The 2019 US National Junior Program is now accepting applications!

Love orienteering?  Interested in taking your talents to an even greater level? The 2019 US National Junior Program is now accepting applications! This applies to any junior orienteers (under age 20) who would like to apply to be on the National or Development teams.

COC currently has five juniors participating at the US Junior National level.

Siri Christopherson, Tyra Christopherson and Caroline Sandbo are all members of the 14-person Junior National Team.  In addition, they were three of the six elite orienteers selected from within the Junior National team to have the honor of running for Team USA Women at JWOC 2018 in Hungary this past July.

Jessica Colleran and Kai Mihata were both selected as members of the 25-person Junior Development Team this past year. Both Kai and Jessica, along with Siri and Tyra, played critical roles in helping Team USA bring home the Future Champions Cup at NAOC this past August in Yukon, Canada.

For more information and access to the application forms for the US Junior National Program, please visit the OUSA website here.


Winter League Fun Continues at Hamlin Park

Our first Winter League (WIOL & Winter O’) meet of the year on Nov. 3rd featured over 380 starts.  With SAT testing and the Cross Country State Meet in the rear view mirror, Winter League #2 should boast even more runners out in the woods having fun and finding controls this Saturday (11/17) at Hamlin Park in Shoreline.  Thanks to course designers Dave Dummeyer and Brett Buchholz for designing great new courses for this upcoming meet.  It’s not too late to join the fun!  Click here for more info.

Forecast is Looking Great for Winter League’s First Meet

Saturday’s weather forecast calls for cloudy with a chance of rain.  Saturday’s orienteering forecast calls for fun and excitement for the over 300 student and public competitors who will be running around Lincoln Park looking for orange and white controls!  We are thrilled to kick off Cascade Orienteering Club’s first Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) meet of the season this Saturday, November 3rd with great new courses to run, thanks to course designers Patrick Kelly and Serge Smirnov.  It’s not too late to join the fun!  Click here for more info.

Choose Your Adventure and Annual General Membership Meeting At NSC

The Annual General Meeting will be held at North Seattle College after the event Choose Your Adventure #4: Founders’ Day! Come and visit with fellow orienteers, discuss the plans for next year, and get your voice heard.

The meeting will be 1:15-3:00 pm in the North Star Dining Room (CC1254B), whose entrance is just South of the entrance to the Security Office. Here is a map of the campus showing the Security Office (note that East is up on the map).

The ballots for electing the Member Representatives on the Board have been emailed to the club members. Please reply with your votes for the member representatives, a short survey, and RSVP for the pizza and salad. The ballots/survey will close this Thursday Oct 11 at 9:00 pm.


This is the time of year to bring your orienteering to the next level. Winter League brings out hundreds of participants from our local schools, who along with the public participants give this series a lively and competitive feel. Challenging scenic courses? Sun, rain, sleet and mud? Busses full of teams in uniform? Chili and hot chocolate? Trophies and podium? We’ve got it all and more! Click the Winter League (Winter O’/WIOL) link here to see event details and to register.


CascadeOC members help the USA defeat Canada!

At the recently concluded 2018 North American Orienteering Championships, CascadeOC members Eric Bone, Tori Borish, Kelsey Breseman, Siri Christopherson, Tyra Christopherson, Jessica Colleran, Will Enger, Peteris Ledins, and Kai Mihata helped Team USA defeat Team Canada in both the senior and junior competitions. The Senior National Team reclaimed the Björn Kjellström Cup (won by Canada at the last NAOC in 2016), while the Junior National Team successfully defended the Future Champions Cup. Well done, all!

The Björn Kjellström Cup has been awarded every two years since 1980, while the Future Champions Cup was inaugurated in 2012. The trophies will be next awarded at NAOC 2020, which will take place in the beautiful Truckee/Tahoe area!

Follow CascadeOC members at the 2018 North American Orienteering Championships in the Yukon!

The biennial North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) are always the most momentous orienteering event on the calendar, on the whole continent. This year, NAOC is being held in and around Whitehorse, Yukon from August 17-21, and is also being coupled with the subsequent Canadian Orienteering Championships (August 21-24) for a full week of excellent orienteering.

The event is drawing orienteers from all over Canada, the USA, and the world, including Australia, Austria, Belarus, Czechia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. There will also be about 20 CascadeOC members attending! You can follow the proceedings on Twitter, @CascadeOC and @naoc2018.

2018 Choose Your Adventure Series Begins On Saturday!

This year’s Choose Your Adventure Series kicks off this weekend with SummerFEST in Lakewood! Registration for the entire series is now open.

Many popular events are returning again this year: SummerFEST, Corn Maze, and Vampire-O! We’re also adding two campus events, our Back to School event in September and Founder’s Day in October (originally scheduled for Woodland Park, but moved due to conflict). The Founder’s Day event will have a Choose Your Adventure twist of a “dog bones” style course design!

And finally, we’re adding The Bog Slog to the Choose Your Adventure Series this year, since it was often overlooked from a planning standpoint. We’ll offer both styles of race: the point-to-point Bog Slog (long and short advanced), and a standard Choose Your Adventure format (for beginners and intermediates).

Defend the Pig!

This year’s Pig War Challenge (and Western Canadian O’ Champs) event is coming up July 7 and 8 in Vancouver BC. Cascade is the defending champion and WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep this lovely trophy (created by Sherri Brady) in the US. This year’s event will have 3 parts: sprint and middle courses on Saturday and a long course on Sunday. That’s 3 events in one weekend! The middle and long courses will be on a new map just north of Vancouver, in an area that has been called the “best west coast terrain that we have.” Is it? There’s only one way to find out! Get more details.

June 2018 newsletter

Check out the club’s June 2018 newsletter for news about upcoming events at North Seattle College, Jack and Indian Creek, Salmon-la-Sac, and Big Finn Hill; for information about the three COC orienteers named to the US team for the World Orienteering Championships in Latvia; and a route choice feature from last month’s event at Fishtrap Lake!