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Multnomah Village Urban Night-O

  • Lucky Lab Pub 7675 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR, 97219 United States (map)
Lucky Lab Pub Multnomah Village

Event Times

  • Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Please be at the Lucky Lab between 5:30 and 6:00 to register!

  •  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 orienteering 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 of about 35 points 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 around 6:15 pm so that you can plan your route in advance, and then we have a mass start at 6:30 pm.  Participants choose between a 60 or 90 minute time period.  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.

Note - Due to an anticipated large turnout for this event, we ask all participants to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 PM to allow time for registration.

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



Results will be posted on the Events & Results page a few days after the event.


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.



Meet director John Godino

Map and Directions

I-5 from the North:

  • Take the Multnomah Exit (the second exit after leaving downtown)
  • Go straight for about a half a mile
  • Turn right (onto SW 31st) at the first stoplight. Go one block
  • Take a left at the stop sign onto Capitol Hwy
  • The pub is the big brown building on the immediate right

I-5 from the South:

  • Take exit 294 (Barbur Blvd), and take a slight right at the end of the exit ramp
  • After 1.2 miles, turn left at SW Taylors Ferry Rd
  • Take the 2nd right (about 400 feet) onto SW Capitol Hwy
  • The pub is the big brown building on the left after 1.3 mile
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