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Public is welcome at all events, unless specifically noted in the announcement. Beginners are always welcome and basic instruction is offered at no charge. OCIN Events are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of severe storm or snow emergency, check this site on the morning of event.

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May to August, 2021     Cincinnati, Ohio
    Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of short summer orienteering events, featuring 2 short, fast, and fun courses more open park land and campus areas in Cincinnati City Parks and other nearby sites. Pre-register online for a QCARS season pass! Season pass (8 QCARS events, plus bonus events) is just $30 for OCIN members and $45 for non-members! Entry to individual QCARS events is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Your best 3 QCARS events count for season awards.
    QCARS 2021 event dates: May 8, May 22, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21. Purchase your QCARS summer season pass now for free entry to all QCARS series events. Bonus: In addition to the QCARS series, your QCARS season pass will also give you free entry to OCIN events on June 22 at Indian Creek, and possibly more!

Saturday, July 24, 2021     QCARS 6, England-Idlewild, Burlington, KY
    Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of short summer orienteering events, featuring 2 short, fast, and fun courses more open park land and campus areas in Cincinnati City Parks and other nearby sites. Starts are open from 9:30 to 11. Pre-register online for England Idlewild. Season pass (8 QCARS events, plus bonus events) is just $30 for OCIN members and $45 for non-members! Entry to individual QCARS events is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Your best 3 QCARS events count for season awards.
    2021 QCARS event dates: May 8, May 22, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 14, August 21. Purchase your QCARS summer season pass now for free entry to all QCARS series events.
    Locator Map

Sunday, Aug 1, 2021     Cool Creek Park, Central Indiana
    New map. Details tba. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering (ICO). More information at ICO website

Aug 6-15, 2021   Tahoe 2021 Orienteering Festival, USA
    including US Orienteering Championships (Aug 6-9: sprint, middle, long, relay) and North American Rogaine Championships (Aug 14-15) (4 hour recreational rogaine on Aug 14; 24 hour North American Championships Aug 14-15).
    event website and pre-registration

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021     QCARS 7, Burnet Woods, Cincinnati, OH
    DATE CHANGE FROM AUG 7Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of short summer orienteering events, featuring 2 short, fast, and fun courses more open park land and campus areas in Cincinnati City Parks and other nearby sites. Starts are open from 9:30 to 11. Pre-register online (coming soon). Season pass (7 QCARS events, plus bonus events) is just $30 for OCIN members and $45 for non-members! Entry to individual QCARS events is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Your best 3 QCARS events count for season awards.
    Locator Map

Saturday, Aug 21, 2021     QCARS 8, location tba
    tentatively on NEW MAP at Kingswood Park, Deerfield Twp, Ohio. Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of short summer orienteering events, featuring 2 short, fast, and fun courses more open park land and campus areas in Cincinnati City Parks and other nearby sites. Starts 9:30-11. Pre-register online (coming soon). Season pass (7 QCARS events, plus bonus events) is just $30 for OCIN members and $45 for non-members! Entry to individual QCARS events is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Your best 3 QCARS events count for season awards.
   

Sat, Aug 28, 2021     St Patrick's Park, South Bend, IN
    OCIN's northern Indiana chapter organizes this annual event. This will have 3 sprint style courses, with a mass start at 10:30 am from the Berta Shelter. Courses: short 2.0 km, no forking; middle 5.1 km with forking; long 8.3 km with forking. Controls will be on or visible from the trail system. information and online pre-registration.
    Event Director: Thurston Miller

Sat, Aug 28, 2021     Amazing Charity Race, Milford, Ohio
    Rescheduled from June 19 to August 28. OCIN will host one of the "Challenge" stations in the annual Amazing Charity Race. Volunteers will be needed to staff our challenge, but we can't reveal exactly what the challenge will involve. The Amazing Charity Race (from their website) is a fun, quirky, adventure that challenges the contestants agility, balance, coordination, strength, intelligence, problem solving skills, fine motor skills, and most importantly, their sense of humor.

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021     Eagle Creek East, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Annual Paddle-O, Canoe or Kayak courses. Score Style. Possibly a foot course as well. Details tba. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering (ICO). More information at ICO website

Sat, Sept 4, 2021     St Patrick's Park, South Bend, IN
    OCIN's northern Indiana chapter organizes this annual event. This will be a 30 control score-O course with a 2 hour time limit. Meet HQ will be at the Fragomeni Shelter; starts will be open 10 am to noon.
    Event Director: Thurston Miller

Sept, 2021   Junior World Orienteering Championships, Turkey
       JWOC 2021 Turkey is postponed until September. National teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team (Andrea Schneider) for details. event website

Sat, Sept 25, 2021     Miami University Natural Areas, Oxford, Ohio
    Tentative - OCIN will offer free "try it" orienteering courses, details tba.
    Great Outdoors Weekend is a regional effort offering many different outdoor activities highlighting Greater Cincinnati Parks and Natural Areas. The Miami University Hike-a-thon Plus will offer many different free activities and exhibits including hikes, guided birdwatching walk, natural/organic food samples from Moon Coop, and much more.
    Locator Map

Sun, Sept 26, 2021     Great Outdoors Weekend, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Tentative - OCIN will offer free "try it" orienteering courses, details tba.
    Great Outdoors Weekend is a regional effort offering many different outdoor activities highlighting Greater Cincinnati Parks and Natural Areas.

Sat, October 2, 2021     East Fork, Indian Mound Shelter

    Tentative full range of courses from white thru red, for all ages. This event will include a special competition for JROTC cadets. Starts are open from 10 am to 1 pm. Control pickup begins at 3 pm.
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: none. Restroom facilities: portable toilet. Event center: open sided shelter
    3294 Elklick Rd, Bethel, OH 45106. Enter park off Bantam Rd and follow orange and white "orienteering" signs to the Indian Mound Shelter. Locator map

Oct 9-10, 2021   2021 Master's Nationals, Minnesota
    national event hosted by Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC)

Saturday, Aug 23, 2021     Eagkle Creek, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Halloween O. Night course? details tba. Organized by Indiana Crossroads Orienteering (ICO). More information at ICO website

October, 2021     Halloween and Trail of Treats, Butler County, Ohio
    Tentative Halloween courses for all ages, "Trail of Treats" easy course for kids; children can select candy or a toy when finishing. Usually 2 dates in late October in 2 different Butler County MetroParks.
    Courses: white thru red

Sat, Nov 6, 2021     Twisted Run IV, Centennial Park, Plymouth, Indiana
    OCIN's South Bend chapter brings back the annual Twisted Run. Easy (white to yellow level difficulty) navigation (long 6.6 km and short 3.2 km versions) with a mass start. A few navigation decisions will give navigators the chance to outsmart the speedsters. Mass start at 11 am.
    This will be a fundraiser for the Orienteering USA Junior National Team, with all proceeds going to the national team.
   
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: none. Restroom facilities: modern, indoor. Event center: outdoors, open-sided shelter building.
    Locator Map

Sat, Nov 13 and 14, 2021     Southwest, Ohio
    Navy JROTC Area 3 Championships. The championships will be a closed event for HS Navy JROTC Area 3 cadets only. (Cadets from other areas and service branches may participate in the public event later in the day). Details to be announced, morning start times. Camp Butterworth is a private property and is embargoed to any orienteering training by Area 3 NJROTC cadets or coaches prior to this event.
    Day 1 will be Sat Nov 13 at Camp Butterworth, Day 2 will be Sun Nov 14 at Meadow Ridge. These areas are embargoed for cadet training prior to the championships.

Sat, Nov 13, 2021     TROL / WARS Series #1, Camp Butterworth, Maineville, Ohio
   
    Tentative Starts will be open from Noon to 2 pm; starts will be later than normal due to JROTC Area 3 championships. , full range of courses for all ages. Courses: white easy; yellow intermediate; orange advanced, brown short expert, green expert; red long expert.
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: none. Restroom facilities: to be determined. Special note: This is a girl scout camp (privately owned); no dogs please.
    8551 Butterworth Rd, Maineville, OH 45039. Locator Map

Sat, Nov 20, 2021     TROL / WARS Series #2, location to be determined
    Tentative Starts are open from 11 to 1. Control pickup begins no later than 3 pm.
    Courses: white thru red

Sat, Nov 27, 2021     TROL Training Day, Miami University Western Woods, Oxford, Ohio
    Tentative 8 am to 6 pm. All day training camp geared for youth, featuring an alternating schedule of indoor classroom training and outdoor navigation ion various short orienteering courses and activities throughout the day. Difficulty increases through the day; beginners may want to do a half day starting in the morning; experienced orienteers will benefit from the morning sessions as well.
    Normally this day includes lunch (sandwiches and snacks) and pizza dinner; for this year still tentative depending on COVID policies.

Sun, Nov 28, 2021     TROL / WARS Series #3, Miami University Western Woods, Oxford, Ohio
    Tentative Starts are open from 12 to 2. Control pickup begins no later than 4 pm.
    Courses: white thru red
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: to be determined.

January, 2022   Georgia Navigator Cup
    MLK weekend. Typically a middle distance ravce on Friday, two classic races on Sat and Sun, and Extreme-O on Monday.
   

April 1-3, 2022     OCIN Flying Pig XXV, 2022 OUSA Junior Nationals
    National championship events, details to be announced.
   

late April, 2022   West Point Invitational, West Point NY
    annual national meet in rugged terrain around West Point NY, organized by the U.S. Military Academy Orienteering Team.
   

July, 2022   Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada
       POSTPONED to 2022 - rescheduled dates tbd Including Western Canadian Championships in Bragg Creek and Kananaskis, Alberta, and Canadian Orienteering Championships near Kimberley and Cranbrook BC. Also mid-week events July 5-6 near Blairmore Alberta, and Sass-Peepre Junior Camp for youth 11-20 on July 7-8 at Kimberley Nordic Centre, BC        CROF event website

July 7-17, 2022   World Games, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    (postponed from July, 2021). Orienteering USA will host the orienteering portion of the 2021 World Games. national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Selection Committee for details.

October 2022   South American Orienteering Championships, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
    near spectacular Iguasu Falls near the Brazil / Argentina / Paraguay border. event website (Portuguese) Preliminary plans call for a Sprint/Middle/Long format in 3 countries, with the Sprint in Parguay, Middle in Brazil, and Long in Argentina.

March 24-26, 2023     OCIN Flying Pig / 2023 Orienteering USA Nationals
    bid for 2023 OUSA Nationals (Middle, Long, Sprint) Separate individual awards for each race; US Champion medals to eligible finishers.
   

2023   World Masters Orienteering Championship, Slovakia
    POSTPONED from 2020 to 2023 open competiton for orienteers age 35 and over. pre-registration required. event website

August, 2023   California Orienteering Festival, USA
    North American Champs and World Rogaine Champs postponed to 2023.. Two week long festival of orienteering events, beginning in the Bay Area and ending in the Sierras near the Nevada border. includes the North American Championships and World Rogaining Championship.
    event website and pre-registration

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