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Bubba Goat 2021
November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021$10.00 – $70.00
The great Southern orienteering tradition comes to Western North Carolina!
The 24th running of the Bubba Goat will take place over the weekend of November 13-14, 2021 at Camp Grier in Old Fort, North Carolina.
Expect a FULL WEEKEND of navigation, complete with a Night-O course, optional overnight camping, and a Sunday sprint race!
Please note – at this time, we have not finalized the venue for the planned Sunday Sprint. As soon as that information and tickets become available, we will communicate this via Facebook and the Mailing List. There will be a special coupon code available to Bubba Goat runners that will get them a discount on the Sunday Sprint.
- Early bird registration is June 5 through October 1
- Regular registration is October 2 through November 11
- Late registration is November 12 through the Day of the Event
- Friday, Nov 12 (times subject to slight change)
- 2:00pm – Camping check-in opens at Camp Grier
- 5:25pm – Sunset
- Saturday, Nov 13
- 7:04am – Sunrise
- 8:00am – Registration, check-in opens at Camp Grier
- 9:30am – Registration, check-in closes
- 9:45am – Bubba Goat pre-race briefing
- 10:00am – Bubba Goat mass start
- 4:00pm – Bubba Goat cutoff
- 5:24pm – Sunset
- 5:30pm – Campfire lit
- 6:00pm – Registration, check-in for Night-O opens
- 7:30pm – Registration, check-in for Night-O closes
- 7:45pm – Night-O pre-race briefing
- 8:00pm – Night-O begins
- 10:00pm – Night-O cutoff
- Sunday, Nov 14
- 7:05am – Sunrise
- 11:00am – Check-out time at Camp Grier
- 1:00pm – Sprint orienteering race (venue and details TBA)
Map and Terrain
- Camp Grier maps
- Long map (Bubba Goat races) is 1:10,000 scale, field checked, LiDAR-derived vegetation, with a contour interval of 5 meters
- Short map (Night-O race) is 1:4,000 scale, field checked, LiDAR-derived vegetation, with a contour interval of 5 meters
- We are working with surrounding landowners to secure access to additional terrain, so the map may be completely new
- Camp Grier is located on 655 acres of lush Appalachian wilderness. Bordered by steep slopes, the camp is nestled in a valley featuring everything from summer camp, a working farm and equestrian facility, a large lake, multiple streams and waterfalls, giant boulders, and a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from atop the Fire Tower. Vegetation is primarily mountain laurel and rhododendron.
- Sprint races map
- Maps are laser printed on durable, waterproof Rite-in-the-Rain paper, and map bags are not necessary
Directions and Parking
- Camp Grier is located at 985 Camp Grier Rd in Old Fort, North Carolina
- Please follow the signs and park only in designated areas
Camping and Lodging
Camping accommodations are available Friday and Saturday nights. Check-in on Friday afternoon begins at 2pm, and check-out on Sunday is at 11am.
If you want to camp, please make your reservations directly with Camp Grier at 828-668-7793 or via email. Deluxe cabins are limited, so book early!
- Tent camping – $20 per person, per night (kids 12 and under are free)
- Rustic cabin camping – $30 per person, per night (kids 12 and under are free)
- These are screened room cabins featuring 8 bunks each
- Walk to shared bathrooms
- Deluxe lodge camping – $40 per person, per night (kids 12 and under are free)
- Heated bunk lodges sleep 32-40 people in combinations of 2, 4, or 10 people, with kitchen areas and bathrooms
- Glamping at its finest. It can be chilly in November.
Rules, Timing, and Results
A (Bubba) goat race has a few simple rules, as follows:
- There is a mass start
- Following is explicitly allowed
- There is at least one forked control
- You can SKIP a control of your choice (except the first one)
- Official Bubba Goat finishes are under 4 hours in elapsed time
- Pygmy Goat
- Shorter (but not easier) bail-out option halfway* through the Bubba Goat course
- Everyone begins the Bubba Goat, but you can opt to drop to the Pygmy Goat and get an official finish
- Pygmy Goat equates to an ORANGE level orienteering course and is suitable for youth like scouts and JROTC
Night-O will be a separate race with separate results: a timed 120 minute, “all-in-any-order” score-O format.
Timing on all courses will be with SPORTident. An SI-card (finger stick) is included with each ticket purchase (we have 50 of them). Participants with their own finger sticks can apply the following coupon codes (once!) at checkout to get $5 (per stick) off their entry fee – HAVESTICK, HAVE2STICKS, HAVE3STICKS, HAVE4STICKS respectively, depending on how many sticks are being brought. Please contact us for larger group discount codes.
To claim your coupon code, you must enter it here, like this. You can apply the coupon code and the page should refresh with the discounted total. This is available both in the Cart and at Checkout.
Pending testing, a Livelox event will be set up to receive streaming GPS tracks live from smartphone apps for live participant tracking, or added as GPX files afterwards, for replay and review. Information will be provided about how to set up and install the Livelox app, connect to the live stream session, and instructions for friends and family on how to “watch the dots” over the weekend.
Shirts, Swag, and Awards
To keep ticket prices low and waste at zero, Bubba Goat t-shirts are not included automatically. They can, however, be purchased in advance online and either picked up during the event or shipped straight to your door. Details TBA
Swag and awards will be awesome!
Per Bubba Goat tradition, completing the course wearing denim overalls will result in a (probable) time bonus, and (definite) style points bonus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Bubba Goat too hard for beginners?
A: Yes and no. While the full Bubba Goat course is medium-hard, the Pygmy Goat option is there for beginners and other folks who don’t want to, or cannot do, the whole enchilada. Pygmy Goat runners (“they’re just kids”) can expect to spend a few challenging hours climbing some steep trails and get that gorgeous Fire Tower view. The amount of off-trail navigation required to finish the Pygmy Goat is minimal.
Q: Can I bring my spouse or friends along if they aren’t competing in any of the races?
A: Absolutely, but accompanying adults must pay Camp Grier’s $10 Day Use fee. Kids under 12 are free!
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Please, no pets. This is a firm Camp Grier policy, as there is a working farm and equestrian facilities.
Q: Can we bring our own food to cook while we’re camping?
Q: Can I bring my RV or camper?
A: Sure! Please park it in the designated areas. Details TBA
A: Sorry, no refunds for race registrations. Camp Grier’s lodging and amenities refund policy can be found <here.>