A preliminary Start list is here. We are aware of some issues and are working on needed changes.
Winter League is the Pacific Northwest’s premier competitive orienteering series for all ages.
Elementary, Middle School, High School and College students compete under the banner of the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League (WIOL).
Winter League public courses offer a range of categories from a competitive long advanced category to non-competitive beginner-friendly categories at every event!
Course designer(s): Chris Whitmyre and Pat Kelly
JV Male/JV College
How are courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.
Welcome to Shoreview/Shoreline. This venue is a fun mix of Campus, Parklands, and Forest that will require constant concentration. The map scale is at 1:4,000 and the contour interval is 2.5 meters. As such, by using larger 11 x 17 paper we have been able to keep the courses on a single sheet (i.e., NO map exchange).
Please note there are several areas marked as ‘Out of Bounds’ with pink cross-hatching which are both sensitive vegetation restoration areas and construction areas. There are also ‘out of bounds’ areas marked in olive such as the off-leash dog area, hazardous infrastructure areas, and landscaped areas. Do not enter any ‘out of bounds’ areas – you will be disqualified! Beyond disqualification, you risk putting our land use in jeopardy. So please, do not enter ‘Out of Bounds’ areas.
Keep in mind that (especially in the campus area) there may be many controls in close proximity to each other. Check those control numbers!
The Varsity and Long Advanced/College courses will take you along Boeing Creek. This trail has seen some erosion so please be careful on narrow trail areas as well with slippery rocks. The biggest surprise here is that Hidden Lake has been drained, and newly restored habitat areas have been created in its place. Please stay on the trails as you pass near this area.
There is a tennis tournament scheduled on the same day and some courses will generally traverse that area of Shoreview Park. Please use caution when running through this area.
This event is Pre-Registration Only.
9 am – Info Tent and Newcomer Instruction Opens
9:38 am – Start process begins
9:46 am – First start
12:40 pm – Last Start
2:40 pm – Course Closure
Why is there a start window?
This event uses an interval start, meaning participants are started in waves instead of all at once. Winter League uses an expanded National Meet style start. You will be called to the first start tent 8 minutes prior to your assigned/picked start time. You will proceed through a series of start tents where you will verify your epunch and course, drop your coat, receive short essential course notes, get your control description sheets, clear and check, and receive your map. Please be race ready when your name is called.
$22 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own e-punch
Participating as a group? Just $5 for each additional adult (16+) group
member, no cost for additional minors.
An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that show which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”
Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!
There is no Day-of-Event registration. Pre-registration will close Nov 29 at 11:59 pm.
Remember to also sign up for a start time for public runners here. Start time sign-ups for WL #3 will be open from Nov. 18th at 3 p.m. to Nov. 29th at 11:59 p.m.
This map is like two venues in one: the hilly and wooded Shoreview Park and the complex campus of Shoreline Community College. Be prepared to switch mental gears as you move between the two!
This venue is mapped to sprint standard (or ISSOM, the International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps). The sprint standard has a few key differences from traditional orienteering maps (or ISOM, the International Specification for Orienteering Maps):
Some features (usually walls) can be marked as uncrossable (illegal to cross)
Out-of-bounds is represented by olive green, which is used often for flower beds or private areas
Footpaths and paved areas appear tan
There are additional urban symbols, including canopies, which illustrate covered passageways
Return to the Finish
All participants MUST return to the finish and download their e-punch or turn in their punch card.
Even if you have not finished your course, you must still return to the the finish and confirm with event staff that you have returned safely.
Out of Bounds
Some areas may be marked out of bounds. It is imperative to respect these boundaries to maintain our relationships with land managers. Participants MUST NOT go out of bounds. Any participant caught going out of bounds will be disqualified.
All participants MUST return to the finish by course closure time. If a participant does not return by course closure, event volunteers will begin coordinating a search party.
If you need a long time on the course, start as early in the start window as possible, wear a watch, and be prepared to cut your course short to make it back by the course closure time.
All participants MUST carry a whistle on the course. Complimentary whistles are available at the start tent (please only take one).
If you are injured on the course and need assistance, blow three long blasts to call for help.
If you hear a call for help, abandon your course to find the person in distress.
Part of the fun and fairness of orienteering is navigating your own course, so please be polite when you find a checkpoint and don’t holler that you’ve found it.