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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June 18th, 2021

Dorothea Dix Sprint June 27, 2021

On June 27, we will be holding an Open Sprint orienteering event at Dix Park in Raleigh. Everyone is welcome. We will not be offering beginner classes or instruction, but some courses are easier by virtue of being shorter. For those new to orienteering we can provide textual control descriptions. Register near the gazebo on Umstead Drive (35.771244, -78.661292) 125m west of Hunt Dr.

Please be aware there are controls around the cemetery, which is out of bounds. The cemetery has black bars on the map and has physical white posts on its border. Please be respectful of the cemetery. Do not run inside the white posts; even to cut corners.

There will be three courses, Short (1.5km), Medium (1.8km), and Long (2.4km), on the west side of Dix near the buildings and cemetery we don’t use often. Choose any combination of courses you wish. If it’s hot you may wish to run shorter or fewer courses.

Sign up by noon on Saturday, so we know how many maps to print.

  • Choose your arrival time slot between 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • When you choose an Arrival Time Slot you should arrive within the 1/2 hour after its starting time.
  • Limit of 10 registrations per half hour time slot
  • Courses will close at 1:30pm.

You can read more about how COVID is affecting our events here.

  • Be sure to wear a mask in the registration area
  • Wake County Covid Tier is Significant/Yellow

Course Closes: 1:30 PM
Event Directors: Matt, Gheorghe, and Adalia

You must preregister (and pay) for this event here before Saturday June 26 at 12:00 PM.

No payment will be accepted at the park.

June 16th, 2021

Results-Sprint at Bond Park on Sunday, June 13th

Temporary post with results on Attackpoint: https://www.attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_51659

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June 9th, 2021

Open Sprint at Bond Park on Sunday, June 13th

We will have an Open Sprint at Bond Park on Sunday, June 13th.

You can choose between a White course (1.7km) and one or both of the Sprint courses (around 2.3km each).

The start will be at the Kiwanis shelter. If the parking lot is full, please be ready to park in any other parking lot and walk back to the shelter.

The event will open up early (9AM), with the last start at 1:30PM.

Please sign up by noon on Saturday, in order to know how many maps to print.

The event will use a brand new map designed by Dave, and following the Sprint guidelines.

May 30th, 2021

Results – ARDF Weekend at Gray Owl May 29-30

The event went very well. Almost everyone set out a control and we all got started in a timely manner both days. The rain was very cooperative and came down only before or after our events. Each person was assigned a region in which to set their transmitter and given a briefing on thinking strategically […]

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May 25th, 2021

Carolina North May 22-23, Results

We got a taste of summer with temperatures in mid to high 80’s and clear skies this weekend. The race sold out completely and we look forward to the day when we can have even more runners participate. Thank you Greg Kopsch, Carolina North Forest Manager, for allowing us to host another event in this […]

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