Orienteering Louisville will be hosting live in-person meets on Sunday afternoons from 2:00PM-3:30PM. Each meet will have two courses, a shorter easier one and a longer more technical one. These will be like what we’ve done in the past for in-person GOGO meets. You are welcome to do both courses as long as time permits.
What to Expect:
There will be 2 courses available at all of our normal GOGO meets this Winter:
Short Course: This course is shorter and less technical. It generally can be completed while staying on paths and in open areas. The use of a compass can be useful, but for most won't be required. This course is ideal for beginners, those that don't want to have to venture off-trail much, reduced mobility, and competitive orienteers looking to move fast and think faster. Course distance is typically 1.6k - 2.0k (this is as the crow flies and you're actual travel distance will be longer, by how much is up to you).
Long Course: This course is longer and requires venturing off-trail. Compass is essential at times and in general is more useful than on the short course. Ideal for those looking for something a little more navigationally challenging. Course distance is typically 1.8k - 2.4k.
Courses open at 2PM, Last opportunity to start a course is at 3:15PM, and we start tearing the course down at 3:30PM (If you are still out at this time there is no guarantee you'll find the remaining controls, please return to the staging and download so we know you are off the course).
Before you arrive:
Start by registering for an event, we'll be offering two options this Winter.
Season Pass: This will be available online for $30 that will cover all the meets (including the chase), no additional registration per event will be needed with the season pass. Show up, grab your map, compass & finger-stick and go.
Single Event Registration: Registering for a single event will be available online for $5. Registration can be done through EventReg using either the link provided on the Facebook event or on our Events page. Registration for a given event will be open until all spots are sold out (Once we print maps we'll know how many spots are remaining. Register at least 3 days prior to the event to guarantee entry, after that you are at the mercy of securing one of our limited extra spots). Walk-ups are allowed if there are still spots available, but those will still need to register and pay online.
Watch the Forecast
Our meets are seldom cancelled, weather has to be extreme to cause us to cancel. Heavy rain and snow won't cancel our meets.
What to Bring:
Dress for the weather and wear something comfortable that you don't mind getting a little dirty or won't be upset if it snags a branch or some thorns!
Compass if you have one. Many of our regulars use special base plate style compasses that attach to your thumb, but any compass that you can take a bearing with will do (not sure what taking a bearing on a compass is? No worries, it's a common question we get. We have some videos on how to use a compass for navigation on our 101 page).
Whistle for emergencies.
When you arrive (we recommend coming early so you have plenty of time):
Check-in with the meet director, this is where you'll get you map and any rental equipment like your finger-stick.
Head to the start, there will be three boxes to punch at, Clear (wipes any existing data), Check (makes sure your finger-stick is good to go), and Start.
Enjoy your course!
When you finish, head back to the staging area and download data from your finger-stick (this is required, it's how we track who is still on the courses).
If there's still time, try the other course!
What is The Chase:
At the end of the season, we will do a competitive "chase." Points and times earned from the previous events will determine your start time. Slower navigators get an earlier start time and faster navigators get later start times. If the math works out most participants will arrive to the finish around the same time. Awards are presented afterwards. We're planning to have it at Broad Run Park on a brand new map. The chase will be included for those that purchased a Season Pass, for others it will be $15 or just $10 for members of OLOU or other orienteering club. Start times will to be determined closer to the event. This event will be open to all, but you need to participate in several in-person meets in order to qualify to race competitively for awards.