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NEOC: Billygoat - Amherst, Mass.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sun April 21, 2013

35th Billygoat Run

Holyoke Range State Park, Amherst, MA
Sunday, April 21, 2013
11:00 AM mass start
Map: 1:10,000, 5m contours

The 2013 Billygoat returns to its roots in Western Massachusetts, with this year’s race just across the Connecticut River from Mt. Tom, the site of the original Billygoat Run in 1979.

We will use the Earl’s Trails map, first used last May for the Western Mass 5 Day. For those of you that were at the 5 Day, the finish area will be the same, but there is a lot more of the map than what was used for the 5 Day. The area is part of the north slope of the Holyoke Range, hilly of course, but with generally good runability and visibility and very few rock features. Part of the area has a maze of mountain bike trails.

This year’s course will be approximately 12 km with 600 meters of climb (and descent). As per Billygoat tradition, you can skip one control, with the exception that you cannot skip control #1. The course is designed for advanced navigators. Anyone finishing in three and a half hours or less will earn the Billygoat shirt, designed this year by Patrick Nuss. The overall time limit for the course is 4 hours.

There will also be a Billygoat Lite (tastes great, less exhausting) for those looking for a Billygoat experience on a smaller scale, with the course approximately 7-8 km and 400 meters of climb. This will be the same course as the Billygoat except omitting controls 2 to 7. For the Billygoat Lite, you can also skip two non-consecutive controls, with the exception of #1. Note that in addition to competing, you may also get to spectate as some of the faster orienteers in the Billygoat go by late in the course. The Billygoat Lite is also a mass start at 11:00 AM.

SportIdent timing will be used. Any type of SI-card can be used. If you do not have an SI-card, a NEOC loaner will be assigned to you. If you lose a loaner SI-cards, you'll be asked to reimburse NEOC $40.

Start the weekend with Saturday's Speedy Goat sprint relay.



Adult (21-64) $30
SST members $20 (OUSA Senior Standing Team)
Senior (65+) $25
Junior (20 and under) $20
JST or JDT members $10 (OUSA Junior Standing Team and Junior Development Team)

Billygoat Lite

Adult (21-64) $20
Senior (65+) $15
Junior (20 and under) $10

Late Registration Fee

After 11:59 PM Eastern Time, April 8, a $15 late registration fee will be applied.

Pre-registration is required. Electronic registration only.

Registration for the Billygoat Run closes at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, April 19, 2013.

The deadline for regular registration is Monday, April 8, so we can order shirts. Anyone registering after April 8 may not get a shirt on the day. Pre-registration is also required for the Billygoat Lite.
Note that there are no shirts for the BG Lite.

Recreational courses: There will be beginner (White/Yellow difficulty) and intermediate (Orange difficulty) courses. No pre-registration. Fee: free to NEOC members, $10 per map to others. Sign up on the day.

At the Notch, where Rt. 116 crosses the Holyoke Range between Amherst and South Hadley. Parking will be as much as possible along Military Road on the west side of Route 116, and then in the field next to the Visitors Center. Please park as directed. Note that Rt. 116 is being reconstructed and be careful turning on and off of it and crossing it. [Google map]
Check-in and portable toilets will be along Military Road (not at the Visitors Center). The finish area is a 300 meter walk from Military Road.

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