Rochester Orienteering Club

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Upcoming events


Mendon Trail Run - Saturday Nov 4

For more information about the race, go to the event web site at:

Alasa Farms - Sunday, Oct 15th from Noon to 2

Alasa Farms is a brand new map. A prominent water feature divides the vast open woods into two distinct sections. The green and red courses will explore both sides, while the white course will make use of the farmstead area and give a taste of the beauty of the forest. Those who are ready for a bit more forest should choose yellow. Instead of separate brown and orange courses, we will offer only orange. Those who usually enjoy brown should be able to find their way around one steep descent /climb on the orange course with reasonable planning.

Our start finish area will be at Cracker Box Palace farmstead on Shaker Rd just south of Shaker Tract Rd.

Course Controls Length Climb 
White   14      2.0 km  25m
Yellow  13      3.0 km  55m
Orange  12      3.8 km  75m
Green   13      5.9 km  185m
Red     14      7.7 km  225m

Posted 10-10-17

Genesee County Park - Nature Center

Saturday 9/30 
Starts: 10am to Noon 

Courses Offered:

White 1.9 km

Yellow 2.1 km

Brown 4.1 km

Green 5.1 km

Red 6.2 km

Course Notes:

Genesee County park is located south of Batavia about 45 minutes southwest of Rochester.  This a a new map made by Dave Cady (BFLO).  The terrain has some rolling hills, a stream through the center and green and fields all around.  It is a people park with picnic areas, shelters, and playgrounds and an extensive network of trails.  Dave Cady designed some fun courses which will challenge your ability to make quick decisions about route choice.  The vegetation is thick this time of year especially the semi-open yellow and impassable dark green but the courses make good use of more open areas of the park.  It should be fun for all!

posted 9-19-17

Letchworth State Park - Sat-Sun, September 16-17th

ROC is hosting a National Event in Letchworth State Park, recreational White beginner and Yellow novice course will be available each day for day of registration. All other courses would have required pre-registration. Full details on Event webpage.

Mendon Ponds Park - Saturday, September 9th

Meet at Cavalry Lodge in Southeast section of Mendon Ponds Park.

Start time window between 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Courses close at 1:30 PM

This event will have half length Event courses and half length Training courses.

Event Courses regular entry fees.

Course Controls Length Climb
White Beginner 9 1.6 km 65 m
Yellow Novice 10 1.8 km 95 m
Orange-Brown 11 2.2 km 150 m
Green-Red 12 2.6 km 155 m

Training Courses free for everyone for National Orienteering Week.

Course Controls Length Climb
Beginner Training 11 1.6 km 50 m
Novice Training 10 1.3 km 75 m
Intermediate Training 10 2.0 km 105 m
Advanced Training 10 2.2 km 140 m

Do either Event or Training course first. Training courses will not be officially timed or scored. So make them what you like. There will also be maps All controls and None to make your own course or drop or add to an existing training course.

You might also use the training courses to help instruct new folks or other club members. Or even go with a partner of similar skill and take turns each leg and give each other tip and feedback. Great event to bring a friend, training courses are free for everyone so spread the word.

Durand Eastman Park - Thursday, August 24

The start is at Magnolia Shelter.

There will be a White course, which you can start any time between 6:00 and 6:45 (course closes at 7:30). The White course is on trails and fields, and offers relatively simple navigation.  There is one trail that is not completely obvious - the path will be marked with streamers until it becomes more clear

 There will also be a Sprint course, starting any time between 5:45 and 6:15.  People who do not want to do the Score-O can start later.

 The main event is a Score-O with a mass start at 6:30 pm, where the object is to score as many points as possible by visiting controls within the one-hour time limit.  All controls are worth 1 point.

 Since it’s starting to get dark early (and it gets darker a lot earlier in the woods than in open areas), for safety reasons, we do want everyone back on time, by 7:30 pm. To encourage everyone to be back on time, there will be a sizable penalty of 3 points per minute or fraction of a minute late. The penalty will start at 7:30, so if you’re late in starting out on the Score-O for any reason, you still need to be back by 7:30.

Durand lost quite a few large trees in the wind storm earlier this year.  The newly fallen trees are not yet on the Durand map.  Some of them fell across trails and have not yet been cleared off, so be careful.

Posted 8-21-17

Highland Park Score-O - Wed July 26th

For those of you unfamiliar with a Score-O, everyone gets a map with all controls printed on it and you chose as many or as few to visit. The catch? You have only one hour to return to home base before all your hard earned control points begin to be taken away from you - 1 control lost per each minute of overtime. 

If you are a beginner, the meet director or control setters can suggest some easier controls to go for. 

5:30-6:15 Registration/check in
6:00-6:30 Start your 1 hour event
7:30 Course close

LOCATION (orange and white signs will direct you to the start of the event)
Frederick Douglass Rec-Center (adjacent to Highland Park) 999 South Avenue

RIT Sprint Event - Wed July 12th

What's a Sprint? Fear not if you are new to orienteering! A Sprint is an
orienteering course with relatively shorter distances between flags than you
would find on a traditional course and it is often done in a more urban
setting like a college campus. For competitive folks a Sprint means getting
around a course as fast as possible. If you're new to orienteering or not a
runner you can do a Sprint course at your usual pace. In fact, you may find
a Sprint course to be a great training tool for you, so don't let the name
scare you away. There will also be the option of a regular beginner's

Register online or come in plenty of time to register as everyone starts at
6:15. Our orange and white signs will direct you to the start of the event.

5:30-6: Registration
6:15 Mass Start
7:45 Courses Close

The RIT sprint festival will give you the option to run multiple sprints
(legs) in any order with brief rest times between legs.  If you prefer to
run a single traditional sprint course, you can choose to run any sprint leg
by itself. The sprints will feature quick thinking with multiple routes to
choose from navigating around buildings with stair, ramps, short overpasses
walls, gardens, some open spaces, and even a tiger.

Sprint Legs
A 2.6 km, 12 controls, distances are length of best path and not how the
bird flies
B 1.6 km, 9 controls
C 2.5 km, 13 controls

Long (Red): Legs A, B, C any order
Medium (Green/Orange): Legs A & C any order
Short (Brown): Legs B & C any order
Beginner (White/Yellow): Beginner (1.7 km, 10 controls)

RIT - Parking in C Lot and general/reserved spots and meeting on the south
and west side of Gracie's
Register now!

Posted 7-4-17

Dryer Rd Park - Saturday June 17th

Mountain Bike-O and Foot-O courses will be offered.  

MTB-O starts: 10am to Noon

Foot-O Starts: 10am to 1pm

Courses close at 3pm.

MTB-O Courses:

Easy - 2.0 km

Intermediate - 3.3 km

Expert - 4.7 km

(All distances are as the crow flies, you will actually bike much further)

Reminders for MTB-O:  You must stay on trails, you cannot cut trails or go the wrong way on trails.  You must wear a helmet.  You have to bring your own bike.

Foot-O Courses:

White - 1.8 km

Yellow/Orange - 2.9 km

Short Advanced - 3.6 km

Long Advanced - 6.5 km

Both advanced courses will use maps without any trails marked, so while there are lots of trails out there, none of them will be shown on the map.  

If you wish to do both a MTBO and Foot-O course please register for one and it will be an additional $2 for the second course. 

Posted 6-11-17

Mendon Ponds - June 3rd

The next ROC meet is Saturday, June 3rd at Mendon Ponds Park.  Start at Hopkins Point, Pond View Shelter from 10am-12 noon.  The format is point-to-point with an emphasis on short, fast legs with some longer legs.  Maps will be printed at 1:7,500.  Four courses will be available:

White (beginner) 2.2km

Yellow/Orange (intermediate) 3.5km

Brown (short advanced) 4.5km

Red (long advanced) 6.0km

Instruction will be available for beginners.  Rain or shine, we hope to see you there!

Posted 5-28-17

Course Controls Length Climb

Beginner Training 11 1.6 km 50 m
Novice Training 10 1.3 km 75 m
Intermediate Training 10 2.0 km 105 m
Advanced Training 10 2.2 km 140 m
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  • A special Control for the Bday girl!!!!

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