Hudson Valley Orienteering is teaming up with Western Connecticut Orienteering Club to bring you the 39th annual Billygoat race and the 20th anniversary since the last run of the goat in Ward Pound Ridge in 1997. REGISTRATION is OPEN
The Billygoat is a mass-start, long-distance orienteering event between 10-15km in length. The course requires intermediate to advanced orienteering skills. We will also offer a Pygmy goat, which is a shorter version of the Billygoat.
Course setter is Rick Dewitt.
We will use the new map that was created for the September 2016 US Champs with the addition of a significant new area. This outstanding terrain is similar to the previously mapped area. (See additional information below in MAP)
Finisher t-shirts will be awarded to those who finish the traditional Billygoat (not the Pygmy goat) in 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Registration open. Online registration only. https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/index.php
Billygoat-$30, Pygmy goat-$20, late fees-$15 charged after 4/23. Those registering after 4/23 may not get a shirt at the event.
Registration closes on 5/3. Day of event registration ($45) will be extremely limited. There will be only a handful of extra maps.
Mass start will be at 10:30 AM. There will be a group walk to the start which will begin earlier. Exact time will be posted closer to the event.
Park entrance fee
Ward Pound Ridge charges an entrance fee of $10 per vehicle. The park begins charging for entry about 9:00 AM.
Camping is available in the park. Sites fill up early, so make any reservations ASAP.
These should be made directly with Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Phone is 914-864-7317
Fees are set out at http://parks.westchestergov.com/ward-pound-ridge-reservation/ward-pound-ridge-fees
They only accept personal checks made out to “Westchester County Parks” not to the park itself.
Base map was prepared by Gregory Balter. Field checking was done by Rick DeWitt and Craig Weber, assisted by Geof Connor.
Ward Pond Ridge is 93% forested with deciduous trees, mainly Oak, and some Pine stands with plenty of features and little undergrowth except for patches of barberry and mountain laurel. There are medium to steep slopes up to the ridges and more gentle slopes elsewhere. The geology is mainly gneiss with pockets of limestone producing multiple cliffs and other rock features. Up until the 1920’s the Park was farmland and has the usual NE US pattern of stonewalls and old farm roads.