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FREE Sprint Courses (South Mountain)

The Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club
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Feb 10 9:00AM - 1:00PM

This sprint event will be held at the Piedras Grandes picnic area in South Mountain Park. This new area (new map created last March) contains navigation challenges through a large variety of desert terrains including mountain peaks, dry washes, rocky outcrops, etc. It will include two short courses varying in length from 2-4km. The courses are designed for winning times from 12-20 minutes. Most participants will finish each course in under 30 minutes. Navigation on the sprint courses is intentionally easier than for normal orienteering events. The emphasis for sprint orienteering courses is on rapid decision making rather than on precision navigation. While our sprint courses are offered to seasoned orienteers as a nice alternative to regular events, beginning orienteers will also find that they are able to complete the courses without much difficulty.

Sprint course check-in/registration....................8:30am
Sprint course opens............................................9:00am
Last time to start a sprint course.......................12:00pm
Sprint course closes............................................1:00pm

Before this Sprint event there is a free beginner's class. Come to the free class if you're new to the sport or need a quick refresher.

NOTE: Maps for the beginner's clinic and sprint events are limited. In order to ensure yourself a map, we strongly suggest you preregister for the event(s) you would like to do.
Click here ( to pre-register.

Parental Consent Now Required (Click here for more information:
All participants under age 18 are now required to have a signed parental consent form on file with the club. You can complete the form before the event and either scan it and send it to us by e-mail or bring it with you to the event.

For more information and directions visit the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club's event page:

How to find us:Look for the orange and white sandwich boards marking the event area.

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