Registration is OPEN and will close on Wednesday, May 5th at 9pm or when all spots are full.

See site map here.

We are addng a Championship race to the series. So this event will be the the sixth and final meet in the 2021 Mini-Winter League Series. For all the information you need on how this series will run, see the series page.

Rules for all Mini-Winter League Meets:

In order to get permits, we must impose the following rules:

  1. 200 participants max.
  2. No team tents.
  3. Runners will be asked to leave the venue upon completion of their course.
  4. No comparing route choices, standing in groups, or staying around after you run. Use route-gadget and other virtual tools to compare your results after the event.
  5. Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers, and athletes at all times.
  6. Maintain 6’ of distance at all times, when not running a course.
  7. Read all the special rules for this series here.

COURSES

Course Controls Length Climb
Elementary/Beginner 15 1.4 km 15 m
Middle School 16 1.8 km 20 m
JV Rookie/Advanced Beginner 16 1.8 km 20 m
JV Girls/Intermediate 17 2.7 km 60 m
JV Boys 17 2.7 km 60 m
Varsity 20 3.7 km 130 m
Short Advanced 20 3.7 km 130 m
Intercollegiate/Long Advanced 24 4.4 km 150 m

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.

COURSE NOTES

It is important to note that the Hamlin Park map has been drawn to Sprint Standard, which has a different symbol set, especially with respect to trail designation, and is drawn to 1:4000 scale with 5-meter contours.

Elementary, Beginner, Middle School, JV Rookie, and Advanced Beginner Courses: Maps will be printed on Letter Paper, single sided with Magnetic North Parallel to the edge of the paper. (Just like most maps this season).

JV Girls, JV Boys, Intermediate, Varsity, Short Advanced, Intercollegiate, and Long Advanced: Maps will be printed on 11×17 paper single sided with Magnetic North rotated and NOT parallel to the edge of the paper.

In this current update I remapped to reflect the openness of the forest and the proliferation of social trails. Trails have four designations: 2m+ (6+ feet) wide brown, 1.4m brown (4ft), a black dashed line for smaller but well-defined single track and a thin black line for social trails, which are nevertheless very visible. Beginners/Elementary and Adv beginners/middle school/Rookies will stay entirely on the Shorecrest Campus and in the South Park. All other courses will venture into Hamlin Park.

All courses – safety bearing: Any direction (N, S  and E in South Park and all directions in Hamlin) will take one to a road. In South Park, a road is with a 100m. In Hamlin 200+m

Courses are very fast and for the advanced courses, hilly, offering cross-country as viable route choices. Thumbing along, and precisely keeping track of one’s location will be especially important. Stop and go technique will not win the day; navigation at full speed will.  Control locations in Hamlin are point features only.

SCHEDULE

9:30 am – Check in opens
10:00 am – Start opens
1:15pm – Start closes
2:30 pm – Course closes

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.

PRICES

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICES

$13 for non-members (race only)
$8 for CascadeOC members (race only)

$5 additional for e-punch rental

Become a member for $5-20

Buy your own e-punch

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!

SIGN UP

Public registration is open for limited spots and close on Wednesday May 5th at 9pm or when all spots are full.

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.

LOCATION

PARKING

Please Park at Shorecrest High School.  Parking is free.  See site map here.

THE MAP

With its combination of varied contours and runnable forest, Hamlin Park was one of our favorite training maps for years. The contours remain, but the park has increasingly focused on planting new forest undergrowth–perhaps necessary in a popular city park that gets constant foot traffic. So today most contour recognition happens from the trails. There have also been some building changes since this map was last used for an event and the map updated.

Read more on the map page

Navigational Challenge: 5

Physical Challenge: 3

SAFETY & ETIQUETTE

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.

Whistle
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.

Voices
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.