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McDowell Nature Preserve

October 2 - 10:00 to 12:00

Price: $10.00
COK Runner

long lines are no more…

We hope you’re as excited as we are to begin a new season of orienteering! As plans finalize, we’ll post more events; but you can see the proposed schedule in the Events section.

Newcomers are absolutely welcome to participate in this fun and challenging outdoor sport suitable for individuals, families, and groups.  No special skills or abilities are necessary to begin.  Club events offer various levels of navigation courses to accommodate different skill levels and there are always friendly folks around to help you learn the art of using a map & compass.

If you’re new to orienteering; please spend some time going through the information provided on this website (e.g. What to Expect)  (Just a heads-up: there are changes to expect for the regulars).

Let’s get started!

Using the buttons below – please select which course you want to go on and how many maps (called Tickets) you wish to purchase. The only way to participate in a club event is through online registration & payment.  This means no more walk-ups, handling of cash/checks, or blank maps at events.  Upon registration & payment a pre-printed map(s) of your chosen course(s) along with an electronic finger stick will be available to you at the event site.  These conditions apply to groups as well as individuals.

Map sales are limited to avoid strain on the venues and event staff. This non-profit club is run solely by volunteers and due to a lack of folks willing to help put on events –  the club has no choice but to contain participation. One past event had 2 club members managing over 170 people.  We love putting on events for the benefit of the general public; but when numerous school buses show up unexpectedly ….. without any additional volunteers….. frustration abounds.

Map sales are first-come/first-served which means they may sell out quickly.  The key is to snag one while you can.  For large groups – please try to purchase the bare minimum so that other groups have a chance of participating.

Once the cap for a course is met – map sales for it end. The only option then is to select a different course or wait for the next event.  Course caps are subject to change anytime.

Unless sold out earlier – all map sales for this event end at 7PM on September 29th.

Course map sales are limited as follows: White – 20 / Yellow – 35 / Orange – 40 / Advanced – ∞

Each map is $10.00.  There is a $2.00 discount for participants who bring their own electronic finger stick.

Please input all requested information in the new registration window that opens once you select your course(s).  You also indicate your indemnification of the club for your participation by clicking on a waiver agreement.  For adult participants who are not the purchaser – you must download a waiver form from this website and bring it with you to the meet. For all youth groups and participants under 18 – only the responsible adult needs to indicate a waiver (groups are responsible for parental consent to participate and for the welfare of their temporary charges).

All courses now require the use of electronic timing.  This means everyone must have a finger stick (or at least one per group). Your map purchase includes rental of one from the club.  Club-owned finger sticks must be returned at the end of your course and lost ones incur a $36 replacement fee (keep accountability of them at all times!).  On the registration form – please indicate whether you have your own finger stick (you will need to click on the “Apply Discount” button). This prompts the payment system to reduce your map fee. Proceed all the way to Checkout and you’ll see your finger stick discount.

You may purchase a finger stick here (COK uses SI-8 cards).

Discount coupon codes are not used at this time.

You should receive a confirmation email after successful registration & payment.  If not – please check your junk email first and if necessary – contact the event organizer listed below.  All sales are final.  Under exceptional circumstances – a refund may be granted by the event organizer.

Newcomer Training Sessions – If this is your first orienteering event and/or you want to learn basic map reading and compass use – please consider attending a brief (free) session at the park on event day. Training sessions are scheduled for 9:30, 10:00, & 10:30.

Just a few more tidbits:

  • On event day (which is rain or shine) – once you enter a venue – look for orange & white directional signs to the event location.  Walk up to the organizer, give them your name, and you’ll get everything you need to navigate.
  • Please park in designated spots only and be mindful of other visitors (especially important with activity buses)
  • Please bring your own compass; but if you don’t have one – the club has a limited number of them to borrow (some minor collateral is necessary and returned at the end of your course). White course does not need a compass.
  • Every participant is required to report back to the event organizer after going out on a course (this is typically done at the the finish location).  If you do not finish a course or go over the 3-hour time limit – do not simply leave without letting us know!  We have to keep accountability for everyone (group leaders are responsible for their participants).  We don’t want lost souls left out in the woods to fend for themselves (unless you’re Bear Grylls).
  • Always keep safety in mind when out on a course and remember – orienteering is a leave no trace sport.


October 2
10:00 to 12:00


Dan Davis
Walter Siegenthaler
James Sisk


McDowell Nature Preserve & Park
15222 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278 United States
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(704) 588-5224


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
White (beginner)
$ 10.00
12 available
Yellow (novice)
$ 10.00
23 available
Orange (intermediate)
$ 10.00
28 available
Green (advanced)
$ 10.00
Red (advanced)
$ 10.00


  1. Megan Perkins

    Hi! Is Novice the lowest or easiest level?

    • Carolina OK

      Novice is typically someone who has done orienteering before; but is still learning. White course is for beginners with little or no experience. Yellow course is for novices that feel comfortable just off trails (but, not too challenging or far off).

  2. diane bauknight

    Hello, I have registered but can’t figure out how to order a map. Also, if I select SI8 finger stick for $36, is that all I need? First-timer. Thanks.

    • Carolina OK

      If you successfully register and pay – then, a finger stick will be reserved for you at the meet along with a map of the course you selected. If you received a confirmation email for your registration/purchase – then, all you need to do is to show up on meet day. If you decide to purchase your own personal finger stick instead of using the club’s – then, you can do that online through a vendor and the price is $36. If you lose a club finger stick – the replacement cost is $36.


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