Sign Up for Vancouver Sprint Camp February 15-17, 2019

Dust off your passport or enhanced driver’s license, reserve your spot, and head north for a fun weekend of racing and learning at Vancouver Sprint Camp, hosted by the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC).  Sprint Camp is a fun-filled weekend of races, training sessions, coaching tips, and opportunities for mingling with some of the best sprint orienteers in North America.  Venues will be a mixture of urban, campus, park, and forest.  This is a great opportunity for COC members and WIOL competitors to get in some extensive training! Read more here:

Two side notes:

  • They will not be providing beginner training or beginner courses.
  • Cash prizes are being offered for the top runners at the end of the weekend.

Ring in the New Year Orienteering at Ft Steilacoom

Happy New Year!  Start 2019 off with a bang by joining your fellow orienteers at Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) #5 this Saturday, January 12th at Ft. Steilacoom Park. Home to many crisscrossing trails, both in open grass and in forest, along with many distinct features such as buildings, roads, ballfields, and a small lake, Fort Steilacoom is not rugged or remote, but it can be fairly challenging for a city park. Sign up and run off all those holiday cookies you may have indulged in last month and then catch up with your COC friends after your race to compare route choices and maybe swap holiday stories!  You can read more, register, or sign up to volunteer here.

This Saturday: The Bog Slog at Lord Hill!

The Bog Slog, now in its 39th year, is now organized as the final event in the Choose Your Adventure Series. Never fear, we’re still keeping the epic, mass-start, point-to-point courses for the advanced runners! We’ve also added a freestyle Choose Your Adventure style race intended for beginners, intermediates, and trail runners!

Come join us at Lord Hill Park on Saturday! Afterward, there will be a potluck at the Bresemans’ house, just 15 minutes away.



Orienteering and Park Stewardship

Three cheers for this elementary school orienteer who picked up an entire bag of litter at Hamlin Park.  Did you know COC provides litter bags to any participant who would like to volunteer to leave our venues cleaner than they found them?  Please ask for one at the info tent of the next meet you attend! COC, our park systems, and the environment thank you!

Winter League Returns to the University of Washington

The Hogwarts-style Suzzallo Library, beautiful Drumheller fountain, stately Red Square, iconic Husky Stadium and majestic cherry blossom trees in the Quad are all on the docket this weekend as Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) returns to the University of Washington campus this Saturday, Dec. 15th after a four-year hiatus.  Join your fellow orienteers for a fast-paced race on a sprint-standard urban map.  While athletics is busy, school is out for break so expect a mostly quiet campus setting.  You can read more, register, or sign up to volunteer here.

New Winter League Training Offered December 9th

Ready to go off-trail? Strong compass skills help greatly in the second half of the season. On Sunday afternoon, Dec 9th at Magnuson Park, Mike Schuh will be offering compass refresher training and other skills-boosting exercises to Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) participants interested in becoming stronger orienteers. Contact Mike at: for more info, including the time and location to meet. Cost is $3/person to cover map printing and other costs.  Limited to 25 participants, first come, first served.

Kick off the month of December with Winter League #3!

Now that many have gotten their fill of good food, family and shopping, it’s time to kick off December in style at the Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) meet this Saturday, December 1st!  Join over 400 of your fellow map reading, outdoor loving competitors at Shoreview Park/Shoreline CC to experience a combination of one-half traditional forest/park orienteering, and one-half campus/sprint orienteering. You can read more, register or sign up to volunteer here.

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.