Chapel Hill Street-O, November 10th

Filed under: Latest News by David Waller on October 25th, 2018

On Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 AM we will have an open urban orienteering event on the streets and greenspaces of Chapel Hill.   This will be a “score-O” in which competitors can chose which controls they visit and in which order, with different controls being worth different point values.  The competitor with the highest score at the end of either two or four hours will be the winner.  All are invited to participate, but because this event is very different from our others, please read the following information carefully.

  1. All participants must preregister for this event online using the form below. Additionally, non-BOK members must pre-pay ($10) for this event online.  The registration form is below, and instructions on how to pay follow it.  If you have not registered and paid by 10:00 AM on Friday, November 9 do not expect to participate if you show up at the event.
  2. There will not be the typical orange and white flags marking each control point. Instead, competitors will navigate to the center of the circle on their map where they will find an object in plain sight.  They will carry an additional clue sheet that asks a question about the object, and will answer the question on their sheet. Therefore, it is critical for each competitor to carry a waterproof pen or pencil to write down their answers.
  3. There will be no ‘beginner’ courses. Everyone will get the same map with the same locations circled.  Beginners may choose to find the locations that are relatively easy, while experts may choose to find the difficult ones.  People may also choose to finish well before the two- or four-hour time limit with no penalty.  Acquiring all of the controls will require traveling more than 30 km, and it is not expected that anyone will be able to do this within four hours.
  4. Because the course covers such a large area, the map will be printed at a scale of 1:20,000 instead of our customary 1:10,000. This means that fine detail (e.g., knolls, ditches) will not be mapped.  Note, though, that participants will also receive a supplemental 1:10,000 map of downtown Chapel Hill, where controls may be heavily-concentrated.
  5. Bicycles are allowed on the course, and it is permissible to use a combination of foot and bike navigation for the event. Roads and trails where bikes are not allowed will be mapped.  It is also fine to travel as a team, although all team members must stay within audible contact of each other at all times.
  6. Start, Finish, and Registration will be at the park shelter at Hargraves Community Center.  See map here.  (GPS coordinates = 35.912760, -79.063038). There is limited parking on both the east and west sides of the park shelter. If these spaces are full, there are several paid parking lots along Rosemary Street to the east, including the Wallace Parking Deck here.
  7. Maps will be distributed beginning at 9:00 AM to give people a chance to study the map and to plan their route before the 10:00 AM mass-start.
  8. Refreshments will be available at numerous places in the area, but many will require payment.  For example, competitors may want to stop at a convenience store during the race to pick up a sports drink.  Some of these locations will be indicated by a blue circle on the map; however, many more will not be mapped.  Competitors will probably want to carry their own water or else carry money to purchase refreshments on the course.


All participants must pre-register using this form.

[cforms name=”Score-O Pre-registration”]


Non-BOK members must pre-pay by noting these instructions and clicking the link below.

  1. Indicate on the next page what you need to pay for:
    -Race registration ($10)
    -Extra maps ($2)
  2. Press ‘Add to Cart’ and Check-out securely via PayPal. You must have a valid credit card or a PayPal account.
  3. Note that you will be asked to sign a waiver when you check-in at the race

This is the link to the Chapel Hill Street Event Payment Page


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