Urban Night-O, Multnomah Village

Event date
Jan 21 2012

Event Times
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Beginners’ clinics: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. (on an as-needed basis)
Map handout: 6:15 p.m.
Mass start: 6:30 p.m.
Courses close: 7:30 p.m. (60 minute event) or 8 p.m. (90 minute event)

Event overview
Come out to the Lucky Labrador Public House in Multnomah Village for CROC's annual Urban Night-O.  Run or stroll the back streets, alleys, and trails of this SW Portland neighborhood, on a sort of night-time urban scavenger hunt! Both individuals and teams are welcome at this event.  We have the upstairs reserved.  (Note: Children are permitted in the pub until 10 pm!)
Unlike traditional O-courses where you find orange and white flags set the day of the event, this course uses permanent objects such as mailboxes, house numbers, and signs.  At each point marked on your map (aka control point) you'll have a related multiple choice question, such as:  "What is the animal painted on the side of the garage?  a) elephant  b) walrus c) panda  d) coyote".  Answer the question, and move on to the next control.

Registration begins at 5:30 pm, maps will be handed out at 6:15 pm so that you can plan your route in advance, with a mass start at 6:30 pm.  Participants, whether runners or walkers, choose between a 60 or 90 minute Score-O.  In a Score-O event, you find as many control points as possible in whatever order you like, and make it back to the Lucky Lab within the set time limit.  Points will be taken off for each minute over, don't be late!

All participants must check out through the finish area before leaving, even if the team returns after the course closes.

What to bring
1) A quality flash light or headlamp with fresh batteries.  2) A watch.  3) Clothing appropriate for the weather.   Reflective clothing is recommended.
(What NOT to bring - any GPS enabled device, such as a smart phone, is not allowed for navigation assistance at this or any other CROC event.)

Post-event gathering: After your race, stay at the pub to enjoy food, drink, and embellished tales of adventure with the club.

CROC has a permanent training course established in this area.  If you try it before the night-O, you may have an unfair advantage, hint hint!  See complete details here.

Registration and other costs
The event is open to the public.  Tip your bartender.
Note: If you join CROC at this event, ($15 individual, $20 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE!   Ask about this at meet registration.

All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.

The event fees are:

    $8 - individual (non-member)
    $12 - group (non-member, going out using one map)
    $6 - individual (club member)
    $10 - group (club member, going out using one map)
    $2 - extra copy of color map
    $1 - compass rental

Each participant or team receives a course map, a control question description sheet, and an answer sheet.

Contact: Meet director: Vanessa Blake


Nearly 60 people came out for CROC’s first event of the year in Multnomah Village, a number of whom were trying orienteering for the first time. And the weather cooperated. While it was the normal cool temperature for January, the threatened rain only showed up briefly at the end of the event. Thanks to all who came.

And many thanks, as always, to our volunteers: John Godino, course setter and greeter; Glen Cafferty, beginner’s clinics; Virginia Church, registration; Pat Gottsacker and Mal Harding, greeters; Vanessa Blake, meet director.

Results are below. There were a total of 50 points available. In case you're interested, every control was visited at least once (but I don't know which control was visited the most). In cases where there is a tied score, the team that came in earlier is listed first.