Update (5/11/23): Link to print-at-home event packet PDF. Same info as website, just handily formatted.
Billygoat The legendary Billygoat orienteering race (43rd!!) on its quasi-official Mother's Day berth combined with advanced orienteering training courses on Saturday. All as part of a NEOC-hosted camping weekend at Willard Brook State Forest, site of the 2021 New England Championship weekend. Mass start at 9:30AM, Sunday, May 14, 2023.
Pre-registration required at: https://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/ Late registration begins May 01. Registration closes May 11.
|Billygoat Fees||Regular||Late (after 4/30)|
|Junior (20 & Under)||$20||$25|
See who is registered already.
Previous events @ Willard Brook: 2021 New England Championships Livelox & 2022 NEOC event (Pearl Hill SP) Livelox
The Billygoat is a 11.4km long mass-start race with one fork & one skipped control of the competitor's choice. 225m climb & (23-1 skipped) controls. 2 remote aid station visits. Finishers under 3:30 receive a coveted Billygoat T-shirt. Course closure at 2PM.
The Kid Goat is 5.8km (145m climb/11controls) long mass-start race. Same mass-start, same 2PM course closure. Same advanced-level orienteering, just shorter. 1 remote aid station visit.
Map & Terrain Notes Billygoat/Kid maps are 1:10,000 scale with 5m (LiDAR) contours. Mapper notes from the 2021 New England Championship are still accurate (link). JJ's course setter notes (link) also have some useful tidbits about the forest & map.
Billygoat Course Setter Notes You will get to experience all of Willard Brook's varied terrain: steep hillsides & flat, subtle areas, complicated rock/cliff areas & complicated "negative terrain" (ie depressions). And, you are going to have to navigate in the reduced visibility & runnability of light green and medium green vegetation. If, at any point, you are not having fun, wait a control or two and it'll be completely different--a blessing of this park! While this winter was, in general, a dud in Massachusetts, the March Nor'easter with heavy winds dropped just under 3-feet of snow in the park. In some sections, you will see an abundance of tree limbs on the forest floor. They have not fundamentally changed the mapped runnability of the forest.
There will also be a white, yellow, orange, and Score-O course available for recreation runners, as a standard NEOC event (members run free; register onsite). Recreational Starts will be from 10 am - 12 pm. Payment at event registration table (Cash and credit card accepted; some of our electronic payment systems (Venmo, Paypal, etc) may not work due to limited connectivity). Courses close at 2 pm.
May 13: Saturday training activities for all levels at adjoining Pearl Hill State Park. Pre-registration required (via Eventreg; link above). See previous NEOC Event entry.
Group Camping reserved on-site for 50 for the evenings of May 12 & 13. Or, book a regular campsite (reserveamerica.com) of your choice at Pearl Hill State Park campground (site of Sat's training and our group site) or at Willard Brook State Forest campground at Damon Pond, which is the nearby start/finish/parking for Sunday's Billygoat.
NEOC events are held rain or shine.
(Ski-O events may be canceled if snow is poor.)
The FAQ describes course levels.
Beginner instruction is available at NEOC meets, during the first hour of Registration.
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