The second event in the 2022 Wednesday Evening Series will be held at South Seattle College! 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.
We will be offering the usual post-race fare, with the familiar precautions – please practice social distancing, avoid congregating in large groups, and consider wearing a mask when around others. Thank you!
Course designer(s): Will Enger
Approximate course distances (these will be close, but may not be exact):
Course 1: 1.2 km, 10 controls
Course 2: 2.0 km, 12 controls
Course 3: 3.0 km, 16 controls
Course 4 (2+3): 5.0 km, 28 controls
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.
South Seattle College offers a fun mix of a college campus, an adjacent arboretum and Chinese Garden, and some wooded trails south of the campus. Course 2 will remain within the campus, while Courses 3 and 4 will take participants into all three distinct areas.
One note – many of the grassy areas have not been recently mowed, and as such the grass is often quite wild and high, so you may want pants or long socks for a bit of extra protection.
Please also note that this event will be staging from the north entrance to campus!
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.
Base price: $22 (in-person day-of-event base price $25)
– CascadeOC members receive $5 discount
– BYO e-punch (no rental), receive $5 discount
Participating as a group? Just $5 for each additional adult (16+) group member, no cost for additional minors.
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
Sitting atop the east side of the West Seattle plateau, South Seattle College features a dense college campus, parkland with scattered trees, an arboretum with a maze of trails, and a forested old quarry with a small trail network.
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.