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Sunday September 17, 2023

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Meet Director: Jenn Wu

Registration: 9:30-9:50AM
Starting times: 10:00am
Course closes: 2:00pm


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


On-line registration is now closed. Please pay on-site..

Join us on Sunday September 17th for a unique urban orienteering experience!

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.

Important: Please bring your own pen/pencil, 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.

Key details

  • Bring your own pen/pencil, 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 crossing streets
  • 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 Tom Park.

You could also kayak or canoe there, as there is a boat ramp.

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