We’re starting a new decade with a new (but hopefully short-lived) series: the Winter Virtual Series.

See the Winter Virtual Series page for more information and registration details.

Please NOTE: Even though these are not organized events, please follow the WA state guidelines and wear a mask whenever you are approaching or passing other people or are within 6 feet of others.

Snow update: we’ve extended the deadline for scoring to Sunday, February 21 at 6:00pm.


The courses are so short that you can run more than one, run the same course multiple times, and/or try out different route choices.

Model/Test – 200m, 3 controls
White (Beginner) – 0.8k, 9 controls
Yellow (Advanced Beginner) – 1.1k, 7 controls
Orange (Intermediate) – 2.0k, 11 controls
Red (Advanced) – 3.5k, 16 controls

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.


  • February 5, 6pm – Courses posted to UsynligO
  • February 21, 6pm – Courses closed for scoring


There is no fee for the virtual events.


See the Winter Virtual Series page for details.



Parking is available at several pay lots on campus and off campus. Parking is free on Saturdays after 12pm and all day on Sundays.


We can’t guarantee that restrooms will be available. Please plan accordingly.


University of Washington has a LOT of buildings–some arranged north/south, some at a 45-degree angle, some at no particular angle, and most along two curving roads, criss-crossed with acres of angled paths, sidewalks, and individually-mapped trees. Now run it, while keeping all the angles, buildings and roads straight in your route planning!

Read more on the map page

Navigational Challenge: 6

Physical Challenge: 5


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.