Relay, Relay, Relay! Join the Fun February 24!

Register Now! Don’t miss the fun! The 3rd annual 3-person relay, an exciting ending to the winter season, is being held Feb. 24th at Seattle Pacific University. There are two classes: Open and Junior. The only restriction to forming a team is that all members of a Junior team have to be 20 years or younger. This year, all three legs will be about equal in distance and difficulty, all about 2 km in distance (point to point), have about 20 controls on each leg, and all legs have forking. And to make it even better, it’s only $2 when you pre-register!  Learn more and register here.

Pt Defiance Winter League Meet #7 is Cancelled

For safety reasons we are cancelling Saturday’s Winter League #7 meet at Pt. Defiance.

  • We will be counting the Championship race at Camp River Ranch as the 7th meet of the season. So those close races for season trophies will be decided on the course and not by snow.
  • The Camp River Ranch meet will still be a championship race with trophies for this meet, but it will also count as meet 7 in the overall season standings.
A huge thank you to Ing Uhlin and Dave Tallent for the incredible amount of work they put in to design amazing courses for Pt. Defiance.  We will use these courses in the near future, so they will not go to waste!

Pt Defiance Winter Fun

Join the fun at Pt. Defiance Park this Saturday, February 9th for the final “regular season” meet of the Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) Series.   This race will play a major role in determining who wins the overall season trophy in many categories, so excitement will abound! Terrific news is the map has had major updates thanks to course designers Ing Uhlin and Dave Tallent.  Find more info or register here. Please note:  Due to winter storm forecasts, the Winter League Series Directors will announce the status of the race at 8pm Friday evening.


Four COC Runners Named to Jr. National Team

The JTESC and the coaches of the OUSA Junior National Program, Erin Schirm and Greg Ahlswede, announced the 14 member (7 male and 7 female) Junior National Team earlier this month and four Cascade OC members have made the team!  Congratulations to Siri Christopherson, Caroline Sandbo, Kai Mihata and Jessica Colleran. These four have put in countless hours of physical training, participating in training calls, logging performance metrics, traveling all over the globe to compete, and running in many COC events. Cascade OC is excited and proud to have this amazing level of representation on the junior national team. A special shout out to COC Member, Mike Schuh, who helped to train all of these competitors.

Cascade OC also had three competitors named to the Junior Development Team (JDT): Great job by Annika Mihata, Jolie Barga and Anna Campbell.  The JDT is designed to help young orienteers who are capable of orienteering on orange-level courses to transition to the advanced level and become nationally competitive. To learn more about OUSA’s Junior National Program click here.

Head to Whidbey Island Saturday for a Unique Orienteering Kettle Adventure

Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) heads to the islands this Saturday, January 26th, for a day of racing at Ft. Ebey State Park. Orienteering in the Kettles area of this park comes with unique challenges that will be great training for all orienteers. Kettles are landforms characterized by multiple depressions which form due to flood or glacial retreat. Thanks to the concentrated up and down terrain, the skill most critical to a successful race here is CONTOUR READING. Join us and Saturday and test your skills. You can register, volunteer or learn more here.

Sign Up for Vancouver Sprint Camp February 15-17, 2019

Dust off your passport or enhanced driver’s license, reserve your spot, and head north for a fun weekend of racing and learning at Vancouver Sprint Camp, hosted by the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC).  Sprint Camp is a fun-filled weekend of races, training sessions, coaching tips, and opportunities for mingling with some of the best sprint orienteers in North America.  Venues will be a mixture of urban, campus, park, and forest.  This is a great opportunity for COC members and WIOL competitors to get in some extensive training! Read more here:

Two side notes:

  • They will not be providing beginner training or beginner courses.
  • Cash prizes are being offered for the top runners at the end of the weekend.

Ring in the New Year Orienteering at Ft Steilacoom

Happy New Year!  Start 2019 off with a bang by joining your fellow orienteers at Winter League (WIOL + Winter O’) #5 this Saturday, January 12th at Ft. Steilacoom Park. Home to many crisscrossing trails, both in open grass and in forest, along with many distinct features such as buildings, roads, ballfields, and a small lake, Fort Steilacoom is not rugged or remote, but it can be fairly challenging for a city park. Sign up and run off all those holiday cookies you may have indulged in last month and then catch up with your COC friends after your race to compare route choices and maybe swap holiday stories!  You can read more, register, or sign up to volunteer here.

This Saturday: The Bog Slog at Lord Hill!

The Bog Slog, now in its 39th year, is now organized as the final event in the Choose Your Adventure Series. Never fear, we’re still keeping the epic, mass-start, point-to-point courses for the advanced runners! We’ve also added a freestyle Choose Your Adventure style race intended for beginners, intermediates, and trail runners!

Come join us at Lord Hill Park on Saturday! Afterward, there will be a potluck at the Bresemans’ house, just 15 minutes away.



Orienteering and Park Stewardship

Three cheers for this elementary school orienteer who picked up an entire bag of litter at Hamlin Park.  Did you know COC provides litter bags to any participant who would like to volunteer to leave our venues cleaner than they found them?  Please ask for one at the info tent of the next meet you attend! COC, our park systems, and the environment thank you!