MARCH 24, 2018


10K Trail Race +

6 and 12 HR Optional Off-Trail Navigational Race


NOTE:  Courses are also called Stages and can also be referenced by color  

Trail Race (Optional Bonus for 6 Hour)

Stage 1 = Beginner Course (Mandatory for 6 Hour)

Stage 2 = Intermediate Course (Optional Bonus for 6 Hour- Mandatory for 12 Hour)

Stage 3 = Advanced Course (Mandatory for 12 Hour)

Stage 4 = Elite Course(Optional Bonus for 12 Hour)

Stage 5 = Choose Your Points-AKA ROGAINE (Optional for all)


The Mad Otter 

is a hybrid of a cross country Orienteering race and longer distance navigation race.  Not into the Off Trail Map thing? 

 There is also a 10K trail race that can be included in the Mad Otter 6 hour or run independently.    

Call it what you want but one thing is for sure, The Mad Otter is a fun yet, challenging navigational race around Otter Creek Park that will leave your head spinning with all the choices.  The object is to obtain as many points as
possible in the time-frame given.  Orienteering Louisville will have some beginner lessons for Off Trail navigational techniques that will guarantee that even the extreme navigational challenged will get through the Beginner course (Yellow Course).   The date and location will be announced early in 2018 via email (for those on our email list) and on our Facebook event Page.



The main tools used in this competition are the map and a compass.
The map is a specialized orienteering map which was originally created in
the mid 90s.   Over half of the map has been updated from 2015 to the
present.   As long as you are familiar with orienteering
Map Symbiology, you should be able read this
map.    During registration you will be handed the map along
with instructions and Map symbols.



Otter Creek is mostly karst terrain so expect caves and large
depressions and pits.   It is mostly flat since it sits on a plateau but
has large hills and cliffs going down to Otter Creek and the Ohio river.
Beware of dangerous cliffs!



Teams can be made up of 1-4 competitors.  


Format Details  

All competitors are given 2 or 3 large format
1:10:000 and 1:7500 scale maps.  These are all the same map but with
different courses on them.    The final map is used by everyone and
has the Rogaine portion (Stage 5) on a large format
double sided 1:10000 Map.

6 HOUR TEAMS :  You will be given map 1 with 2 courses on it (Yellow and
Orange), one on each side.    They are labeled stage 1 and stage 2.
You must complete Stage 1 in control point order to qualify for
awards and to go on the Rogaine portion stage 5 (Map 2).  You can also
elect to go on the trail race first for extra bonus points.   Once
you complete Stage 1 (Yellow), you can elect to continue on to Stage 2 (Orange)
for more bonus points or turn in your map and ask for map 2 (Stage 5).
There are about 40 CPs out there on the stage 5 Rogaine portion and they
are point weighted according to difficulty and distance from the start.  

12 HOUR TEAMS:  Identical to description for the 6 Hour with the following
differences:    You cannot go on the Trail Race for Bonus points and
Stage 2 and stage 3 are mandatory.
Stage 4 is a bonus option.


Point System* (Subject to change)

Trail race:    30 points bonus

Stage 1 (Yellow):    1 point per CP

Stage 2 (Orange):    1 point per CP +30 point completion bonus

Stage 3 (Green):    1 point per CP +50 point completion bonus

Stage 4 (Blue):    1 point per CP +100 point completion bonus

Stage 5:    1-5 points depending on the value given





Total points possible for stage 1 = 10*


Total points possible for trail race = 30

Total points possible for stage 2 (Orange) = 40*

Total Points possible for stage 5 (Rogaine) = 120*

6 hour clear the course total = 200




Total points possible for stage 2 (Orange) = 40*

Total points possible for stage 3 (Green) = 65*


Total points possible for Stage 4 (Blue) = 120

Total points possible for Stage 5 (Rogaine) = 120

12 hour clearing the course total:   345





All 4 courses roughly conform to International Orienteering
Standards and can be defined as the following:

Please check the International Orienteering course standards for
length and climb for each of these.  

STAGE 1 = Yellow course (Beginner)

STAGE 2 = Orange course (Intermediate)

STAGE 3 = Green course (Advanced)

STAGE 4 = Blue course (Elite)

STAGE 5 = 50 control points throughout the park point weighted controls.


Competition awards and categories

Awards will be given out for the trail race, 6 hour and 12 hour Mad Otter in the following categories


$500 will be awarded to the first person/Team to complete the 12 Hour Mad Otter.


Veterans (Age 50 and Over) and Classic (Under 50)

For the trail race, awards are only given to solo finishers.  If you are on a team and on the 6 hour event, you can run separately in the trail race. 



Solo Female

Co-Ed Team

Women Team

Men Team


Recreational Courses

You may enter any individual course or the Rogaine independently.

No pre signup is needed but appreciated.



Early registration fees are below.  A late fee is added for the trail race and
Mad Otter.

$20 Trail Race

$20 Recreational Course

$25 Recreational Rogaine

$35 6 hour Mad Otter

$45 12 hour Mad Otter

$4 Fingerstick rental 50 CP capacity (SI-9)

*if you already own  a fingerstick that holds only 30 points, you can use that as long as you are
aware of your limits on the Rogaine.  You will not have any problems on
Stages 1-4 with regards to the limit.



Important dates and Meet Schedule

March 15

Early registration without late fee ends

March 21

Registration closes

March 24

6am Check in

7:30 Briefing

8am Mass Start for trail race and Mad Otter

2pm  6 hour finish

3pm  6 hour awards ceremony

8pm  12 hour finish

8:30pm  12 hour awards ceremony



All points are tabulated electronically with Fingersticks.
This will allow for live and instant results.   Fingersticks
either have 30 (SI-6) or 50 (SI-9) point capability.    We have both  available for rent.  If you feel like you
will get more than 30 of the 40 points set out on Stage 5 Rogaine, then rent
the higher capacity one.    Stage 1-4 only need the SI-6.   No
manual punching will be tabulated.   Don’t lose your fingerstick.  If
rented out you will owe the club either $35 for the SI-6 or $50 for the SI-9
and you will also be DQed.



*All competitors if part of a team should stay close in contact
with one another. (voice and sight)

*No changing teams or categories once the deadline of noon on
Thursday passes without permission from meet director.     If
one or more of your team mates is a no show, as long as the makeup of your team
fits your category,
your team will not be affected.   However, if you are a
2 member male team and one does not show up, your team
is DQed.    You can still go out on the
course as recreational participant

*If you mis-punch on any of Stage A-D,
you are NOT DQed.  You have a chance to correct
the mistake even if you have already downloaded your fingerstick.
If you choose not to correct the mistake, you could be DQed if it is your mandatory minimum course requirement.
If it is not, then you can go on to the next stage and still be awarded
one point for each control you punched, however you will not get any course
completion bonuses.

*You can wear a GPS but not a graphical interface one.
Tracking is encouraged and we will feature route choices on the courses
on Routegadget after the meet.

*You will lose 5 points for every minute late starting when our
official race clock ends.

*This is a mass start event.  You will not have to punch the
start control but will have to clear all fingersticks.
There will be more than 1 first control.

*Your time ends when the last person in your group finishes and
the last person should be the one with the fingerstick.   Do not hit the
finish or download box until ALL team mates are present.

*If you lose your fingerstick, you will be DQed.
Strap it to you hand!

*Required equipment will be for stage 5 only.  

*Be very aware of where you are and do not wander over onto
private property or FT Knox land.   The boundaries are all
well marked. 



All competitors must carry a Cell phone and a whistle while on
Stage 1-4.  A full list of equipment required for Stage 5 is below.
With the exception of the 2 items mentioned above.   There are some
very high cliffs out there so be careful please.   We will have a safety
crew and search and rescue on standby.    Please be back on time!
We do not want to send a search party out there.  If you know you
are going to be late, please call one of the phone numbers provided.  Some
of Otter Creek is in Cell phone deadzones.   Go
up to the highest point you can to make calls.  


Extra Batteries
Small first aid kit
Cell Phone

Off Trail Training Available every Sunday before the Race.

If you have not tried running an off-trail navigational style race,  there are plenty of people to help you get up to par in a short time.   Orienteering Louisville has weekly easy short courses that will help you and cost only $5.  OLOU has 2 seasons for these: Winter and Summer. They are called GoGo Series and the Winter Series starts on Sunday Jan 7th.