Meet Director: Jenn Wu
Starting times: 10:00am
Course closes: 2:00pm
(We suggest a maximum of four people per group.)
Registration is open here
and will remain open until Thursday September 22nd at 11PM. If you register by
midnight, we will print a map for you. (We have 29 maps right now.) There will be no paper registrations
on-site -- if you register day of the event, you'll need to complete
the forms on the website. Please pre-register if at all possible!
Join us on Saturday, September 24th 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. We'll only a 4-hour 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 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.
Please follow applicable rules about wearing a facemask and maintaining
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 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.