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French Regional Park

Veteran's Day Night-O

Date:  November 11, 2018
Location:  Whitetail Woods Regional Park
Courses:  5.8 km long advanced and a 3.6 km short intermediate
Starts:  6pm (mass start)


Dakota County’s newest park, 456-acre Whitetail Woods Regional Park, is located in Empire Township in the center of Dakota County, one mile north of the Vermillion River. The park is bordered by the Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area to the east and the Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management areas to the south. Privately owned property lies directly north of the park.  The University of Minnesota’s UMORE Park is located to the northeast and east of the park.



This is a mass start event with a 5.8 km long advanced course and a 3.6 km short intermediate course. Sunset is at 5pm, and use of a headlamp or flashlight is strongly encouraged. To find out more about orienteering courses, see our Event Types page.



  • Registration/Check-In: 5:15pm - 5:45pm sharp!

  • Race Start: 6pm (mass start)

  • Course Closure: 7:30pm (park is open until 10 pm) There is a nice outdoor fire pit and large shelter with heated restrooms. So folks can sit around the fire after their run.


After the meet, gather at House of Coates, 16300 Clayton Ave E, Rosemount (frontage road to Hwy 52) 


Pricing (NOTE: Veterans race for free!)

Pre-registered Pricing:*

  • $11: Adults

  • $10: Juniors**


Day-Of Pricing:*

  • $15: Adults

  • $13: Juniors**


*$3 discount for orienteering club members

**Juniors are 19 years old and under

Payment will be made at the event (cash or check). Because pre-registration is so valuable for us, we charge the pre-registration price for those who register ahead of time. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday night, November 9, at 11:59 PM.



Station Road from just N of the park to Cty 46 is closed to thru traffic; you will need to turn on Biscayne Ave about 1/2 mile to the West to access the park off County Road 46. Watch for the sign. (Google maps will try to send you on the closed road). Start /finish is at the park shelter (South end of park road) 

Come Clean Leave Clean

The Minnesota Orienteering Club practices a Come Clean Leave Clean policy.  This helps us maintain a good relationship with the parks we utilize, sets a good example for other users, and limits the transfer and spread of many of the plants that make our venues less enjoyable.



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. MNOC would like to thank you for volunteering. We have a limited number of $5 REI gift cards for each meet to give thank you's to volunteers. If you would like one, please ask the race director.


Race Results

Race results are usually published within 24 hours of the event. View our Race Results page to see the results.


Race Management
  • Race Director: Ian Harding

  • Course design: Setter Ian Harding & Vetter Julia Bohnen



If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.

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