COC Members Jessica C and Ben B are JWOC Bound

Congratulations to Jessica Colleran and Ben Brady on being named to the US Junior World Orienteering Team! They head to Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey, 49 kilometers from İstanbul, to compete amongst the best juniors in the world September 4-10.

The two long time WIOL participants and COC members both swept their respective divisions with straight 100’s this past mini-Winter League season.  They are doing extensive training to prepare under the direct supervision of local JDT coach John Brady. 

COC is proud to have 2 of the 5 USA team members and we wish Jessica and Ben all the best as they head off to proudly represent our club and Team USA.

Wednesday Evening Series Dates Announced

COC’s Wednesday Evening Series is pleased to announce the following 2021 event dates:

  • WES #1 — 7/14/21 — Shoreview Park/Shoreline CC, Shoreline
  • WES #2  — 7/28/21 — Big Finn Hill Park, Kirkland
  • WES #3 —  8/11/21 — Seattle Pacific University, Seattle
  • WES #4 —  8/25/21 — Wilburton Hill Park
  • WES #5 — 9/8/21 — Olson Mansion, Maple Valley

The Wednesday Evening series is COC’s most relaxed, casual set of navigation events. Parks chosen for the monthly Wednesday Evening Series events tend to be open, accessible parks with easier features that are perfect for newcomers. Come on out to enjoy some sunny orienteering and bring your newbie friends to learn this fun sport. Registration is currently open for WES #1- here.

New Map, New Venue, New UsynligO Course!

Want some additional orienteering on your own? Thanks to the efforts of Dave Tallent, COC has a new map and a new UsynligO course for members to race on. Dave just finished remapping the two school campuses and the surrounding woods and was pleasantly surprised that the area offered a bona fide orienteering experience with both open and junky forest and a dense network of trails to disorientate one’s self!

Head on out to Madrona K-8 School (9300 236th Street Southwest, Edmonds, WA) with your smart phone charged and the UsynligO app downloaded.

One may use the map anytime school is not in session: After 4:30pm on weekdays, anytime on the weekends and, of course, during the weekdays during summer break.

Courses are posted on UsynligO. When in the app, search for Madrona. The controls are relatively closed together so it may work better to change the control radius from 20 m to 10 m, and set the Minimum GPS accuracy to 200 m. The maps are available in the app or online when you have found the event. If you want to print separate control descriptions, they are here.

Please park at the north end of the main parking area.

Learn more about the UsynligO app and how to use it here.

COC Members Will E and Eric B are Headed to WOC

Congratulations to Will Enger and Eric Bone, both long time COC members on their selection to the Men’s US WOC Team that will be heading to the Czech Republic July 3-9 for the 2021 World Orienteering Championships. For Eric this marks his 20th WOC and 27th year on the US National team. For Will this will be his 2nd WOC and 7th year on the US National team. Both Eric and Will are COC WIOL alums and both have served on the COC Board. We wish them the best of luck as they proudly represent the USA on the world stage!



Ultimate Orienteer Series Wraps Up This Weekend – Don’t miss out

Orienteering flag in Idaho

More orienteering fun awaits you this weekend. Take a short trip across the mountains to Teanaway Forks for an Ultra Long race and then to Jack Creek for a Middle race this Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13. Registration is open and will close Thursday (6/10) at 9pm. This double header of racing marks the close of the Ultimate Orienteer Series for 2021 so you won’t want to miss out! Read more info here.

Navigation Race and US Rogaine Champs is This Weekend

Coming up this weekend: Northwest Nav Races is pleased to be hosting a 24-hour navigation race in the fantastic channeled scablands terrain of eastern Washington State! PRE-REGISTRTION CLOSES THURSDAY 5/27 AT MIDNIGHT! You can register here. You can learn more here. COC and OUSA members get a discount. 

The terrain is generally flat to gently sloping in profile and quite easy to run or walk through, however cliffs, lakes and marshes, and streams provide hindrances to straight-line travel in many parts of the terrain.

The area encompasses the existing Fishtrap Lake orienteering map, as well as lands south of Sprague Lake.

Are you new to nav racing? That’s okay! Check out the “First Time?” section to learn how it works.

Join a Great Group of Volunteers!

Been enjoying COC events these past few months? There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make COC events fair, challenging, enjoyable, smooth, permit compliant, and well-attended, so huge thanks to everyone in our community who has stepped up to volunteer. If you have some time to spare, we are still in need of more volunteers- some in critical roles and some in casual roles. Current open positions include but are not limited to Land Permissions Coordinator, Training Coordinator, and Webmaster. Also COC is always looking for folks willing to learn and become course designers.  Series Directors often need role specific help as well. Orienteering knowledge is often helpful but not required.

Time commitment is variable depending on needs and role, estimate 5-20 hours per month. The club is also currently without a Vice President. For more information about a particular role or to volunteer, please contact COC Club President Eric Jones at

Join the Ultimate Series in Vantage this Weekend

Calling all adventurous orienteers. Head on over to Eastern Washington this weekend for some ultimate racing in rugged and challenging terrain. Frenchman Spring and Frenchman Coulee back to back days is guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing. Snakes are active, so gaiters are a must. Registration is open. Reserve your spot now.

Winter League Championships Officially Added

Permits are in hand for a Winter League Series Championship race at Shorecrest High School-Hamlin Park-South Woods Park on Saturday, May 8th.  Registration for public (60 spots to start- more added as we can) is open. Dave Tallent is updating the maps and promising exciting courses once again. A small outdoor awards ceremony will immediately follow the event.

**King County possibly returning to Phase 2 of COVID Restrictions does NOT affect this meet. The mini-Winter League Series was originally setup to comply with Phase 2 rules

New Venue – New Challenge Saturday at Rock Creek/Summit Trails

Winter League #5 heads south to the Maple Valley area this Saturday, April 24.  COC is excited to have our first official event at this new venue. Course designer and map creator John Brady has promised hard and challenging courses. You won’t want to miss the debut of Rock Creek/Summit Trails as an orienteering landscape for COC.

Public registration opens Monday night (4/19) at 7pm and closes Wednesday (2/21) at 9pm.

Read more about the event here and the series here.