North American Orienteering Championships

The North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) is an biannual orienteering event organized by the International Orienteering Federation.

North American Orienteering Championships
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Finish line at the 2010 NAOC in Cranbrook, British Columbia
Genresports event
CountryCanada, United States
Inaugurated1971 (1971)
Previous event2018
Next event2023
Organised byIOF, Orienteering Canada, Orienteering USA


Originally, the North American Orienteering Championships consisted of just two forest races. The competition was held in odd-numbered years until 1977, after which it changed to even numbered years starting in 1980. A sprint race was added to the program in 2006. The event's location always alternates between Canada and the United States.

The NAOC has been held in conjunction with other orienteering competitions such as the Canadian Orienteering Championships (1990, 1998, 2018, 2024) and the Asia-Pacific Orienteering Championships (1990, 2002).[1]

Competition formatEdit

The current championship events are a long distance, middle distance, sprint distance, and either a forest relay or sprint relay. The events can take place in any order.[2]

Distance Winning Time Notes
Long distance 70–80 min (women)
90–100 min (men)
Middle distance 30–35 min
Sprint 12–15 min
Forest Relay 105–135 min Three-person teams
Sprint Relay 55–60 min Mixed four-person teams


Year Dates Location Host Club(s)
1971 6—7 November   Dumfries, Virginia Quantico Orienteering Club
1973 1—2 September   Gatineau Park, Quebec Ottawa Orienteering Club
1975 24—25 May   Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire New England Orienteering Club
1977 8—9 October   Lachute, Quebec Ramblers Orienteering Club
1980 1—2 November   Brecksville Reservation, Ohio Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club
1982 21—22 August   Carberry, Manitoba Manitoba Orienteering Association
1984 6—7 October   Harriman State Park, New York Hudson Valley Orienteering Club
1986 16—17 August   Milton and Barrie, Ontario Hamilton King's Foresters
1988 29—30 October   Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Orienteering Club
1990 11—12 August   Caroline, Alberta Alberta Orienteering Association, Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
1992 7—8 November   Prince William Forest Park, Virginia Quantico Orienteering Club
1994 20—21 August   Barrie, Ontario Hamilton King's Foresters
1996 19—20 October   Meramec State Park, Missouri St. Louis Orienteering Club
1998 2—3 August   Bonaparte Provincial Park and Merritt, British Columbia Sage Orienteering Club
2000 28—29 October   Harriman State Park, New York Hudson Valley Orienteering
2002 13—14 July   Dalmuir, Alberta Foothill Wanderes Orienteering Club, Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
2004 29—30 May   Cleveland, Ohio Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club
2006 6—9 October   Hamilton and Milton, Ontario Golden Horseshoe Orienteering
2008 26—28 September   Altmar and Fayetteville, New York Central New York Orienteering
2010 2—4 July   Cranbrook, British Columbia Kootenay Orienteering Club, Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club, Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
2012 18—21 October   Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Orienteering Club
2014 10—13 October   Arnprior, Ontario Orienteering Ottawa
2016 23—25 September   Hanover, New Hampshire Several
2018 18—21 August   Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon Yukon Orienteering Association
2020 cancelled   Lake Tahoe, California Bay Area Orienteering Club, Cascade Orienteering Club
2022 cancelled   Ottawa, Ontario Orienteering Ottawa
2023 28–31 July   Lake Tahoe, California Bay Area Orienteering Club, Cascade Orienteering Club
2024 8—11 August   Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario Orienteering Ottawa

Winning teamsEdit

Year Team
1971 ?
1973 ?
1975 ?
1977 ?
1980   Canada
1982   United States
1984   Canada
1986   Canada
1988   Canada
1990   Canada
1992   Canada
1994   Canada
1996   Canada
1998   Canada
2000   Canada
2002   Canada
2004   Canada
2006   Canada
2008   Canada
2010   United States
2012   United States
2014   Canada
2016   United States
2018   United States


  1. ^ "Discussion: North American OC chronicle". Attackpoint. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Competition Rules for International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Foot Orienteering Events". International Orienteering Federation. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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