2024 OUSA Nationals

2024 Orienteering USA
National Championships

Friday–Sunday, 11–13 October 2024
Scranton, Pennsylvania

A National Ranking Event and Championship
presented by Delaware Valley Orienteering Association
including two International Orienteering Federation (IOF) World Ranking Events

11 October — Sprint Championship at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA
12–13 October — Middle and Long Championships at Merli Sarnoski County Park, Lackawanna County, PA

Save the dates! Information will be added as it becomes available.

12-13 October Middle and Long M/F-21+ Courses
are sanctioned by the IOF as World Ranking Events (WREs)

EmbargoScheduleRegistrationMaps/CoursesDirections
TravelAccommodationsSaturday DinnerAwardsResults
SafetyEvent OfficialsPartners

Embargoed Areas

NOTE: Nay Aug Park and Merli-Sarnoski County Park (along with some surrounding private land) are embargoed until the event. See map below.

Schedule

Friday, 11 October

  • Sprint at Nay Aug Park in the City of Scranton
    • Open to the Public
    • OUSA Championships

Saturday, 12 October

  • Middle at Merli-Sarnoski County Park, Lackawanna County
    • Open to the Public
    • OUSA Championships
    • IOF World Ranking Event (WRE)
  • Dinner at Fiorelli’s Catering, 6:00–9:00 pm

Sunday, 13 October

  • Long at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Lackawanna County
  • Open to the Public
  • OUSA Championships
  • IOF World Ranking Event

Registration

Registration will be via the Orienteering USA registration platform EventReg (https://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/).  A direct link to the 2024 OUSA Nationals event will be available on the event website no later than 15 April 2024.

Maps & Courses

Nay Aug Park

  • Nay Aug Park was established in 1893. The name Nay Aug traces its origin to the Munsee Indians, a sub group of the larger Lenape tribe. In their language Nay Aug means ‘noisy water or roaring brook.’ The Munsee settled along the banks of the Roaring Brook and were a peaceful group mostly committed to fishing and farming.

Merli-Sarnoski County Park

  • Merli-Sarnoski Park, dedicated in 1978, is named after Lackawanna County Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Gino Merli and Joseph Sarnoski.

Directions

Travel

Passports are needed to enter the United States. For visa information, please visit the federal travel website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html

Air Travel:
  • The nearest regional airport is AVP (Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport). It is a 15-minute drive from the airport to Nay Aug Park and about a 30-minute drive to Merli-Sarnoski. 
  • ABE (Lehigh Valley International Airport) is another nearby regional airport. It is about a 1.5 hour drive to each of the venues.
  • The nearest large airports are EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport, about 2 hours by car), PHL (Philadelphia International Airport, about 2.5 hours), and JFK (John. F Kennedy International Airport, about 3 hours).

Public transportation is available by bus to Scranton and then to Nay Aug Park from these airports, but there is no public transportation available to Merli-Sarnoski.

Accommodations/Camping

Note that the Steamtown Marathon is being held on Sunday, October 13.  We recommend booking early as prices may go up and rooms—whether in hotels or AirBnB type places—may become hard to find.

There are numerous hotel options available in Scranton.  Note that Merli-Sarnoski Park is to the northeast of Scranton, so options in that direction may make the most sense. We have secured the following group rates:

Fairfield and Residence Inns in Scranton: Last day to book is Tuesday, 10 September 2024. Group rates are available for Thursday 10 October only and for Friday 11 October through Sunday 13 October, 2024. NOTE: To reserve all three nights using the links below, you will need to make TWO separate reservations. Rates are the same for Thursday as for Friday and Saturday.

Book your Fairfield/Residence group rate for October 10 (Thursday night) ONLY

Book your Fairfield/Residence group rate for October 11-13 (Friday-Saturday nights) ONLY

  • Fairfield Inn Scranton for $119.00 plus 13% tax per night
  • Residence Inn Scranton for $149.00 – $159.00 plus 13% tax per night (Residence Inn rooms include full kitchen)
  • Mention Delaware Valley Orienteering Association if you call the hotel directly. (Residence Inn: tel: +1-570-343-5121 | Fairfield Inn: tel: +1-570-346-3222)
  • Parking fee will be waived.

Best Western Plus in Clarks Summit: Last day to book is Thursday, 29 August 2024. You can select either Thursday through Sunday (10-13 October, 2024) or Friday through Sunday (11-13 October, 2024). Be sure to select the dates you want.

Book your Best Western Plus group rate (two queen beds)

  • Best Western Plus, Clarks Summit – Thursday night at $109.99 + 13% tax per night
  • Best Western Plus, Clarks Summit – Friday and Saturday nights at $159.99 plus 13% tax per night
  • Mentioned OUSA Nationals if you call the hotel directly. (tel: +1-570-586-2730)

Camping: There are several campgrounds within easy driving distance of the two venues. Lackawanna State Park is the nearest public park with camping. There are also several private campgrounds in the area.

Saturday Evening Dinner

There will be a buffet dinner on Saturday evening from 6:00–9:00 pm at Fiorelli Family Catering. They are located at 1501 Main Street, Peckville, PA. The buffet menu includes:

  • Pasta with red sauce, with and without meatballs
  • Roasted chicken
  • Roasted potatoes, sweet kernel corn, salad, rolls and butter
  • Ice cream parfait for dessert
  • Coffee, tea and soda

Cash bar available (not included in dinner pricing)

Awards

Results

Safety

Event Officials

  • Event Director: Sandy Fillebrown
  • IOF Event Advisor: Takashi (Tak) Sugiyama (BAOC)
  • Registrar: Patty Carrigan
  • Course Design
    • Sprint: Karl Ahlswede
    • Middle: Greg Ahlswede
    • Long: Glen Tryson
  • Lead Vetter/Controller: Petr Hartman
  • Starts: Steve Aronson
  • Results: Sam Kolins and Lena Kushleyeva
  • Refreshments:
  • Awards:
  • Event Webpage: Janet Tryson

Partners

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