Sun, Feb 21|
Missoula Playfair Park
Playfair Park - Day
Registration for this event is now open!
Time & Location
Feb 21, 2021, 10:00 AM
Missoula Playfair Park, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
About the Event
The events at Playfair Park will be a night orienteering event on Saturday night followed by a regular day event on Sunday morning. If running around a city park sounds too easy, try it at night! All the control flags are reflective.
Standard event entry fee: $15 per individual; maximum of $30 for group*
Member event entry fee: $5 for members; maximum of $10 for member group
Junior entry fee: $5 for youth aged 12-20
Kid entry fee: Free for kids under 12
Volunteer discount: Free for anyone who volunteers at a given event
Extra map for any additional group member who wants one: $2
Second course: Free
Compass rental: Free
Grizzly Orienteering is offering annual memberships for individuals and families. A membership gives discounts on event entries, priority registration for certain events, and access to skills clinics throughout the year. The cost for an individual membership (expiring December 31, 2021) is $35, and for a family $50.
Playfair Park Final Details
Date and Time
The night event will take place Saturday, February 20, between 7:00pm-9:30pm. People can start between 7:00pm-8:30pm. Please arrive at your assigned time slot in order to help us run things smoothly and safely.
The day event will take place Sunday, February 20, between 10:00am-2:00pm. People can start between 10:00am-1:00pm. Please arrive at your assigned time slot in order to help us run things smoothly and safely.
The event will be staged next to the parking lots off Pattee Creek Dr.
Covid-19 Precautions Please wear 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.
Equipment For the night event, please bring your own headlamps! All the control flags are reflective and will be easily visible if you shine a light on them. 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 cold temperatures and likely snow cover. 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.
CoursesYou will be able to select from four different maps (courses): Beginner (1.7km), Advanced Beginner (2.4km), Intermediate (3.7km), and Advanced (4.9km) courses. The distances indicate the shortest, straight-line distance for visiting all the controls and returning to the finish. You will certainly cover more distance than that.Besides differing in length, courses differ in difficulty levels - the beginner course stays exclusively on trails; advanced beginner offers opportunities to take some shortcuts and shorter off-trail excursions; the intermediate course requires some traversing of the terrain off-trail; and the advanced courses often do not have trail options for some of the route choices.We recommend that you pick a relatively easy course if this is your first event. If it goes quickly and you enjoy it, you can try another, more difficult course, right away. We recommend going out individually or in groups of no more than 2-3 so that everyone is able to get the hang of map reading and navigation.
Beginner Instruction Beginner instruction will be provided by several experienced orienteers.
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!
Standard Individual Entry
For non-member adults participating individually
Standard Group Entry
For non-member adult participant groups of two or more
Member Individual Entry
For adults members of GrizO participating individually
Member Group Entry
For two or more participating adults members of GrizO
For youth age 12-20
For kids 12 and under
For anyone who volunteers at this event
For anyone participating in a GrizO event for the first time