Organizer: Adelyn Geissel (Event Director)

Pre-registration required! Please sign up by THURSDAY, December 2nd, 8 pm, to ensure a map. Coupon codes: SMOC Members (sign up here: can use SMOCMEMBER. Affiliates clubs (OCIN, CAOC, etc.) can use RECIPROCAL. UM-ARRO folks can use UMARRO.

+1s / Team Members should complete our electronic waiver here:

Missed the registration deadline? Contact us to volunteer for flag pickup and you are in and free.

Courses offered:

  • Beginner friendly course: 2 km (about 1.3 miles) with 10 points to introduce orienteering
  • Score O: Find as many of the 30 odd checkpoints as you can in the time limit or before flag pickup, whichever comes sooner. Approximately 4.5 km
  • Motala - One person (or group) relay, with three laps. Get a new map of the next lap after your first and second laps. 20 checkpoints, 7.4 km for all three laps. Running behind on time or get tired? Stop at any lap to make it a short version.

New to orienteering? Here is an explanation video. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email or text (7 three 4-6 five 7-44 zero 8)

Beginner lesson may be offered; check back later.

Free race slots available. Email for coupon code if you are interested in the following helper assignments.

Beginner Lesson (1 remaining)

Check in (1 remaining)

Flag Pick Up (5 remaining)

Event Schedule:

11:xx Probably can start early, just not 100% guaranteed

12:00 You can for sure start now

2:00 No more starts after this time. If you aren't super speedy and tackling a longer course, you will want to start before 2!

3:00 Flag pickup begins - any time after 3:00, flags might not be there anymore; please make every effort to be back by then. It gets dark early these days, so there's not much leeway we can offer and still beat the dark!

Please note: when we publish distances, these aren't like running a 5k in your neighborhood. The absolute fastest cover maybe 6 km per hour, and that's with a dozen years of navigation practice and 30 miles a week of running. It is far more typical to be closer to 2-2.5 km per hour, if you look at our median results.

What should you wear / bring:

If you are new, it's hard to go wrong with long sleeves, long pants, and comfortable trail running or hiking shoes. A change of shoes is nice to have on the Advanced and Expert courses, as it's not unusual to get wet feet along the way. Bug spray or sunscreen can be nice. A snack and water are not a bad idea if you expect to be out for a while. We have loaner compasses if you don't have one.


Do you want to see where you went? Record your track on a GPS watch like a Garmin, or run an app like LiveLox or Strava and sync to Strava to compare with everyone else. It's a lot of fun to see what other people did and where you did well and things didn't go so well. If you sign up for an account, use the LiveLox option for which system. SMOC members can get a paid account if they choose.


We charge per "start", which is a group. $5 for members, $10 for non members. Membership can be taken care of here:

Electronic Timing:

We use electronic timing most of the time. You'll get a punch stick (don't lose it! replacement cost is $40). Before racing, you'll dip the stick into a blue clear box that erases all of the old timing information. Then you'll dip it into a blue check box that ensures it's ready to go. Then, when you are ready to start, hit the start box to record your start time, flip over your map, and find some flags! At each flag, dip the stick in until it beeps or flashes, then continue on your way. When you get back, punch the finish punch, then follow the directions to get your results downloaded to the timing computer (usually a box or two). Be sure to turn in your stick if you borrow one from us.

Rain or shine or snow:

We rarely cancel, so expect the event to run whether it's beautiful or miserable. You'll have a great time either way!



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