Wednesday Evening #6 – Green River CC
Wednesday, August 24 at Green River College in Auburn, WA
Meet Director: Will Enger
The sixth event in the 2022 Wednesday Evening Series will be held at Green River Community 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): Greta Leonard, Alexis Leonard
Course 1: 1.0 km
Course 2: 2.1 km
Course 3: 3.1 km
Course 4 (2+3): 5.1 km
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.
Green River CC has a nice mix of campus orienteering surrounded by forested areas with an extensive trail network. Courses will largely stay within the campus area, though they will also send you onto the trails a bit as well. There will be minimal off-trail travel required, so full leg covering is not strictly necessary.
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
First time trying orienteering? Register for Course 1 (the beginner course) for a special price of $12 online, or $15 day-of!
Participating as a group? Just $5 for each additional adult (16+) group member, no cost for additional minors.
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!
Online pre-registration closes:
Day-of-event registration is available by cash or check, made payable to Cascade Orienteering Club
Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.
The event will be staged from the SSE side of campus. To reach it, enter at the main entrance and drive through the large parking lots and down the road bordering the edge of campus. The event center will be at or near the same area where recent Winter League events have staged from.
Looking for a carpool? Join the Yahoo listserv and share your request to find a ride.
Green River College is almost like two venues–a dense college campus surrounded by thick forest and undergrowth with infrequent trails, some of which are prone to winter flooding. Over time, Cascade Orienteering Club has focused more on the campus, expanding that portion into a 1:4000 sprint map.
As with any campus map, good awareness of building shapes, size, and direction–and the fact that you’re on a 1:4000 map–help with navigation. Note that the underground garage in the large, northeastern-most building is out of bounds and cannot be used for navigation. Other out-of-bounds areas are fenced. And as always, look both ways when crossing a road; there are lots of parking lots here!Read more on the map page
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.
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.