Saturday, May 19, 2018, 11:00am - 02:00pm
Forest-X 5k, Forest-X 10k
Please register in advance at this website
Forest-X is a 5km or 10km race with 10 checkpoints along the route. It is a intended as a way to bring non-orienteering runners into our sport, but also as a fun event for experienced orienteers. Please reach out to your running friends and invite them to come! This is a fundraiser for the work that Navigation Games does with kids in the Boston area.
Prior to the start, each participant will receive a timing chip and a map which shows the marked route, location of the 10 checkpoints, and additional detail for the surrounding terrain (such as trails, contours, and vegetation information). While reading and using the map is not mandatory, participants who combine their physical strengths with their map-reading and route planning abilities will have a significant advantage over the competition.
The 5km loop will still be marked with hanging streamers for those participants who choose not to risk shortcuts, and some difficult intersections will be marked off with streamer tape to help clarify the intended route.
At each of the 10 checkpoints there will be an electronic punch control.
As long as participants visit all 10 checkpoints in order, it does not matter how they choose to get there (so long as they avoid out-of-bounds areas marked on the map). Crossing streamer tape is totally allowed.
We strongly recommend carpooling, as parking may be limited.
Parking will be at the Long Pond Parking Lot in Middlesex Fells. The check-in will be just up the hill to the east of the parking lot—it will be visible from the parking area. Please note that the Long Pond Parking Lot is fairly small, so it's important to arrive early and/or carpool!