Important race day information

Check your start time
• Complete the COVID Assessment Form
• Group members only – sign the waiver addendum
• Print your own control description sheet
• Print a map legend

Join us for the inaugural (and hopefully only) Winter Virtual Series Live Finale!

We’re heading back to Lord Hill Regional Park for our WVS Live Finale. Dave Tallent is creating a NEW set of courses, so don’t think you’ll be running on recycled Bog Slog courses.

COVID Operating Protocols

One thing this event WILL have in common with the Bog Slog is our COVID Safety Plan. We’ve put a lot of effort into devising protocols that are in compliance with (and often exceed) the State of Washington Safe Start requirements. Please help us be able to continue holding events by following these guidelines and cooperating with event staff.

  • There will be a participant limit of 200 starts. A “start” is either a single runner or 2 people from the same household. No groups larger than 2 are allowed.
  • Online pre-registration and payment is required. There will be no day-of-event registration.
  • We will NOT provide separate control description sheets but will post a link on the event page to a PDF so you can print your own if you wish. Control descriptions WILL be printed on the map.
  • There will be pre-assigned start times with intervals of 2 minutes between starts and 2 starts at the same time (on different courses). YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR YOUR OWN START TIME (first come, first served). Once you have the link, you may view the start list at any time. The link to the start time signup is at the top of the event registration page. If you don’t see it or forget to sign up, send email to and we’ll resend the link.
  • No pre-race or post-race gatherings. We encourage you to stay in your vehicle until 10 minutes before your assigned start time. Head back to your vehicle after you finish.
  • Wear a mask at all times when you are in the start, finish, or download areas and when you are within 6 feet of others.
  • Do not come if you feel sick, are experiencing symptoms, or have known to be in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. We will happily refund your entry fee if you can’t attend for one of these reasons.
  • Carpool only with people from your household.
  • You must provide your own SI epunch card (finger stick) and compass (no rentals). The nearest supplier of SI epunch cards is Scarborough Orienteering in California. We recommend purchasing either SI-9 , SI-10, or Air+ cards. SI-8 cards only hold 30 punches and we sometimes have courses with more than 30 controls. Other vendors can be found here.

Air Punching

We will be using Air+ contactless punching for those who have Air+ SI cards (standard SI cards will also work). Caution: if you sign up for an early start time, you may have to use your Air+ card as a standard punch (i.e. insert into the control) because the air feature must be “turned on” by a standard punch. Because some controls may be set out the day before the event, we don’t have the manpower to turn on all the controls before the start. Air+ users starting later will thank you for waking up the controls.

Mandatory Online COVID Assessment Form

After registration closes (Thursday at 9pm), all registered participants will receive an email with a link to an online COVID Assessment Form (please verify that the email address in your registration account is correct). You will not be allowed to participate without completing the COVID Assessment Form. If you’re a group leader, make sure you forward this link to your teammate, as every individual is required to complete the form.


No water will be provided on the course or at the start or finish. Please bring your own.


If you’re a group leader:

  • Make sure your teammate signs the Group Waiver Addendum
  • Make sure your teammate completes the COVID Assessment Form (see above)

Registration opens Sunday, February 21 at 6:00pm!


Course information will be provided here once the courses are finalized, but here are approximate distances.

Beginner – 1.8 km
Intermediate – 2.5 km
Short Advanced – 3.5 km
Long Advanced – 4.6 km

Print your own control description sheet

Print a map legend

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.


The map has been updated. New bike trails have been added and several have been decommissioned and removed. Light green and some medium green areas are now white, meaning that one can move quickly through the forest. Hatched shading has been added to indicate ground vegetation. Rule of thumb: If it is dark green, it is an obstacle and should be avoided. Go around. White with dense hatch marks will reduce one to a slow walk, and white with wide hatch marks will be a comfortable walk for most of us, but a run for the elite.

It is important to note, this is not Park Orienteering, and courses will require those on the advanced courses to use many additional navigation skills. Beginners will be on trails with controls placed on point features. On the Intermediate course, all controls are set off-trail but close to a trail, with four legs entirely cross-country. On the advanced courses, legs are predominantly cross-country. For comparison, the Long Adv would be an easy Green course at the USA champs. I would not recommend Junior varsity or middle school students to attempt the advanced courses unless shadowed.

I trust these courses will take many of you to new locations and explore parts of the map you have not been to. Courses were designed to be challenging and will test your skills to follow a compass bearing, pace count, aim off, contouring, using vegetation boundaries as handrails. There is even a control extension and a funnel. The courses have been designed to maximize decision making, and hence, keeping track of your position (thumbing along) will be essential to prevent getting lost on the cross-country legs. Goodbye trails, hello forest. Legs were designed with the journey in mind and not the controls, which are for the most part, quite ordinary in appearance.

If you do find yourself in this predicament, bail out to one of the major trails or to the powerline which for the adv courses is EAST. The safety bearing back to the finish area is EAST/South East. It is possible that you may encounter horses or mt bikers. Please STOP and let them pass. Above all, do have fun and enjoy the experience, and curse me if you wish.

Map legend

Due to size constraints, the legend is not included on the map. We will have legends printed on rite-in-the-rain paper for those who wish to take one. We’ll also have them posted on the event website if you want to print your own.

David Tallent

Course Public Students’ recommendation Dist.


Climb (m) Control Map scale Course highlights
1 Beginner Elementary 1.8 60 10 1:5000 Trails only
2 Intermediate Middle/JV 2.5 100 12 1:5000 Mostly trails, with 4 country legs. All controls set off-trail, but close
3 Short Adv Varsity 3.5 140 14 1:7500 The first half of the course is predominately cross-country. All aspects of navigation will be tested
4 Long Adv Varsity top runners 4.6 210 20 1:7500 As above, but includes a short section of short cross-country control-picking legs



Be sure you sign up for a start time (there’s a link to a signup sheet on the registration page). If you don’t sign up yourself, you will be assigned a time.

Final start times

9:30am – First assigned start
12:30am – Last assigned start
2:00pm – Courses close

Please remain in your car until no more than 10 minutes before your assigned start time. Proceed directly to the start; there is no need to check-in elsewhere.

Why is there a start window?

This event uses an interval start, which means that participants are started in waves instead of all at once. When you arrive at the start tent, find the chute for your course and follow the start volunteer’s instructions.


Registration opens Sunday, February 21 at 6:oopm!


$13 – non Club members
$8 – Club members


Become a member for $5-20

Buy your own e-punch

What’s an e-punch?

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!


Online pre-registration only!

Registration opens Sunday, February 21 at 6:00pm!

Learn more about volunteering

Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.



There is ample parking in the south lot Lord Hill Regional Park.


Covering 1,463 acres of forest, ponds, and open meadows, Lord Hill offers some of the best navigation west of the Cascade Mountains. It features rolling hills, a wide-ranging trail network, and enough navigable land to have back-to-back events on a 1:10,000-scale map with little to no overlap.

Though Lord Hill has north and south entrances, the club routinely uses the southern entrance for its ample parking and closer access to “the bowl,” an open, grassy area ideal for the arena-style finishes used in larger events.

Since 2014, Lord Hill has been the preferred location for the annual Bog Slog during the winter, and is often used for another event during the year as well.

Read more on the map page

Navigational Challenge: 8

Physical Challenge: 9


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.

Course Closure
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.