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  • Join us for the 11th running of the Wanderings this Labor Day weekend (through Sept. 5). As you are Wandering about on a bike or foot consider helping out at one of our upcoming Fall events. We are an all volunteer club and we need your assistance to make these activities happen! Sign up here.
  • Fall Series 2022: The Fall Point Series is back again for 2022! This series provides a bit of light-hearted competition and encourages members to attend local events. Scores are tallied by course (white, yellow, orange, brown, green, and red). Participants need to run the same color course for at least 3 of the 5 events listed below. No special registration required. Mark your calendars now!
    • Sept. 25: Rocky Woods (Medfield, MA)
    • Oct. 8: Bigelow Hollow Saturday (Union, CT)
    • Oct. 9: Bigelow Hollow Sunday (Union, CT)
    • Oct. 24: DCR Pearl Hill (Ashby, MA)
    • Nov. 20: Event location to be announced soon
  • OUSA Masters Championship, Oct. 8-9, on the new map (Carl Underwood, 2020) of Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, CT.
    • Day-Of-Competition Volunteers: In our normal volunteer sign-up, you'll see plenty of opportunities to help with this two-day national ranking event. Most shifts are short, and all allow you to compete in the normal start window. Afterall, we expect our club members to have great results.
    • Special Volunteer Roles: Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.
      • Test Runners: Can't attend Masters Champs for some reason? Consider test running the courses in late Sept. or early Oct. Courses will be streamered and vetted. You'll be ineligible to compete, but your times will help us make sure the lengths are right, etc.
      • Awards Coordinator: We already have the official OUSA medals for Masters category Top-3 finishers, but last year's local delicacies at the New England Champs were a real hit (choices of maple syrup, cider donuts / apple turn-overs, hard cider), and we'd love to have someone pull that together.
      • Meet T-shirt: If someone is willing and able to design and produce event T-shirts, we could offer them for sale to competitors, offer them as awards, and/or provide to meet volunteers as a thank-you.
      • Lunch Fundraiser for National Team: We have park permission to do a fundraiser for OUSA's National Team or Development Team or other orienteering-related non-profit cause. In the past, these have been lunch sales of burgers/dogs or sandwiches, etc.
      • Post-race Refreshment Coordinator: We are returning to the tradition of appropriate post-race refreshments at the finish. Role is on the Day-Of Sign-up, but has obvious pre-event needs.
      • Start, Parking, and Results Team Leads: While these are primarily day-of roles, a single park visit with the MD/park staff in the final lead-up to the event is necessary to see event locations and set the team up for success. The team lead also checks on equipment & supplies before the event, and coordinates for the team's equipment transportation.
  • NEOC 50th: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and memories) to add to slide deck.

Happy autumn to all NEOC members,

The Fall Point Series is back again for 2022!

This series provides a bit of light-hearted competition and encourages members to attend local events. Scores are tallied by course (white, yellow, orange, brown, green, and red). Participants need to run the same color course for at least 3 of the 5 events listed below. No special registration required. Mark your calendars now!

  • Sept. 25: Rocky Woods (Medfield, MA)
  • Oct. 8: Bigelow Hollow Saturday (Union, CT)
  • Oct. 9: Bigelow Hollow Sunday (Union, CT)
  • Oct. 24: DCR Pearl Hill (Ashby, MA)
  • Nov. 20: Event location to be announced soon

Here are the details

  • Ease into the 2022 fall orienteering season with our season starter at Horn Pond(Woburn) on Aug. 28. There will be beginner introduction available at this event. We are looking for volunteers to help our crew. Sign up here.
  • The annual Wanderings event will be held over Labor Day weekend – you can bike or run this event. We will also have BYOM events at two updated/new locations this fall (Pine Bluff in Stow, MA and Nickerson State Park on the Cape).
  • NEOC's website posts events hosted by other orienteering clubs in the region. Two upcoming events that draw folks from all over are:
      ◦ Sept. 3: WCOC Corn Maze-O in (Sunderland, MA)
      ◦ Sept. 10-11: Up North Orienteers' Pawtuckaway Event (Nottingham, NH).

The 2022 Junior Orienteering World Championships opens in Portugal on Sunday, July 10. The U.S. team includes three NEOC members: Anna Campbell, Bridget Hall, and Keegan Harkavy.

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Photos courtesy of OUSA and EvalinMae Photography.

Follow their exploits on the JWOC Recap page on the OUSA site.


Events Canceled Due to Fire Risk

On July 8, JWOC organizers announced:

Due to extreme risk of fire, that has developed over the last couple of days resulting in multiple forest fires in various parts of Portugal, the Portuguese government has issued a total ban on access to its forests starting on Friday 8th July – and so far lasting until Friday 15th July. ... As a result of the ban, all training and other activities in the forest is strictly forbidden. The JWOC Sprint will be organised as planned and the IOF and the JWOC organisers are currently working together to organise additional JWOC sprint competitions during the JWOC week. Information about this will be given as soon as the deciding bodies within the IOF has made a decision about this.

Read the full announcement, and the U.S. team's response, on the Junior team's Facebook page.

  • May 30: Norwottuck (Holyoke, MA): This event will be on the Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. It is open to the general public as well as to training weekend participants. If you have some extra time, consider volunteering. Here is the link. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring 2022 Western MA event.
  • June 5: Houghton's Pond (Milton, MA): It will be the last weekend event of the spring season. We will have a Score-O (get as many controls as you can within an hour) and a beginner course. Bring a picnic lunch and stay around to chat and eat. We will have the club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) starting at 12 pm, with election of Board members. Read about the candidates & voting.
  • Check out the photos and the write-up from the DCR Great Brook Farm National Ranking Event this past weekend! Here is the NEOC write-up, and here is the Orienteering USA (OUSA) write-up. Thanks to the meet directors and volunteers for pulling this off in the 90 degree weather! Fantastic job! Thank goodness for ice cream!
  • Thursday Spring Park-O Series: See results for the 5th event in the series at DCR Hammond Pond. Next event is at Magazine Beach in Cambridge on June 2. You must register by Tuesday, May 31. Event details can be found on the NEOC Schedule.

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