Goat Races at

Yellowwood State Forest  

Dec. 17, 2023

Event:   Goat Races at Yellowwood in Indiana's Brown County

Date: 12/17/2023

Location:  Yellowwood State Forest Picnic Shelter (39.18083, -86.33768)

Event Director:  Robert Minto

We are excited to bring Goat Races back to the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio area on Sun. Dec. 17 at Yellowwood State Forest. 

Goat races are individual, ultra-long, mass start point-to-point orienteering races usually held in hilly terrain - hence the name.  Unlike most point-to-point orienteering races, following is allowed, and even encouraged.  According to the rules set by the course setter, one or more controls can be skipped and sometimes there is forking in the course so strategic choices are important.  Racers will not be able to see the map before the mass start.  

Rob Minto is planning three course distances that will take full advantage of Yellowwood's steep ravines.   We will also offer a 1.5 hr score-O option for beginner and intermediate-skilled individuals and groups. 

Course Lengths:

Ornery Brown Goat:  ~14 km

Hefty Brown Goat:  ~10 km

Gentle Brown Goat:  ~7 km

1.5 hr Score-O:  20 controls available; find as many as you can within the time limit


ONLINE ONLY HERERegistration closes on Fri. Dec. 15 at 11:00 pm

Schedule: (Indianapolis is on Eastern Standard Time)

8:45 am -- Goat races check-in opens

9:40 am -- Pre-race meeting

9:45 am -- Walk to start

10:00 am -- Ornery, Hefty, and Gentle Brown Goat Races Mass Starts

10:15 am -- Score-O check-in opens; beginner instruction available

10:30 am -- 12:30 pm -- Score-O starts; 1.5 hr time-limit

3:00 pm -- Goat race courses close; all racers must report to finish

Skill Levels:  Advanced/Expert for the Goat races and all skill levels for the 1.5 hr score-O.

Goat Race Fees:   Individual registration only at $20.00 per person for members of any OUSA-chartered club and $28.00 for non-members.  If you have your own SI fingerstick, you get a $2 discount.

Score-O Fees:  The meet fee is $10.00 per person/group of 2 - 5 people for members of any OUSA-chartered club and $18.00 for non-members.  This fee includes one map and one clue sheet.  Remember, this fee is only per group.  So if your family completes a course together you pay ONE fee, not a fee for every member of your family!  Additional map sets may be purchased for $2.00 each.  If you have your own SI fingerstick, you get a $2 discount.

Volunteers:  We're always looking for help at these meets. The bigger the volunteer pool, the more events we can host each year. If you can lend a hand, please contact us at info@indyo.org.

Club Membership:  Support ICO by becoming a club member HERE Individual - $15  Family - $25.