Time & Location
About the event
Your choice - skis, foot, or snowshoe!
Registration and check in 11:00 to 11:45
Maps handed out 11:50
Mass start 12 noon
Course closes: 1:30
2:15 onwards, food and beverage gathering at Tanzenwald Brewing Company, 103 Hwy 3 N, in Northfield.
Extreme Weather Cancellation Policy
For safety reasons we will cancel (via FB and the website) and reschedule, if the National Weather service forecast (24hrs out) -20 degrees F or colder windchill for the start of the event.
Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, northeast of Faribault near the small town of Nerstrand. The park derives its name from the Big Woods, a large, contiguous forested area covering much of central Minnesota prior to the arrival of European settlers. The park and its forest were an outlying 'woods' typical and similar to the Big Woods proper, which were historically found on the more recent glacier deposits located west of the Cannon River 10 miles (16 km) to the west. Aside from a small waterfall, the outstanding natural feature of the park is the forest itself and white-tailed deer.
The course will be a 90-minute Score-O with a mass-start. To find out more about orienteering courses, see our Event Types page.
*$3 discount for orienteering club members
**Juniors are 19 years old and under
The deadline for pre-registration is Friday night, February 15, at 11:59 PM
9700 170th St E, Nerstrand, MN 55053
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. Learn more about volunteering.
Race results are usually published within 24 hours of the event. View our Race Results page to see the results.
Race Director: Ian Harding
Course design: Ian Harding
Want to know how climate change is affecting the Big Woods?
Read this and see the changes for yourself when you are out there in the woods. Concerned about climate change? Consider car pooling to the event (maybe meet your Twin Cities friends at Buck Hill ski area parking lot and carpool from there).
If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.
- Adult Member Registration$8$80$0
- Junior Member Registration$7$70$0
- Adult Registration$11$110$0
- Junior Registration$10$100$0