The Ultimate Orienteer series is the sampler pack of orienteering: each event gives you the opportunity to try a different flavor! The Ultimate Orienteer series is a mixture of sprint, classic, middle, and long distances, with a relay, goat, and score-O.

For those who love competition, your best 5 events count towards your series score. If you’re not interested in the competition element, that’s okay too! Ultimate Orienteer events are open to everyone. All events will include Beginner and Intermediate courses in addition to Advanced courses.

This is the preliminary schedule for Ultimate Orienteer 2017. Note that there may be changes.

How do I sign up?

Participating in the series is easy: just register for the event in the appropriate category, and you will automatically be eligible for Ultimate Orienteer points.


To participate in the Ultimate Orienteer series, you must compete in one of the following categories:

Juniors – 20 and younger
Masters – 50 and older
Open – Any age

Some events will feature shorter distances for Juniors and Masters classes.

Juniors and Masters may compete in the Open category if they wish.

Your racing age is the oldest age you will be in the current calendar year. For example, if you turn 21 any time during the current calendar year (even in December), you must enter the Open category (and not Junior) for the entire series.



For each event and category:

The winner receives 1000 points and everyone else receives points based on their percent behind the winner’s time. For example, if the winner has a time of 25 minutes and your time is 50 minutes, you will receive 500 points.

Because a score-o is a points-based version of orienteering, the highest number of points is converted to 1000, and your score-o points are scaled to that number. For example, if the highest number of score-o points earned was 500 points and you earned 250 points, you would receive 500 Ultimate Orienteer points (50% of 1000).

However, if more than one person in a category earns the maximum score-o points (“sweeps the course”), then Ultimate points are based on the time difference. Scores for those who did not sweep are scaled against the number of points the slowest “sweeper” received.

For example:

Orienteer #1   –   1000 pts   –   60 min   –   1000 Ultimate Pts (NA)
Orienteer #2   –   1000 pts   –   70 min   –   857 Ultimate Pts (60min/70min * 1000)
Orienteer #3   –   1000 pts   –   80 min   –   750 Ultimate Pts (60min/80min * 1000)
Orienteer #4   –   900 pts   –   n/a   –   675 Ultimate Pts (750pts * 0.9)