Orienteering along the Suncoast of Florida


Events are open to all. Courses for different levels of experience and fitness.

Courses:

Map Hike An untimed short course, 2-3 km, designed for family groups, hikers and youngsters looking to learn orienteering techniques on the go. All navigation and travel will be along trails
Novice / Yellow Courses 3-4 km in length. Use all the map and compass techniques required on the advanced courses but with easier to find checkpoints (controls) close to trails and other large features.
Intermediate / Orange Courses 4-5 km in length. Slightly more advanced navigation challenges. Participants should be proficient in taking a compass bearing (azimuth) and estimating distance of travel (pace counting)
Short Advanced / Green Courses 4.5-6 km in length, designed for the experienced orienteer wanting a 'shorter' challenge or looking for their first advanced experience
Adventure, Red/Blue Two longer advanced courses, 6-15 km, only for those with previous experience at the Green level or higher, or experience as an Adventure Racer, or who have specific permission from the organizer to enter this level
Special Adventure The Special Open Adventure Course is where participants try to check in at as many of the control points from all the other courses within a fixed time limit. For information email Suncoast_orienteering@yahoo.com

All events will be available for regional and state-wide JROTC competitions. Contact Capt. Bill Rennie, Charlotte High School JROTC for details: rennie.bill.nsi@navyjrotc.us

Events:

October 28, 2017
CANCELLED
CB Smith Park, Pembroke Pines FL
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: Flanagan HS
November 18, 2017 TBD
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school:
December 16, 2017 Lakewood Ranch Adventure Park - Manatee County
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: Lakewood Ranch
January 13, 2018 Whispering Pines Park, Inverness FL
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: Crystal River HS
This event is open to all but will also serve as the Area 7 NJROTC selection race for their National Championships
January 20, 2018 Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey FL
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: Venice HS
January 27, 2018 South Florida [TBD]
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: Boca Raton & Ft Lauderdale HS
Febuary 3, 2018 University of South Florida, Tampa FL
This year's event is open to NJROTC and public
JROTC Host school: Robinson HS
Febuary 10, 2018 North Port HS, North Port FL
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: North Port HS
Febuary 24, 2018 T Mabry Carlton Reserve, Venice FL
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school: Lemon Bay HS
March 3, 2018 TBD
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
JROTC Host school:
April 6, 2018 Alafia River State Park
Courses: Yellow, Orange, Green.
Registration and starts between 10 am and noon.
Suncoast Orienteering Championships
JROTC Host school: Robinson

Pre-Registration:

Pre-registration is not required but it is always a good idea to notify Suncoast Orienteering of your intention to participate so that a map of your preferred course may be reserved for you. To save time and avoid line ups you can download, fill out, scan and return the Suncoast Entry form. Pay fee on arrival.

Standard Policies:

All events will open for registration at 10 AM. Starts can be any time between 10 AM and noon.

All participants must check in at the finish by 3 PM at the latest.

Particpants must register and sign a waiver to receive a map with their course on it.
Participants under the age of 18 must have their parentís signature on the waiver.
Download the waiver from FLO website if necessary

Participants are responsible for carrying their own water or other non-alcoholic refreshments. Piped drinking water is available at all venues.

Smoking and/or lighting matches while in the terrain is strictly forbidden.

This is a map and compass sport. GPS devices may be used to track your route but not to aid navigation. Cell phones may be used in emergencies but not to gain or give course information.

Registration Fees:

Current members of FLO, Suncoast or other O-USA/IOF affiliated clubs: $6
Others: $9

Groups: Regular fee for first map, plus $3 for each extra map.

All events will have SI timing. Finger stick rental is $5.

A park usage fee will be collected at the park gate or by the event organizer.

For further information contact suncoast_orienteering@yahoo.com or Gord Hunter: gordhun@rogers.com