• We are excited to offer two pre-season WIOL trainings this year- one in the North and one in the South.
    • The North one will be at Lynndale Park on Oct. 9th and the South one will be Oct 23rd at Maple Valley Farmers Market.
    • Each training will have two sessions: morning (9am-Noon) and afternoon (Noon-3pm) (Choose one)
    • Each training will have two levels: beginner training and advanced training (for kids who have previously participated in WIOL and are moving up to JV or Varsity)
    • Registration for the free training is first come first serve and sessions will close when they have reached capacity
    • The status of lunch at these events is still TBD.


Instruction will be divided into two parts:

Those taking basic training will rotate through 3 stations to learn the following:

  1. Vegetation
  2. Symbols
  3. Contours

After rotating through the stations, students taking basic training will try a beginner-level orienteering course.

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.



Registration for this training is free! 


To register for either of these trainings please email Kathy Forgrave at WIOLRegistrar@gmail.com with the following info:

  • the first and last names of your students who will be attending
  • The school they currently attend
  • The grade they are currently in school
  • The date they want to attend
  • The session they want to attend (AM or PM)
  • Type of training they want (Beginner or Advanced)




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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.

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.

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.