Orienteering Race

Sunday, October 7, 10:15am start

2018 Orienteering Race Results

In the wake of hosting a Ski Orienteering World Cup in March of 2018, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is excited to present a new running Orienteering Race during our Fall Fest weekend. The race is open to all abilities, from first-time orienteers to seasoned orienteering racers. We hope it will bring competitors a great opportunity to explore Craftsbury's beautiful forests at the peak of New England fall color with a fun and competitive twist.

What is orienteering? Think cross country race, only racers don’t know the course until they're given a map at the start. Competitors use this map to find checkpoints in varied terrain, and whoever finds the most points in the least amount of time wins the race. How racers get from point A to point B is up to them! 

Race Info:

The race is a mass-start event with a time limit. The goal is to find as many checkpoints as possible within that time limit, using a detailed topographic map. Each checkpoint is worth a different amount of points, with the further and harder-to-find checkpoints worth more points than the easier and closer ones.

Participants are welcome to work together with friends or family on informal teams to complete the event, or attack the course alone.

1. Long course (2-hour time limit)
2. Short course (1-hour time limit)

Each participant will carry an electronic timing chip that straps around their finger. This chip registers when racers get to a checkpoint, allowing for easy scoring after the race.

Participants have the option to take shortcuts in between trails, and some of the harder checkpoints will be located off-trail. Because there is an element of bush-whacking, some people like to wear leg coverings or long pants. We recommend a pair of trail shoes with good grip. If you have a compass, that is a useful tool, but you’ll get around fine without one.

I’ve never done this before!
We will be holding a one-hour orienteering clinic right before the race. We encourage everyone to check it out even if you’ve done one or two races before!

If you want to prepare yourself ahead of time, here are some resources for beginner orienteers:
Orienteering Basics 
How to Use an Orienteering Map


8:00 - Day-of registration opens
9:00 - Beginner orienteering clinic
10:00 - Race explanation and map assignment
10:15 - Race Start (long and short courses will start at the same time)
12:30 - Awards at Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Prizes will be awarded in both the long and short courses by gender and age.

New this year, we'll be giving out a prize for Fall Fest Meisters: the man and woman with the fastest combined time in the running Singletrack Shootout and the Orienteering Race Long Course. Along with bragging rights, each Meister will receive a commemorative prize!


Registration is online via SkiReg or day-of at the Outdoor Center. 

Race Entry Fees:

Craftsbury Houseguests race FREE (Lodging starts at $100/person/night, including all your meals - more info below)

$20/person for Craftsbury members (discount will be applied during checkout)
$25/person for all others

$30 for both races if you register for both the Singletrack Shootout and the Orienteering Race (email orienteering@craftsbury.com for coupon code).

DOR entry will be available:
$25/person for members
$30/person for all others

Any questions please contact orienteering@craftsbury.com.

Other Weekend Activities and Lodging:

The Craftsbury Orienteering Race is just one of the activities at Craftsbury October 6 & 7 - come on up and make a weekend of it! Saturday morning take part in the Singletrack Shootout, a running/biking biathlon race that is open to novices and biathlon experts alike. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a Community Open House, where participants can try mountain biking or biathlon for free. On the evening of the 6th, the Center will host an autumn-themed Harvest Dinner in the Activity Center.

Lodging at the Center is available both Friday and Saturday nights starting at $95 per person per night double occupancy, and includes the race entry and all your meals. Stay both nights and your entries in all of the weekend's fun is included! Call 802-586-7767 to make your reservation.
We're going to post more information as the day draws closer, so stay tuned.