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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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June to August, 2019     Cincinnati, Ohio
    Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) is a series of short summer orienteering events, in Cincinnati City Parks and other nearby sites. See event listings for June 8 and 22; July 13 and 27; August 10 and 24. Pre-register online for a QCARS season pass! Season pass (6 events) is just $15 for OCIN members and $30 for non-members! Entry to individual QCARS events is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Your best 3 events count for season awards. QCARS 2019 Season Standings
    OCIN will be introducing the SportIdent Air+ punching system at our QCARS events. You can still use your traditional SI card, but you SI Air+ allows faster, touch-free punching at each control. If desired, you may purchase an SI Air+ card or a traditional SI card with your season pass.

Sat, July 20, 2019     Ox Bow County Park, Goshen, Indiana
    OCIN's South Bend Chapter will offer a range of 3 different courses (easy, medium, hard). Starts will be open from 11 am to 1 pm. Regular OCIN fees for this event: $10 for members, $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI timing card. $5 for youth age 20 or under. SI Air+ will not be supported at this event.
    Event Directors: Thurston and Bonnie Miller.
    23033 Co Rd 45, Goshen IN, 46528. This is between Goshen and Elkhart in northern Indiana. locator map coming soon.

July 23 - Sept 3, 2019     OLOU Summer Sprint Series, Louisville, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). 2 short sprint-style courses at each event. See NEW   OLOU website for more details. Event fees $5 for one or both courses. Starts are open on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:15, with control pickup beginning at 7:30. The shorter course is always family and beginner-friendly. The second is more challenging.
    weekly events in Louisville area parks. July 23 - E P Sawyer - Lakeland, July 30 - Portland Wharf, Aug 6 - Cherokee Park - Big Rock, Aug 13 - George Rogers Clark Park, Aug 20 - St. Matthews Comm. Park, Aug 27 - Lapping Park, Sept 3 - Cox Park

July 27, 2019     QCARS #4, Mt Airy Forest, Cincinnati, OH
    Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) - a series of short summer orienteering events. Each event will offer 2 short, fast courses in area parks.
    Pre-register online for a QCARS season pass! Entry to individual QCARS events is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. If you do not have a QCARS season pass, please pre-register online for this event. Cincinnati Parks limits our ability to accept cash or credit cards on site at this event, so please pre-register. Starts will be open from 10 am to noon.
    Locator Map Enter Mt Airy forest off Colerain Avenue, and continue straight on Blue Spruce Rd. Check-in and start will be off Blue Spruce between the Pine Ridge Lodge and Shepherd Creek Rd.

July 27 - 28, 2019   Canadian Orienteering Championships, Quebec, Canada
    open to all, pre-registration required. Rawdon, Quebec

July 27-28, 2019   16th World Rogaining Championships, Spain
    teams of 2, 24 hour navigation challenge. pre-registration required, and there is usually a limit on the number of teams that can register.
    event website

July 27 - Aug 3, 2019   World and Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, Viborg, Denmark
    national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Coaches (Erin Schirm and Greg Ahlswede) for details.
    event website

July 28 - Aug 4, 2019   USA and IARU Region 2 ARDF Championship, Raleigh NC
    ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) event. open to all, pre-registration required. Fees increase on July 14. See the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK) website for more details.
    July 27-30 practice events. Aug 1 Fox-O at Eno River; Aug 2 Sprint at Lake Crabtree, Aug 3 - 2 meter frequency at Umstead North; Aug 4 - 80 meter frequency at Umstead South.

August 3, 2019     "Dead Fred", Yatesville Lake State Park, Kentucky
    presented by 361 Adventures. 9 hour adventure race including biking, trekking, paddling. See the 361 Adventures website for more details. Pre-registration opening soon.

Sun, Aug 4, 2019     OCIN board meeting
    7-9 pm. OCIN monthly board meeting (online/phone), Contact Greg Fasig for the information to call in or connect online through Ring Central. All OCIN members are welcome to listen in and participate.

Sat, August 10, 2019     QCARS #5, Tower Park, Ft Thomas, KY
    Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) - a series of short summer orienteering events. Each event will offer 2 short, fast courses in area parks. New map!
    Pre-register online for a QCARS season pass! Entry to individual QCARS events is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. You may also pre-register online for only this event.. Starts will be open from 10 am to noon.
    directions and location map coming soon.

August 13-18, 2019   World Orienteering Championships (forest), Norway
    national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Selection Committee for details.
    event website

August 24, 2019     QCARS #6, Eden Park, Cincinnati, OH
    Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) - a series of short summer orienteering events. Each event will offer 2 short, fast courses in area parks. New map!
    Pre-register online for a QCARS season pass! Entry to individual QCARS events is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. If you do not have a QCARS season pass, please pre-register online for this event. Cincinnati Parks limits our ability to accept cash or credit cards on site at this event, so please pre-register. Starts will be open from 10 am to noon.
    directions and location map coming soon.

Sun, Aug 25, 2019     OCIN board meeting
    7-9 pm. OCIN monthly board meeting (online/phone), Contact Greg Fasig for the information to call in or connect online through Ring Central. All OCIN members are welcome to listen in and participate.

Sun, Aug 25, 2019     ICO Paddle-O, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN
    See the event listing on Attackpoint for more details. Pre-registration is required; reservations required for rental watercraft.

Sat, August 31, 2019     St Patrick's Park, South Bend, Indiana
    OCIN's South Bend Chapter will offer a score style course (go in any order) with a 2 hour time limit on this unique map that spans the Indiana-Michigan border, with plenty of controls in both states. There will also be a cross country course with a twist for middle school students (the twist will be finding your way with easy navigation, not just following the marked route of a normal cross country course - white/yellow level of approx. 4.3 km).
    Event Directors: Thurston and Bonnie Miller.
    Locator Map

Sat, August 31, 2019     OLOU Urban Score-O, Louisville, Kentucky
    Urban Score-O presented by Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). See the OLOU website for more details. Slugger Field Parking Lot. Director: Chris Gerstle

Caution - Fall Hunting Seasons
    Archery season for deer begins on Sept. 7 in Kentucky, Sept. 28 in Ohio, and Oct. 1 in Indiana. Please use caution in the woods during all hunting seasons. For more details, season dates, and links to official state websites, see our hunting information page

Sept 6-8, 2019   OUSA Nationals, California
    2019 Orienteering USA Nationals. Middle / Long / Sprint events at Big Basin and Cabrillo College.
    Event Website. Pre-registration required.

Sat, Sept 7, 2019     OLOU Rough River State Park, Falls of Rough, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). See See OLOU website for more details. Event fees $7 for members, $10 for non-members.

Sat, Sept 14, 2019     Three Creeks Metropark, Groveport, OH
    See Central Ohio Orienteers (COO) website for more details
   starts 11 am to 1 pm

Sat, Sept 14, 2019     East Fork Challenge, East Fork State Park, Ohio
    6 and 12 hour adventure race at East Fork State Park. This will include canoe/kayak, mountain biking, trekking, and orienteering segments. See Topo Adventures website for more details.

Sun, Sep 22, 2019     OCIN board meeting
    7-9 pm. OCIN monthly board meeting (online/phone), Contact Greg Fasig for the information to call in or connect online through Ring Central. All OCIN members are welcome to listen in and participate.

Sat, Sept 28, 2019     Miami University Natural Areas, Oxford, Ohio
    OCIN will offer free "try it" orienteering courses, 10 am to 2 pm. Courses of all levels from white thru red will be offered.
    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

Sat, Sept 28, 2019     Fall Challenge 2-4-6, Pontiac Lake, Michigan
    2, 4 and 6 hour adventure races incuding trail running, mountain biking, orienteering, and canoeing (2 hour has no canoeing). Lost Arrow Sports website for more details. Pre-registration is required.

Sun, Sept 29, 2019     Great Outdoors Weekend, Cincinnati, Ohio
    OCIN will offer free "try it" orienteering courses at Cincinnati area parks; sites and times to be determined, tentatively at Mt Airy Forest.
    Great Outdoors Weekend is a regional effort offering many different outdoor activities highlighting Greater Cincinnati Parks and Natural Areas.
    directions and locator map coming soon.

Sat, Oct 5, 2019     OLOU Taylorsville Lake, Taylorsville, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). See NEW   OLOU website for more details.

Sat, Oct. 5, 2019   One day National Meet, Rochester, NY
    One day National Meet "Save The Horses" at Alasa Farms, Sodus NY
    Event Website. Pre-registration required.

Sat, Oct 12, 2019     East Fork, Amelia Ohio
    **date tentative pending park approval** Fall event, open to all, large competition and awards for area JROTC students, concession stand by Live Oaks HS JROTC. Full range of courses from white thru red. Starts are open from 10 am until 1 pm, courses close and control pickup begins no later than 4 pm.
    event fees: $5 per student for all students in high school or younger, regular rate for all others: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $2 discount if you have your own SI card.
    Enter park off Bantam Rd and follow orange and white "orienteering" signs. Locator Map

Sun, Oct. 13, 2019     Great Seal State Park, Chillicothe, OH
    See Central Ohio Orienteers (COO) website for more details
   starts 11 am to 1 pm

Sat, Oct 19, 2019     Buckley Wildlife Refuge, Lexington, Kentucky
    Bluegrass Orienteering (O-Blue). See O-Blue website for more details.

Oct 19-20, 2019   Boulder Dash and 2019 US Master's Nationals, Gilford, NH
    national event in rugged terrain. 2019 Orienteering USA Master's Nationals (US Champions awards in 5 year age groups for age 35 and over). Organized by Up North Orienteering (UNO)
    preliminary event info on Attackpoint

Oct 19-20, 2019   Legend of the Dogman, Gregory, MI
    8 hour and 18 hour rogaine in southern Michigan, solos permitted. Organized by Lost Arrow Sports
    Legend of the Dogman website

Sun, Oct 20, 2019     Miami Valley Pumpkin Hunt, Germantown, Ohio
    Miami Valley Orienteering Club (MVOC)
    address: 6910 Boomershine Rd, Germantown, OH 45237. Enter park off Boomershine Rd and follow "orienteering" signs. Locator Map

Friday, Oct 25, 2019     Rentschler Forest, Hamilton, Ohio
    OCIN's annual Halloween Orienteering Courses in cooperation with MetroParks of Butler County. There will be a full range of courses for all ages. Twilight courses, with starts from 5 until 7 pm. Courses close at 8 pm, control pickup begins at 8 pm.
    The Trail of Treats will be a short, easy course for kids, with a choice of candy or a toy at the finish. Trail of Treats course is $4 per child; regular OCIN fees ($10 members, $15 non-members) for other courses.
    MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit is required and will be available on site. Butler County residents may get a 2019-2020 permit free with proof of residency. Non-residents may buy a 2019 annual for $10 or a daily for $5. We use MetroParks of Butler County for several events each year.
    address: 5701 Reigart Rd. Hamilton, OH 45011. Enter the park off Reigart Rd and follow orange and white "orienteering" signs to the Overlook parking lot. Locator Map

Sat, Oct 26, 2019     High Banks Metropark, Lewis Center, OH
    See Central Ohio Orienteers (COO) website for more details
   starts 11 am to 1 pm

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019     Voice of America MetroPark, West Chester, Ohio
    OCIN's annual Halloween Orienteering Courses in cooperation with MetroParks of Butler County. There will be a full range of courses for all ages. Starst are open from 11 am until 1 pm. Courses close at 3 pm, control pickup begins at 3 pm.
    The Trail of Treats will be a short, easy course for kids, with a choice of candy or a toy at the finish. Trail of Treats course is $4 per child; regular OCIN fees ($10 members, $15 non-members) for other courses.
    MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit is required and will be available on site. Butler County residents may get a 2019-2020 permit free with proof of residency. Non-residents may buy a 2019 annual for $10 or a daily for $5. We use MetroParks of Butler County for several events each year.
    address: 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Enter the park off Cox Rd and follow orange and white "orienteering" signs. Locator Map

Sat, Nov 2 2019     Twisted Run II, Centennial Park, Plymouth, Indiana
    OCIN's South Bend chapter brings back the second year of the Twisted Run. Easy (white to yellow level difficulty) navigation (long and short versions) with a mass start. A few navigation decisions will give navigators the chance to outsmart the speedsters.

November 2, 2019     "The Fig", Red River Gorge, Kentucky
    presented by 361 Adventures. 12 hour adventure race including biking, trekking, paddling. See the 361 Advbentures website for more details. Pre-registration opening soon.

Sat, Nov 9 2019     TROL/ WARS #1 - Camp Butterworth, Maineville, Ohio
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card. Special note: This is a girl scout camp (privately owned); no dogs please.
    Starts will be open from 11 am until 1 pm, full range of courses for all ages.

Nov 9 -10 2019     Camp Butterworth, Maineville, Ohio
    Girl Scout training weekend at Camp Butterworth. Program information and registration will be through the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio website. The program will include various activities and training, and includes participation in the public TROL/WARS event on Nov. 9. Contact Vicki "Fins" Huseman for details.

Sat, Nov 9, 2019     OLOU Night-O at E P Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). Night Course. See NEW   OLOU website for more details.

Sun, Nov 10, 2019     Battelle-Darby Metropark, Galloway, OH
    See Central Ohio Orienteers (COO) website for more details
   starts 11 am to 1 pm

Sat Nov 16 2019     TROL / WARS #2 Diamond Oaks, Dent, Ohio
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card. $5 per student for all students and JROTC cadets.
    Starts will be open from 11 am until 1 pm, full range of courses for all ages.

Sat, Nov 16, 2019     OLOU Turkey Run, Seatonville KY
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). Seatonville, KY, off KY 1318, southeast of Louisville. See NEW   OLOU website for more details.
   

Nov 23 or 24 2019     TROL /WARS #3, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card.
    Starts will be open from 11 am until 1 pm, full range of courses for all ages.

Sat, Nov 30, 2019     TROL Training Day Camp, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    An all-day training program geared mainly toward students participating in the TROL youth league, but open to everyone. There will be an alternating mix of indoor instruction and outdoor courses and training activities. Be prepared to be outside several times throughout the day. 8 am to 6 pm; Lunch sandwiches and dinner pizza are included. Pre-registration is required.
    Boyd Hall, Miami University "Western" Campus. Locator Map. A Miami University Daily Parking Permit will be provided when you check in at this event; you do not need to use the metered parking spaces.

Sun, Dec 1, 2019     TROL / WARS Series #4, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    courses from white through red, starts 11 to 2. Courses: white thru red. Courses will use a mix of rolling woodland and campus areas.
    Event Fees: $10 members, $15 non-members, $2 discount if you have your own SportIdent card. Free for 2019-20 TROL and WARS Season pass holders.
    Boyd Hall, Miami University "Western" Campus. Locator Map. A Miami University Daily Parking Permit will be provided when you check in at this event; you do not need to use the metered parking spaces.

Sun, Dec 1, 2019     Topo Trail Marathon, East Fork State Park, Ohio
    This isa trail running event, not orienteering. 6.5, 13.1, and full 26.2 mile marathon options. See Topo Adventures website for more details.

Sat, Dec 7, 2019     Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). Large forest preserve south of Louisville off I-65, exit 112. See NEW   OLOU website for more details.

Dec 7 or 8 2019     TROL / WARS #5, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Sat, Dec 7, 2019     Charles Alley Park, Lancaster, OH
    See Central Ohio Orienteers (COO) website for more details
   Night-O?

Dec 14 or 15 2019     TROL / WARS #6, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Jan 4 or 5, 2020     TROL / WARS #7, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Jan 5 - Feb 23, 2020     OLOU Winter Sprint Series, Louisville, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). 2 short sprint-style courses at each event. See NEW   OLOU website for more details. Event fees $5 for one or both courses. Starts are open on Sundays from 2:00 to 3:15, with control pickup beginning at 3:30. The shorter course is always family and beginner-friendly. The second is more challenging.
    weekly events in Louisville area parks. Jan 5 - Thurman Hutchins Park, Jan 12 - Anchorage Trail Park, Jan 19 - Long Run Park East, Jan 26 - Long Run Park West, Feb 2 - Shawnee Park, Feb 9 - Cherokee Park, Feb 16 - Lapping Park.

Jan 11 or 12, 2020     TROL / WARS #8, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Jan 17-20, 2020   Georgia Navigator Cup, Georgia USA
    open to all, pre-registration required.

Jan 25, 2020     TROL / WARS #9, Miami Univ. Middletown Campus
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.
    Locator map. Registration and starts will be at Verity Lodge (indoor registration and restrooms).

Feb 1 or 2, 2020     TROL / WARS #10, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Feb 8 or 9, 2020     TROL / WARS #11, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Feb, 2020   Southwest Spring Meet, Tucson, AZ
    Series of events in the Tucson and Phoenix areas, includes President's Day weekend. open to all, pre-registration required.

Feb 15 or 16, 2020     TROL / WARS #12, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Feb 22 or 23, 2020     TROL / WARS #13, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Feb 29 or Mar 1, 2020     TROL / WARS #14, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

Mar 7 or 8, 2020     TROL / WARS #15, location tba
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass for free entry to all TROL/ WARS series events. Entry fee for individual TROL / WARS events is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card
    full range of courses for all ages.

April 3-5, 2020     OCIN Flying Pig XXIV
    National events, details to be announced.

April 11, 2020     MetroParks of Butler County, location tba
    This event will include a special egg hunt course for kids. Following an easy map, kids can collect a different color plastic egg at each checkpoint. When finishing, turn in the eggs for a choice of candy or toy from our treasure chest. Egg hunt course is $4 per child. For other courses, regular entry fee is $10 for members or $15 for non-members; $2 discount if you have your own SI card.
    full range of courses for all ages.

April 18-19, 2020   OUSA Junior Nationals, Washington, USA
    Fort Ebey State Park and Fort Casey State Park. National championship for individuals and teams of junior orienteers: college, high school, and younger. Pre-registration required.

June 28 - July 5, 2020   Junior World Orienteering Championships, Turkey
    national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Coaches (Erin Schirm and Greg Ahlswede) for details.

July 7-11, 2020   World Orienteering Championships (sprint), Vejle and Kolding, Denmark
    national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Selection Committee for details.

July 21 - Aug 2, 2020   California Orienteering Festival, USA
    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 (July 25-27) and World Rogaining Championship (Aug 1-2).

July 25-27, 2020   North American Orienteering Championships, Truckee, CA, USA
    open to all, the North American Championship is held every 2 years, alternating between USA and Canada.
    hosted by Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC)

Aug 1-2, 2020   17th World Rogaining Championships, Truckee, CA, USA
    teams of 2, 24 hour navigation challenge. pre-registration required, and there is usually a limit on the number of teams that can register.
    event website

Aug 7-15, 2020   World Masters Orienteering Championship, Slovakia
    open competiton for orienteers age 35 and over. pre-registration required.

Aug 17-23, 2020   World and Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, Jesenik, Czech Republic
    national teams only, contact Orienteering USA Mountain Bike-O Committee for details.

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2020   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.

April, 2021     OCIN Flying Pig XXV
    National events, details to be announced.
   

July, 2021   World Orienteering Championships (forest), Czech Republic
    national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Selection Committee for details.

2021   World Games, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Orienteering USA will host the orienteering portion of the 2021 World Games. national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team Selection Committee for details.

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