What we're about

The Central Virginia Orienteering Club (CVOC) is a group dedicated to orienteering and adventure racing in the Richmond and central region of Virginia. We are chartered with the national organization, Orienteering USA. Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map & compass and can be done on foot, bike, or by boat.

Head out into the woods to find specific locations shown on your map, making choices along the way of the best routes between them. Orienteering is great for improving your map reading or wilderness navigation skills or preparing for adventure races. Race against the clock for the shortest time or do it as a fun walk in the woods!

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Come join in the adventure!

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Upcoming events (5)

Stratton Park

Mary B Stratton Park

This park isn't usually open to the public, but we'll have the opportunity to explore it this day. It's a mix of former farm land, woods, and streams which offers fun orienteering terrain. Come join us! See below for course details. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** STARTS: Start any time between noon and 2:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 4:00 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:45 am. COST: Maps are $5 each. LOCATION: Mary B Stratton Park. 5841 Jessup Road, Richmond, VA 23234. Watch for the orienteering sign on Jessup Rd and turn right into the property. The entrance is on the right, just after passing a sign for "Jessup Meadows" on the left. If you reach Zion Hill Church Rd. on the left, you've gone too far. Follow the arrow orienteering signs through the park to the start/finish. OTHER: As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. We can also offer some tips to those who've been out a few times and want to advance their skills a bit. Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. Water, sunscreen, and bug spray are also good items to bring along. Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! Be sure to answer the instruction and map questions when you RSVP! This really helps us with planning. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** MEET DETAILS: Two courses to choose from: - A White (beginner/first time) course which is a traditional orienteering course which is completed in the numerical order indicated on the map. 11 controls, 1.7 km - A Score-O course with a 90-minute time limit. Find as many of the 27 controls as you can within the time limit, in any order that you feel is the best route. You'll lose 1 point for every 2 minutes (or portion) that you go over the 90-minute limit, so be sure to have some way to track your time while you're out there. Approximately 5-7 km, depending upon route taken. This used to be farmland, so there may be some old barbed wire in the woods. Efforts have been made by the Parks Department to remove as much as possible, but you may still encounter some. Not all is shown on the map. Be careful out there and watch your step! There is also green briar and blackberry in the woods and fields. Course designer & setter: Tim Gilbert ----- Be sure to join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralVAOrienteeringClub/?eid=ARCIz-JVEEC1IggPWGRmSY5yGN2Mj5eCvJQD0WsuY487us2evtLEz1wGWAdSSEL2LhqtdKo1d550Kia1 -----

"Massanutten Massacre" Adventure Race

Needs a location

The Massanutten Massacre is a 26-hour adventure race on June 22-23 put on by our friends at Soggy Bottom Boys Racing. Are you up to the challenge of this great race in the Massanutten Mtn. area? Check out the details & sign up at the link below. Only a few spots remain, so don't wait too long! http://sbbracing.com/races/2019-massanutten-massacre-26-hour-adventure-race/ If you're interested in volunteering during the race, contact Mark Montague at the site above!

"The Addiction" Adventure Race

Needs a location

The Addiction is a 2-day (48+ hour) adventure race on July 19-21 put on by our friends at Adventure Addicts Racing. Race through the Piedmont area of Virginia & see all that the region has to offer along the[masked] mile route! Check out the details & sign up at the link below. https://www.addictionar.com/ Want to volunteer during the race? https://www.addictionar.com/volunteers

York River State Park

York River State Park

Come join us at York River State Park for a day in the woods, a picnic, other activities, & prizes! There will be multiple options for your navigation pleasure, so there's something for everyone. You'll want to be there for this fun event! We're partnering with Soggy Bottom Boys Racing for this event and you'll need to go to their site for all of the details and to sign up. Courses will be designed by Mark Montague of SBBR. Course options: - Traditional orienteering courses of various levels & lengths. ( http://sbbracing.com/races/summer-orienteering-meet/ ) - 6-hour and 9-hour rogaine courses - Find as many controls as you can within the time limit, using any combination of foot and mountain biking that you like. Race solo or as a team. ( http://sbbracing.com/races/summer-rogaine-orienteering-meet/ ) Note: Exact times for the events will be posted as we get closer to Aug 3. Directions: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about 1.5 miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park. Park Entrance Fee: $5 ----- Be sure to join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralVAOrienteeringClub/?eid=ARCIz-JVEEC1IggPWGRmSY5yGN2Mj5eCvJQD0WsuY487us2evtLEz1wGWAdSSEL2LhqtdKo1d550Kia1 -----

Past events (117)

River Rock Adventure Race


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