Current Labor Daze Race Information

Race Information

Labor Daze September 1- 4, 2017 

Important Note: There will not be any race signage for any of these races, so you will need the direction information below to get to each race site.


To register, go to the Registration page at this site, and print out, complete, and mail in the form there.


For all questions, contact Mikell Platt at: mikellplatt (at) charter (dot) net

Event Information

(All directions assume you are coming from Laramie on I-80, and exiting at the Summit Exit, exit 323.)

Friday, Sept 1: Mass Start 16:00, Daze 1 at the Telephone Song map; course closes at 18:00. 7.9 km with a shortcut for a 4.0 km option.

Comments: Map scale 1:15,000. Course will be overprinted on existing map stock. Toilets at Tie City parking lot/campground.

Directions: take exit 323, drive north over the interstate, and turn left onto WY 210.  Continue along 210 for about 1 mile, and take the first left onto Forest Service road 703.  Follow 703 for 0.6 miles to 703A.  Turn right onto 703A and park.

Saturday, Sept 2: Mass Start 10:00, Daze 2 mass start at the Forrest Meadows map; course closes at 12:00  6.5 km with a shortcut for a 4.1 km option.

Comments: Map scale 1:10,000. Course will be overprinted on existing map stock. Portable toilets.

Directions:Take WY 210 east towards Cheyenne for about 8.2 miles, and turn right onto Forest Service road 707A.  Continue for .4 miles and veer right at the road fork, remaining on 707A.  Continue for about another .4 miles to and through the cattle gate, veer right at the fork immediately after, and park.

Sunday, Sept 3: Mass start 10:00; Daze 3 One Cowboy Relay at Idonwannabe; course closes at 12:00. Four loops (three motala + one final loop) for 7.2 kms.

Comments: Map scale 1:15,000 (first loops) and 1:10,000 (final loop). Portable toilets.

Directions:Take WY 210 east towards Cheyenne for about 8.2 miles, and turn right onto Forest Service road 707A.  Continue for .4 miles and veer left at the road fork.  Continue for about another .2 miles and park.

Monday, Sept 4: Mass start 09:00; Daze 4 Rocky Mountain Goat at Diamond Bay; course closes at 12:00. Course will be 10.7 km

Comments: Map scale 1:12,500. Portable toilets.

Directions:Take exit 323, drive north over the interstate, and bear left onto WY 210 (the Happy Jack Road).  Take WY 210 east towards Cheyenne for about 7.6 miles and turn left onto Forest Service road 701.  Stay on 701 for 1 mile to the corral (and cattle gate).  Park in the vicinity of the corral.

What (the basics)

All races will are mass started events; don't be late for the start!  The first two races will consist of a single, Red length loop, with an option to take a short cut along the course that will in effect turn the course into a Green/Brown length course. The One Cowboy Relay will be a multiple loop, one person relay consisting of several short loops taken in different order (motala style) and one final loop that everyone has in common.  The Rocky Mountain Goat will be a goat style event with no skips.

The Laramie Range Orienteering Club is an authorized permittee of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

 Some Particulars

Camping--Yellow Pine campground has traditionally been the center of orienteering camping in the Laramie Range. Other campgrounds (Vedauwoo, Curt Gowdy) are available and camping is also permitted throughout the forest with certain restrictions (you are responsible for being familiar with the rules of the National Forest.)

Facilities—There will be no facilities at any of the race sites other than portable toilets. Please remember it is of vital importance that we leave each area in good shape, with no trash left behind--pack it in, pack it out!

First Aid—If you need medical assistance, the closest hospital is Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, on 30th Street off of Grand Ave.  From any of our meet sites, take I-80 to Laramie, take the first exit (Grand Avenue), turn right at the third stop light (30th Street) and drive several blocks north to the hospital. For an emergency, dial 911.

Maps—A variety of map scales will be used.  Existing map stock at 1:15,000 with courses overprinted on them will be used for Telephone Song, and the first loops for the One Cowboy Relay.  The final loop for the One Cowboy Relay will be ink-jetted at 1:10,000.  Existing map stock at 1:10,000 with overprinted courses will be used for Forrest Meadows.  The Rocky Mountain Goat will be ink-jetted at 1:12,500.

Safety—Safety considerations include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        When parking, check to make sure hot parts of the exhaust, etc. are not in contact with dried vegetation that could be set on fire.  If parking on a dirt road, please pull over to one side as far as possible, with all cars parked on the same side of the road.  If parking off of a road, please park no more than 100’ off the road.  Please take the time and care to double-check the underside of your vehicle after you have parked, to make sure there is no chance of a hot car part igniting any vegetation underneath!

·        There is always the possibility of barbed wire/ruined fences on the ground in spots.  There are also some amounts of metal debris left over from WWI Army training on the ground at Plains of Despair that could pose a danger to the unwary.  There are very small amounts of old boards also scattered around on the maps; please exercise caution and the safest thing by far is to avoid stepping on them altogether just in case a nail is sticking out.

         Pine Beetles have killed large numbers of trees in the areas we will be using, and these dead trees (in the race areas some beetle trees have been dead for five or more years), pose a special hazard. If the wind is up, then stay aware when in forested areas!

The usual risks and dangers involved in orienteering apply here as well.  Participant safety trumps all other concerns.  It is our highest priority and should be yours as well.  Please don't get hurt!

Shared Land Use--We do not have exclusive use of the forest and racers will at all times be considerate of campers and other forest users they may encounter during races.  The Golden Rule applies.

Showers—Showers are available at the Laramie Recreation Center for the price of admission (a couple of bucks), which is located at 920 South Boulder Drive.  As you come into town on Grand Avenue, South Boulder Drive is at the second stop light.

Signs—There will be no direction signs put out. Follow the directions given, resort to the overview map as needed, and trust that all is correct.

Water—There will be no water out on the courses for the first three days, so show up at the start well hydrated! There will be water at the Start/Finish area at the One Cowboy Relay.  Otherwise, it’s up to you to bring your own water and take care of your hydration needs.  Considering the time of day we’ll be running and likely weather conditions, if you’re a normal person and start races fully hydrated, you should be able to get around the courses fine.  However, if you’re not sure about that, then the safe choice will be to bring along a Camelbak or something similar. There will be appropriate amounts of water out for the Rocky Mountain Goat course.

Wind (control setting)--Most controls will go out well in advance of the race they are being used for, and if there is a big wind event--always possible--some controls could blow down. In most cases all controls will not be checked the day of the race.  Control locations will generally also feature a brightly colored streamer. 

General Race Procedures

Each of these races will be mass started; if you're late, check in with the Race Director, pick up a map, and go (you'll already be on the clock)!  All races will use pin punching.  Loose punch cards will be available at registration each day; pick up one each day prior to that day's race.  Results will be largely self-service: write your name and time (using the Daze clock for time) down on results sheets on the Finish table as you finish.  You will get bonus points if you write legibly!  Someone will also be at the Finish recording names and times for the first 10 or 20 runners or so each day, but they may not be there for the whole race or be able to get every runner, hence the results sheet.  Results will be posted at AttackPoint each day on a "best efforts" basis (meaning we'll do the best we can.)

Important: you must come back to the Finish and sign out on the sheet whether or not you finish your course, because that will be the only way we will have to account for you and know if we must initiate a search for a missing person or not

We will may use bib numbers; if so, they can be picked up at parking when you arrive.

Daze 1 Special Notes: 

We haven't used Telephone Song for a while, so it seemed appropriate now for a return.  The map sits along the western edge of the national forest, and, more importantly from an orienteering standpoint, sits just west of where granite becomes overlain by layers of limestone and sandstone.  This results in a terrain that is utterly different from the areas just to the east--detail poor, deep erosion valleys, flat sloped high ground, and mostly spares mounts of trees (limber pines, mostly) except on the steeper north facing slopes.  Most of the features that exist are either rock or contour features (often subtle).  Parts of the map have abundant amounts of sage, which tends to grow higher in these soils than compared to in the granite areas.  To sum it up in a word, it's different!  I've set a course which gives a good taste of what the area offers.

The course will be overprinted on the existing 1:15,000 map stock.  There are two special things to note about the map that runners will encounter: the power line running through the east side of the map is not shown, and there is one special area symbol used which shows areas of broken limestone pavement.  This symbol consists of a very fine black dot screen on top of full open yellow, and is something somewhere halfway in between bare rock and open grassland.  Think flat, cracked rock with grass growing up through the cracks in varying amount.  It's really not a big deal (and the symbol will probably be removed from any future map printings) but there is one control located in an open area that is in fact one of these limestone pavement areas.  One boulder used for a control has negligible height from the upside and really requires a stretch of the imagination to be thought of as a boulder; nevertheless, it's in the right spot, obvious enough, and the control will be placed on top of it, and so it will past muster for this non-sanctioned "daze" race (sometimes the daze starts earlier than you think!). 

One leg has been set for no reason other than it incorporates a spectacular view--worth the whole effort of the race, or at least it will be if the sun is out and shining.

For runners wishing to shorten the course, there will be a shortcut marked on the map with a dashed line between #6 and #12 which creates a 4.0 km course version.
Daze 2 Special Notes:  The course will be overprinted on existing 1:10,000 map stock.  The map remains in good shape, though many small patches of pine (white forest) have been affected by pine bark beetle activity.  Some aspen patches have changed slightly with new growth (saplings) on one or more sides.The heart of this area is a sloped area with series of knolls and other contour features occurring at "stepped intervals".  Quite varied runnability over the map with everything from wide open prairie to some areas of deeper sage and thicker aspen groves.  Always a fun area.

There is a short section of old barbed wire on the ground along one leg which will be streamered; runners should always be alert to the possibility of strands of barbed wire on the ground.

Daze 3 Special Notes:

This is a one person motala style relay with each person running 4 loops for a total of 7.2 kms, with the first loops overprinted on the Idonwannabe map (1:15,000) and the final loop on an ink-jetted 1:10,000 piece of the map.  The area used for the relay has lots of detail, mostly good runnability with some downed trees (beetle kill) and varying amounts of sage, and varying visibility.  The first three loops are motala style (runners will run the first three loops in different loop orders) with a final loop that everyone will take last. 

The overprinted maps are old paper stock and circle centering isn't always perfect, but it should be obvious what the control features are.

At the race site, pick up a punch card, The Start/Finish/Map Exchange will be on an open, grassy hill and you will need to bring along something with you to hold down your map packet while you are out running (a rock, a stick, a water bottle, a shoe, etc.)  Arrive at the start early enough to get a map packet, and you can pick a spot to place your maps in the start area.  Markers will be available to mark the map case with your name if you like, as a way to make it more obvious which stack of maps is yours.  About five minutes prior to the race start runners we will assemble at the start for a quick briefing.  Prior to the start you will be instructed to pick up your first (top) map out of the map packet.  At the start signal, you will turn over the map and begin running the loop on that map. When you finish the loop, you will run through the Start/Finish area, where there will be a box or trash bag waiting for you to put your old map in.  You will then pick up the next map in your map stack and begin running that loop, and repeat the process for each loop.  The first 3 loops will be taken in different orders by each runner (motala style) while everyone will have the same loop for the final loop.  There will be some water available at the Start/Finish area as you come through after each loop, and of course you can leave drinks or whatever you like by your race rock or in some other nearby location.  There will be non-traditional ugly mineral specimens for prizes for the first 15 finishers.

Daze 4 Special Notes: This year's version of the Rocky Mountain Goat will take you through some of the finest terrain yet to be mapped in the Laramie Range, including some new area never used before. There are two especially large granite monoliths that stick up above all else in the Diamond Bay area and which are visible from quite a distance away; the largest of these, Russell Hill, will appear on the map for the first time this year (the other hill has already been on earlier versions of the map.)  The terrain, while Granite everywhere, will vary widely in terms of the amount and type of detail and will include some very rocky, detailed areas, and also the vegetation will vary from wide open prairie to sage to aspen to pine.  Naturally you would not want to miss the chance to run through some beetle kill pine areas so there will be some of that, too, though probably not as much as you might wish for. 

This course has been set a little on the short side for a Goat, but so be it.  It will be perfect for most.

Permitting:  This event operates under a special use permit from the Medicine Bow National Forest. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of
Agriculture policy, LROC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Resource Protection:  All participants are reminded that all artifacts, features, buildings, structures, vertebrate fossils, and other items of antiquity are covered by federal laws prohibiting their destruction or removal.