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Course Types

Courses are color coded and vary by event site conditions, terrain, and skill level of the orienteers. In addition, there are different types of orienteering events (O-events) that are described below. The more familiar of orienteering events is following a color-specific course marked by numbered control markers that are followed in consecutive numerical order from a start point. An example map for this Point-To-Point type of orienteering is shown on the home page of this website. Winners are determined by finishing in the shortest time.

Typical point-to-point courses offered at SFLO events are Yellow, Orange, Green & Blue.

A "Map Hike" is an untimed short course, about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), designed for family groups, hikers and youngsters looking to learn orienteering techniques on the go. All navigation and travel will be along trails


White level courses are intended for novice orienteers. Distance is relatively short compared to the other courses, varying based on site conditions, in order to employ basic orienteering skills prior to advancing to a higher level course. Distance is approximately 1 kilometer (0.6 mile). 

Yellow level courses are intended for advanced beginners. Distance is approximately 2.7 kilometers (1.6 miles).

Orange level courses are intended for intermediate level orienteers. Distance is approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles).

Brown level courses are technically advanced and physically designed for older orienteers in terms of distance, climb and terrain. Distance is approximately 4.8 kilometers (3.0 miles).

Green level courses are technically advanced and of a moderate distance. Distance is approximately 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles).

Red & Blue level courses are technically advanced with high physical difficulty appropriate for Elite competitors. Distance is approximately 8.8 kilometers (5.5 miles).

Permanent courses of three types (Novice, 2.5 kilometers, 1.5 miles; Intermediate, 3.4 kilometers, 2.1 miles; and Advanced, 4.4 kilometers, 2.7 miles) are offered at Markham Park in Sunrise, FL. Maps and information for these permanent courses are available from the Park Office, or by downloading them here: Novice course, Intermediate course, Advanced course. When you download/print the maps be sure to print them in landscape format, actual size or fit-to-page. If you would like a Certificate of Completion for a course(s) click on the "Contact Us" and provide the name(s) of the participants, control marker codes (on the pole, not just the codes on the map), and time to complete the course. The certificate will be emailed to you. 

In addition to point-to-point orienteering events, other modes of travel can be combined with navigation by map & compass, for special O-events, including the use of skis, mountain bikes, horses, canoes, etc.

Score orienteering (aka Score-O) involves visiting as many control markers as possible within a certain time limit. Point values may vary with some scoring higher points depending on difficulty. 

A variation of Score-O is called "Rogaine", which stands for Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance. This type of event usually covers a very large area and can last 24 hours. 

Adventure racing is another type of O-event that can vary in many ways, including time & distance, and modes of travel, and is usually a team sport event. One type of special adventure racing is to visit as many controls from other courses within a certain time limit.

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