The MerGeo team has been brainstorming some fun new race formats for everyone, and this will be the debut of what we’re calling the Checkpoint Run!
The Checkpoint Run is a smashup of a point-to-point navigation race and a trail run, with a strategic twist, and also a tiny bit of DNA from the infamous Barkley Marathons. Come try it out at Fort Ebey State Park, which features beautiful forest, giant kettle depressions, and a twisty maze of sweet singletrack trails! As always, our checkpoints are marked on a detailed topographic map of the park and we’ll be using orange and white flags for you to visit.
Check out the details of the race below!
Are you new to nav racing? That’s okay! We’ll offer an Introduction to Navigation session before the race. The Intro session will include an introduction to the map, reading contours, basic navigation, and how to use the compass to orient the map. For other opportunities to try navigating, check out one of the numerous events put on by Cascade Orienteering Club year-round. Cascade offers Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced-level courses, plus free beginner instruction before you begin.
We also have a “First Time?” page, which explains how our more traditional nav races work. This Checkpoint Run format is quite a bit different than a traditional nav race, but you may still find the page instructional. For examples, the Checkpoint Run won’t have intention sheets, sign-in sheets, or checkpoint values. And route-planning is much simpler since the loops are designed to visit the checkpoints in a specific sequence.
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