Blvd, then an immediate right onto Westmoreland Plaza. The Comfort Inn will be 0.4 miles ahead on your left.

Friday meet check-in will be open 5pm - 9pm in the lobby of the Comfort Inn. Packets will include your meet guide, sample map for warmup and/or walk to the start, bib and pins. If ordered, rental Ecards and lunch tickets will be included as well. Pre-ordered T-shirts will also be available for pickup.

The drive from the Comfort Inn to Sweetwater Creek State Park averages 13 mins. Return to I-20 and take I-20E to exit 41 Lee Rd and turn right towards Lithia Springs. Follow the directions to the park above.

Meet Check-in on Saturday and Sunday at Meet HQ

Saturday and Sunday meet check-in will be at the Meet HQ at the Group Shelter at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Check-in will be open from 9 am - 11 am on Saturday and from 8 am to 10 am on Sunday. The Group Shelter is signposted all the way from the park entrance. Parking, Finishes and Download for both days will be at Meet HQ.

There will be controls in the woods near the roads, around the Group Shelter and Park Office. The Group Shelter and Park Office are signposted from Flat Shoals Road after you turn off Mount Vernon Road. You may not use any other roads than those that take you to the Group Shelter, the Park Office or the event parking. You may not enter the woods except for those areas indicated on the Locator Maps.

GNC 2014 Meet Locations


Choice Hotels is the Official Hotel Partner of OUSA. With 5,200 properties in the US and Canada and a range of price points (Comfort, Quality, Sleep, Econolodge, etc), Choice provides something for everybody. Orienteers (not just OUSA members) can save 15% off the published rate. Plus OUSA receives a 5% commission for every dollar spent.

To take advantage of this offer, go to http://www.choicehotels.com/en/sports-travel and use the Corporate ID 00228560. On the hotel website, enter Lithia Springs, GA as the city, click Special Rate/Corp ID under Select Rate and enter the ENTIRE Corporate ID (including zeroes) and confirm. This will allow you to see the special rates.

The Comfort Inn (GA079) at 5487 Westmoreland Plaza, Douglasville, GA 30134 near the top of the list will be the Headquarters Hotel. The Econo Lodge Inn and Suites (GA866) at 8304 Cherokee Boulevard, Douglasville, GA 30134 is nearby and offers very low rates.

Comfort Inn Econo Lodge Inn and Suites

There are two Quality Inn properties in the area as well, but the hotel rooms open directly onto the parking lot. The Quality Inn near Six Flags (GA786), 5479 Westmoreland Plaza, Douglasville, GA 30134, is very near the Headquarters Hotel and the Quality Inn & Suites (GA628), 1100 North Blairs Bridge Road, Austell, GA 30168 is at the Thornton Road exit (exit 44).

There is a cluster of more expensive hotels around the Thornton Road exit (exit 44) including Hampton Inn and Suites, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Springhill Suites, Courtyard Atlanta West/Lithia Springs, Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn Express. These hotels are 6-10 minutes drive from the entrance to Sweetwater Creek State Park. From the I-20/Thornton Road interchange, go south 0.4 miles to Blairs Bridge Road and turn right. After 2.1 miles, turn left on Mt Vernon Road and the park entrance will be 1.3 miles on the left.

Car Rental

Orienteering USA has arranged a discount partnership with Hertz Car Rental. To take advantage of this offer, go to www.hertz.com and use CDP 1916601.

Hertz Car Rental

Parking Passes

Georgia DNR Parking Passes are required and may be purchased at packet pickup, from the self-serve boxes in the parking lots, or the park office. You will need a daily pass for each day that you will be at the park. Rates are charged based on vehicle capacity, not the number of actual passengers. Cars and vans with 1-12 passenger capacity are $5/day.

School Busses and charter busses for school groups will be able to park at no charge. School busses can proceed directly to parking but all other busses and oversize vans (13+) should pick up a parking pass at the Park Office. Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm. (770) 732-5871.

Electronic Punching

GNC2014 will have Electronic Punching using the SportIdent system for the Saturday and Sunday main competition. Each participant (except Map Hike & Extreme O) will be required to have an SI Ecard (finger stick). If you own an Ecard, indicate the Ecard number on your registration. If you do not own an Ecard, you must rent one for $3/day when you pre-register online. Participants who lose or damage a rental Ecard will be charged a $50 replacement cost. The same card must be used for both Saturday and Sunday. School coaches are encouraged to monitor their teams’ rental Ecards. For info on how to use Epunching, see our Epunch primer.


GNC2014 will use an updated map at Sweetwater Creek State Park. The park is cut in half by a deep gorge that the uncrossable Sweetwater Creek runs through on its way to the Chattahoochee River. There is currently a nice new bridge that promises to be flood proof (it has washed away many times in the past) that will give us access to both sides. The park is also historically significant, containing a mill site that was destroyed by Sherman during the civil war. The terrain is ridge and reentrant, with evidence of old farms on the tops of the spurs. Vegetation is very open, with the exception of some areas that were recently thinned to remove pine beetle damaged trees. There are few trails on the east side which will be used for Day 2, but many on the west side which will be used for Day 1. The contour interval is 5 meters and the 8.5 x 11 inch map will be 1:15,000 for M/F21+ and 1:10,000 for all other classes.

Old East and West maps may be purchased for $5 each.

Cellphone Reception

Cellphone reception is generally good at the park, except deep down in the gorge along the creek where it is non-existent.


Sweetwater Creek State Park may not be used for orienteering or orienteering training prior to GNC2014.

Practice Map/Training Course

A training course will be set out at the northern entrance to Sweetwater Creek State Park. A practice course in terrain similar to the competition area will be available from noon Friday to Sunday. The practice map is posted here and can be printed at will or downloaded to smartphones. A limited supply of printed maps will be available for $3 each and can be made available by special arrangement by sending the Meet Director an email.


USOF standard color courses White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Blue will be offered. There will be 2 courses on Orange and Green, designated X and Y. The X courses will be exclusively for Interscholastics competitors (and M-18), and the Y courses for the rest.

Course length and climb information is as follows:

    Course lengthsDay1Day2
    WhiteF-ISP,M-ISP,F-10,F-12,M-10,M-12,M/F White,Group White123.0k55m132.7k65m
    YellowM-ISI,F-ISI,F-14,M-14,F-Yellow,M-Yellow,Group Yellow92.9k100m113.4k135m
    OrangeYF-16,M-16,F-Orange,M-Orange,Group Orange84.1k165m84.2k165m

PLEASE NOTE FOR DAY 1 ONLY: Sweetwater Creek on the eastern edge of the map should NOT be crossed.

PLEASE NOTE FOR DAY 2 ONLY: Sweetwater Creek should only be crossed on the bridge, which is a mandatory crossing point for all courses. Two legs on the White course will be flagged by Blue tapes.

Control Descriptions

Control descriptions will be printed on your map. Loose description sheets may be picked up when you enter the call-up area 2 minutes before your start.

Time Limits

Time limit is 3 hours on all courses. You must return to the Finish, punch the Finish control and Download your Ecard within 3 hours after you start, whether you complete your course or not.

Mapper, Course Setter and Course Vetter's Notes

Course Setter's Notes – Rick Shane

Day 1:

Warm up is limited to areas shown on the Day 1 Locator Map. Areas not shown/mapped on the Day 1 Locator Map are off limits.

Day1 Locator Map

Start: Follow signs from Group Shelter (700m, 10 mins)

Finish: behind Group Shelter

Safety bearing: North to road

Hazards: Sweetwater Creek, which flows south through the park, is NOT to be crossed at all on Day 1.

There is a police shooting range on the north end of the map. You may hear gunshots in this area, but there is no cause for alarm. The shooting range is enclosed by a high fence and is marked out of bounds. Do not cross the shooting range fence!

A large wild pig estimated to be 100 lb was seen last week.If you see a wild pig, do not approach it as they can be aggressive, especially when trapped or protecting their young.

Day 2:

Warm up is limited to areas shown on the Day 2 Locator Map. Areas not shown/mapped on Day 2 Locator Map are off limits.

Day2 Locator Map

Start: Follow signs from Group Shelter (900m, 15 mins)

Finish: behind Group Shelter

Safety Bearing: If south of bridge road, go north to bridge road. If North of bridge road, go south to bridge road. Then go west to the bridge.

Hazards: Sweetwater Creek, which flows south through the park, is NOT to be crossed except at the large bridge near the Day 2 start. The bridge is marked on the map as a Mandatory Crossing point. Coaches/parents, please remind your charges on the morning of the race that they must use the bridge to cross the river!

There is a police shooting range on the north end of the map. You may hear gunshots in this area, but there is no cause for alarm. The shooting range is enclosed by a high fence and is marked out of bounds. Do not cross the shooting range fence!

A large wild pig estimated to be 100 lb was seen last week.If you see a wild pig, do not approach it as they can be aggressive, especially when trapped or protecting their young.

White/Yellow: The first controls for both the White and Yellow courses are on the same side of Sweetwater Creek as the Start. From the first control on both the White and Yellow courses, the bridge will be visible. Runners on the White and Yellow courses should proceed across the bridge after punching at the first control. Also, in the area around the bridge, there are several controls relatively close together. Take care to make sure you have correctly determined the correct control label for each circle so that you visit the controls in the proper order.

General Notes:

Indistinct trails have been made more indistinct by fallen leaves. Woods are generally pretty open, but beware of leaf litter and wait-a-minute vines that will trip you up. The leaves on the ground are also slippery on the slopes.

First-level green bar is also pretty open, but will slow you down some. Second-level green bar can be picked through and slows you down more, but is generally not impenetrable.

Flagged legs are flagged with blue flagging tape.

All courses have water stops at least every 2.5km.

Course Vetter's Notes – Bill Cheatum

Rick has constructed a challenging set of courses. Terrain awareness will be the key strategy to a satisfactory race. Heed Sam's comments on small boulders and degraded rootstocks and take advantage of his wonderful rendering of the terrain contours. Green is generally not a big factor in navigation choices except on the first day's indications of felled trees and the second day's clear cuts. Keep an eye out for the piebald deer on Day 2.

Mapper's Notes – Sam Smith

This is the park where I learned to orienteer, many, many years ago, by getting repeatedly lost on the west side in the old abandoned farmland. So I am always happy to work on this map! It's been through many revisions over the decades. The most obvious changes are to the vegetation - the pine trees on both sides of the creek were thinned. These areas are mapped using the wide green bar symbol. The thinning was more aggressive on the east side, with large areas removed. I also added many boulders and cliffs to the east side map, especially down in the almost inaccessible gorge. Some of the boulders that I added are small. If it was the only boulder around, and it is obvious, I added it. None of the courses go down to the really rugged places in the gorge, which is probably a good thing.

Other than that, the terrain is very typical of Georgia: ridges and reentrants, spurs and saddles, some rock, some rootstocks. Old decayed rootstocks (no obvious tree left) are mapped as dot knolls. The west side has more abandoned farmland and ruined buildings, as well as the civil war era ruins. The east side is steeper and more rugged. The gorge is deep and impressive when the water is high. There is only one place to cross - at the new bridge (hopefully this one will not wash away soon).

Drinking water on Courses

Drinking water will be provided on the courses as required.


There will be portable toilets and a wash station at the Group Shelter Meet HQ. There will be ONE portable toilet adjacent to the start/call-up area on Day1 and a toilet block on the walk to the start on Day 2.

Warm up/Walk to Start

Small maps of the Meet site and showing the Group Shelter Meet HQ, parking, start and download station for both days will be provided in your meet packets. You may warm up around Meet HQ and anywhere on the sample map that is not shown as out of bounds. Please be careful not to interfere with runners finishing the course or on their way to the download.

Call Up

Be at the Call-up line at least 5 minutes before your Start time. Call-up is 3 minutes before your start time. There will be three one-minute stages at the Call-up, Middle and Map lines. Loose control descriptions will be available at the Middle line. At the Map line you will receive your map. Write your bib number on the back of the map with the marker provided. If you finish before the last start, we will collect your map at the finish. You may retrieve your map once all competitors have started. There are only sufficient maps for each person to have one each day, so please do not take anyone else’s.

Clothing return

Warm-up clothing may be left in the bags provided at the start waiting area and will be returned to the Group Shelter Meet HQ. Please ensure that you can identify your warm-ups and pick them up promptly after your run.

Recreational Orienteering (Map Hike)

A limited number of non-competitive Orienteering spaces are available on a beginner's level (White/Yellow) course. Beginner instruction will be available. The Map Hike will NOT be the same as any competitive course. Register at the Meet HQ Saturday 11am-1pm, Sunday 10am-noon. $10 per map. Map Hike will use manual punching.

Junior Team Training and Fundraiser


GAOC is proud to announce that special training for youth will be offered by Mr. Erin Schirm, Orienteering USA’s National Youth Coach on Saturday and Sunday during Georgia Navigator Cup/SEIS. Training will include warm-up, technique exercise and a final competitive activity.

All ages of juniors are welcome, although parents of children younger than 12 are requested to be present.

When: 2:00 p.m. (until approximately 4:00 p.m.; if you need to leave early you may) both days

Where: Look for a popup tent near parking/registration where Erin and Juniors will be congregating


  • Members of the General Public: $10 per person
  • Members of the US Junior Development Team: $5 per person (information on joining the JDT can be found at orienteeringusa.org/us-teams/junior/dev-teams)
  • Members of the US Junior Standing Team: Free (22 named individuals)

Advance Signup is requested. Stop by the Junior Tent before you race each day and let Erin know that you’ll be attending. Pay at signup or at the beginning of the training session.


There will be a loosely chaperoned Teen Hangout, with games and snacks, from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on Saturday in the meeting room of the host hotel. lease indicate at packet pickup how many juniors you expect to attend, so that sufficient snacks can be purchased.

There may be a Junior Hangout on Friday and Sunday evenings; this is still to be decided, based on sufficient interest.

Extreme-O (Monday)

Extreme-O is patterned after a three-day military competition held in a member NATO country each year. Typically, competitors orienteer from several different types of maps, including aerial photographs, quads and topographical maps. Past events have included rope bridge crossings, canoe legs, culvert controls, memory legs and other interesting tests. Due to the nature of the event, advance registration is a must and space is limited to approximately 75. The cost is $15 per set of materials/maps. Couples or groups sharing a set of materials/maps count as one and pay a single fee. The event begins by 9:00am on Monday and everyone must be finished by noon. First start will be announced at the briefing on Sunday afternoon.

All participants must attend a mandatory briefing on Sunday immediately following the awards ceremony at the Group Shelter Meet HQ. Important information will be presented that will be necessary for the competitor to be successful - such as instruction on how to plot coordinates. Further information and supplies will also be passed out as needed. After receiving the necessary information, the competitors decide if they will attempt the long or short course. Individuals can also be paired up with a teammate since it's more fun as a group.

Group leaders must pre-register for the Extreme-O and list the other group members in the Notes section of their registration.

Events Directors: Chuck & Linda Ferguson
Extreme-O Course Setter: Mal Harding

Start Times

First Starts will be 10am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. Start Times will be posted on the Registered Racer List one week prior to the event.

The time limit on all courses is 3 hours. Courses close at 4 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. You MUST return to the finish by the time the courses close, even if you have not finished your course.

The Extreme-O Courses will start before 9am on Monday and finish by noon.


All competitors are encouraged to carry a whistle and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Whistles should only used in the event of an emergency or serious injury (three short blasts). Blowing the whistle otherwise will result in Disqualification. If you are lost after the courses close, you are already disqualified and it is an emergency. Please blow your whistle so that we can locate you before it gets dark. Although conditions in Georgia are often mild in January, you should be prepared for chilly and wet conditions.

If the ground is wet, exposed red clay will be extremely slippery. Please be careful not to slip on it.

Some gullies are extremely deep with very steep sides. If the ground is wet, the sides will be very slippery. Cross them with extreme care. Make sure you can see a way out before you get in one.

A large wild pig estimated to be 100 lb was seen last week.If you see a wild pig, do not approach it as they can be aggressive, especially when trapped or protecting their young.

The SAR coordinator is Steve Shannonhouse and his cell phone number is (404)295-7055. Program this into your cell phone now.

Weather and Daylight

Normal highs on January 19 are 51 F (11 C) and normal lows 31 F (-1 C). Records for the period range from highs of 68 F (20 C) to lows of 21 F (-6 C).

Sunrise is 7:41 am and sunset is 5:56 pm. Civil Twilight ends at 7:14am and begins at 6:23pm.

For real time weather, check Weather Underground

Lunches and Hot Drinks

Lunches on Saturday and Sunday will be provided by the Stockbridge High School Navy JROTC at the Group Shelter Meet HQ. Lunches are $6.50 each and must be pre-ordered when you pre-register online. Saturday lunch will be 2 hot dogs or 1 hamburger, chips, cookie and a drink. Sunday lunch will be a taco salad, brownie and a drink. Pre-ordered lunch tickets will be provided in your meet packet. Vegetarian options must be requested in the Notes section of your registration.

There will also be simple concessions from the kitchen for those who wish to purchase "extras" such as chips, candy, Powerade etc. Pastry items will also available to purchase for breakfast, although availability is not guaranteed.

Hot chocolate, coffee and lemonade will be provided for everyone.


Commemorative T-Shirts may be pre-ordered when you pre-register online. The T-shirt will be a "Cool & Dry Sport Performance Interlock Tee" and they will be available in Men's, Women's and Youth sizes. Made of 100%, 4 oz polyester, they are moisture wicking and snag resistant with an athletic fit and a double-needle stitched crew neck. Both Men's T-shirts will be available in 4XL, 3XL, 2XL, XL, L, M, S. Women's T-shirts will be available in 2XL, XL, L, M, S, and XS. Youth T-shirts will be available in XL, L, M, S, and XS. You must pre-order your T-shirt with your pre-registration if you want one. We cannot guarantee that there will be any shirts left for sale at the meet.

T-Shirt Design
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Babysitting will not be provided. We will NOT have heated indoor facilities, so please do not plan on just leaving your young child at the Meet HQ. Please let the Registrar know if you have special start time requests that would help your own child care arrangements.

Southeast Interscholastics (SEIS)

The Interscholastics will have 4 team competitions: School Varsity team, JROTC Varsity team, School Junior Varsity team, and School Intermediate team. Note: School and JROTC teams are not mutually exclusive. JROTC teams that meet school team requirements are also eligible for the school team award. Each school may field a maximum of 18 students in the SEIS competition. SEIS competitors will be ineligible for standard class awards.


School Teams

  1. Members must be enrolled full-time at the same private or public accredited school one of these states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Tennessee. Varsity teams consist of 3-5 members from M-ISV and/or F-ISV classes. Junior Varsity teams consist of 3-5 members from M-ISJV and/or F-ISJV classes. Intermediate teams consist of 3-5 members from M-ISI and/or F-ISI classes.
  2. Members must each be able to show school ID for the same school or, if the school does not issue ID’s, a letter from the principal stating that the students are enrolled full-time at the school.
  3. Members must meet the eligibility requirements for Individuals in the SEIS competition.


  1. JROTC teams competing only for the JROTC trophy must be made up of students who are enrolled in the same JROTC unit in accordance with the host military service requirements in one of these states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Tennessee. Members shall consist of 3 to 5 students who are registered in M-ISV and/or F-ISV classes.
  2. JROTC teams may compete for the Interscholastic Varsity team competition if they meet the school team requirements.
  3. Members must meet the eligibility requirements for Individuals in the SEIS competition.


To win individual awards competitors must be competing in one of the SEIS classes and must be a full time student attending an accredited school one of these states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Tennessee.

Individual competition will be held for each of the 8 Interscholastic classes:

    Interscholastic Classes
    M-ISVVarsity MaleGreenX
    F-ISVVarsity FemaleBrown
    M-ISJVJunior Varsity MaleOrangeX
    F-ISJVJunior Varsity FemaleOrangeX
    M-ISIIntermediate MaleYellow
    F-ISIIntermediate FemaleYellow
    M-ISPPrimary MaleWhite
    F-ISPPrimary FemaleWhite


Students ineligible for the SEIS classes must register in a standard class.


Individual Score

Each individual starter shall receive a calculated elapsed time or an incomplete designation (DNF, MP, OT). The time will be converted into a score as described below in the Team Score section. The winning individuals are determined by lowest total score over the day or days competition.

Team Score

Scoring for team awards in two Interscholastic Team Categories, School Varsity and JROTC, will be done in accordance with OUSA Interscholastic competition rules as follows:

  • For each interscholastic class, define AWT (the average winning time) as the average of the times of the top three competitors in that class who are competing in a team category.
  • For each competitor in each class with a valid result, their score is computed as 60*(competitor’s time)/ (AWT for the class).
  • For competitors with an OT, MP, DNF or DSQ result, their score will be the larger of 10+60*(course time limit)/ (AWT for the male class) and 10+60*(course time limit)/ (AWT for the female class) for that team category.
  • The best three scores each day for each team are combined for a team score.
  • Lowest overall team score wins.

Calculation and Display of Scores

Scores will be calculated by Bob Frost and verified by Carl Bridges' Excel spreadsheet for Interscholastic scoring. Scores will be displayed to two decimal places.

Tie Breaking

If two or more scores are exactly the same, break the tie by:

  • First – consider the total times. If that fails:
  • Second – consider the positions of the teams Fourth members if available. If that fails:
  • Third – consider the time of the fourth positions. If that fails:
  • Fourth – consider the same as above for the fifth positions. If that fails:
  • Fifth – accept the tie. It must be valid.


Entry fees:
21 & older$35/day
20 & under$18/day
OUSA/IOF member discount:
Adult (21 and older)$4/day
Junior (20 and under)$2/day
Extreme-O (No discount)$15 per set of materials
Saturday Lunch ticket$6.50 ea
Sunday Lunch ticket$6.50 ea
GNC 2014 T-shirt$15 ea
Late fee (after Dec 31, 2013)$5
Change fee$5 or $10 (See below)
Daily Park Pass$5/day for autos, Pay at park


USOF standard color courses (White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Blue) will be offered. Each course has a capacity of 90 entries on a first-come basis. We will have separate Orange and/or Green courses for the SEIS. THE SEIS courses will use the OrangeX and GreenX courses. Once this capacity on a course has been reached, no more entries for the course will be accepted.


All registration will be online.

Online Registration --  Registered Racer List


All deadlines are considered to be at 24:00 EST (Midnight) on the stated date.

Registration Deadline

Registration will close at 24:00 EST (Midnight) on Monday, January 6, 2014.

T-shirts must be ordered NO LATER THAN 24:00 EST (Midnight) Monday, December 30, 2013.

Special Registration Instructions for Families and School Teams

If you are registering for a family or a team, each competitor will have to be entered one at a time. Once all the competitors are entered proceed to the checkout where all the waivers can be signed online or printed, and the entries can be paid for.

Please bear in mind that the contact information will be used in the event of a problem or an emergency, so use the address, phone number and email address that makes the most sense. In the case of a family registration, this might be one point of contact based in the family home. In the case of a school team, this may be the address of the school and the cell phone and email address for the coach or instructor.

Please note that if you use the same contact information over and over again, your web browser will probably remember these values and allow you to enter them by typing in the first character in each, perhaps using the arrow keys to select, then hitting Enter or tab as the case may be. This is very browser and setting dependent, but please give it a try.


Full refunds will be made on cancellations received by January 6, 2014. Refund requests received after January 6, 2014 will be considered on an individual basis by the Meet Director.

Changes and substitutions

Changes to entries may be made by January 6, 2014 at no charge. After January 6, 2014, not all changes may be possible and are solely at the discretion of the Registrar and Meet Director. Please get us any changes as soon as possible, even if you are late.

Entries changed after Monday, January 6, 2014 and no later than Monday, January 13, 2014 will incur a $5 change fee.
Entries changed after Monday, January 13, 2014 will incur a $10 change fee.

While you are in the South...

Florida Orienteering Club (FLO) is hosting races in Florida immediately after GNC2014.

Check out their website: http://www.floridaorienteering.org/

Georgia Navigator Cup 2014 Meet Schedule

Friday, Nov 8, 2013
Registration OpensRegister online24:00am
Monday, Dec 30, 2013
Last day for regular registration24:00 EST (Midnight)
Last day to order T-shirts
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013
Late registration fees begin24:00 EST (Midnight)
Monday, Jan 6, 2014
Registration closes24:00 EST (Midnight)
Last day for free changes
Last day for full refund
Monday, Jan 13, 2014
Change fee increases24:00 EST (Midnight)
Friday, Jan 17, 2014
Park opens7:00am
Check-in opensHQ Hotel5:00pm
Park closesDusk
Check-in closesHQ Hotel9:00pm
Saturday, Jan 18, 2014
Check-in opensGroup Shelter Meet HQ9:00am
Day#1 First StartGroup Shelter Meet HQ10:00am
Check-in closesGroup Shelter Meet HQ11:00am
Day#1 Last StartGroup Shelter Meet HQ1:00pm
OUSA Board MeetingComfort Inn, Douglasville5:00-7:00pm
Day#1 Courses closeGroup Shelter Meet HQ4:00pm
Park closesDusk
Sunday, Jan 19, 2014
Check-in opensGroup Shelter Meet HQ8:00am
Day#2 First StartGroup Shelter Meet HQ9:00am
Check-in closesGroup Shelter Meet HQ10:00am
Day#2 Last StartGroup Shelter Meet HQ12:00 noon
Day#2 Courses closeGroup Shelter Meet HQ3:00pm
AwardsGroup Shelter Meet HQ2:00pm
Extreme-O briefingGroup Shelter Meet HQ3:00pm
Park closesDusk
Monday, Jan 20, 2014
Extreme-O First StartGroup Shelter Meet HQTBD/9:00am at the latest
Extreme-O Courses closeGroup Shelter Meet HQ12:00 noon


Event Director:Charlie Bleau (gncdirector@gaorienteering.org)
Co-registrar(Correspondance):Chun Bleau (gncregistrar@gaorienteering.org)
Co-registrar(Technical):Andrea Berger (andikno@yahoo.com)
Course Setter:Rick Shane (richardshane@comcast.net)
Extreme O:Linda Ferguson (cior@aol.com)

About Sweetwater Creek State Park

The area of the Sweetwater Creek State Park used to belong to the Cherokee and according to a legend “Sweetwater” means the name of Chief Ama-Kanasta. In 1819, hunger for land led the state of Georgia to appeal to the United States government to remove the Cherokee; the appeal was rejected. In 1827, the state of Georgia began to divide the Cherokee lands through lotteries.In 1829, newly-elected president Andrew Jackson who was an ally of the state of Georgia challenged the rejection of appeal. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s decree stated that Georgia had no right to forbid the Cherokee government, in 1831,Georgia’s General Assembly arranged all Cherokee land inspected and distributed by lottery. In 1838, federal troops started forcing the Cherokee to leave Georgia and Alabama and about twenty thousand were forced to west to Oklahoma via the Trail of Tears.

In the Georgia Gold Lottery in 1832, Philip J. Crask won 40-acre (160,000 m2) Lot 929 in District 18 of the Second Section and paid $18 grand fee. In 1837, Lot 929 was sold at an auction to John Boyle for $12.50 who in 1845 sold it for $500 to Charles J. McDonald of Cobb County, a former governor of Georgia, and Colonel James Rogers of Milledgeville. In 1846, Rogers and McDonald started building a water-powered mill along Sweetwater Creek and on December 21, 1849, the five story mill was in operation. McDonald and Rogers incorporated their business as Sweetwater Manufacturing Company, which made cotton, yarn and fabric. In 1858, McDonald renamed the Sweetwater Manufacturing Company as New Manchester Manufacturing Company after the center of the British textile industry Manchester, England. By 1860, the factory produced seven hundred pounds of cotton per day, which was transformed into one hundred twenty bunches of yarn and five hundred yards of osnaburg.[1]

In the summer of 1864, during the Atlanta campaign of the American Civil War, General Joseph E. Johnson removed the Confederate Army across the Chattahoochee River, leaving the New Manchester factory exposed to the Union Army. On July 2, 1864, two divisions of Union cavalry under Colonel Silas Adams (1st Kentucky) and under Major Haviland Thompkins (14th Illinois) of General Stoneman’s personnel, approached the factory with orders to shut it down and arrest all the employees. On July 9, 1864, following orders from William Tecumseh Sherman, Major Thompkins burned the New Manchester mill.[2]

The arrested civilian mill employees were moved to Marietta and merged with other mill prisoners, forming a group of 600, all of them women and children. There were no adult male workers in the mill at the time it was captured. All able bodied men had been called up to fight for the Confederacy in the battle raging around Atlanta. The women mill workers were charged with treason.They spent a week in holding at the Georgia Military Institute. During the week while the women were held in Marietta, several Union soldiers allegedly committed acts of assault against their captives. The women and children were then sent North, many to Indiana, on trains. They were then left to fend for themselves in Indiana, in towns already overcrowded with refugees. Many would die from starvation or exposure until a mill opened in 1865 that provided employment. The ultimate fates of many of these women are unknown, but the majority who survived settled in the North. Only a handful ever returned to Georgia.The mill ruins still exist today and are protected by the Sweetwater Creek State Park, which was founded to protect the ruins and the pristine area around it. All that remains today is the brick walls and millrace that led to the factory's waterwheel.[2][3][4][5]

  • [1] Cook, Ruth B. (1998). North Across the River: A Civil War Trail of Tears. Crane hill publishers. pp. 3–16. ISBN 978-1-57587-166-0.
  • [2] King, Monroe M. (1982). Destruction of New Manchester, Georgia: the story behind the ruins at the Sweetwater Creek State Park.
  • [3] "The History of The Bricks." The Bricks Roswell- Historic Charm with Modern Thinking. Web. 10 Oct. 2010. http://www.thebricksroswell.com/history.html
  • [4] "Deportation of Roswell Mill Women." New Georgia Encyclopedia. Web. 08 Oct. 2010.http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1086
  • [5] “History of the Roswell Mill Workers.” Roswell Mills #1547. Sons of Confederate Veterans. Web. 17 Sept. 2010.
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