June 8, 2008
Poplar Creek

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Meet director: Viktor Nikolenko
Course Setter: Lenny Shatskin

9:30 a.m. Beginners' Clinic
10 a.m. Registration and Start
12 p.m. Registration closes
2 p.m. Courses close

(Maximum time on course: 3 hours)

Cost: (per individual or team)

CAOC members $7
non-members $10
additional maps $3
rental compass $1
rental e-Punch $5
purchase e-Punch $30

(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)

On-line registration is now closed -- please register and pay on-site.

The Poplar Creek map, located in the western part of the 4,200-acre Poplar Creek Forest Preserve in Hoffman Estates, features open woods, gently rolling prairie, its namesake creek, and a variety of trails. The topography is subtle with a few shallow reentrants, knolls and depressions. Ruins of old buildings and fences are common in the south and west sections of the map (including a few unmapped ruined barbed wire fences—watch out!). At the northern edge of the map, there is a small nature preserve containing pristine, undisturbed prairie land, a rarity in Illinois.

While this area may not present the technical and physical challenges of some of our other maps, it does leave plenty of opportunity for good, fun orienteering. The standard White, Yellow, Orange courses will be offered for beginner and intermediate level orienteers. Advanced orienteers will have two sprint courses available. Update: There will also be a Bike-O course available to all. Bring your mountain or hybrid bike for some extra orienteering fun! (Road bikes are not recommended).

Public Transportation:
A great day to use a folding bike! The Metra train arrives in Bartlett at 9:30 a.m. Jog/bike north on Oak Ave to Hwy 20. Jog left then right and continue north on Bartlett Road; left on Bode Road; right on Sutton Road for the last mile into parking lot on west side of Sutton (6 miles from station) On the return, ask someone to drop you back at the station.

Take the Northwest Tollway (I-90) 19 miles west of O'Hare to Exit 11—Sutton Road-South (Hwy 59); proceed south 1.5 miles to turn right into parking lot a mile south of expressway. Registration is at second (western) shelter.

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