COC Represents at US Championships in Tahoe

Cascade Orienteering Club had a tremendous showing at the US Champs in Tahoe earlier this month. COC not only had many participants, they also brought home many medals. COC was responsible for all starts at the 4 races in what was a trial run for us to again run start at NAOC in 2023. BAOC gifted COC a beautiful new start flag for our efforts.

Winter League Announces Season Dates

Winter League is excited to have a full 2021-2022 season. Series Director Michelle Kastner announced the following dates for the series. COC is following the developments of COVID and will have rules/procedures for the series announced in September. In the meantime, save the dates:

Date Event Venue
9-Oct WIOL North Training Lynndale Park
23-Oct WIOL South Training Maple Valley Farmers Market
6-Nov WL #1 Magnuson Park- permitted
20-Nov WL #2 North SeaTac Park – permitted
4-Dec WL #3 Green River College – permitted
18-Dec WL #4 University of Washington -permit pending
8-Jan WL #5 TBD
22-Jan WL #6 TBD
5-Feb WL #7 TBD
19-Feb WL Champs TBD
20-Feb Possible “Champs Weekend” 2nd Race TBD

A Fond Farewell to Peteris and Family

If you have run any of COC’s Ultimate Races, you have most likely run on a map created by Peteris Ledins. Peteris is the creator of over 12 orienteering maps in our state and COC has had the pleasure of having many events on his maps. He has also been a course designer as well as avid COC race participant.  Peteris, his wife Gunta, and their children moved back to their home country of Latvia this month. COC thanks Peteris for his contributions to the club and wishes the family all the best in their new home.

Wednesday Evening Series Heads to Seattle Pacific University this Week

Join your fellow COC community members at SPU this Wednesday, August 11th for the 3rd Wednesday Evening Series. Our most casual series allows for arrival to start anytime between 5 and 7pm with course closure at 8pm. We will be offering the usual post-race fare, with the familiar precautions – please practice social distancing, avoid congregating in large groups, and wear a mask when around others. Read more here. Register here.

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.