Organizers: Sergio Fernández (Controller), Joanne Woods (Membership), Adam Woods (Assistant), Stan Woods (Event Director), Bruce Rennie (Assistant), Robyn Astridge (Assistant), Alton Ho (Assistant), Aoife O'Sullivan (Assistant), Robyn Rennie (Assistant)

Come to the 2024 BC/Washington Pig War!

This forest orienteering event is on an expanded map at a site (see location pin on map below) located in the Ioco-Port Moody area northeast of Vancouver. The best west coast terrain that we have.


The schedule for Sunday 16th June - newly expanded Ioco Map

·9:00 - GVOC volunteer controls access gate to CPTA (Canadian Pacific Trials Association) parking lot.

·9:10 - Registration opens - Everyone needs to sign a Waiver before leaving the parking area. Copies of a warm-up map of the area surrounding the arena are available at 1:10000, 1:7500 and 1:5000 scale.

·10:00 - First start. People with less forest orienteering experience should start early.

·11:00 - Final start.

·14:30 - Course closes for Everyone.

·14:45 - Awards for all age classes, including awarding of the Pig War trophy.

Courses and Classes, with expected winning times, are in the following table. In order to attract people to travel to this event, and to enable people to access the more remote parts of the map, most of the age categories (other than M21+ and F21+) have a longer expected winning time than a normal 'long' course. Only people registering in the course associated with their age category will be considered "competitive" for the purpose of awarding Pig War points and age-category awards. The Ioco terrain is technically challenging and the longer courses all have significant climb making them physically challenging. Those new to forest orienteering or who don't have the technical experience (or fitness) to compete at the technical/physical difficulty of their competitive age class should register in a shorter and/or less technically difficult 'Open' course than their age class. For example, an M35+ who wants to run a shorter course than his age category (6 Km) could register in a shorter course (say Open 5 or Open 4). In this case they will be "non-competitive" for the purpose of awarding Pig War points and age-category awards.


The easiest (least technically/physically difficult) courses are as follows:

·Novice - Mostly on trails, and relatively short, but still technical difficulty 2.This is the competitive age category course for the F10-12, F13-14, M10-12, and M13-14 classes. Due to the complexity of the trails, and the complexity of the terrain there is NO course offered for solo Beginners. The Novice course is the ‘easiest’ course and is only suitable for beginners in groups of two or more. If possible, younger experienced orienteers should run with a partner (or be shadowed by an adult).

·Intermediate - A combination of controls on trails, and near trails (Technical Difficulty 3). This is the competitive age category course for the F15-16, and M15-16 classes. This is a good course for those who have some orienteering experience in city parks and urban areas but are new to forest orienteering.

·Course 3 - This course has a Technical Difficulty of 4 as it has less climb and is less physically demanding than the longer courses. This is a good course for those who have moderate orienteering experience in city parks and urban areas but limited forest orienteering experience.

Please carry water as NO-water will be provided on the course.

Course Notes - Much of the map is runnable open forested terrain, with rich contour, marsh and rock features. A very enjoyable area to orienteer, a map not to be missed. Metal spikes, or good trail runners are recommended. Courses 4km to Course 7 have uncrossable boundary symbols to restrict the area where people cross the the main-paved road that winds through the area.

Arena and Warm-up Map

Copies of a warm-up map of the area surrounding the arena will be available at registration at 1:10000, 1:7500 and 1:5000 scales. All courses will have the same start. As shown on the arena map there will be two separate Finishes. The majority of courses (Intermediate, and 4 Km to Course 7) will have a Finish located about 70m North of the Time Start and visible from the registration area. The Novice course and Course 3 will have a Finish located across a road and about 70m North-West of the time start and registration area. Anyone on the Novice course or Course 3 is encouraged to walk to their Finish as part of their warm-up so they know the route from their Finish to the download tent.

Time Start and Start Triangle

Ioco will use a separate ‘Time Start’ located about 60 m before the ‘Start Triangle’. People waiting in the start queue will pick up their control descriptions, and map, and then the Starting Official will tell people when they can start. People will then start their time with the ‘Start’ SI unit (on a stand but with NO control flag) and run 60 meters along a flagged trail toward the ‘Start Triangle’. The ‘Start Triangle’ is shown on the map, as usual, but will have NO SI unit (a control flag on a stand but with NO SI unit).

SI Timing - all courses will have SI air timing, however if you are the first person to arrive at some of the more remote controls (further from the start) you may have to wake up the control by inserting your SI stick into the control unit. There will be SI sticks available for rental when you register for those who do not own one.

Event Pricing

$20 Canadian to help pay for site rental costs and prizes.

Directions and Parking

To get to the Parking area and Registration/Start head toward Belcarra Park along Bedwell Bay Road. Pass the exit to Sasamat Lake and continue along Bedwell Bay Road to a 3-way stop. At the 3 way Stop, go straight (left) onto Tum Tumay Whueton Drive leading to Belcarra Park. Continue for 1.0 kilometer and turn Left onto Thermal Plant Road. Proceed 450meters until you see an access gate on the left leading to the CPTA (Canadian Pacific Trials Association) parking lot. The pin on google maps is the access gate to the CPTA parking lot. A GVOC volunteer will operate the gate into the parking lot. We are renting the parking area from the CPTA (Canadian Pacific Trials Association) and will be sharing the parking lot and some of the trails with the Trials (motorcycle) riders.

Pig War A short history

Pig War Traveling Trophy – Canadian version made by Graeme Rennie

The original 'Pig War', so called because it was triggered by the shooting of a pig, is also called the Pig Episode, the Pig and Potato War, the San Juan Boundary Dispute, and the Northwestern Boundary Dispute. Despite being referred to as a "war", there were no human casualties on either side. It went something like this: man shoots pig, US sends in the army, British Empire sends five warships, politicians decide it's all a bit silly and order everyone to stand down. Total loss of life: 1 pig. The Pig War (the orienteering version, not the original) was started in 1989. Cascade Orienteering Club was organizing a national event on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. Its proximity to the site of the original Pig War inspired event directors Sandy Kish Miller and Katie Sprugel to create a modern-day orienteering-themed version of this infamous event. Initially a competition between COC (Cascade Orienteering Club) and the Victorienteers of Vancouver Island, after a long ceasefire beginning in 1998, it re-emerged in 2016 as a skirmish between COC (Cascade Orienteering Club) and GVOC (Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club). In 2019, the competition was escalated to include all of Canada and the USA.

2024 scoring system

·Each course will have a set of age classes. Competitors will count for their country if they run their age class.

·Any competitor identifying as “Canadian” will count for Canada. The USA may challenge nationality if they believe the competitor is wearing insufficient plaid, or is not ending most sentences with “eh?”.

·Any competitor identifying as “American” will count for the USA. Canada may challenge nationality if the competitor is not wearing at least one American flag, or does not sing the national anthem before starting the course.

·Any challenges about a competitor’s chosen nationality/club will be ignored.

·The top 3 men and top 3 women in each class (with at least 1 competitor from each country) will score points. Top man/woman scores 3 points, second man/woman scores 2 points, third man/woman scores 1 point.

·All rules are subject to change at the whim of the organizers.

The winner is the country with the most number of points (summed over all genders and classes).


Why Just Run

What should I bring? Wear something comfortable that you don't mind getting a little dirty! If it's wet outside, you might want to consider a change of shoes and socks! A compass is optional (we have extra ones for borrowing). For added safety, a whistle is mandatory for all GVOC events. Read more in the WJR Introduction to Orienteering.

How much does it cost? Regular "Why Just Run:" events cost adult: $10 / under 20: $5 / family discount (adult(s) with children) 40% (we now accept credit and debit cards on site). Some special events may cost a little more, and this will be made clear in the event detail above. Annual club membership is also required.

Club membership: See details on the club home page. Please complete before your first event!

Refunds: If a participant is unable to attend an event for any reason the event organizer may refund the event fees (at their discretion) but the processing fees will not be refunded. If an event is changed or cancelled by GVOC and participants request a refund, the processing fees will be refunded.


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