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Griffith Park Navigation Challenge 2023


April 30, 2023


Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA


Four Hour trail based score-O

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Map Distribution at 9:30am, Start between 9:30 and 10:00 am


The ultimate Griffith Park trail challenge. Four hours to cover as much ground as you can to maximize your score.


Four Hour trail based score-O

Map and Course Notes

Map 1:15,000

Score orienteering format with a mass start. 

Time Limit: Four Hours

MapRun app based punching

Additional Information

Are you up to the ultimate Griffith Park Trail Challenge? Participants will have a four hour time limit to accrue points by visiting control locations throughout the park. This will be a great physical day out in L.A.'s premier park. Fun for hiking families as well as serious runners and navigators.

Due to the length and physical difficulty of the course, we encourage running with a partner or in a team for safety. Individual entries will, however, be accepted.

Some sort of award will be presented to the top scoring entry in each of the following categories:

  • Male Open

  • Female Open

  • Male Juniors

  • Female Juniors

  • Male Masters

  • Female Masters

  • Coed Team

  • Mixed Age Team (at least one Junior and one Adult)

Juniors are born in 2003 or later
Masters are born in 1973 or earlier
Male and Female age classes are open to both individual and team entries. Any team must have all members meet the age requirements for Juniors or Masters class.

Maps will be passed out at 9:30am so you have some time to strategize. All participants will start when ready by 10:00am and are expected back by 2:00pm. You may start late, but will still need to be back by 2:00pm. Points will be deducted for returning more than four hours after you start or after 2:00pm.

Beginner instruction will begin at 9:00am for anyone needing it. We encourage you to check out our online beginner information to avoid a large gathering for instruction.

NOTE: This event will use MapRun app based punching. 

You will need to download the app to your phone prior to the event. Control sites will not have physical marking of any kind.

Instructions for using MapRun

Can't make it to the event? We can use help visiting sites in advance to check the course. Contact Clare if you can help.

COVID Mitigation

To protect the safety of our volunteers and participants, the following protocols will be in place at this event:

  • Attendance by Pre-registration only. No day of event registration.

  • Prepayment encouraged. This will enable non-contact pick-up of materials.

  • Maintain social distancing while waiting for registration and the start

  • Bring your own water bottle. The park has a number of water fountains which are marked on the map where you can refill if necessary. We will have some single serving bottles available at the start and finish.

  • Online pre-event beginner clinic information. Please check this out to avoid a large gathering for instruction.

  • Multiple signs with event information will be posted at the site. We will try to make this as complete as possible to avoid a large gathering for a lot of announcements. You are responsible for reading this information and understanding all of the rules.

  • Please do not attend if you are sick. Refunds will be made if you prepay and cannot attend.

Registration and Pricing

Registration is now open and will close at midnight on Thursday, April 27

Registration Form

Registration List

Standard LAOC fees:

  • Adult $13

  • Youth (20 and under) $10

  • Member discount $5

  • Children under 10 free (one free child per paying adult, additional children at the youth rate)

Please note that fees are per person. If you are running as a team, you will register once and will add the names and fees for the additional team members.

Prepayment is encouraged and is the only way to pay with a credit card. The online registration system uses Paypal as the payment portal. Only cash or checks are accepted at the event site.

Liability Waiver - Everyone must have a waiver on file. The registration system gives you an opportunity to accept the waiver for yourself or your family members. Minors whose registration is not handled by a parent/guardian must print out the form and bring it with them with a parent/guardian signature.


Griffith Park

Start location and parking near Merry-Go-Round Lot 1

Google Map to event parking

Venue Website

Race Management
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Event Director: Clare Durand

Course Setter: Rich Hoesly

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