|North American Orienteering Championships|
Finish line at the 2010 NAOC in Cranbrook, British Columbia
|Country||Canada, United States|
|Organised by||IOF, Orienteering Canada, Orienteering USA|
The North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) is an biannual orienteering event organized by the International Orienteering Federation.
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) and the Asia-Pacific Orienteering Championships (1990, 2002).
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.
|Long distance||70–80 min (women)
90–100 min (men)
|Middle distance||30–35 min|
|Forest Relay||105–135 min||Three-person teams|
|Sprint Relay||55–60 min||Mixed four-person teams|
|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|
|postponed until August 2021||Lake Tahoe, California||Bay Area Orienteering Club, Cascade Orienteering Club|
- "Discussion: North American OC chronicle". Attackpoint. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
- "Competition Rules for International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Foot Orienteering Events". International Orienteering Federation. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.