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Discussion: Announcing HVO/WCOC Winter Series

in: HVO/WCOC winter Course #1 (Jan 2–21, 2018 - Pound Ridge, NY, US)

Dec 14, 2017 1:25 PM # 
HVO and WCOC are pleased to host a series of four bare-bones, time-yourself orienteering races this winter. Each event offers a Brown, Green and Red course, and participants download the maps from a link posted on this site. Control flags will be out in the woods for about two weeks. You run whenever you want while the flags are out. The races are honor system based with no boxes/punches on the controls, just touch the flag (no remote visual punching). No beginner’s courses will be available.

When and Where
Race Controls in the Woods, Map Course Setters
#1 Jan 4th – 15th Ward Pound Ridge, NY Niels Lyng-Olsen & Geof Connor
#2 Jan 13th – 21st Paugusset, CT Tony Muffatti
#3 Feb 3rd – 11th HVO territory TBA TBA
#4 Feb 24th – Mar 4th Hemlock Hills, CT Susan & Rick DeWitt

In case of major snow falls, revised dates may be considered and posted. Note that Ward Pound Ridge charges for parking ($10) at weekends during the winter.

Maps will be available for downloading on this site the day before the controls are in the woods.

Results and Ranking
Participants time themselves and subsequently upload their results directly to the respective event pages or email their times to the Results Coordinator. Posting splits and GPS tracks are preferred, but not required.

For each race, the athletes will be ranked with the winner on each course getting 10 points, second best 9 points, etc. down to 1 point. Anyone completing a course will automatically get 1 point. After the last event of the series, a cumulative score based on each runner’s three best results, and the winners of the WCOC/HVO Winter Series will be announced.

By entering these events and agreeing to the conditions above each participant in any or all of the four Winter Series events assume full responsibility for any and all injuries, losses and other damages that he or she incurs while attending or participating in the Winter Series events.

Winter Series Coordinators:
HVO: Geof Connor,
WCOC: Niels Lyng-Olsen,
Results Coordinator: Rick DeWitt,
Dec 16, 2017 8:47 PM # 
Winter Series #1
Location: Ward Pound Ridge, with start and finish at the Michigan Road parking lot.

Courses will be available for download on this site starting from January 3rd.
Red - 7.2km, 300m climb, 17 controls
Green - 5.0km. 195m climb, 11 controls
Brown - 3.8km, 125m climb, 9 controls
Dec 16, 2017 10:29 PM # 
Just confirming, regular flags, not just streamers?
Dec 17, 2017 2:31 AM # 
Yes, we will have regular flags on the control locations.
Note that the races are honor system based with no boxes or punches, just touch the flag.
Dec 17, 2017 4:16 AM # 
Great idea!
Dec 17, 2017 2:28 PM # 
Quick correction to the schedule: the second event in the Winter Series will be at Huntington SP rather than at Paugussett SP, set by Tony and Karen Muffatti. Same dates, i.e., Jan. 13-21.

Note that the weekend of Jan. 13-15 (MLK day weekend), flags will be in the woods at both Pound Ridge and Huntington. Orienteers are welcome to stay at Susan and my home that weekend, for those (especially those who live further away) who want to do both courses that weekend without having to drive back home each day. Huntington is about 5 minutes from our house; Pound Ridge about 50 minutes. Think of it like a classic 2-day A meet, just a bit less formal. If you’re interested in staying with us, just drop me an email (

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