Come on out for some cycling & running fun!
This time we've got something a little different. There will be a Score-O course set up and you've got a choice of doing it either on foot or on mountain bike! (We'll be scoring them as separate courses, so runners (or walkers!) don't have to worry about trying to out-run a biker to score well.) There will also be a beginner course for both foot and bike. See below for more course details.
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Starts: Start any time between noon and 2:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 3:30 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:45 am.
Cost: Maps are $5 each.
Location: Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, off of Beach Road. We'll have tables set up in the Equestrian Center parking area which is almost directly across Beach Rd (south) from the main park entrance. The park has a $7 parking fee.
Bike helmets are required for all cyclists.
As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started.
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 ideas to bring along.
Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions!
*** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. ***
Courses will be:
- A traditional white (beginner-level) course for those who are new to orienteering. This course can be done either on bike or on foot. All controls will be on or adjacent to trails and are to be completed in the numerical order indicated on the map.
- The main course is a 90-minute Score-O course which can be done on bike or on foot.
A Score-O is a course with all control locations shown on your map and you try to find as many as you can within the time limit, in any order that you feel is the best route. This is where good decision-making can give you an advantage over people who can run or ride faster!
You'll have 90 minutes to complete your course and get back to the start/finish. Each control found is worth 10 points, but you'll lose 5 points for every 2 minutes that you go over the 90-minute limit, so be sure to have some way to track your time while you're out there. There will be enough control locations that most people won't find them all in the allotted time!
Biking will be on fire roads with some trails. Mountain bikes or hybrids are recommended for this event. Horses have priority on the trails, so be careful if cycling fast.
Course Designer & setter: Tim Gilbert