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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May 14th, 2021

Open event at Carolina North Forest May 22-23

On Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd we will have an open orienteering event at Carolina North Forest (CNF) in Chapel Hill. Courses will be the same both days. The event is open to runners of all experience levels. If you are new to the sport, we recommend you visit BOK’s Newcomer Information for videos and other useful info that will introduce you to orienteering. 

Everyone must pre-register for this event before Thursday May 20th at 5:00pm so that we know how many maps to print. 

Courses: Red – 6.5km, Green – 5.5km, Brown – 3.7km, Orange – 3.5km, Yellow – 2.6km, White – 1.9km

Check-in at Seawell Elementary school’s parking lot (9115 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516) to receive your map.  

Note that we will not have access to the school or bathroom facilities, so plan accordingly. 

We will implement the following procedures to help with social distancing.

1.  When you register, you must select a specific 30-minute start window between 10.00 AM and 12:00 PM.  When 5 people have chosen a window, it will be closed. The courses close at 2.00 PM

2.  There will be no beginner class and no registration forms. 

3.  All courses will have a remote start and finish.

4.  Please consider wearing a mask when you are not on your course.

Participants will be asked to sign CNF’s Indemnity Waiver and CNF’s Participant Guidelines. We will have copies to sign during check-in. Copies here if you wish to review prior.

See you at the event!

Lina and William

May 11th, 2021

Results for Dorothea Dix Sprint, May 9 2021

On May 9 on Mother’s Day we had our first open sprint for this year. The event didn’t start as well as I planned, because in the morning there was a 5k running race, and park was closed for cars and I could not start putting controls, that’s why the start was late and I […]

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April 27th, 2021

Dorothea Dix Sprint May 9, 2021

  • Date: May 9, 2021
  • Registration closes at 2pm Saturday, May 8
  • Location: The Gazebo between Blair & Hunt Drive on Umstead Drive
    • 35.771347, -78.661458
  • Event Types open to all skill levels:
    • Short Sprint ~1.8k
    • Long Sprints ~2.8k
  • Registration in the BOK Store
    • Choose your arrival time slot between 10 AM – 1:00 PM
    • When you choose an Arrival Time Slot you should arrive at that time or up to 1/2 hour after that time.
    • Limit of 10 registrations per half hour time slot
  • Be sure to wear a mask in the registration area
    • Wake County Covid Tier is Significant/Yellow
  • Course Closes: 3:00 PM
  • Event Director: Gheorghe
April 26th, 2021

Results for Apr 25, 2021 event at Horton Grove

This was the second time we used this new map (thank you, Dave!). And both times people liked it a lot. Plus this time we were fortunate to have a very fine weather (as opposed to cold rain). The courses were challenging, the spring woods gorgeous. Controls 45, 46 and 50 proved to be the […]

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April 21st, 2021

ARDF Results @ Eno River April 18, 2021

The event announcement is below the results section We had a terrific event at Eno River. The transmitters were set so that choosing the best order was quite difficult. In fact of the six people who took all 5 controls there were 5 different orders chosen, and the only one used twice wasn’t Patricks choice […]

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