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Our friends at OCIN are hosting three races in three days on the first weekend of December - their events are always awesome! Plus you are likely to see some SMOCers there. Registration fees go up Tuesday.
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Concentrated game cam firepower on one of the last checkpoints on several courses
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Congratulations to Ken on a successful first meet! A chilly day with occasional snow flurries didn't stop 62 courses from being run by groups that ranged from one to 8 people. Of course it helped to have one one, but two toasty fires in a wind-resistant building at the start/finish! Results! Attackpoint: https://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_38926 WinSplits: http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/default.asp?page=classes&databaseId=52669&ct=true Load up your tracks! https://www.livelox.com/Events/Show/29303/Independence-Oaks-2017 - Now including Mark's blazing sub hour red run Game Cams pics posting shortly - watch your feed! Notes from the course setter, Ken: This was my first meet as a director/designer and I'd like to thank the following people: * Igor for creating the map * Jens for guidance * Jeff McWilliams for the beginner lesson * Rick Waldo for vetting the course and providing sanity checks * The incredibly organized Jennifer Tislerics for helping with check in * Ati, Greg, Jennifer, and Jens for flag pick up * Clint for logistics and running the meet (he took away much of the stress that past directors have experienced) * Everyone who made the drive! Despite the cold temperatures and higher than normal water levels from all the recent rain, I was surprised at the number of runners on the Red course who crossed the swamps. Wow, SMOC racers are seriously competitive! Congratulations to Mark Voit who I believe not only had the longest drive, but also turned in the fastest time on the Red course. Al Newman won the Green course and team "Mark & Mark" took the Orange. Cheers, Ken Lemieux
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Meet Sunday's host, Ken Lemieux! What’s your navigation / navigation sport background? In 2011, I took an Adventure Racing class through SOLAR. Later that year I did my first SMOC meet. Jeff McWilliams let me tag along with him at a Score-O at Huron Meadows. Luckily for me he tripped over a tree root 50M into it and slightly sprained his ankle (or did I trip him?), enabling me to semi-keep up with him! I've been hooked ever since. My skills have improved enough that I've helped teach a couple of orienteering classes. I also enjoy backpacking/dayhiking. In October, I climbed Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in NY, and while at the summit enjoyed referencing my map to point out the names of the various peaks. What inspired you to host? I think anyone who is into orienteering, when they are out for a hike, often has the thought "Hey, look at that cool land feature, that would be a great spot for a control point!" I had just had one of those ruminations while hiking at Independence Oaks and stopped to read my email. And wouldn't you know it, Jens was asking for people to consider hosting a meet. So I asked how hard it would be to get a map put together for Independence Oaks. Igor got involved and has done a great job creating it. This all came together pretty quickly since it was August when I had the "sure, what the heck" thought. How did you choose your venue? I hike a lot at Independence Oaks as it is only a 15 minute drive from my house. Plenty of opportunity to scout. What’s it been like working with a brand new map? I was surprised when Igor sent version 1.0 of the map to me. Using just the the LiDAR data, he was able to put together a pretty accurate rendition. In order to get the trails on the map, I walked them and sent him my GPX track. It's been cool to see how the map has evolved from that first version to what it is now. Has developing the courses affected your orienteering prowess? Absolutely! All the scouting I've done has without a doubt improved my orienteering ability. What are you most excited about on the upcoming courses? Since it's a location far from the normal SMOC area, my hope is that people who have never tried the sport before will give it a whirl. Hopefully there will be more meets in the future up in this neck of the woods. That and I think the racers will really appreciate how runnable Independence Oaks is. How competitive are you when orineteering: My knees no longer allow me to run, so I walk the courses, usually doing the Green ones. I've competed in three 6-hour ROGAINE meets out of state, earning medals in two of them. My goal is to keep improving. It's always rewarding when you're on a long leg of a course and you say to yourself "the control should be right over this ridge" and when you crest that ridge, voila, there it is! See you Sunday at Independence Oaks! https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3113 https://www.facebook.com/events/137381140211781/
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SMOC returns to Heritage Park in Adrian, Michigan. Check back soon to confirm times. Expect the usual suite of courses in an interesting venue with a mix of open park, woods, active oil wells, replica mountains, tricky trail jumbles.
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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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