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Find as many checkpoints as you like in any order you like using a pre-marked topographical map of Island Lake Recreation Area. Enjoy a family hike or run for the win - you choose! Go solo or with friends. $5/map for members, $10/map for non members Enjoy ILRA's unique combination of woods and open sandy hills. A great opportunity to learn more about contours since they aren't covered in trees!
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SMOC swag stealers had a great day at Raccoongaine! Dave was fastest Elite Male with Ross and Steve in third. Sydney and Kevin won Coed Elite, 70 points ahead of their bitter rivals (and trash talking carpool) Barbara and Jens who won Coed Masters. The rest of the Michigan crew performed well too. Imagine if we had hills to train on!
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Fun kick off to the....spring? season at new map at Heritage Park in Adrian. A middle/sprint blend but with classic distance busted off the winter rust for many, and introduced over a dozen new folks to the sport! Thanks to Alan and his brother for hosting with strong support from Jess on check in and Igor on timing. Red was unfortunately marred by a stolen #15, so the carnage in the splits around that # reflects people scouring the area - checking and rechecking, trying similar features, inspecting mysterious golf cart tracks.... If you find any orienteering flags at garage sales or craigslist, please let us know! http://obasen.orientering.se/winsplits/online/en/default.asp?page=classes&databaseId=47481
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If you survive the haunted barnyard, summit the replica Mount Fuji, and dodge the active oil well, what next? Heritage Park uniquely among our maps features a movie theater across from the entrance. Adrian is home to the oldest theater (Croswell Opera House) and the third oldest church (Raison Valley Friends Church) in Michigan. Starting two miles south of Heritage Park, you can stop for ice cream (this list was generated when it was warmer...), and fast or slow food to restore the lost calories. Sign up at https://smoc-runs.com/events/view/2780 to help estimating map and snack counts. As always, feel free to arrange carpools in the comments.
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Spring kick off at Heritage Park is coming up! Super excited to bust the winter rust with one of these courses: Beginner: 2.5 km, 10 checkpoints Intermediate: 4.4 km, 16 checkpoints Short Advanced: 5.5 km, 22 checkpoints Long Advanced: 7.2 km, 26 checkpoints Distances quoted are as the crow flies - depending on your ability to get lost and the routes you pick, you may be 30-60% longer. We'll also have a short intro lesson/course, probably 500 m and 5 checkpoints to get you sorted before trying one of the longer versions. Sign up at www.smoc-runs.com
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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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