Welcome to the Winter Orienteering Series
The Winter Orienteering Series was established in the winter of 1992-93 to provide a focus for the winter orienteering season, and to provide participation for adults and families along with Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League (WIOL) participants. Winter O' Series meets are held in conjunction with WIOL meets on Saturday mornings from November to February.
The Winter Orienteering Series consists of seven regular season meets, plus one championship event at the end. Each event offers courses ranging from beginner to advanced, so as you improve your skills throughout the season, you can continually challenge yourself with more difficult courses.
- Course 1: Beginner
- Course 2: Advanced Beginner
- Course 3: Intermediate
- Course 4: Intermediate (WIOL participants only, no adults)
- Course 5: Advanced Intermediate
- Course 6: Advanced Intermediate (WIOL participants only, no adults)
- Course 7: Advanced
While the Winter O' Series consists of eight events, each meet is a stand-alone event. You don't need to pre-register and you don't have to commit yourself to attending every event of the season. Just show up when you want and participate! (Yes, even for the Championship!)
For the Advanced Orienteers: The Season
If you run Course 7 as an individual at any regular season Winter O' Series event, you automatically earn points towards your season score. Points are based on your order of finish, and men and women are scored separately (but compete on the same course). At the end of the regular season, which consists of seven races, your best four scores are combined to arrive at your season score. The three men and three women who finish with the highest season scores receive awards!
For the Winter Orienteering Series, regular season points are awarded as follows:
- 1st Place: 100 points
- 2nd Place: 95 points
- 3rd Place: 92 points
- 4th Place: 90 points
- 5th Place: 89 points
- 6th Place: 88 points, and so on.
For the Advanced Orienteers: The Championship
The Winter O' Series Championship event is held in conjunction with the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League Championships in February. This is a winner-take-all race where regular season results don't matter! Just run Course 7 as an individual and you're eligible to win the Series Championship!