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What is QCARS?

The Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of six events held at parks and other venues in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Each event will feature two races in which participants use a map and compass to locate hidden checkpoints. One race will be suitable for beginners and the other race for more experienced navigators. Both races will be less than 3 km if traveling straight between each checkpoint. You can go at your own pace, according to your navigation skills and foot speed. Some participants will take their time and enjoy seeing their favorite park in a whole different way. Some participants will go fast in order to best other competitors or attain a personal record. Whatever your goal, we promise an adventure!

Season Standings

       • 2019 Season Standings. Your best 3 races count for season awards.

Event Locations

• 6/08/19 Burnet Woods
• 6/22/19 Sharon Woods
• 7/13/19 Northern Kentucky University
• 7/27/19 Mt. Airy Forest
• 8/10/19 Tower Park, Fort Thomas, KY
• 8/24/19 Eden Park

Event Logistics

Each event takes place on a Saturday, with a start window from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should be off the course by 1 p.m. Free instruction is available in the registration area. Your entry fee includes a pre-marked map and timing chip, which we use to record your visit to each of the checkpoints. Here's what part of a map might look like. The triangle is the start location. The circles are checkpoints. The double circle is the finish location.


Event pricing - $10 non-members, $5 members
Series pricing (all 6 events) - $30 non-members (includes 1 Orienteering Cincinnati (OCIN) membership), $15 members
OCIN Membership - $15 single, $25 family


Register here for a season pass for the entire series to enjoy a 50% discount and speed up the check-in process when you arrive at the event.
If you are NOT getting a season pass, please pre-register here for individual events:
    Burnet Woods on June 8
    Sharon Woods on June 22
    NKU on July 13
    Mt Airy on July 27
    Tower Park on August 10
    Eden Park on August 24


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