Little Bennett

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March 9

Little Bennett tree Welcome to the Day-O version of the two orienteering events available this weekend at Little Bennett Park. A full set of 7 courses are available (2 beginner, 1 intermediate, and 4 advanced; details posted below), along with free beginner instruction as usual.

REMINDER! By Sunday morning, make sure you've set your clocks forward an hour since daylight saving time officially begins at 2am!

Registration will be in the Nature Center accessed via the main park entrance, and the start and finish will be nearby. Register anytime between 10:45 - 1:15, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back no later than 3pm.

Any youth or large groups attending, please contact the Meet Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.

Additional notes:

  • Dogs on leash are welcome.
  • Park as directed near or beyond the Nature Center.
  • Please do not wear any shoes with spikes or cleats into the Nature Center room.
  • You will change your clocks by Sunday morning, right?

Update: Course setter comments relevant to both night and day courses are now posted below. Map scales: 1:5000 for white and yellow, 1:10000 for all other courses. Map sizes: Legal for red and blue, letter for all others.

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesStart your course at any time between 11 - 1:30 (and be done no later than 3pm).
ScheduleSunday, March 9
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic Orienteering:
Event Director:Jon Pifer
Course Designer:Mihai Sirbu
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.1259
Yellow 2.6507
Orange 4.17511
Brown 3.8559
Green 5.51058
Red 7.314013
Blue 8.317018
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

The woods are a winter wonderland, with 1-2 inches of snow throughout. Let's hope it does not turn into a mud bath due to the higher temperatures of the weekend.

The terrain is open with excellent running. Still, the snow cover will hide underfoot hazards and steep slopes can be quite slippery. Occasional thorn clusters and brambles are sharp so pay attention.

Please be mindful of your fellow runners when driving in and out of the park. Beginner courses share the access road and the parking loop, and advanced courses will cross the road at least once.

Controls are scrambled between the night and day courses. Shared controls have different approach vectors to avoid a strong "deja vu" syndrome.

The "special element" symbol, represented by a circle in the control description is used for a low heap of marble-like rocks. These controls are found on advanced courses.

Blue and night advanced long runners will get their feet wet while crossing the creek.

For beginners, watch for painted markers (placed by park staff) on trees by the trails since they can help you find your way when the trails are not clearly visible due to snow.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.

Important Notes
  • At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
  • You may become a member at the event or by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) are usually available for sale at each event as described here.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.