Chester Woods Orienteering Meet
Chester Woods Park is located about 6 miles east of Rochester, MN, on the headwaters of Bear Creek in the rugged bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota. The park features over 15 miles of primitive trails winding through fields, oak woods, and bluff prairie. The park includes a campground and beach, so bring your swim suit, and consider making it a weekend camping trip.
This is a regular Orienteering Meet with a variety of courses for all skill levels. Choose from beginner (White, Yellow), intermediate (Orange), and Advanced (Brown, Green, and Red) Courses, plus a BONUS Sprint Short Course available for all participants.
In conjunction with Olmsted County Chester Woods "Day in the Park" for those with disabilities program, MNOC will be offering FREE entry to both the beginner 1/2 mile White and the 1 mile Yellow orienteering courses. These are located on ADA trails in the park.
To find out more about these courses, see our Event Types page.
Registration/Check-In: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Race Start: 12:00pm - 2:30pm (You can start a course anytime during this start window; Participants are stagger-started every 2 minutes)
Course Closure: 3:30pm
FREE entry for persons with disabilities, for the white (1/2 mile) and yellow (1 mile) courses
*$3 discount for orienteering club members
**Juniors are 19 years old and under
Chester Woods is located 14 miles east of Rochester, MN on Hwy 14. From the Twin Cities, take US-52 south to Rochester, MN. Exit eastbound on SH-14 and go through the southern part of Rochester. Continue east out of town for approximately 4-5 miles. The park is on the right side of the road and is signed. Watch for the Park and O-Meet signs!
It takes a handful of volunteers to make each of our events successful. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please see our Volunteering page. And as a reward, you'll get a free race entry the next Regular event you choose.
Race results are usually published within 24 hours of the event. View our Race Results page to see the results.
Race Director: Andrea Schneider
Course design: Ian Harding / Philip Stromme / Sam Glowacki
If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.