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What an event! Monks Road's debut was a perfect storm of Igor's tricky, technical course setting, decreasing visibility later in the season, and for several, a literally a storm! Any success out there can be counted as victory - no doubt the reason for many soaked but smiling faces spotted out on the courses. Red was surprisingly filled with strong results from people "fresh" off Saturday's 12 hour Ludington adventure race, with a mere two minute spread between three of them for first through third - can't wait to see the Livelox for that brawl! Thanks to Igor and Elena for hosting. They wish to thank the pickup crew: Jens, Kevin, Sydney, Tizoc, Shane, and Dale; Ed for helping with the setup; Steve and Angel for pre-running the courses; and the Pinckney Trail Riders Association for letting us use the shelter. https://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_36850
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Igor snapped a few more previews today out at Pinckney Rec for the daytime debut of Monks Road, including a cool panning photo so you can practice which way to exit a depression. We are excited to drive back from Ludington to check it out Sunday!
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Igor is an amazing map reader and maker, so it's no surprise he has his tricks as well. This is our favorite to watch for, because some of us were out in the woods and found a piece of streamer tape at one of his upcoming venues, and we asked if it was his, and it was! Thus was born: "an Igor spot", which is where he places a flag up in a reentrant behind a break so you can't see it. Here are some tips for an Igor spot. See how many he has for you at Monks Road: https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2781
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Two sprints on U of M's North Campus, starting at the Space Research Building on Hayward.
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The SMOC debut of Monks Road! This area at the north end of Pinckney Rec Area has only been used twice previously, both times between 10 pm and 6 am for the Nitrogaine, so no one saw anything anyway! This area has our "standard" complicated glacial terrain, mixed with areas of open pine and trails, as well as some grassy areas. This will be a great time testing your skills on a map you haven't seen before. Parking will be in the field south of the equestrian lot off Monks Road. https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2781
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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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