What is it? It's a festival of urban adventure running (aka "sprint orienteering"), in the spirit of other fun race weekends like the Vancouver Sprint Camp, Boston Sprint Camp, and Sprint the Golden Gate. 

Over the course of two days, everyone will get to run in six short races. In each, you'll be given a detailed map of the park or campus and a series of checkpoints to visit. Each tournament round will feature head-to-head racing in heats of five runners. The fastest finishers in each heat will advance to compete against other fast finishers. Take a look at our bracket here.

(All participants will be able to run all rounds of the tournament. Even if you're eliminated from winning the championship, you won't be eliminated from the fun and thrill of the tournament.)

Who can participate? All running speeds and all experience levels are welcome! Registration is first-come, first-served. Because of the tournament format, we're limiting the event to just 80 solo participants. We're expecting a fun mix of elite and recreational orienteers of all ages.

Where & when is it? The tournament will be within or very near the city of Seattle. We don't have any firm plans for a tournament beyond 2018, but all four of the previous tournaments have been in September, with the most recent three on the second weekend of September. 

What is each race like? You'll get to run in six short and intense races. Each will be in the 1-2 mile range, for a total of about 11-12 miles. Unlike your standard road or trail run, there's no marked path to follow. At each starting line, we'll give you a detailed map of each area, with a series of checkpoints to visit. It's up to you to choose your own adventure! This event is open to all running speeds, because a smarter runner may outwit a faster one!

What are the race maps like? This event is organized by Cascade Orienteering, so all maps are made to a very specific set of mapping standards. You can see the race maps for all 24 of the previous tournament rounds on the results page.

If you'd like to study up on other 'sprint orienteering' maps, here's a good start! If you'd like to try a practice event beforehand, check out Cascade Orienteering's event calendar. Not in Seattle? Try Orienteering USA or Orienteering Canada for events near you.

Do I need any special gear? Not really. We'll provide the detailed checkpoint maps and electronic timing sticks (if you don't have your own stick). Just wear whatever clothes and shoes you would for a normal run on a campus or a city park. Any other navigation aids (other maps, compasses, GPS) are not required, nor are prohibited.  

How do sign up?  It's first-come, first-served, until the event sells out at 80 solo participants. There will not be any day-of-event, on-site registration. Members of Cascade Orienteering and those 20 years and younger receive a discount, and we'll be awarding prizes in ten age/gender groups.

What if I have other questions? Contact event staff at adventure@cascadeoc.org, or connect via Cascade Orienteering's Facebook page