Foot Orienteering information: (jump down to current schedule)

Registration for Saturday EMPO events is from 10:00 am - noon and Sunday events is from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Entry fees for standard EMPO events are as follows:

  • EMPO members: $5 with a $13 maximum per family (for those with an EMPO family membership)
  • non-members: $10 with a $25 maximum per family
  • large groups: $5/$10 (member/non-member) for the first two groups' maps and $5 for each additional map
  • first-timer or white (orienteering novice) course: $5 (both member and non-member)
  • Fall Scout-O event: $4 per map (one map required per Scout)

  • SI stick rental ("stick"=timing chip; most courses use electronic timing--also called e-punching--from SportIdent): $2
    [You can purchase your own stick, from one of several vendors listed here: Orienteering USA vendors page; or from EMPO if any are still for sale.]
Maps (without a course) may be purchased for $5 per copy.

Wondering what all the symbols on the 'clue sheets' (control descriptions) mean? Check out this guide.

Join Empire Orienteering Club!
         Our membership form is found on the Club Information page (and by clicking the link above).

For directions to the park and information about the map, click on the park's name in the schedule below.

To find other orienteering events, check one of the following links (or check out the schedules of other clubs in the region, listed below the schedule):

Note: See link at top of page for Winter/Ski-orienteering events

2015 Fall Events
Date /
Registration window
 Place  Contact(s) / information

We'd love to hold more events, but need event directors!

Team up and split the work; try something new!

Contact Phil or Frank if you can do something this fall.

Sat. Sep 19
    10 AM - 12 Noon

EMPO Event
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs
Robert Canham

Sat. Sep 26
    10 AM----

Ellicottville Adventure Run & Hike, Ellicottville (near Buffalo)

Holiday Valley's Upper Ski Patrol and Training Center on Holiday Valley Road about two-thirds the way up the mountain. From the village of Ellicottville, take Route 219 south a short distance before turning right onto Holiday Valley Road. Continue up the hill past the Clubhouse Chalet Lodge, and turn left at the signs for the Training Center or the nearby Yodeler Lodge.
Buffalo Orienteering Club

Score-O / Rogaine format, 3- and 6-hour
  Sep 26 - 27

Ottawa O-Fest (and Ontario O Champs), Carp Ridge North, west of Ottawa, Canada

Middle course on Saturday; Long course on Sunday
Ottawa Orienteering Club
Anne Teutsch, anne at teutsch dot ca
Registration site
October 3-4



EMPO Event
NATIONAL EVENT at Pineridge XC Ski Area on a NEW MAP will include a Middle distance on Saturday and a Long distance on Sunday. Course time limits will be enforced (2 hours for Middle and 3 hours for Long).

Pre-registration is required for competitive courses. >

Recreational courses are available at the advanced beginner level, probably starting by 11:30 am, though 12:45 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 through 11 am on Sunday. Preregistration is available but not required.

Volunteers are needed for some day-of-event tasks; you can compete too! Contact Frank or Phil if you can help.
Phil Hawkes-Teeter / Frank Boscoe

Register for O in the Pines (competitive or recreational)
  Oct 10 - 11

NATIONAL EVENT, Boulder Dash at Harris Center, Hancock, New Hampshire
Two-Day Classic  (classic races each day)
Preregistration is strongly recommended
Up North Orienteers
Sun., Oct 18
   11 AM - 1 PM

EMPO Event
Thacher State Park, Voorheesville
   Standard courses (beginner to advanced)

Gabor Bobok
Sun., Oct 18
Hudson Highlander / Lowlander, Harriman State Park

This classic event is a metric marathon (i.e., designed at 26.2 km) navigation / running race. It typically has a trail running segment between two or more orienteering segments on various maps in the Harriman State Park, Harriman NY (less than 2 hours from Albany).

The Lowlander is a shorter (10 km or so) event that offers a similar challenge, with a shorter (or no) trail run.
Hudson Valley Orienteers
Sun., Nov 1
Annual Scout O Challenge @ Tawasentha Town Park, Guilderland
Pre-registration is necessary, details on Scout-O event page.
Gabor Bobok
Sat., Nov 7
   10 AM - 12 Noon

EMPO Event
EMPO Club Championships @ Pineridge XC Ski Area, E. Poestenkill
Phil Hawkes-Teeter / Glen Tryson

For additional events, try the following area clubs, or check the race schedule on