EMPO holds regular club foot orienteering meets in the Albany area during the spring and fall. These are augmented by ski orienteering events a little further afield during the winter months. An annual EMPO membership covers entry fees for all club foot-o events. Entry fees for national meets organized by EMPO and EMPO ski-o events. are not included. Non-members pay a fee of $10 per local event. Club meets are open to members and non-members alike. Usually 3 or 4 courses are offered, ranging from beginner to advanced. You may try a course by yourself, with a partner or with a larger group. You can walk leisurely around the course or run a competitive navigational race. A map of your chosen course is included in the registration fee, and you get to keep it after you finish to review later. You will also need a compass and an electronic timing stick to record your time, both of which can be rented on site. The Registration and Start window for EMPO events is usually 2 hours (check course notes for exact times) and there is generally a 2-3 hour time limit per course, after which controls are picked up. All participants are requested to return to the start/finish area before leaving the venue, even if you don’t complete your course, for safety purposes. If dogs are permitted at the venue you are welcome to bring yours along. Please ensure it is leashed at all times, be prepared to clean up any messes that others could step in, and take care that it does not interfere with other runners passing you or with orienteers at a control. If you have questions about a venue’s policy please check with the EMPO meet director. Click here for more details about meet procedures.