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Some tips for Sunday if you are new to national events: * Arrive a decent bit before your start. There's a flat walk, nothing too rigorous, but still a walk. * There is a clothing drop at the start, so you can wear a jacket and such and it'll get transported back to the finish before you finish (unless you sprint white or yellow!) * The start is a little more complicated, but if you arrive early, you'll get the gist of it. Generally, it's on the order of: a few minutes before your actual start time, they'll read names, so jump in if that's you. Then at each beep, you'll advance one section. First is often clear and check, at the next you can pick up a clue sheet, then at the next you'll write your name on the back of your map (no peeking!), show the front to the staff, they'll confirm your course. Now is a great time to start your watch before the next beep. Then enjoy the course! (If you are doing a recreational course, arrive early enough for them to work you into the starts, ie, more 9 am than 10:45 am) * You can make terrible mistakes on the first cp, so maybe go a little easy until you are settled into the map and scale. Unless you have OUSA team kit, you are probably not winning your class because of your first split, but you might lose it! * There are a lot of flags in the woods! ~70 is way more than we usually have (25-30 ish). Plus they are often close together. Run to your feature, then check the code. You'll waste a lot of time wandering to every flag you see depending on where yours falls in a cluster. * There will be a lot of runners in the woods! Some of them may have similar overall routes, but while your paths many converge, expect them to have a different endpoint unless they look suspiciously similar in age and gender. * The finish chute (and usually the last control) will probably have multiple flags right next to each other - punch either one, they are sync'd up. * After you finish, head to the monitors and see how you did against some of the best in the country! If you have any questions or other national meet tips, fire away in the comments.
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Great debut at Ortonville Rec! Hope you enjoyed the myriad route choices and detailed contours. https://ar.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_42666 Add your tracks! https://www.livelox.com/Events/Show/35043/Ortonville-Recreation-Fall-2018 Thank you to Ken for living out there to get the map and trails ready, and now he's switching over to prepping Holly Rec! A machine!
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Ortonville looking beautiful for its debut! https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3570
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Course info for Ortonville's debut! If you are new to the sport, you can expect the kilometer to mile conversion to be about 1:1, maybe a little worse if you get lost a bit. As far as pace, the winner might get down to 10 minutes/straight line kilometer, and hiking might be a lot more like 25 minutes/km. Expert Long 7.4K 16 Checkpoints Expert Medium 6.2K 12 Checkpoints Advanced 4.3K 11 Checkpoints Intermediate 2.9K 7 Checkpoints No beginner course this week, but the Intermediate course has a beginner-friendly start and slowly walks you up in challenge, finishing with great route choice between safer options and bolder cross-country routes. Sign up by noon Friday to save a few bucks! https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3570 Be sure to have LiveLox ready, as it's set up for Sunday! And add your tracks for Sandra Richardson or see where others went: https://www.livelox.com/Events/Show/35017/SMOC-Sandra-Richardson-
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A couple years back, Ken tied some streamer tape up at Ortonville Rec and a couple of us ran around it in two feet of snow on USGS and said, "This is awesome!" We are super glad Igor and Ken produced an orienteering map. Look at those contours! Sign up by Friday noon to take advantage of early bird pricing on the point-to-point courses around this sweet new venue: https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/3570
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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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