The Bog Slog, now in its 42nd year, is the extra tough and extra muddy halftime race to the Winter League, and a fantastic opportunity for students who have graduated from WIOL to return for a holiday reunion with friends!
The Bog Slog concludes the Choose Your Adventure Series, which means that we are offering two mass-start, point-to-point courses (The Bog Slog & The Bog Jog) for the advanced navigators, as well as a Choose Your Adventure style race for beginners, intermediates, and trail runners!
This year, as in recent years, we will have a separate mass start for each course. See the schedule for course start times.
If you’re a runner, this means an opportunity to stay with similarly-paced runners on the same course until elevation gain and navigational challenges split the pack.
If you’re a hiker, this means that you don’t wait long for a start, and the herd of running orienteers departs rather quickly, leaving you with a nice hike-with-a-purpose through Lord Hill Park.
As always, The Bog Slog advanced courses are longer and more challenging than our usual Winter League courses. Some participants drop down a level for ease, while others treat this as the ultimate challenge, often sharing the navigation fun and bragging rights for completion.
Course designer(s): Rebecca Jensen
The Bog Slog (Long Advanced) and Bog Jog (Short Advanced) courses are point-to-point, meaning that you need to visit the checkpoints in a specific sequence. Fastest time wins. Most checkpoints will require off-trail navigation.
The Choose Your Adventure course (intended for beginners, intermediates, and trail runners) is freestyle, meaning that you can visit as many checkpoints as you can, in any order that you like, until the course closes. Most checkpoints are on or very near trails.
ESTIMATED RACE DISTANCES (based on 2019 courses): The Bog Slog (Long Advanced) – 8.8 km, 19 checkpoints, 600 m climb, 1:10000 scale map The Bog Jog (Short Advanced) – 5.4 km, 16 checkpoints, 300 m climb, 1:10000 scale map
Choose Your Adventure – 24 checkpoints, 3 hour time limit, 1:10000 scale map. The course is a mix of some easy-to-find checkpoints, some intermediate checkpoints, and a few advanced checkpoints.
How are point-to-point courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from checkpoint to checkpoint. 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.
How does the scoring work for Choose Your Adventure course?
All 24 checkpoints are worth the same amount: 1 point per checkpoint. The maximum score is 24 points. The first person or team returning with 24 points wins!
There’s a time limit of 3 hours, and for every minute late, there’s a 1 point penalty.
Lord Hill Park is a large wooded park with a great variety of vegetation and an extensive trail system. Trails vary from wide gravel roads to narrow trails. Vegetation varies off trail from run-able to fight. Full body cover is recommended.
Hazards include slippery trails, steep elevation change and varying levels of vegetation on the off trail routes. Be wary of icy patches in cold weather.
08:00am – Check-in opens
09:00am – Check-in closes
09:20am – The Bog Slog (Long Advanced) mass start
09:25am – The Bog Jog (Short Advanced) mass start
09:30am – Choose Your Adventure mass start
12:30pm – Choose Your Adventure time limit ends 01:00pm – ALL COURSES CLOSE Return to the finish by course closure, even if it means cutting your course short.
This event is pre-registration only.
$22 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own 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: Thursday, December 30, 9:00PM
Covering 1,463 acres of forest, ponds, and open meadows, Lord Hill offers some of the best navigation west of the Cascade Mountains. It features rolling hills, a wide-ranging trail network, and enough navigable land to have back-to-back events on a 1:10,000-scale map with little to no overlap.
Though Lord Hill has north and south entrances, the club routinely uses the southern entrance for its ample parking and closer access to “the bowl,” an open, grassy area ideal for the arena-style finishes used in larger events.
Since 2014, Lord Hill has been the preferred location for the annual Bog Slog during the winter, and is often used for another event during the year as well.
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.
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.