**IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FT EBEY MEET**

  1. All participants and volunteers need to park at Coupeville Elementary School and take the free shuttle to the park for this event.  (Directions below).
  2. Coaches with vans carrying large teams or with a full car of runners will be allowed to drop their team members at start. Coaches will then need to return with their vehicle to Coupeville Elementary to park their cars/vans and take the shuttle back into the park.
  3. Start and Finish are in a different location from past meets. 
  4. Plan ahead for travel and logistics time. Expect a minimum travel time of 1.75-2 hours from the time the ferry leaves the dock at Mukilteo for you to arrive at the start area.
  5.  Any participant who bypasses the no parking in the park mandate and parks at the gun battery or any participant who gets dropped off at the gun battery and walks to start will be disqualified, as this area is part of the course this year.
  6. There will be no Micro-O Training, Bethel Chili/Snack sales, nor any Orienteering Gear sales available at this meet

Winter League is the Pacific Northwest’s premier competitive orienteering series for all ages. Elementary, Middle School, and High School students compete under the banner of the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League (WIOL). Cascade Orienteering Club also offers a competitive league for college students and adults, as well as non-competitive beginner-friendly categories at every event!

COURSES

Course

Controls

Length

Climb

Beginner/Elementary

6

1.3 km

20 m

Middle School

7

2.4 km

50 m

Intermediate / JV Girls

7

2.7 km

100 m

JV Boys North

7

2.8 km

95 m

JV Boys South

7

2.9 km

110 m

Varsity

9

3.5 km

  185 m
Short Advanced

10

3.5 km

200 m

Long Advanced

12

5 km

305 m

How are courses measured?

Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.

COURSE NOTES

Ft. Ebey will challenge you to read topography skillfully by paying close attention to large depressions (also known as Kettles) on the map.

Courses may be a bit longer than previous meets this season and involve significant climb.  There will be opportunities to navigate off-trail while paying attention to the topographic detail of the terrain.  Some areas of the woods mapped in light green are fairly easy to pass through compared to other western Washington maps.

There are several sections of Out-of-Bounds (OOB) areas on the map and courses may pass very close to these areas.  As always, please respect OOB and stay out of these areas.  Come test your navigation skills at Fort Ebey on beautiful Whidbey Island!

SCHEDULE

9:30am – Registration opens & Newcomer instruction available
10:00am – Start opens
11:00am – Newcomer instruction ends
11:30am – Registration closes
Noon – Start closes
3:00pm – Course closes

Why is there a start window?

This event uses an interval start, which means that participants are started in waves instead of all at once. When you arrive at the start tent, find the chute for your course and follow the start volunteer’s instructions.

PRICES

Elementary, Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Students

Pre-Registration: $45 for all 8 events
Day of Event
: $10 (cash or check only)

WIOL Admin Fee (once per season): $5 before October 13, $15 after.

Subtract $10 from the season pass if you own your own e-punch.

Intercollegiate Students, Adults, and non-competitive courses

Pre-registration: $17 (until Thursday 9pm)
Day of event: $20 (cash or check only)

Subtract $5 for Cascade OC members
Subtract $5 for using your own epunch

Get one event free if you pre-register for the entire season.

Become a Cascade OC member for $5-20

What’s an e-punch?

Orienteering uses RFID-like technology known as e-punch to record your race. At the start, finish, and each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation.

At the finish tent, download your e-punch to get your results (and let us know you’ve returned safely), then compare your splits and discuss your routes with other finishers!

You can rent an e-punch from Cascade OC , or buy your own from Wildwood Adventure Outfitters.

SIGN UP

Students with a season pass, use the button above to RSVP for this meet by Tuesday January 22 at Noon.

Online pre-registration closes Thursday January 24 at 9pm. Day-of-event registration is by cash or check only.

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

Off-Site Parking: will be at Coupeville Elementary School at 6 Main St in Coupeville. Parking is in the back of the school.  Coaches are encouraged to drop their teams and then return to Coupeville Elementary and park their cars and take the shuttle bus back. If you are dropping off individuals in the park, check this staging map for details; the event center is not at the gun battery this year!

CARPOOL

Looking for a carpool? Join the Yahoo listserv and share your request to find a ride.

THE MAP

Navigational Challenge: 6

Physical Challenge: 6

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.