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SMOC seeks paid Event Director In order to bring you as many events as possible, SMOC is looking to contract with a person to handle Event Director responsibilities. This paid contract position would entail items like: equipment transport, organization, restocking, and maintenance; permitting; registration/check-in; flag pick up/volunteer coordination; and start/finish set up. The time commitment would be on the order 10-15 hours per week, with efficiencies likely to be gained with experience, and the Event Director would be able to participate in the event. Orienteering expertise is not required. Scheduling would be negotiable in the run up to the season. Course design, streamering, and flag hanging would remain with a rotating cadre of course setters, who can now focus on that aspect. We seek to pilot this initiative with the fall 2017 season. Interested parties can get more information by contacting smoc.mi {at} gmail.com.
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If you are near Grand Rapids or will be for the 4th and want to get a little navigation practice in, there's a new permanent course on USGS in Ada, Michigan, with details located here: http://miadventurerace.com/learn-more/permanent-orienteering-course/
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Here's how we are getting our navigation fix this summer: * Nitrogaine: 50 cps, 8 hours on foot in the dark, Saturday. https://metronav.org/nitrogaine (Members w/ LiveLox should be able to dot watch) * Epic Edition: 6-20 hours, hike/bike/paddle nav, near Cadillac, July 28-30th, http://miadventurerace.com/epic-edition-2/race-information/ * Green Corn Moon Rogaine: 6 hrs half day/half night on foot, southern Ohio, August 5th, http://www.nsfadventures.com/new/green-corn-moon-rogaine-1 * St Patrick's Park: Point to point orienteering..in two states! August 26th, https://attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_36878 What are we missing? We'd love to know! If you have any comments/suggestions/requests for the fall season, please let us know. Rumors abound: park sprints, night o, the return of Highland's notorious Spring Mill... If you are interested in helping (many hands = light work = MORE MEETS!), please let us know - everything from helping speed check in to planning courses (we can train you). Post up or let us know at smoc.mi {at} gmail.com
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Shape the future of the club and its events, and speed progress more than the once-per-year format. If attending, please sign up at the ticket link. Followed by Dairy King!
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To serve you better, we'll be having a "between the seasons" meeting at the Plymouth Library on Monday. Details at: https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3029 Stop in and shape the future of SMOC, or skip the meeting and join us after for....Dairy King!
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Welcome to SMOC

The Southern Michigan Orienteering Club hosts events in southern Michigan.

Using a map and compass, find your way to checkpoints marked with orange and white flags. Courses range from beginner-friendly on or near trails to expert navigation courses with points far off trail in the wilds of Michigan woods.

You choose your route - climb the hill or go around. Jump the stream or use a log. Run for the win or go for an afternoon hike - it's up to you!

Many of our events have beginner clinics - check the events page.

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