Umstead Park, “Score” Orienteering, December 9th

Filed under: Latest News by David Waller on November 16th, 2018

** Update:  This event has been successfully rescheduled for Sunday, 16 December.  All aspects of the event will be identical to what was originally planned — we’ll just start exactly one week later.  Thanks to Bill Duke and park management at Umstead State Park for letting this happen.  You can still register for this event until Friday, December 14 at 5:00 PM.  If you registered for the event on the 9th and cannot make it on the 16th, please also remove your registration from the registration page.**   

On Sunday December 16, BOK will host its 5th annual Score-O in Umstead park.  A “Score-O” involves a course with no predetermined route, in which competitors decide which controls they want to visit, and in which order.  This event will have 2-, and 4-hour options.  It is open primarily to advanced BOK members who have successfully completed an expert (brown, green, red, or blue) course, as well as advanced members of other orienteering clubs.  Members of the trail-running community and active military personnel may also participate.  Non-BOK members will need to pay $15 to help us with our map printing, park rental, and insurance expenses.  You must preregister for this event here before Friday December 14 at 5:00 PM, so that we know how many maps to print.


This is a mass-start event, with both races beginning at 10:00 AM from the multi-use trail parking lot at Umstead State Park (GPS coordinates = 35.867799, -78.752534 ).  Access to this parking lot is from the north side of the park, from the US-70 (Glenwood) entrance.  There will be a mandatory pre-race briefing at 9:50.  Maps will be ready for distribution at 9:00 to provide competitors time for route planning.  The map will be printed on multiple pages, each at a scale of 1:10000.  The 4-hour course will require approximately 23 km of straight line distance between controls in order to clear.


Drinking water will not be available at any control; however, some park water fountains at relatively convenient locations will be marked on the map. Nonetheless, competitors in the 4-hour race are strongly advised to carry their own water or filter.  Stream/creek levels will likely be an issue, and expect strict warnings about water crossings.

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