Meet Director: Lise Valentine
Course Setters: Lise Valentine
Starting times: 9:30-10:30am
Course closes: 2:30pm
Cost: (per individual or team)
(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)
Registration will be open thru
midnight Thursday August 20th.
Join us on Sunday, August 23rd for a unique urban orienteering
The start/finish and registration are at Ping
Tom Park under the 18th street bridge. Enter the park at 19th
St. and South Wells St. We will be under the bridge, north of the
pagoda and playground.
We will use a map of downtown Chicago provided at registration.
Upon registration, each participant will also be given an Answer
Sheet that includes questions that can only be answered when they
are at the control locations on the map. Bring a pen or pencil to
fill out your answer sheet.
The format of the course is a Score-O where participants go to
as many control locations as they have time to collect correct answers
for during the time period of the race. Racers can select either
a 1-hour (Short), 2-hour (Medium) or 4-hour (Long) time limit. Each
correct answer collected will be scored as one point and each minute
late in returning to the start/finish will subtract a point.
Racers may participate on foot or on a bicycle, and may ride public
transportation (bus or train) or water taxis, but may not take any
private motorized vehicle (car, taxi, etc.). Racers must follow
all traffic laws and safety rules. Helmets are required for bikers.
Please wear a facemask when you are near other people, and maintain
a 6-foot distance. The lakefront is open but you must keep moving
and not stop or gather in groups.
Important: Please bring your own pen/pencil, facemask, water,
and snacks. For your safety and ours at this time, we will not provide
these. There may be a port-a-potty available at start/finish, but
it is not guaranteed. There is a Mariano’s supermarket store
four blocks away at Clark and 17th street where you can buy drinks/snacks
and use the restroom.
Start/Finish at Ping Tom Park, Chinatown.
- Bring your own pen/pencil, face mask, water, and snacks. We
will not provide them.
- Score-O format
- Wear a watch. 1 point deducted for each minute late.
- Can use public transportation (CTA train or bus or water taxis)
but no other motorized transport
- Must follow all pedestrian and bicycling rules such as when
- Racers will fill out a clue sheet to prove they were at each
control by answering question that can only be answered by being
at the control (no e-punch needed). Bring a cell phone for safety,
but do not use GPS or map apps.
- If you guess a wrong answer for a control you didn't visit,
a point will be deducted from your score.
Driving: From the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) take
18th Street east to Wentworth. Turn right (south) on Wentworth,
then right (west) on 19th Street. The Ping Tom Park entrance is
at 19th St. and South Wells. There is free parking available on
the side streets and metered parking on Wentworth. There is more
free parking on Wentworth north of 18th St.
Public transit: Ping Tom Park is three blocks
from a CTA Red Line stop. Take the Red Line to Cermak-Chinatown
and walk north on Wentworth two blocks, then west on 19th St. The
#21 Cermak bus and #62 Archer bus will also drop you close to Ping
You could also kayak or canoe there, as there is a boat ramp.