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Happy autumn to all NEOC members,

We hope you are ready for a fall filled with orienteering opportunities. To inspire you, we announce the 2021 Fall Point Series!

The 2021 Fall point series provides a bit of light-hearted competition and encourages members to attend local events. The 2021 Fall Point Series will encompass (couldn't resist it) five in-person events. Participants need to run the same color course for at least 3 of the 5 following events:

  • Sept 26: Rocky Woods (Medfield, MA)
  • Oct 2: Willard Brook Saturday (Ashby, MA)
  • Oct 3: Willard Brook Sunday (Ashby, MA)
  • Oct 24: Great Brook Farm (Carlisle, MA)
  • Nov 13: Mount Tom (Mt Holyoke, MA)

Here are the details

MikaMika Latva-Kokko and family did well at the 2021 US Trail Orienteering Championships, held May 15-16 in Philadelphia. Mika won the open category, and his and Amy's children earned 1st and 2nd in the junior category.

British Orienteering has a nice explanation of "preO" and "tempO."


NEOC's Annual General Meeting will be held on June 13, 2021, at 1:00 PM, at Houghton's Pond, Milton, MA, picnic area #4.

The main business will be the election to fill six seats on the Board of Directors. Five of those seats will be for a full two-year term; the sixth seat is for a one-year term (to complete the term of Cristina Luis, who moved to Arizona).

If you cannot attend the election, you can designate another NEOC member to cast your vote as your proxy. Download, print, and complete the Voting Proxy form. (If you have questions about voting by proxy, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

If you would like to run for a seat on the Board, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Below are the candidate statements received to date.

Welcome to the Spring 2021 Sprint Orienteering Series! We are bringing back the tradition of the CSU Park-O series that would have had its 20th year in 2020 (except for 2020!). This year the spring series will be 5-6 low-key, short course, in-person events in local urban parks.

Time: Start times are from 6:00 pm to 6:59 pm every Thursday.

Dates and Locations: Location may be adjusted based on permit availability—final location info will appear on the Schedule.

  • Apr 22: Medford - Hormel Stadium
  • Apr 29: Newton - Edmands Park
  • May 6: Burlington - Mary Cummings Park*
  • May 13: Arlington - Menotomy Rocks Park
  • May 20: Newton - Nahanton Park
  • May 27: Boston - Jamaica Pond

Registration: Pre-registration is required for all events no later than the Tuesday (2 days) before. Reserve your spot now for the series or sign up weekly (space dependent). Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have a limit of 50 participants for some locations, and we will print maps based on pre-registration.

COVID-19 Safety: Use of face masks and social distancing is required at all times. Individually bagged maps will be provided, bring your own SI timing stick/card, or sanitized SI cards will be available for loan. No public restrooms will be available.

Cost: Covers costs of map printing and permits

  • Series Registration: $15/person or $45/family
  • Individual Event: $5/event or $15/family
    * The Mary Cummings Park event is free, thanks to The Trustees of Reservations.
  • NEOC membership does not cover the start fees for these events as they are organized jointly by CSU and NEOC

Results: Overall times and split-times for each checkpoint will be available online after the event. Points will be awarded on the longer course, based on 20 points for 1st place, 19 points for 2nd place and so on regardless of age or gender. Your top 3 events count towards your total points score (i.e. 60 points max).

Organizers: Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) and New England Orienteering Club (NEOC)

The inaugural Winter Challenge was a competition of 30 courses, distributed across 9 MA-based venues. Forty-three members submitted their efforts, totaling 184 courses completed during the winter months! Members were encouraged to aim for three challenge levels.

Congratulations to all the participating NEOC members—

  • 9 courses: You have mastered the Winter O-challenge and will be listed as a Winter O-challenge Master on the NEOC website (and contacted to help volunteer in the spring).

    Bill Binette
    Magnus Bjorkman
    Jim Crawford
    Rick Keilty
    Dorina Nimigean
    Mark O’Connell
    Karen Yeowell

  • 6 to 8 courses: You will roll into the spring O-season ready to show off your navigation skills. You have earned yourself a 2021 Winter O-Challenge refrigerator magnet.

    Jason DeJoannis
    Mori Finlayson-Johnecheck
    Ian Finlayson
    Michael Hughes
    Andy McIlvaine
    Jim Paschetto
    Paige Williams

  • 1 to 5 courses: Who said you couldn’t orienteer in New England in the winter? Congrats to the 25 plus members who got into the woods and strengthened the synapses in their brain over the winter months!

Thanks to Bridget Hall, NEOC and OUSA Junior National Team Member, for creating this challenge for our community! Please send any feedback on this activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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