Hickory Run Rocks

New Hickory Run South Map

November 6 & 7, 2010

Sprint, Middle, & Long

Race Results

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Event Photos
Change Date
Packet pickup locations specified November 3, 2010
Directions to model event added November 3, 2010
Model map PDF revised November 3, 2010
Model map PDF now available November 2, 2010
Directions added November 1, 2010
Saturday bag lunch information added October 31, 2010
Course Setter Notes posted October 29, 2010
Online registration closing date posted October 26, 2010
US Team fund raiser information added October 26, 2010
Link to current registration list added October 18, 2010
USOF discount for Sprint October 18, 2010
Preview map information added October 6, 2010
Model map information added October 6, 2010
Middle & Long course details updated October 3, 2010
Hickory Run Rocks logo and t-shirt image added September 26, 2010
Packet pickup times added to schedule September 25, 2010
Schedule updated with start time windows September 24, 2010
Restaurant list added September 20, 2010
Updated safety warning notice September 20, 2010
Saturday Bag Lunch

A limited number of bag lunches will be available on Saturday. Cost is $7. Lunch includes sandwich, fruit, brownie, drink. Sandwich will be served on kaiser roll, with separate salad dressing packet. Sandwich choices are turkey breast, ham, or veggie mix. If you would like to guarantee a lunch, please indicate your preference to njsharp@aol.com by Monday midnight. Reservations based on time on email. Payment due on pick-up. Lunches will be available after 10 a.m. Any reserved lunches not claimed by noon will be offered for sale.


From the intersection of I-476 (Northeast extension of the PA Turnpike), I-80 and PA 940, travel west on either I-80 to exit 274 or west on PA 940. (These two roads parallel each other.) Head south on PA 534 East following signs for Hickory Run State Park. At the stop sign, after about 2 miles, there is a sharp left to stay on PA 534 East. Go approximately 4 more miles on PA 534 East to the campground entrance. (It is past the park office on your right and the entrance to the Sand Spring Lake Day Use Area on the left.) There will be O signs marking the entrance to the campground. Please follow the directions of parking attendants. Please drive carefully as there may be runners on the road both on PA 534 and especially once you turn into the campground area.

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Directions to Model Event

From the intersection of I-80 and PA 534 (or PA 940 and PA 534) head south on PA 534. After about two miles you will make a sharp left turn to stay on PA 534. About one mile past this turn there is a parking lot for the State Game Lands on your left. This is the western most parking area shown on the model map.

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Event Officials
  • Event Director: Nancy Sharp
  • Registrar: Dave Urban
    2746 Narcissa Rd
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
  • Saturday Sprint Course Setter: Clem McGrath
  • Saturday Middle Distance Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown
  • Sunday Long Distance Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown

Online registration is close (see note below).

NOTE: Online registration for Hickory Run Rocks will be closed beginning Wednesday, October 27, 2010. After October 27, you must email the Registrar, Dave Urban, to arrange offline registration. There will be no walk up registration except for recreational White and Yellow courses.

Packet pickupFriday6:00pm to 10:00pm at Holiday Inn, Event HQ.
Packet pickupSaturday8:00am to 12:00pm at event site
Sprint RaceSaturdayCompetitive starts begin at 9:00am
Middle Distance RaceSaturdayCompetitive starts begin at 11:00am
Recreational coursesSaturdayStarts between 12:00pm and 1:30pm. NO recreational starts after 1:30pm
Packet pickupSunday8:00am to 10:00am at event site
Long Distance RaceSundayCompetitive starts begin at 9:00am
Recreational coursesSundayStarts between 10:00am and 11:30am. NO recreational starts after 11:30am. Two hour time limit on recreational courses (Standard Time begins this day, with sunset at 4:50pm)
Why I Love Hickory Run
Read why Sandy Fillebrown loves Hickory Run. You will also learn about the terrain available on this brand new map from DVOA.
Course Setter Notes

Course Setter Notes

Course Details

Middle Distance:

All courses except White and Yellow will use offset printed maps at 1:10,000.

White and Yellow will use laser printed maps at 1:5,000.

CourseLengthClimb# Controls

*GreenY classes: F-20, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+, F-Green
*GreenX classes: M-18, M50+, M55+, M60+, M-Green

Long Distance:

Orange, GreenX, Red, and Blue will use laser printed maps at 1:10,000.

Brown and GreenY will use offset printed maps at 1:10,000.

White and Yellow will use laser printed maps at 1:5,000.

Orange, GreenX, Red, and Blue will have a remote start (bus ride to start).

White, Yellow, Brown, and GreenY will start close to the parking and arena.

CourseLengthClimb# Controls

Sprint courses

The maps will be laser printed at 1:5,000 and use the ISOM symbol set, with certain symbol sizes scaled for improved legibility. The contour interval is 5 meters. There are no forbidden to cross features or other deviations from ISOM rules.

Winning time for all courses will be to the middle or high end of the 12-15 minute recommended winning time range for sprint courses.

White/Yellow1.7K35 meters
Orange/Brown/Green (all X and Y classes on those courses)2.0K50 meters
Red2.3K60 meters
Blue2.7K75 meters

Recreational courses

White and Yellow recreational courses will be available both days. Pre-registration not required. Register on the morning of the event.

Fund Raisers for US Teams

To enhance the evening after a great day of orienteering the US Teams are offering two different types of entertainment as fundraisers for their teams.

The Senior Team is putting together a Wine and Cheese social at the Event Center Saturday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 in the meeting room with the cost at $8.00 a person. So come out and discuss your course from Saturday while enjoying a glass of wine with your fellow orienteers before going to dinner.

The Junior team is taking over the meeting room at 7:00pm for a night of games and fun. Bring your favorite board or card game to share or teach to others and have a great time together with your family and friends. The Game night is from 7:00pm to about 9:00pm with the juniors providing some cider and snacks for everyone's enjoyment. The cost is $3.00 a person or $8.00 for a family of 4.

Just a reminder that we gain an hour of sleep this night so playing games until 9:00pm is like playing to 8:00pm so everyone can have some fun and still get plenty of sleep.

The senior team would like for interested person to contact Janet Porter by November 2 to reserve a spot at the Wine social and so that enough Wine and cheese can be purchased.

See you there!
The US Teams

Preview Map: Sand Spring Lake

The Sand Spring Lake map was a remapping of part of Hickory Run State Park; it was completed in the spring of 2008 and used for the Team Trials middle distance courses at the A-event held in May of that year. The terrain of all the middle courses for this 2010 event is similar to the part of the terrain on the Sand Spring Lake map used for the middle courses in 2008. In addition, the Brown and GreenY long courses use terrain most similar to this map.

While the terrain is similar, there is, however, a significant difference in the mapping of vegetation, specifically of rhododendron. On the 2008 Sand Spring Lake map, the rhododendron is almost universally mapped as dark green (fight) regardless of the actual runnability of the particular stand of rhododendron. In this way, the clumps stand out visually on the map and are easy to use for navigational purposes, but there is no information about how easy it is to pass through the vegetation.

The new maps also have substantial quantities of rhododendron. This time though, stands of rhododendron are mapped according to runnability. Thus, some rhododendron groves are mapped as light green, some as medium green and some as dark green. Small stands of rhododendron are still generally mapped as dark green dots (bush symbol, ISOM #420) or green blobs. Medium and large stands are mapped according to runnability. Some stands that have defined boundaries may be enhanced with a vegetation boundary symbol.

Preview maps are $6.00 if mailed and $4.00 if picked up at registration. Send requests for Sand Spring Lake maps via email to the Registrar, payment to be made at packet pickup. No maps will be mailed for requests received after October 29.

Model Event Map

The terrain on the model event map is most relevant for the Orange, GreenX, Red and Blue long courses (Sunday courses). The model area showcases one of the unique features of the terrain used for these courses large numbers of small knolls and depressions. Only the largest ones are mapped and they appear on the map as dot knolls, u-depressions, broken ground and micro-contours.

You may download the pdf of the model map and print your own copy. The file is two pages and includes a 1:10,000 version on the first page and a 1:5000 version on the second. Laser copies of the map may be purchased for $2.00; requests should be emailed to the Registrar by October 29. These copies can be picked up and paid for at packet pickup.

The model event will be open Friday Nov. 5 and Saturday Nov. 6. Controls will be in place no later than 2pm on Friday.

Event Fees
by Oct 10
by Oct 25
after Oct 25
Saturday Sprint (adults) $20 $24 $30
Saturday Sprint (juniors, under 21) $10 $12 $15
Saturday Middle Course (adults) $26 $32 $40
Saturday Middle Course (juniors, under 21) $13 $16 $20
Sunday Long Course (adults) $26 $32 $40
Sunday Long Course (juniors, under 21) $13 $16 $20
White and Yellow Recreational Courses $8 (day of event)
Administrative Error

We failed to apply a USOF discount ($4.00 for adult, $2.00 for juniors) for the Sprint race registration made through the online application. We will refund this money at packet pickup. We are sorry for any confusion this has caused.

Safety Vests

Safety in the Woods: safety colors required.

Pennsylvania allows small-game hunting on Saturdays in the area of the middle-distance event. We will post signs in the parking areas frequently used by hunters informing them of the o-event. However, participants in the middle-distance competition will be required to wear pieces of brightly colored clothing, preferably blaze (fluorescent) orange. (Although the White course is entirely in the no-hunting zone, the requirement also applies to those on the White course.) No starts to anyone not wearing significant amounts of orange or other bright colors. Provide your own or purchase a safety vest for $3.00 at registration table at the event.

Note: the start crew will be armed with copious quantities of orange duct tape. If you don't want to be decorated on their terms, please be sure you're dressed appropriately before you get to the start area.


Hickory Run Rocks tshirt design
There will be a limited number of Hickory Run Rocks cotton, long-sleeve t-shirts for sale at registration and packet pickup. Colors (black, dark chocolate and navy ). They will be $15.00. Plan on picking up a memento of this sure to be great event.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Event HQ)
White Haven/Lake Harmony
Route 940 at I-80 and I 476, White Haven
~10 miles to event site
  • From I-80 exit #277, right at traffic light. Hotel is .25 mi on left
  • From I-476 (Penna. Turnpike) exit #95, left at traffic light. Hotel is .25 mi on left

      Group rate: 30 double queen rooms available at rate of $99.00; Block expires 10/17/10. Mention group code DVA
      Phone: 570-443-2100
      Continental breakfast, pool
      Website: www.hiexpress.com/whitehavenpa
Comfort Inn Pocono Mountains
Rt. 940 at I-80 and I 476, White Haven
Phone: 570-443-8461
~10 miles to event site
  • From I-80 exit #277, right at traffic light. Hotel is .25 mi on right
  • From I-476 (Penna. Turnpike) exit #95, left at traffic light. Hotel is .25 mi on right

Group rate: rooms with two queen beds: $79.29; rooms with one king bed: $74.29. Mention group code DVOA.
Continental breakfast, indoor pool
Website: www.comfortinn.com/hotel/pa292
Hickory Run State Park
Rustic camping (no running water, no flush toilets, no showers)
Penna. Resident: $19.00/night Fri/Sat, $15/night Sun-Thur
Non-Resident: $21.00/night Fri/Sat, $17/night Sun-Thur
Electricity available for additional $5.50/night
Less than 1 mile to event site
Pay showers are available at the truck stop by the I-80 exit West of the turnpike exit
For reservations: www.visitpaparks.com or call 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757) Mon-Sat 7am to 5pm
Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants near Hickory Run State Park. Distance listed is from event headquarters Holiday Inn Express.

Name Phone Distance
Whitehaven Diner 570 646-6632 4 mi.
Antonios Pizza 570 443-9776 4 mi.
China Pearl 570 646-7899 5 mi.
High Elevations 570 443-8899 2 mi.
Robert Christians 570 646-0433 9 mi
The Edelweiss 570 646-3938 9 mi.
Shenanigans 570 722-1100 9 mi.
Nicks Lake House 570 722-2500 9 mi.
Ugly Mug 570 443-7141 4 mi.
The Powerhouse 570 443-4480 3.5 mi.
East Side Inn 570 443-8359 2 mi.
Charlie Weavers 570 443-8513 7 mi.
Sitko's Barn 570 443-9146 7 mi.