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Urban Night Orienteering Multnomah Village

Event Times

  •  - Registration opens: 5:30 p.m.
  •  - Beginner 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 pm (60 minute event) or 8 pm (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 night-time urban scavenger hunt.  Both individuals and teams are welcome at this event.  We have the upstairs of the pub 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's the animal painted on the side of the garage?  a) elephant  b) walrus c) panda ".  Answer the question, and move on to the next control.  (Oh, we should mention that the map does not have street names, so that adds a bit more challenge.  =^)


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!


This is a good event to do as a team as well as individually, so feel free to bring a friend.


Beginners at orienteering are welcome At this event. Will have experienced folks at the registration to offer you a quick clinic to get you started on the right foot. No real compass skills are needed for this event, just decent map reading skills.

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

See results on the results page.

Registration and other Costs
The event is open to the public.
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 Columbia River Orienteering Club charges 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.

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 pizza, maybe a beer, and share your adventure with some new friends.

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.

Contact: Meet director Vanessa Blake