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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August 12th, 2019

Expert event, August 25th, Eno River State Park

On Sunday August 25, come out and enjoy orienteering on a brand new map of a portion of Eno River State Park.  Start any time between 10:00 AM and noon, but be off of your course by 1:00, when control pickup will begin.  This will be a smaller event, and will not offer beginner (white), intermediate (yellow), or advanced (orange) courses.  Formerly, we would have called such an event a ‘members only’ meet.  Thankfully, BOK no longer holds ‘member only’ events.  Now, anyone can participate in these events – provided that they have the requisite skills, and provided that they preregister and pay.  Note that even club members will need to pre-register.  This event is open to anyone who has completed an expert-level (brown, green, red, or blue) orienteering course. Please use this link to register and pay.

Park in the back parking lot of Valley Springs Park.  GPS coordinates = 36.054238, -78.961273;  Google Map here.

Three courses will be offered: (a) A 4.8 km course that involves crossing the Eno River on foot; (b) a 5.1 km course that does not involve a river crossing; and (c) a 3.9 km course that also does not cross the river.  On a typical summer day, crossing the river involves mostly refreshing calf-deep water, with a few possible steps that have water as high as your thigh.  If you’re deciding between the two longer courses, the coursesetter recommends the river-crossing one, which is a bit more interesting.  Note though, that if the river level is dangerously high, we will not offer the river-crossing course. Please register for one of these courses here.  (If you want to run more than one course, email the event director Dave at dw.orienteer@gmail.com.)

Below are a couple of small snippets from the new map. 

August 11th, 2019

Results for Sprints at Dorothea Dix park on Aug 11, 2019

It was a pleasant, even though somewhat hot day. We had 2 fast courses: 2.4km and 4.2km, and many runners did both. Thank you all for coming! Special thank you to Gheorghe Fala for helping with controls pickup and several other orienteers who also offered to help. It’s much appreciated! Vladimir and Tatyana Dorothea Dix […]

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August 4th, 2019

Results Sunday – ARDF 80m (adults) and 2m (youth) championship

Sunday was the last day of competitions. The adults had a remote start while the kids stayed near the shelter the whole time. Unfortunately, two participants got lost and had to ask for help to find their way back to the finish. Results are below. This concludes our week of events. Thank you all for […]

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August 3rd, 2019

Results Saturday – ARDF 2m (adult) and 80m (youth) championship

On Saturday we had two events: 80m for the youth and 2m for the adults. The adult 2m course turned out to be quite challenging, a lot of competitors came back with fewer controls than they had been assigned, a few even went overtime. The 80m course was easier. Results are below. Tonight we’ll have […]

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August 2nd, 2019

Results Friday – ARDF Sprint Championship

After some scary thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening we had a lovely Friday morning at Bond park for our sprint championship. This is a fast paced event, where quick thinking generally beats fast running. Results are below. A few competitors ran overtime. Some of my photos from today are here. Charles’s photos (including the group […]

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