Find out how exciting the sport of orienteering is at one of our National Orienteering Week (NOW*) events being held across the country in September. You don't need to sign up in advance; just show up and have a blast hiking and navigating in the woods. Come by yourself or bring your friends and family. Any way you try it, you'll find "O" is the way to go.
Each of our NOW events features newcomer instruction, a variety of courses from beginner through seasoned adventure racer complexity, a souvenir topographic map, a complimentary copy of Orienteering North America magazine (while supplies last), and even a chance to take home sponsor prizes.
Whether your goal is to discover a new sport and seek a course record, to learn a new way to practice outdoor map-reading and compass skills, or simply to take a purposeful walk in the woods with a friend, orienteering is a great choice. To learn more about the sport, see our section New to Orienteering.
When you show up, just look for one of the local club members who will be most willing to get you started.
Most events have a small fee to offset the price of land permission and map production (you are really going to like our maps). Besides that, just wear a smile and the clothes you would for a hike or run in a local park. Bring a compass, if you have one, or rent one at the event.
If you are looking for a different outdoor sport to cover, look no further than orienteering. Orienteering USA has been hosting exceptional orienteering events for well over 30 years and today we are over 55 clubs strong.
We really don't want to be the most fun sporting secret, and believe that by coordinating local events throughout the U.S. on the same weekend each year we can best reach the public and you.
What is orienteering? Many say it is the perfect blend of an exciting cross-county race in a wooded setting with the added challenge of navigating on the fly using a map and your mind. For others, it's a relaxing family group hike down a scenic trail. A great way to get a feel for the sport is to view our self-running 40-second NOW PowerPoint slideshow.
With more than 30 states hosting NOW events, a nearby NOW event contact will be happy to provide you all the details about clinics and events in your area. Visit our Clubs page to find the club nearest you and when they are planning their NOW events.
NOW 2013 will be held during the month of September, with most clubs having NOW events betweeen September 21st and 29th. Contact Donna Fluegel (fluegeldonna [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) for details. You can find NOW promotional materials in the Club Leaders section.
*NOW was originally National Orienteering Day (NOD), with events typically held on the third weekend in September (if you happen to see references to NOD).