National Orienteering Week/ Gateway Score-O

The first meet of the season will be in the “Gateway to the West:” Fort Worth! Gateway Park straddles the West Fork of the Trinity River just three miles east of downtown Cowtown. The northwest side of the park has lots of shaded bike and hike trails, ball fields and open areas. The southeast side is mostly undeveloped and has some surprisingly wild and challenging terrain. 

The Score-O format lets you collect whichever control points you choose in any order you want. There’s no preset course to follow and therefore no penalty for missed points, just credit for those you find. But watch your time. Overtime penalties can pile up fast!

This is our event celebrating National Orienteering Week, so be sure to stick around for a raffle before the Long course Awards! SCROLL DOWN TO GREEN BUTTONS TO REGISTER!

General info

Event Officials

Meet Director: Scott Morris ……. Meet Director notes (PDF)
Course Setter: Sheila Doyle…….Course Setter notes (PDF)
Assisting School: Bill Malpass / Dobie HS
E-Punch Coordinator: N/A


We’ll be offering the following courses:

Short: 90-minute time limit
Long: 3-hour time limit

The following classes (Female and Male divisions) will be offered:
Short: Age 13 and under, age 14-16, age 17+
Long: Age 18 and under, age 19-44, age 45+

Scoring: Manual punchcards will be used to score both courses. (E-punch will be not be used for this event.)


Please be sure to check this website, the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes. We hold events rain or shine, but we have unfortunately had to cancel events due to high water in the recent past.

Time Activity
9:00 - 9:45 am
Registration: You must arrive and register by 9:45 am. If pre-registered, you must check-in and pay your fees by 9:45 am.
9:15 - 9:30 am
Beginner's Clinic: Open to all!
9:45 am
Special instructions: Gather at the start
9:55 am
Hand out maps: Everyone gets a map.
10:00 a.m.
Mass Start: all orienteers start at the same time.
10:00 - 11:30 am
Competitors on the Short Course: Short course runners must finish and check-in by 11:30 am.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Competitors on the Long Course: Long course runners must finish and check-in by 1 pm.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Short Course scoring: Punchcards are scored and results calculated.
12:30 pm
Short Course Awards ceremony
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Long Course scoring: Punchcards are scored and results calculated.
2:00 pm
Long Course Awards ceremony
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Control pick-up: Volunteer and get a little extra practice

Event fees

Individuals (1 person navigating on their own):
Only individuals can officially compete (awards for top 3 in each class) at NTOA events. But even if you’re doing it on your own just for recreation, please sign up as a (competitive) individual. Members and youth (aka, Juniors, age 19 and under) pay reduced event fees. There’s a $3 surcharge for adult day-of-race entries. So join NTOA and pre-register! Fee covers 1 map.

Competitor type Cost
Juniors (age 19 and under)
NTOA (and other O clubs) members
Day-of-race surcharge

Recreational Teams (2 or more people navigating together):

We love teams — orienteering is a great family activity! Teams aren’t eligible for awards, just the fun. Base fee covers the first 2 team members and 2 maps. Add people for $5 each. Kids under age 8 are free (after first 2 team members paid).

Team type Cost
All teams (first 2 people)
Extra person (over age 8) - includes map


Online pre-registration is highly encouraged! We use the pre-registration numbers to determine how many pre-printed maps to produce for each event. In particular, group leaders, please pre-register or drop the Registrar an email to talk about your  group’s size. We do print a modest number of extra maps, and day-of-race registration is permitted. But there’s no guarantee you’ll have a map. Pre-registration is FREE and opens about 10 days before each event. so please take a moment to do it. Thanks!

Questions about registration? Contact the NTOA Registrar. For questions on other event matters, contact the Meet Director (listed above).

Instructions: Select one of the options below to register yourself, the students of your school group, or your fun recreational team. Clicking on one of the buttons will take you to our separate NTOA Registration website. See venue limits and current number of registrants.

Competitive Individual

Large Group

Recreational Teams

Enter 1 competitive individual at a time.

Enter 1-20 competitive individuals from the same group (e.g., school, club, Scout group, JROTC unit).

Enter 1 recreational team (min. 2 people; max 5 people).


Pre-registration for this event is closed — you can registration at the event  itself. Maps will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for walk-ups.

See who's registered


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
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