Mon, Jul 17|
Maclay Flats Orienteering Free Member Event
Registration is Open!
Time & Location
Jul 17, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Missoula, Forest Rd 19155, Missoula, MT 59804, USA
About the Event
Join us for a free event for GrizO members at Maclay Flats Nature Trail in Missoula!
Date and Time
The event will take place Monday, July 17, with a mass start at 6:30pm.
The event will be staged here.
Courses (NOTE: Special Mass Start Format!)
We will be offering a Beginner course, as well as several loops of Intermediate-Advanced diffculty levels. If you sign up for "Short", you will do one loop; "Medium" - two; and "Long" - three. None of them will be very long, as Maclay Flats is a pretty small area.
Everyone will start at the same time: 6:30pm, to create more of a head-to-head atmosphere for this event. Participants on the Medium and Long courses will be assigned their loops in different orders, so don't follow anyone else if you don't want to end up at the wrong control!
Equipment We will provide specially created maps with pre-printed courses for each participant. We will also provide loaner compasses. Please return these when you are done. The compasses will be sanitized after each use.Wear clothing that is comfortable for activities in the woods and off-trail and appropriate for the expected temperatures. Please bring your own snacks and hydration. A limited supply of single-serving snacks will be provided, but due to Covid-19 precautions, selection and supply will be limited. Also due to Covid-19 precautions, water will NOT be provided. Please bring an adequate supply of liquid.
Beginner Instruction Beginner instruction will be provided by several experienced orienteers. If this is your first event, take a look at the "Newcomers" section of our website to get an idea of what to expect: https://www.grizzlyorienteering.org/newcomers .
Start and Finish You will need to check in with one of our volunteers at registration before proceeding to the start. Our volunteers will provide you with the appropriate map, a loaner compass if needed, and a loaner electronic timing chip and will keep track of who is out and doing which course. When you have found all the controls on your course, return to the finish and check in with a volunteer there. Even if you decide to quit your course before finding all the controls, please check in at the finish so we do not go out searching for you.
An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that shows which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”
Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!
Covid-19 Precautions We recommend wearing masks the entire time you are in the registration, start, and finish areas. Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in. For the purposes of beginner instruction, you will be assigned to one of our experienced volunteers. Please respect their space and maintain proper social distancing.
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