Orienteering Raleigh NC

Backwoods Orienteering Klub, founded November 15, 1978 sponsors events and teaches orienteering in the North Carolina piedmont, around Raleigh, NC.

We invite you to try orienteering with us. Everyone is welcome at all our events. We always offer beginning, intermediate, advanced and expert courses (routes through the woods) at every Regular event.

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February 24th, 2017

Open event at Umstead S – March 12

We will have an OPEN event at Umstead Park South on Sunday March 12, 2017.
Everyone is welcome, and we will have a beginners class at 12:30.

The event starts at noon and everybody must finish by 3 PM. Last starts at 2 PM.

We will have all regular courses from beginner to expert, White through Red.
White 1.7km 12 controls
Yellow 2.6km 11 controls
Orange 3.6km 10 controls
Brown 3.8km 9 controls
Green 5.5km 13 controls
Red 6.7km 15 controls

If you are bringing a group of 5 or more people please preregister for this event.

We have a fillable PDF entry form which you can save on your computer and print to bring with you to the event. You can always find links to these in “BOK Information” links on the right of most BOK pages.

As always, help with control pick-up would be greatly appreciated.


Take I-40 to Exit 287 (Harrison Ave). Go north a short distance to the park entrance. Registration and starts will be in the large picnic shelter to the NW of the parking area.

February 23rd, 2017

No Members Event at Gray Owl March 5

There wasn’t enough interest…

We will do it another time.

February 20th, 2017

Results for Eno River (19 Feb)

19 Feb, Eno River A picture-perfect warm sunny February afternoon brought 32 orienteers out to Eno River State Park to enjoy some great orienteering. Eno River is a much hillier and steeper venue than most others locations that BOK uses. As such, courses can be designed with route choices that either embrace or avoid climb. […]

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February 8th, 2017

Members event, 19 Feb, Eno River

On Sunday February 19, BOK will hold a Member event at Eno River State Park.  This is event is open to club members who have completed an expert (brown, green, or red) course.  You must pre-register for this event here, before 5:00 PM on Friday, February 17, so that we know how many maps to print.   Registration will be at the O-Briant cabin, approximately 100 meters SW of the swinging footbridge, below the Fews Ford parking lot.  Park in the loop parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Rd. (GPS coordinates: 36.073867, -79.006216; Map here).  On sunny weekend days, this lot fills up quickly, so please consider carpooling.  Overflow parking may be available here.  Starts can be accommodated between noon and 2:00, with control pickup beginning around 3:00.

Courses (e-punch).

Brown:  3.5 km, 10 controls.

Green:  5.8 km, 11 controls.

Red:  7.4 km, 16 controls.

February 6th, 2017

How to interpret the results

When you look at the posted results there is a dizzying array of numbers.  This article will help you make sense of them.

The results are divided into two main sections.

The first section is a quick look at the results just to see how everyone placed.  The title line: first shows the name of the course, next comes “KP” which how many controls there were on the course, and finally the straight line length of the course in kilometers.   Then all the competitors are listed in place order with the list of the controls they punched in the order they were punched.  After the results for all the courses are listed, the second section begins.

The second section has the “splits” which shows us how each person did getting to each control.  If you made an error going to a control, by looking other people’s times to that control, you can get a pretty good idea of how much time you lost.

The title line is the same as the first section.  The next line is the titles of the columns.  Competitor name is obvious.  “Result” is the time on the course.  Start is the clock time when the competitor started.  Next on the title line is the list of the controls in order and the control code for each.  Finally, a repeat of the total time and then the minutes per kilometer calculated using your time and the straight line distance of the course.  (The straight line distance is calculated around any uncrossable regions, so it won’t go through a restricted area or across a lake or uncrossable stream.)

Next, each competitor is listed in his or her place order, and the splits consist of three lines:

  1. The first line is your cumulative time and place. This is your total time from when you punched Start until you punched this control. Your place number is what order you would have punched this control among all competitors on your course if you had all started at the same time. In the example, Alex and Steven both punched the first control 1:04 after Start, and would have tied for 2nd place had the race ended at that control. Robert took 3:50 and would have been in 18th place at the first control (the three example lines are just the top of the White course, which many more people participated in than just these three).
  2. The second line is the time and place for getting just from the last control to this one. You can use this line to compare your time on this leg to your competitors. In the example, Robert ran the leg from 1 to 2 in 57 seconds, and ran this leg the fastest of anyone on White (but looking at the first line for Robert’s second control, he was still 10th place overall, so he still has a lot of catching up to do to overcome his first slow leg).
  3. The third line is how much slower you ran this leg than the fastest person on your course to run that leg. (The person who ran this leg the fastest will always have 0 for this line.) You can think of this as how much time you lost on this leg compared to what someone was able to accomplish on the same leg.Using the splits, you can observe how the race would have looked had everyone theoretically started at the same time. In the example, you can see that Steven was in 1st place at control 7, and held onto that lead for a few controls, but dropped back to 3rd place in the last two punches. Also, all legs he ran were
    within two minutes of the fastest leg run by anyone. Robert, on
    the other hand, had a poor first leg, putting him in 18th place,
    but then you can see him steadily catch up to 2nd place in the end, with several legs which were the fastest time. Alex was in 2nd place for most of the course (with a slight stumble on the way to control 4), but put on a burst of speed at the very end to take 1st place.