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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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April-June, 2020     Park Quest
    This is a series of "do-it-yourself" events in various parks. OCIN will post a map, which you can print, and do a course on your own schedule. You can self-report your results, routes, and photos.    We are also making several of our permanent course maps available online for free for personal and educational use during this time.     Find out more and try ParkQuest now!

Tuesdays, June 9 - Aug 15, 2019     OLOU Summer Sprint Series, Louisville, Kentucky
       these events will use the UsynligO app, and courses can be completed any time during the week. Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). every Tuesday evening in a different urban park. See Orienteering Louisville website for details.

Sat, July 11, 2020     QCARS #3, England-Idlewild, Burlington, 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.
       Purchase a QCARS season pass, which gives you free entry to all 6 QCARS events. Due to social distancing requirements, you must also pre-register for each individual event (link coming soon).
       Starts will be open from 9 am to Noon, but you must pre-register for a time slot. Free beginner instructional sessions will be offered, but will be limited to 5 people in each session, and you must pre-register.
       This event has been approved and is ON. Please read our instructions for participants .
       Locator Map. Event Center will be at Shelter 2.

Sat, July 18, 2020     Ox Bow County Park, Elkhart, Indiana
       This is a northern Indiana event. Event Directors: Thurston and Bonnie Miller
       Start times 10:45 to 1. Free beginner instructional session. You must pre-register online for this event. Fees increase after July 7.
       If you purchase a QCARS season pass, entry will be free, but you must enter the code "QCARS" when you pre-register online.
       Courses: short 2.1 km; middle 4.3 km, long 6.7 km. The long will have a choice of runner's course (easy) or orienteer's course (off-trail navigation).
      

Sat, July 25, 2020     QCARS #4, Butler County, Ohio, location tba
       Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) - a series of short summer orienteering events. Each event will offer 2 short, fast courses in area parks.
       Purchase a QCARS season pass, which gives you free entry to all 6 QCARS events. Due to social distancing requirements, you must also pre-register for each individual event (link soon).
       Starts will be open from 9 am to Noon, but you must pre-register for a time slot. Free beginner instructional sessions will be offered, but will be limited to 5 people in each session, and you must pre-register.
       This event is pending approval. Please read our instructions for participants .
       Locator map coming soon

Sun, July 26, 2020     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.

Aug 7-15, 2020   World Masters Orienteering Championship, Slovakia
    POSTPONED to 2023 open competiton for orienteers age 35 and over. pre-registration required. event website

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

Sat, August 8, 2020     QCARS #5, Camp Friedlander, Loveland, Ohio
    Location for this event may need to change. Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) - a series of short summer orienteering events. Each event will offer 2 short, fast courses in area parks.
    Purchase a QCARS season pass, which gives you free entry to all 6 QCARS events. Due to social distancing requirements, you must also pre-register for each individual event (link soon).
    Starts will be open from 9 am to Noon, but you must pre-register for a time slot. Free beginner instructional sessions will be offered, but will be limited to 5 people in each session, and you must pre-register.
    This event has been approved and is ON. Please read our instructions for participants .
    Camp Friedlander. Locator Map

Sat, August 15, 2020     QCARS #6, Tower Park, Ft Thomas, KY
    date change from Aug 22. Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) - a series of short summer orienteering events. Each event will offer 2 short, fast courses in area parks.
    Purchase a QCARS season pass, which gives you free entry to all 6 QCARS events. Due to social distancing requirements, you must also pre-register for each individual event (link soon).
    Starts will be open from 9 am to Noon, but you must pre-register for a time slot. Free beginner instructional sessions will be offered, but will be limited to 5 people in each session, and you must pre-register.
    This event has been approved and is ON! (as of June 1). . Please read our instructions for participants .
   

Aug 22-23, 2020   2020 USA Trail O' Nationals, Philadelphia, PA
    Trail Orienteering National Championships. Navy Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA

Sat, August 29, 2020     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.
    Event Directors: Thurston and Bonnie Miller
    Locator Map

Sun, Aug 30, 2020     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.
   

Aug 30 - Sept 5, 2020   World ARDF Championships, Zlatibor, Serbia
    CANCELLED or POSTPONED. ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) World Championship

Sat, Sep 12, 2019     Rough River State Park, Kentucky
    Orienteering Louisville (OLOU). "Orienteering in the Rough" - Rough River State Park. See Orienteering Louisville website for details.

Sat, Sept 26, 2020     Miami University Natural Areas, Oxford, Ohio
    Tentative - OCIN will offer free "try it" orienteering courses, Courses of all levels from white thru red will be offered. Starts are open from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm. Control pickup begins at 3 pm.
    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.

Sat, Sep 26, 2020     ICO Conquer The Crossroads Rogaine
    Yellowwood State Forest, Belmont, IN. 6 hour and 12 hour rogaine. See Indiana Crossroads Orienteering (ICO) website for more information.
    (rescheduled from March)

Sun, Sept 27, 2020     Cincinnati City Park, location tba, Ohio
    Tentative - OCIN will offer free "try it" orienteering courses. Start times tba.
    Great Outdoors Weekend is a regional effort offering many different outdoor activities highlighting Greater Cincinnati Parks and Natural Areas.

Sat, Oct 3, 2020     East Fork State Park, Amelia Ohio
    Event is open to all, special competition and awards for area high school JROTC students, also a special course for college ROTC, 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 3 pm.
    event fees: $5 per student for all students in high school or younger, $10 for college students; regular rate for all others: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $2 discount if you have your own SI card.

Sat, Oct 9-11, 2020     Scout-O Camporee, Loveland Ohio
    This event is restricted to scouts and will be held at Camp Friedlander. Many OCIN volunteers will be needed to help. We will have an intense weekend of orienteering activity for scouts, with an introductory get-together on Friday evening, skills sessions on Saturday morning, several courses open on Saturday afternoon, a night Score-O Saturday night, and the individual Scout-O Championships on Sunday morning.
   Details and Registration information

October, 2020   Junior World Orienteering Championships, Turkey
       POSTPONED to October, 2020. national teams only, contact Orienteering USA National Team (Andrea Schneider) for details; petition required by April 10. event website

Saturday, Oct 24, 2020     Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Hamilton, Ohio
    OCIN's annual Halloween Orienteering Courses in cooperation with MetroParks of Butler County. There will be a 90 minute Score-O course, suitable for all ages. You have 90 minutes to find as many controls as you can, in any order. Twilight courses, with starts from 4 until 7 pm. (Start by 6:30 if you want a full 90 minutes; we must close the course at 8 pm). Courses close at 8 pm, control pickup begins at 8 pm.
    We will also offer the Trail of Treats: 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 the Score-O course.
    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 2020 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 parking area for the Walsh and Condo shelters. Locator Map

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2020   South American Orienteering Championships, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
    POSTPONED to Oct. 2022. 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.

Saturday, Oct 31, 2020     Governor Bebb MetroPark, Okeana, Ohio
    OCIN's annual Halloween Orienteering Courses in cooperation with MetroParks of Butler County. Full range of courses, suitable for all ages. Starts are open from 11 am to 1 pm. (start a course nay time during these hours). Course closes and control pickup begins at 3 pm.
    We will also offer the Trail of Treats: 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 the 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 2020 annual for $10 or a daily for $5. We use MetroParks of Butler County for several events each year.
    address: 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana, OH, 45053. From I-275, take exit 33, and take US 27 north to the Ross exit. Turn left off the ramp and follow Ohio 126 west about 10 miles until you see Bebb Park Lane on the left. Locator Map

Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2020   North American Rogaine Championships, Sprague, Washington
    postponed from May - tentative date, possible location change 24 hour rogaine. event info

Sat, Nov 7, 2020     Twisted Run III, Centennial Park, Plymouth, Indiana
    OCIN's South Bend chapter brings back the annual 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. Mass start at 11 am.
    pre-registration required, more details to come. This will be a fundraiser for the Orienteering USA Junior National Team, with all proceeds going to the national team.

Sat, Nov 14, 2020     TROL/ WARS #1 - Camp Butterworth, Maineville, Ohio
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass (link soon) 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.
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: none. Restroom facilities: modern, indoor. Event center: indoors.
    8551 Butterworth Rd, Maineville, OH 45039. Locator Map Directions:

Nov 14-15, 2020     Camp Butterworth, Maineville, Ohio
    Girl Scout training weekend at Camp Butterworth. Program information and required pre-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 Victoria "Fins" Huseman for details.>

Sun, Nov 15, 2020     ICO Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN
    See Indiana Crossroads Orienteering website for more information.
   

Sat Nov 21, 2020     TROL / WARS #2 Diamond Oaks, Dent, Ohio
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass (link soon) 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 10 am until 1 pm, full range of courses for all ages.
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: none. Restroom facilities: modern, indoor. Event center: indoors.
    Locator Map

Sat, Nov 28, 2020     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.
    Please pre-register by emailing to Mike Minium

Sun, Nov 29, 2020     TROL / WARS Series #3, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    courses from white through red, starts 11 to 2. 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 2020-21 TROL and WARS Season pass holders.
    Boyd Hall, Miami University "Western" Campus. Locator Map.

Dec 5 or 6, 2020     TROL/ WARS #4
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass (link soon) 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.
    location tbd

Sat, Dec 12, 2020     TROL/ WARS #5, Meadow Ridge at Elk Creek Park, Trenton, OH
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass (link soon) 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.
    Elk Creek Park - Meadow Ridge Area (site of the former Weatherwax Golf Course). The area is a ix of reclaimed golf course, and steeply wooded hills, descending to Elk Creek.
    location: 5101 Circle Parkway, Middletown, OH, 45042. Locator map

Dec 19 or 20, 2020     TROL/ WARS #6
    Purchase a TROL /WARS season pass (link soon) 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.
    location tbd

Dec 31, 2020 and Jan 1, 2021     OCIN New Year's Events
    OCIN New Year's meets: Join us for this annual tradition! Details to be announced. special note: Use the Timberhill entrance to Rentschler Metropark, see directions below.
    New Year's Eve Night Score Orienteering at Camp Timberhill, Hamilton, OH; starts are open from 6 pm until 10 pm. Score style course, go in any order, but return within the time limit or lose points. New Year's snacks, drinks, and games. NO alcohol.
    Limited overnight lodging is available in co-ed dormitory (privacy is limited), bunk beds, bring own bedding. Please contact Event Director Mike Minium if you are interested in staying overnight at the camp.
    Start the New Year off right. Join us for New Year's Day Orienteering - start times 11 am to 1 pm. White thru red courses. Event Fees: $10 members, $15 non-members, $2 discount if you have your own SportIdent card. Although this is not a TROL/WARS event, it is free for 2019-20 TROL Season pass holders.
    Park entry or vehicle permit fees: MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit is required and will be available on site. Butler County residents may get a 2021 permit free with proof of residency. Non-residents may buy a 2021 annual for $10 or a daily for $5 (2021 prices are still subject to change). We use MetroParks of Butler County for several events each year, so an annual permit is worth it!
    Restroom facilities: modern, indoors. Event center: indoors.>

Jan 9 or 10, 2021     TROL / WARS #7, location tbd

Jan 16-19, 2021   Georgia Navigator Cup
    national event, FDR State Park, Georgia.

Jan 23 or 24, 2021     TROL / WARS #8, location tbd

Jan 30 or 31, 2021     TROL / WARS #9, location tbd

Feb 6 or 7, 2021     TROL / WARS #10, location tbd

Feb 13 or 14, 2021     TROL / WARS 11, location tbd

Feb 20 or 21, 2021     TROL / WARS 12, location tbd

Feb 27 or 28, 2021     TROL / WARS 13, location tbd

Mar 6 or 7, 2021     TROL / WARS #14, Season Final, location tbd

March 19-21, 2021     OCIN Flying Pig XXIV / 2021 Orienteering USA Nationals
    2021 OUSA Nationals (Middle, Long, Sprint) (alternatively, a belated 2020 OUSA Nationals.)
    Events will be within a 20 mile radius of downtown Cincinnati. Format will be a Friday afternoon middle distance at Mt. Airy Forest, Saturday long distance at Miami Whitewater, and Sunday morning sprint at Northern Kentucky University. Separate individual awards for each race; US Champion medals to eligible finishers.
   
    Embargoed terrain: (closed to all orienteering or visits to gain knowledge of the terrain). 1. Miami Whitewater Forest south of New Haven Rd (paved bike trail is ok, golf course is ok); 2. all portions of Mt Airy Forest south of I-74, including Green Twp Bicentennial Park; 3. Northern Kentucky University.
    Saturday evening dinner will feature Worldwalker Steven M. Newman, the first person to hike solo around the world. Steve and his wife regularly orienteer with OCIN as well!

April 9-11, 2021   OUSA Junior Nationals, Seattle (Whidbey Island) Washington, USA
    Fort Ebey State Park and Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington.
    National championship for individuals and teams of junior orienteers: college, high school, and younger. Pre-registration required.

late April, 2021   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. event information and registration
   

May, 2021     Home School Orienteering Workshops, Cincinnati, Ohio
    These will be offered on 3 consecutive Wednesdays in different area parks. In cooperation with Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature - This is an introductory program geared toward home school students and their families in which you'll learn the basics of orienteering and be able to explore the park on up to 3 different courses of beginner to intermediate difficulty.
    Online Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Home school students and families are welcome to attend any of these 3 workshop dates in different Cincinnati Parks, or come join us for all 3 of them! Children of all ages are welcome.
    Pre-registration fees: For one workshop $10 for 1 child, $18 for 2 or more children; For 2 workshops: $18 for 1 child, $32 for 2 or more children; For all 3 workshops: $24 for one child, $42 for 2 or more children. Day-of-event registration is $15 per child, if space is available. Parent may participate with their child(ren) at no extra charge.

May 15, 2021     Camp Libbey, Defiance OH
    public event with a full range of courses, plus training programs for girl scouts and leaders.
    Training - "Beginner map skills" for "junior" girl scouts, 10-3, pre-registration required.
    Training - "Map adventures" for Cadette, senior, adult girl scouts 9-3, pre-registration required.

Sat, June 19, 2021     Amazing Charity Race, Milford, Ohio
    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.

July, 2021   Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada
       POSTPONED to 2021. revised dates to be announced. including Western Canadian Championships July 3-5 in Kananaskis, Alberta, and Canadian Orienteering Championships July 10-12 near Cranbrook BC. Also mid-week events and Sass-Peepre Junior Camp July 8-9        CROF event website

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

Aug 2-15, 2021   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 (Aug 6-9) and World Rogaining Championship (Aug 14-15).
    event website and pre-registration

Aug 6-9, 2021   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 14-15, 2021   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

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

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

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.

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