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  • Come try out the Bring-your-own-Map event in Stow, MA running now until Oct. 17. It will be a fantastic weekend to get into the woods.
  • We had a fantastic time at the OUSA Masters Championship, Oct. 8-9, hosted by NEOC at Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT. Check out the NEOC results page and the OUSA event re-cap. A big thank you to all who helped pull off this event!
  • The NEOC 50th celebration was a blast. Check out the quiz and photos. A big thanks to Judy Karpinski for leading the effort; and to Jeff Saeger, Roger Underwood, Kristin Hall, Jim Paschetto, Joanne Sankus, and Jim Crawford for making the event special for all who could attend!
  • The annual Vampire-O at Danehy Park, Cambridge is on for Oct. 27!

Another from Mike Cooper's video series: the Brown course at the Middle NRE of the 8-day Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival; June 4, 2022, at Lubrecht Experimental Forest outside of Missoula, MT. This was the first NRE ever held in Montana.

Send your feedback on these videos to Mike.

We had a fantastic crowd at Rocky Woods last Sunday, with about 130 people enjoying the forest on a beautiful fall day. With good numbers of runners on all courses, the Fall Points Series is off to a great start. There were a few speed demons out there and others who just enjoyed their time in the woods with a navigation puzzle. Scores for the Fall Series are posted here.

Upcoming activities include:

  • OUSA Masters Championship, Oct 8-9, hosted by NEOC at Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT. You can still register. There are ~260 registrations right now. Volunteer sign-up is here. Let's make it a great event for everyone joining us for the national event. It will be fun!
  • Recreational Courses at Bigelow Hollow (Oct 8 & 9): In addition to the national ranking event courses at Bigelow Hollow (Union, CT), members can run recreational courses (white/yellow/orange) for free. Although day-of registration is allowed (if a map is available), we'd prefer all participants pre-register. Members should use coupon code: 2022NEOCMember during check-out.
  • NEOC 50th Dinner: At last check the dinner had over 90 people coming together to socialize and celebrate 50 years of orienteering in the region. Registration is still open.
  • Bring-your-own-Map event in Stow, MA running Oct 7-17.
  • UNO has a meet tomorrow, Oct. 1, at the Urban Forestry Center -- just 70 minutes north of Boston. Free for UNO members; $5 for members of another O-club.
  • Club members: have you volunteered lately? Sunday's Rocky Woods event urgently needs volunteers!
    If you haven't volunteered before, don't worry, we can train you to help with registration in just a few minutes. The computer (start/finish) training takes a little longer, but again, we can train you. Control hanging is a great fit for folks who regularly complete advanced courses. Control pickup gets you more time in the forest (and includes picking up the white and yellow course controls, so it's not just for advanced runners).
    NEOC is a volunteer run club, and your club needs you! Get the satisfaction of helping, and enjoy the social side of being at an in-person event for an extra hour. That's all it takes! Sign up on the NEOC Volunteer Sign Up - Rocky Woods. And, thank you!
  • Recreational Courses at Bigelow Hollow (Oct. 8 & 9): In addition to the national ranking event courses at Bigelow Hollow (Union, CT), members can run recreational courses (white/yellow/orange) for free. Although day-of registration is allowed (if a map is available), we'd prefer all participants pre-register. Members should use coupon code: 2022NEOCMember during check-out.
  • OUSA Masters Championship, Oct. 8-9, on the new map (Carl Underwood, 2020) of Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT. You can still register. Do it sooner next time to save some money.
    • Day-Of Competition Volunteers. In our normal volunteer sign-up, you'll see plenty of opportunities to help with this two-day national ranking event. Most shifts are short, and all allow you to compete in the normal start window. After all, we expect our club members to have great results.
    • Special Volunteer Roles. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.
      • Test Runners. Can't attend Masters Champs for some reason? Consider test running the courses in late Sep or early Oct. Courses will be streamered and vetted. You'll be ineligible to compete, but your times will help us make sure the lengths are right, etc.
      • Post-race Refreshment Coordinator. We are returning to the tradition of appropriate post-race refreshments at the finish. Role is on the Day-Of Sign-up, but has obvious pre-event needs (buying stuff).
      • Start, Parking, and Results Team Leads. While these are primarily day-of roles, a single park visit with the MD/park staff in the final lead-up to the event might be helpful to see event locations and set the team up for success. And, the team lead checks on equipment & supplies before the event and coordinates for the team's equipment transportation.
  • Saturday, Oct. 1 —UNO has a meet at the Urban Forestry Center, a beautiful preserve just 70 minutes north of Boston. Details on the UNO site.
  • In-person Training Sunday (Sept. 18) at Prospect Hill, Waltham, MA: Advanced and Intermediate options. Practice precise orienteering with contour lines. Training explanation and maps available from 10 - 11 am. Streamers will be in the woods. Distance: 4.4km, shortcuts possible. RSVP here to get a map. Sign up by Saturday 8pm.
  • Coming soon: In-person event at Rocky Woods on Sunday, Sept. 25. With six courses, a covered pavilion, beautiful woods, and a good trail network, there is something for everyone. Please consider volunteering, too! You can sign up for a shift here.
  • NEOC 50th Anniversary Dinner, Oct. 8: We are celebrating NEOC's 50th Anniversary this year. Sign up for the Oct. 8 dinner via EventReg. It is an option as part of the Masters Championship sign-up. Join us for dinner! Interested in helping put on this event or have some club memorabilia to display? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Recreational Courses at Bigelow Hollow (Oct. 8 & 9): In addition to the national ranking event courses at Bigelow Hollow (Union, CT), members can run recreational courses (white/yellow/orange) for free. Although day-of registration is allowed (if a map is available), we'd prefer all participants pre-register. Members should use coupon code 2022NEOCMember during check-out.
  • OUSA Masters Championship, Oct. 8-9, on the new map (Carl Underwood, 2020) of Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT. Prices for competitive categories go up on Sep. 19, so register today.
    • Day-Of Competition Volunteers. In our normal volunteer sign-up, you’ll see plenty of opportunities to help with this two-day national ranking event. Most shifts are short, and all allow you to compete in the normal start window. After all, we expect our club members to have great results.
    • Special Volunteer Roles. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.
      • Test Runners. Can’t attend Masters Champs for some reason? Consider test running the courses in late Sept. or early Oct. Courses will be streamered and vetted. You’ll be ineligible to compete, but your times will help us make sure the lengths are right, etc.
      • Lunch Fundraiser for National Team. We have park permission to do a fundraiser for OUSA’s National Team or Development Team or other orienteering-related non-profit cause. In the past, these have been lunch sales of burgers/dogs or sandwiches, etc. We have a system to take orders ready to go, but are looking for someone to spearhead this effort.
      • Post-race Refreshment Coordinator. We are returning to the tradition of appropriate post-race refreshments at the finish. Role is on the Day-Of Sign-up, but has obvious pre-event needs.
      • Start, Parking, and Results Team Leads. While these are primarily day-of roles, a single park visit with the MD/park staff in the final lead-up to the event is necessary to see event locations and set the team up for success. And, the team lead checks on equipment & supplies before the event and coordinates for the team’s equipment transportation.
  • Cambridge Middle School Orienteering Coaches: Navigation Games is looking for coaches for its Cambridge, MA middle school teams. Coaching involves 4 to 5 once-a-week sessions at local parks. Interested? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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