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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March 13th, 2018

Members meet, 25 March, Dorothea Dix

On Sunday March 25, BOK will hold our first meet at Dorothea Dix park in Raleigh.  This event is open to BOK members, members of other orienteering clubs, and active members of the U.S. military.  We will offer two short (appx. 2.5 km) urban sprints.  Sprint orienteering can provide a qualitatively different experience than our more typical style of forest orienteering.  All decision-making and navigation happens very quickly, and losing contact with the map can cost a competitor the few seconds that often separate the winner from the rest of the pack.  For members with little experience with urban sprints, check out this Youtube video, which shows a recent sprint race in the streets of Berga, Germany.


Register for the event before 5:00 on Friday, March 23 here.  The meet director will print both maps for each participant, unless you email us that you only will want one.  Park in the green-painted spaces at the HHS Medical Assistance parking lot (GPS coordinates for parking = 35.771511, -78.661543) for a very short walk to the start shelter (GPS coordinates of start/finish = 35.771240, -78.661300).  Start any time between noon and 2:00, but please be off your course by 2:30, when we will pickup controls.  Help with control pickup will be appreciated.

March 12th, 2018

Results for March 11 Members Event

On Sunday March 11, 18 advanced orienteers braved the rain and unseasonable cold to explore the west side of Umstead. Three courses were offered on one map, so competitors could choose to switch courses in the middle of their run.  The course was tough and exacerbated by the rain which limited visibility, especially for those […]

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March 10th, 2018

October 14 and November 11 schedule changes

Chapel Hill Street-O now on Saturday 11/10/18, 10:00 AM

The Chapel Hill Street-O is being moved from Sunday November 11 to 10:00 AM on Saturday November 10, 2018.  This will give us access to the bathrooms at the park.

Open Event at Umstead North on Saturday 10/13/18, Noon

Umstead Park has a conflict with our approved Oct 14, 2018 event so it is now on Saturday, October 13, 2018.


March 5th, 2018

Members Event, 11 March, Umstead West

On Sunday March 11, BOK will hold a Member event on the West side of Umstead Park.  This 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, March 9, so that we know how many maps to print.

Registration will be at the information sign just past the park gate, at the end of Old Reedy Creek road (GPS coordinates: 35.847734, -78.776334).  You may park along the east side of Old Reedy Creek Road, just be sure to pay attention to the No Parking signs, as we cannot park too close to the gate.  Alternatively, you can park in the Lake Crabtree parking lot just south of the I-40 overpass and enjoy a 1.1km warm-up to the registration area.  Starts can be accommodated between noon and 2:00, with control pickup beginning around 3:00.

Daylight Savings Time kicks in this weekend, so remember to move your clock forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday evening.


Brown:  3.7 km, 6 controls.

Green:  5.6 km, 9 controls.

Red:  7.3 km, 13 controls.

March 4th, 2018

Results for Open event in Umstead North (March 4, 2018)

Very nice day for orienteering. It was cool inside the shelter, but just right for the run. We had a good turnout (and ran out of White and Brown maps!) Runners on Green and Red courses went deep into rarely used portion of the park. Some of them came with their feet wet 🙂 Special […]

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