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Gateway Park
10/14/2017
Gateway Park , Fort Worth, TX

Meet Director:   Meet Director Notes
Course Setter:   Course Setter Notes
Assisting Org:    
 

Courses

White

Card punch
Yellow

Card punch
Orange

E-punch
Brown

E-punch
Green

E-punch
Red

E-punch
  • For an explanation of the course colors, see the course descriptions.
  • Course time limits: All competitors must report to the finish line after 3 hours from their start or 2:00 pm, whichever comes first.

Classes

  • This event will be using standard NTOA classes.
  • For an explanation of how the NTOA classes are determined, see the class descriptions (PDF).
  • Class Adjustments: Classes may be combined or sub-divided based on the number of entrants per class.

The Schedule

09:00 - 10:30 : Registration. You must arrive and register by 10:30 AM. If pre-registered, you must check-in and pay your fees by 10:30 AM
 
09:00 - 09:30 : BSA Merit badge clinic  Find out more.
 
09:30 - 09:45 : Beginner's clinic. Additional clinics may be held if there is a need and an instructor is available.
 
10:00 - 12:00 : Competitor's start the course, 1 person every minute on each course. No starts will be allowed after 12:00 except where the number of participants on a course requires additional start times
 
10:00 - 02:00 : Competitor's on the course. Every person must return to finish and check in by 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 02:30 : Award Ceremony. Or as soon as results are tallied after 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 04:00 : Control Marker Pickup. Get extra experience. Volunteer to pick up a few control bags.

Other Event Information

Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you might like to read this event description .

Equipment: Wear comfortable running shoes or hiking boots, long pants or long nylon running pants for protection against underbrush, eyewear to protect against branches, a watch as there is a time limit (3 hours unless noted otherwise), a whistle to call for help, and a compass. The compass should be protractor-style with a clear baseplate that can be purchased at many outdoor and sporting-goods stores for $10-$15.

Water:Water will be available at the start, finish and at locations on the course. However, all participants are highly encouraged to carry water to prevent dehydration.

Information

Questions regarding preregistration can be sent to the . Other questions regarding the meet should be sent to the meet director.

Fees for Competitive Individuals - Awards given to top finishers
(Competitors that are competing as individuals)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $8 per person $11 per person
Members $12 per person $15 per person
Non-members $17 per person $20 per person
Price includes 1 map
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Orange,Brown,Green,Red)
 
Fees for Recreational Teams - No Awards given
(2 to 5 participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Non-members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Additional People
Maximum of 3 additional people
Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Brown,Green,Red)

Step 1: Registration

Online registration is highly encouraged. The number of maps with preprinted courses is based upon Online registration numbers. Day of race registrants may be required to hand draw their courses on a blank map.

The number of registatrations allowed for this venue is NOT limited by the landowner. NTOA has placed limits to keep event to a manageable size. Those limits are high enough that they have historically allowed everyone to participate. Use the following link to see the limits and the available slots for the event and for each course.

Limits and available slots

Online registration usually opens about 10 days before the event and closes at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Online registration has not opened yet.

Online registration will open about 10 days before the event and close at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Click on these expanding links for specific instructions.

[ "Team or Individual?" ]      [ "Help for Schools" ]      [ "Help for Scouts" ]      [ "Help for Families" ]



Team or Individual?

Individual Competitor:
Any participant that plans to complete the course on their own and without assistance. When completing the registration form, select Male or Female when asked for a competitor type.

Recreational Team:

Two to Five participants that will complete the course together. They will assist each other with map reading and with navigation. Examples include: families, groups of Scouts, adventure racing teams, and any novices who would like to work together.

To register as a team use the Recreational Team registration form.



Help for Schools

Entering Competitive Individuals

Use the Large Group registration form.

The contact person for the school should
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter information for each student participating as a Competitive Individual, one person per line.

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the school

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Help for Scouts

Because Scouts must orienteer in teams (buddy system) we recommend registering the team by a special name, along with your troop designation.

Good examples are: Troop 66 Eagles, Troop 945 Team 1, etc, ...

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select "BSA -- All Troops" for Boy Scouts or "GSA -- All Troops" for Girl Scouts.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the troop

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your troop listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Families and other groups (e.g., friends, corporate teams, ...)

If you want to Enter as Competitive Individuals

Use the Competitive Indivudual registration form.

For each person running as an individual
  • Enter a first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If your Group is NOT listed, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter the remaining information for the person.
  • Submit the form.
  • Use the form once for each person.

If you want to Enter as Recreational Teams



Use the Recreational Team registration form.
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If you are not a member of any of the groups, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.


After submiting your entries

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.


Competitive Individual

Enter
1
Competitive Individual
Recreational Team

Enter
1
Recreational Team
( min 2 people, max 5 people )
Large Group

Enter
1-20
Competitive Individuals
( from the same school, company or family )

Step 2: Download and complete a waiver

Save time on event day! Download and complete the waiver now. Complete the waiver in pen and bring with it you to the event.

NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Location and Directions

Online Maps and Directions

Maps and Directions

From the East (Dallas)

  • Head West on I-30 toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn right on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the North (Denton)

  • Head South on I-35W toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 52B toward US-377N/TX-121
  • Merge onto TX-121 N
  • Take Beach Street exit
  • Turn right on Beach Street
  • Turn left on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the West (Weatherford)

  • Head East on I-20 toward Fort Worth
  • Take slight left at I-30 E
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn left on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the South (Burleson)

  • Head North on I-35W toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 51C to merge onto I-30 East
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn left on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

Bob Woodruff location map

Meet Director Notes

Welcome

Welcome to our only venue in Fort Worth. Gateway Park is located in Fort Worth just across the highway from an old mapped area of ours called Tandy Hills. Gateway Park is a multi-use area with the Trinity River bisecting the area. The park caters to everyone from dog owners (Fort Woof Park is located there) to outdoor enthusiasts.

There are a number of athletic fields and trails for both hikers and bikers. With so much potential activity going on at the same time it is important for us to keep in mind that we are not the only ones there and we must share the area. Logistics may be an issue but with a little cooperation then everything should be fine.

HQ

We will have registration near the large parking lot. This lot is the second parking lot after you enter from the north gate. The small lot can be used for parking if you wish or if the larger lot is full. There are portable toilets at the parking lot that we will use. Further, there is ample open space for groups if they wish to set up tents. Both start and finish will be in the same general area as registration. This means that we may be a little tight on space. So please follow meet official’s directions.

Parking

The parking lot that we would prefer to use is the larger parking lot that is around a bend to your right after you pass the small parking lot. It is near a large sporting complex. It is a short walk to our HQ area. If the big lot is full then:

Buses may pass through a gate to your left after you pass the small parking lot. Continue along and around the circle and park on the right of the street facing the gate. This is where busses have parked before.

However, we may have to share with others who may be using the area. So, be aware of this. Further, there is the likelihood that the fields at the other parking lot will be in use as well.

There is plenty of parking but you may have to find a space.

Weather and Cautions

As of this writing, the weather looks like that it will be dry and fairly cool. However, still exercise caution and drink plenty of fluids.

Courses

Please be sure to read the Course Setter notes. As mentioned before, the Trinity River bisects the park but all courses will stay west of the river. The park is basically flat but it does have some low lying areas. As of this writing those areas are dry.

Courtesy

With so much activity going on at the same time it is very important that we respect others in their use of the park. We cannot control others but we can control ourselves. Runners must give way to mountain bikes and do not interfere with any field activity. Respect the property so that we impress upon others that we are good stewards and we can use the park in the future.

Scott Morris
Meet Director

Course Setter Notes

Welcome

Welcome to Gateway Park in Fort Worth.

The Map

The map will be at a scale of 1:7500 with a 2.5 meter contour interval.

Terrain

Most of the park is fairly flat with low lying areas. The east side of the park does have steep, rocky slopes. Orange, Green and Red will be climbing a lot. The dry watercourses and ditches often look like paths. If there has been significant rain in the week prior to the event, many of these low spots may be full of water or very muddy.

The frequently mown, lawn grass areas are fairly smooth. Other open areas can be very uneven. The less frequently mown areas might reach 5 feet high.

Hazards

The woods contain some typical hazards for this region including poison ivy, greenbriar thorns, and rusty barbed wire fences. Ticks are more prevalent this year in the park. All orienteers, other than those on the White and Yellow courses, are encouraged to wear long pants and/or gaiters for leg protection.

Cyclists

The concrete and dirt trail system is used by cyclists who often ride fast and can easily come upon you unexpectedly. To be safe, travel alongside the paths if possible, especially if in a group or on the narrower dirt trails. If you pause to read your map, DO NOT stand in the bikepath. Don't wander across the bikepath without looking for bicycle traffic.

The Orange, Brown, Green, and Red will go to areas of complex mountain bike trails built and maintained by FWMBA (Fort Worth Mountain Bike Association). FWMBA riders have been alerted to our presence in the area and have been very cooperative. Please be respectful of any riders you see. Again, please don't block the trails, and be alert for bike riders.

Athletic Fields

The courses will go near some soccer fields and baseball fields. Please do not run through any fields where games are underway. All courses will be in and around the Disc Golf course. Golfers are throwing heavy, plastic disks so keep an eye out for them. Disc golf baskets are noted with a circle and x. Some baskets on the map have been removed and others have been added.

Road and Bridges

This is a city park, so there are roads around and through the park, but you should NOT cross any major roads while orienteering. White, Yellow and Brown will NOT cross any fences. Orange may have to climb over a metal pole fence if the gate is closed. Orange, Green and Red will cross at gaps in the fencing.

Courses

The offered courses are White A, White B, Yellow A, Yellow B, Orange, Brown, Green, and Red. Standard punch cards will be used on White and Yellow. Orange, Brown, Green and Red will use electronic punches.

The White courses are of average length for White but are flat and elementary. Yellow courses are of short length and low difficulty for Yellow. The Orange course is average and is a mix of easy and moderately difficult legs. Brown, Green, and Red courses are of average length for advanced courses and include easy, moderate and difficult legs.

White A - 2.3 K, 11 M climb
White B - 2.3 K, 11 M climb
Yellow A - 3.8 K, 30 M climb
Yellow B - 3.7 K, 28 M climb
Orange - 6.2 K, 42 M climb
Brown - 4.0 K, 24 M climb
Green - 6.0 K, 80 M climb
Red - 7.0 K, 75 M climb

Special Features

Special man-made features (represented by X or O) on the map and clue sheets can mean signs, benches, picnic tables, poles, posts, guy wires, and the like. And X and O combined is a disc golf basket.

Safety

Orange, Green and Red are going east of the river while White, Yellow and Brown stay on the west side. Gateway is in sections so safety bearing will heavily depend on your approximate location. If you do not understand safety bearings, please discuss this with your coach or attend the beginner clinic before setting out. All runners must check in at finish (or the download station at the Event Center) even if they do not complete the course.

Sheila Doyle

NTOA Meet Schedule

NTOA Event List
 
2017 Fall
 09/09, Mesquite-O
 09/23, NOD
 10/14, Gateway
 11/04, All Saints
 12/09-10, Clements
 
2018 Spring
 01/13, James Ray
 02/10-11, Cooper Lake
 03/03, Crawford
 03/17, LBJ
 03/24-25, SR2
 04/21, Tyler
 05/05, Plano Score-O
 

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