The sixth and final event in the 2023 Wednesday Evening Series will be held at Seattle Pacific University! The Wednesday Evening Series is our most relaxed, casual set of navigation events, held in local parks once the weather warms up. These events are a little more low-key than those in the Winter League, and we typically offer a barbeque afterward for all participants.

Events in the Wednesday Evening Series are generally less challenging (both physically and navigationally) than many of our other events, and are therefore great for beginners and those less experienced with orienteering – while also offering a challenge to longtime participants of the sport.

We will be offering day-of event registration in addition to preregistration. There will be no start time pre-signup.


Course 1: 1.0 km, 11 controls, 40m climb

Course 2: 1.9 km, 13 controls, 60m climb

Course 3: 2.7 km, 17 controls, 90m climb

Course 4 (2+3): 4.6 km, 30 controls, 150m climb

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.


Seattle Pacific University is a small, picturesque college campus located on the steep north slope of Queen Anne hill. It is a completely urban venue, so there will be no “forest running” here. Instead, there are lots of complicated buildings, walls, fences, passageways, and so on that you’ll need to understand and navigate. Be careful to note which side of the feature your control is located on – it could have a big effect on your route choice! Courses have been set with some “tricky” controls, which may be tucked away in hard-to-see corners and the like – but even these are not too difficult to find with an extra  glance or two at the map and control descriptions. SPU is a “friendly” venue, in that there’s always lots of features around you so it’s hard to get lost.

One note on safety – there are several city streets included within the map; generally these are not busy, but as always do be careful when crossing any street, parking lot, driveway, or any other place where vehicles may travel.


5:00 pm – Registration and starts open.

7:00 pm – Registration and starts close.

8:00 pm – Course closure.

Why is there a start window?

This event uses an interval start, which means that participants are started in waves instead of all at once. When you arrive at the start tent, find the chute for your course and follow the start volunteer’s instructions.


$22 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own e-punch

$25 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own e-punch

Participating as a group? Just $5 for each additional adult (16+) group
member, no cost for additional minors.

Become a member for $5-25

Purchase your own e-punch for $40-$80

What’s an e-punch?

An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that show which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”

Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!


Online pre-registration closes:

Day-of-event registration is available by cash or check, made payable to Cascade Orienteering Club

Learn more about volunteering

Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.



The event center will be located on the large open quad-style lawn adjacent to the Tiffany Loop, just west of 3rd Ave W. Street parking can usually be found in the near vicinity.


Looking for a carpool? Join the club email group and share your request to find a ride.


Navigational Challenge: 3

Physical Challenge: 4


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.