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Missoula Playfair Park

Playfair Park - Day

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Playfair Park - Day
Playfair Park - Day

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. 

First-timers: Free

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.

Electronic "punching"

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

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  • Standard Group Entry

    For non-member adult participant groups of two or more

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  • Member Individual Entry

    For adults members of GrizO participating individually

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  • Member Group Entry

    For two or more participating adults members of GrizO

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  • Junior Entry

    For youth age 12-20

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  • Kid Entry

    For kids 12 and under

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  • Volunteer

    For anyone who volunteers at this event

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  • First Event

    For anyone participating in a GrizO event for the first time

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