March 12, 2017
St. James Farm

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Meet Director: Tonya Kuzmis
Course Setter: Lenny Shatskin


9:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Start
11:30 a.m. Courses close

Cost: (per individual or team)


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Join us for the last Madnaess series event of the season at the historic St. James Farms in Warrenville. In addition we will offer a white standard course for beginners. You can find more about this unique venue at:

We encourage all attendees to review the mapper notes to get important information about mapping of particular features and guidelines on restricted areas and other considerations for this site: Mapper Notes.

Madnaess Details

The Madnaess format is very different from traditional orienteering as the race is a mass start. The race is broken into three parts. The first is a set of common controls where the runners go head to head. They then enter the Madnaess box which features 7-8 controls. The intent of this box is to equalize the race for all levels of skill and as such each runner gets to skip a certain amount the controls based on their age and sex. Elite racers will have to cover all of them while younger or older runners will do less. Coming out of the box they then cover a number of common controls once again and if planned out properly most of the runners should finish very close to one another.

Racers will count total results to determine overall 2016/17 champions. For runners who are unable to get to all three of the races to count for the total, this is not an issue as each race is a seperate competition so if you can only make one then come out a try.

The competition will go ahead through rain or snow (sleet, hail, etc you get the picture).

The Winter Madnaess Rules

  1. All events will have a mass start at 10:00 on the event day. You may start without penalty up to 20 minutes after the official start time. After that, your start time may be adjusted back to 20 minutes.
  2. The time limit is 90 minutes--all controls will be picked up after this time.
  3. At each event, every participant must sign an event waiver prior to the start, at registration time.
  4. Pre-marked maps are guaranteed to all who pre-register.
  5. Map cases may be purchased at pre-registration or on-site for $1.
  6. To ensure competitiveness for all participants, each event will use a handicap system called The Madnaess Box. Using their creativity, course setters will attempt to choreograph that elusive mass finish.

The Madnaess Box

Each race will feature the infamous Madnaess Box, which consists of a set of controls labeled with letters (A,B,C, etc) somewhere on the course. Participants may attack the controls in the box in any order. Additionally, participants may drop controls equal to their handicap point total. Handicap points are awarded as follows:

Category Handicap
add 2
12 or younger
65 or older
14 or younger
55 or older
16 or younger
45 or older
19 or younger
35 or older


  • A 46-year-old female may drop 4 controls in the box.
  • A 19-year-old male may drop 1 control in the box.
  • A 28-year-old male must visit all the controls in the box.


St. James Farm is bordered by Winfield Road on the west and Butterfield Road (IL 56) on the south. From Chicago follow I-290 W and I-88 W to Winfield Rd in Warrenville. Take the Winfield Rd exit from I-88W. Continue on Winfield Rd to your destination on your right (main parking lot).


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