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National Orienteering Day Score-O
Gateway Park , Fort Worth, TX

Meet Director:   Meet Director Notes
Course Setter:   Course Setter Notes
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Score-O Short

Card punch
90 minute time limit
Score-O Long

Card punch
3 hour time limit

  • A Score-O is an orienteering event in which competitors visit as many controls as possible, in any order, within a time limit.
  • Controls have different point values; greater points are assigned to controls that are more difficult to locate or that are greater distance from the start. No penalty points are applied for controls that are not visited. The orienteer with the most points wins.If more than one orienteer visits all controls, then the fastest orienteer to find all points wins.
  • There will be two Score-O courses, a 90 minute and a three-hour course. There will be one mass start for both courses. Penalty points are applied to those taking longer than the course time

Score-O Short Runners: You are scored against finding as many controls as possible in the 90 minute time limit.
Score-O Long Runners: You are scored against finding as many controls as possible in the 3 hour time limit


  • This event will be using Custom NTOA classes.

This event has a custom schedule - Times are different from normal

The Schedule


09:00 - 09:45 : Registration. You must arrive and register by 09:45 AM. If pre-registered, you must check-in and pay your fees by 08:45 AM
09:15 - 09:30 : Beginner's clinic
09:45 - 09:55 : Special Instructions. Score-O format is explained.
09:55 - 10:00 : Hand out maps. Everyone gets a map.
10:00 - 10:00 : Mass start. Everyone starts at the same time.
10:00 - 11:30 : Competitor's on the short course. All short course runners must return to finish and check in by 11:30 AM.
10:00 - 01:00 : Competitor's on the long course. All long course runners must return to finish and check in by 1 PM.
11:30 - Noon : Short course results scoring. Just socialize and talk about your course with others
noon - 12:30 : Short course Awards.
01:00 - 01:30 : Long course results scoring. Just socialize and talk about your course with others
01:30 - 02:00 : Long course Awards.
02:00- 03:00 : Control Marker Pickup. Get extra experience. Volunteer to pick up a few control bags.

Other Event Information

Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you might like to read this event description .

Equipment: Wear comfortable running shoes or hiking boots, long pants or long nylon running pants for protection against underbrush, eyewear to protect against branches, a watch as there is a time limit (3 hours unless noted otherwise), a whistle to call for help, and a compass. The compass should be protractor-style with a clear baseplate that can be purchased at many outdoor and sporting-goods stores for $10-$15.

Water:Water will be available at the start, finish and at locations on the course. However, all participants are highly encouraged to carry water to prevent dehydration.


Questions regarding preregistration can be sent to the . Other questions regarding the meet should be sent to the meet director.

Fees for Competitive Individuals - Awards for top 3 runners in each class
(Competitors that are competing as individuals)
Competitor Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $8 per person
Members $12 per person
Non-members $12 per person
Price includes 1 map
Fees for Recreational Teams and Individuals - No Awards.
(1 or more participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $14 per team
Members $14 per team
Non-members $14 per team
Extra Maps $3 per map(if available)
Price includes 1 map

Step 1: Registration

Online registration is highly encouraged. The number of maps with preprinted courses is based upon Online registration numbers. Day of race registrants may be required to hand draw their courses on a blank map.

The number of registatrations allowed for this venue is NOT limited by the landowner. NTOA has placed limits to keep event to a manageable size. Those limits are high enough that they have historically allowed everyone to participate. Use the following link to see the limits and the available slots for the event and for each course.

Limits and available slots

Online registration usually opens about 10 days before the event and closes at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Online registration has not opened yet.

Online registration will open about 10 days before the event and close at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Competitive Individual

Competitive Individual
Recreational Team

Recreational Team
( min 2 people, max 5 people )
Large Group

Competitive Individuals
( from the same school, troop, group or family )

Step 2: Download and complete a waiver

Save time on event day! Download and complete the waiver now. Complete the waiver in pen and bring with it you to the event.

NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Location and Directions

Online Maps and Directions

Maps and Directions

From the East (Dallas)

  • Head West on I-30 toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn right on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the North (Denton)

  • Head South on I-35W toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 52B toward US-377N/TX-121
  • Merge onto TX-121 N
  • Take Beach Street exit
  • Turn right on Beach Street
  • Turn left on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the West (Weatherford)

  • Head East on I-20 toward Fort Worth
  • Take slight left at I-30 E
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn left on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the South (Burleson)

  • Head North on I-35W toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 51C to merge onto I-30 East
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn left on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

Bob Woodruff location map

Meet Director Notes


Welcome to our only venue in Fort Worth. Gateway Park is located in Fort Worth just across the highway from an old mapped area of ours called Tandy Hills. Gateway Park is a multi-use area with the Trinity River bisecting the area. The park caters to everyone from dog owners (Fort Woof Park is located there) to outdoor enthusiasts.

There are a number of athletic fields and trails for both hikers and bikers. With so much potential activity going on at the same time it is important for us to keep in mind that we are not the only ones there and we must share the area. Logistics may be an issue but with a little cooperation then everything should be fine.


We will have registration near the large parking lot. This lot is the second parking lot after you enter from the north gate. The small lot can be used for parking if you wish or if the larger lot is full. There are portable toilets at the parking lot that we will use. Further, there is ample open space for groups if they wish to set up tents. Both start and finish will be in the same general area as registration. This means that we may be a little tight on space. So please follow meet official?s directions.

Registration Notes

This event is a Score-O. It is a departure from our usual event. What this means is that there is only one map with all of the controls listed on them. Your task, whether it is for a "short" course or the "long" course, is to find as many controls as you can within the allotted time for your course. The controls can be found in any order that you desire. But you must punch your card that corresponds to that control. For example, if there is a bag with the number 101 and it is control #1 on your clue sheet, then you must punch square one on your card. If you find a bag with control number 110 and it is control number 10 on your clue sheet then your must punch square #10. Do not just use any square.


The parking lot that we would prefer to use is the larger parking lot that is around a bend to your right after you pass the small parking lot. It is near a large sporting complex. It is a short walk to our HQ area. If the big lot is full then:

Buses may pass through a gate to your left after you pass the small parking lot. Continue along and around the circle and park on the right of the street facing the gate. This is where busses have parked before.

However, we may have to share with others who may be using the area. So, be aware of this. Further, there is the likelihood that the fields at the other parking lot will be in use as well.

There is plenty of parking but you may have to search for a space.

Weather and Cautions

As of this writing, the weather looks like that it will be dry and fairly cool. However, still exercise caution and drink plenty of fluids.


Please be sure to read the Course Setter notes. As mentioned before, the Trinity River bisects the park and is prone to flooding. The park is basically flat but it does have some low-lying areas. As of this writing those areas may be wet with some standing water if it rains later in the week.


With so much activity going on at the same time it is very important that we respect others in their use of the park. We cannot control others but we can control ourselves. Runners must give way to mountain bikes and do not interfere with any field activity. Respect the property so that we impress upon others that we are good stewards and we can use the park in the future.

Scott Morris
Meet Director

Course Setter Notes


Welcome to Gateway Park in Fort Worth.

The Map

The map will be at a scale of 1:7500 with a 2.5 meter contour interval.


Most of the park is fairly flat with low lying areas. The east side of the park does have steep, rocky slopes. Orange, Green and Red will be climbing a lot. The dry watercourses and ditches often look like paths. If there has been significant rain in the week prior to the event, many of these low spots may be full of water or very muddy.

The frequently mown, lawn grass areas are fairly smooth. Other open areas can be very uneven. The less frequently mown areas might reach 5 feet high.


The woods contain some typical hazards for this region including poison ivy, greenbriar thorns, and rusty barbed wire fences. Ticks are more prevalent this year in the park. All orienteers, other than those on the White and Yellow courses, are encouraged to wear long pants and/or gaiters for leg protection.


The concrete and dirt trail system is used by cyclists who often ride fast and can easily come upon you unexpectedly. To be safe, travel alongside the paths if possible, especially if in a group or on the narrower dirt trails. If you pause to read your map, DO NOT stand in the bikepath. Don't wander across the bikepath without looking for bicycle traffic.

The Area East of the river will go areas of complex mountain bike trails built and maintained by FWMBA (Fort Worth Mountain Bike Association). Please be respectful of any riders you see. Again, please don't block the trails, and be alert for bike riders.

Athletic Fields

The courses will go near some soccer fields and baseball fields. Please do not run through any fields where games are underway. All courses will be in and around the Disc Golf course. Golfers are throwing heavy, plastic disks so keep an eye out for them. Disc golf baskets are noted with a circle and x. Some baskets on the map have been removed and others have been added.

Road and Bridges

This is a city park, so there are roads around and through the park, but you should NOT cross any major roads while orienteering.

The Trinity River cuts across the park. The northern access is the concrete path along 1st Street. You can also cross the dam in the southwest part of the park

Special Features

Special man-made features (represented by X or O) on the map and clue sheets can mean signs, benches, picnic tables, poles, posts, guy wires, and the like. And X and O combined is a disc golf basket.


Gateway is in sections so safety bearing will heavily depend on your approximate location. If you do not understand safety bearings, please discuss this with your coach or attend the beginner clinic before setting out.

All runners must check in at finish even if they are over time!


This is a Score-O competition with a long (3 hr) and short (1.5 hr) course. There is one map, one punch sheet and one start that is used for either length course. All controls have the same value - 10 points. All controls Intermediate or easier. The park is very large and the controls spread out. Some route choices between controls could be more difficult. Penalty points for being late will grow rapidly. Be sure you bring a chronometer.

The area south and east of The Trinity River can only be accessed via the path along Bridge Street or the across the dam. You can cross at either spot and return the same way or go the way to the other crossing. DO NOT CROSS AT ANY OTHER PLACE! 20 controls are south and east of The Trinity. 41 controls are in the main part of the park.

Sheila Doyle

NTOA Meet Schedule

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