The Choose Your Adventure Series is meant to be fun, social, friendly for beginners, yet interesting for seasoned veterans. Everyone starts together, so run head-to-head with your friends or against your rivals. Who will visit the most checkpoints within the time limit? Who will run the fastest? And with vampires roaming the woods at this event, who will avoid getting bitten?

This format is great for beginners! With many checkpoints along trails and open areas, you’ll be sure to visit a lot! And if there’s one that’s hard to find, don’t worry, you can skip it and keep going. For the advanced navigators, the races will be a challenging exercise in figuring out the most efficient and optimal route to try to get them all (and avoid the vampires)!

Obviously, vampires are only out at night, so you’ll need to bring a flashlight or headlamp! Come join the fun!

Is this your first event or do you want to improve your skills? Meet us from 5:30pm – 6:30pm for up to an hour of free skills instruction!

If you need a waiver to print and sign for a youth attending without parent/guardian, download here.

COURSES

There is just a one-size-fits-all race for beginners through advanced runners.  Your goal is to visit as many checkpoints as you can (in any order you want), and to avoid the vampires, who are trying to bite you! It’s ghoulishly fun! The total time limit is 60 minutes!

How does the scoring work?

Each checkpoint has a unique pin-puncher, with which you punch your punchcard. For example, use the pin-puncher at checkpoint #1 to punch box #1 on your punchcard.

There are 24 checkpoints on the course, all worth the same amount: 1 point.  Therefore, the maximum score is 24 points. The first person or team returning with all 24 punches on a punchcard wins!

But, there’s a twist! There are vampires running around the park, too, and if they bite you, you have to swap punchcards –and roles (you’re the new vampire!)– and then go bite someone else! You may be nearing a full punchcard and lose them all! Or you may have an empty punchcard and get lucky! Remember, the winner is the first person or team back with a full punchcard. You don’t necessarily need to visit all of the checkpoints!

COURSE NOTES

The 24 checkpoints are generally on the beginner and intermediate difficulty level, which is appropriate for a Vampire-O.

This race is on a golf course, so there are some special rules we’ll need to follow:

  • No crossing putting greens or sand traps!
  • No metal spiked shoes allowed.

We’ve marked putting greens and sand traps as out-of-bounds on the map: olive green bounded by pink for the greens and the sand symbol bounded by pink for the traps. The golf course is generally flat with rolling hills. There are paved golf cart paths throughout the area, as well as a few small ponds.

Now let’s talk about trees! There are quite a few trees on the course, most of which separate fairways. The density of trees varies, from areas where trees are mapped individually to areas covered by the symbol “open land with scattered trees.” It may not be obvious (especially at night) to tell between the two. In most cases, areas predominately covered by Douglas firs are mapped as scattered trees. And in most cases, areas with smaller trees have been mapped with individual trees. That said, there are some instances where there’s a small area of Douglas firs spaced just far enough apart where they are mapped individually. Thankfully, the course has been designed such that finding checkpoint locations will not rely solely on your ability in differentiating between trees mapped individually or as a group.

Some trees are mapped as thickets (medium green surrounded by the vegetation boundary symbol). These are usually distinct evergreen trees where the canopy goes all the way to the ground, but in some cases are large bushes or Douglas firs with a thicket at its base. There are also several thickets which are distinct clumps of tall grass (mapped as light green surrounded by the vegetation boundary symbol).

And finally… what remains of dead trees. There are some large tree stumps (upright stump, mapped with green X), some rootstocks (obvious rootball, but most of tree removed, mapped with brown X), and knolls (very old decaying stump or a non-upright stump with an obvious area of raised earth, but no roots showing). Shoe recommendation: trail running shoes (no spikes allowed).

SCHEDULE

Choose Your Adventure #3: Dog Bones!
01:00pm – Registration & Instruction Open
02:00pm – Registration & Instruction Close
02:10pm – Map Handout
02:15pm – MASS START!
03:30 pm – Finish & Course Closure

Founders’ Day at the Annual Club Meeting
04:00pm – Annual Club Meeting

Choose Your Adventure #4: Vampire-O!
05:30pm – Registration & Instruction Opens

06:30pm – Registration & Instruction Closes
06:45pm – Rules Review!
07:00pm – MASS START!
07:02pm – Vampires Start!
08:00pm – Finish & Course Closure

How does the start work?

At registration and check-in, we’ll give you a checkpoint map with a copy of the rules. Note: this is a change from previous years where we gave you the map right before the start. We usually have a lot of first-time orienteers at this event. Handing out maps earlier will help ensure that everyone gets a map, has time to understand the map and rules, and develop a plan before the start.

Shortly before the start, we’ll go over the rules again and start handing out the punchcards. There will 4 randomly assigned vampires at the start of the race. At 7:00pm sharp, we’ll yell GO!, and everyone except the vampires can scatter into the night. At 7:02pm, we’ll release the vampires to go chase you!

PRICES

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICES
$12 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members

DAY-OF-EVENT REGISTRATION
$15 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members

Become a member for $5 – $20

SIGN UP

Online pre-registration closes:

Day-of-event registration is available by cash or check, made payable to Cascade Orienteering Club

Learn more about volunteering

Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.

LOCATION

PARKING

There will be free parking all day for all three events (Dog Bones, Annual Meeting, Vampire-O) at Edmonds Community College. Enter the college from the roundabout at 204th Street SW & 68th Ave W. Park in the Visitor Parking lot south of Snohomish Hall.

CARPOOL

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THE MAP

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SAFETY & ETIQUETTE

Return to the Finish
All participants MUST return to the finish and download their e-punch or turn in their punch card.

Even if you have not finished your course, you must still return to the the finish and confirm with event staff that you have returned safely.

Out of Bounds
Some areas may be marked out of bounds. It is imperative to respect these boundaries to maintain our relationships with land managers. Participants MUST NOT go out of bounds. Any participant caught going out of bounds will be disqualified.

Course Closure
All participants MUST return to the finish by course closure time. If a participant does not return by course closure, event volunteers will begin coordinating a search party.

If you need a long time on the course, start as early in the start window as possible, wear a watch, and be prepared to cut your course short to make it back by the course closure time.

Whistle
All participants MUST carry a whistle on the course. Complimentary whistles are available at the start tent (please only take one).

If you are injured on the course and need assistance, blow three long blasts to call for help.

If you hear a call for help, abandon your course to find the person in distress.

Voices
Part of the fun and fairness of orienteering is navigating your own course, so please be polite when you find a checkpoint and don’t holler that you’ve found it.