Gateway DIY-O

“DIY event” for National Orienteering Week

Sept. 19-28, 2020
Gateway Park, Fort Worth

Maps are now available to print, in the Instructions section! 

The first orienteering opportunity 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. 

Do-it-Yourself Format

This year’s event will be different from previous meets because of the pandemic. It will be orienteering without the meet. We are implementing a new “Do It Yourself”-style event this fall. The new format will follow state and local regulations, adhere to guidance from Orienteering USA, our sport’s national governing body, and hopefully, protect the health of participants and organizers. We will encourage distancing by extending the duration of the event and eliminating the need for anyone to touch equipment that is used by other runners.  

The event will begin when the park opens on Saturday, Sept. 19, and and extend over the next 10 days until noon on Monday, Sept. 28. You can choose any day and time you want to run. Think of it as a training event, or a permanent course that only lasts ten days. There will be no onsite organizational presence: no registration tent, no lines, no cost, no punching, no scorecards, no scoring, no DQ’s, no awards. Just orienteering fun. Bring your own water and gear. Controls will just be colorful ribbons hung in the terrain.  

There will be NO BEGINNER (AKA WHITE) COURSE. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Beginners are more likely to get lost and we won’t be there to find them.
  2. Courses will be active for several days in a popular public park. Beginner controls must be easy to find, so they’re hung in obvious locations on well traveled trails, and therefore most likely to disappear over a number of days. Advanced controls can be hung off-trail in less frequented places. 
  3. Beginners tend to run in groups. Groups aren’t socially distant.
  4. We don’t encourage groups to travel to our events on buses at this time. 
  5. We will not have the usual training session for beginners that we have at most meets.

Beginners can participate by running on the easier course with a more experienced runner (ideally a family member or leader) while following safety precautions.

General info

Event Officials

Meet Director: Scott Morris ……. Meet Director notes (PDF)
Course Setter: Sheila Doyle…….Course Setter notes (PDF) 


We’ll be offering two short courses: Easy West (similar to Yellow) and Not-so-Easy East (similar to Brown).

N/A — No awards, so no classes.

Scoring: Honor system! Feel free to post your finishing time and perhaps a screenshot of your marked-up map in our Facebook Group! 

Scouts: A Merit Badge clinic will not be offered, but running the Easy West course will qualify for the badge. Please contact BSA Liaison Ralph Courtney for instructions on doing the required report.

Schedule & Instructions

Please be sure to check this website, or the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes or instructions. 

Controls will be in the field when the park opens on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 19. They will be removed at noon on Monday, Sept. 28.


  1. Go to the Participation Waiver page. Fill out the online waiver and you’ll get access to print the map for the course you choose.

  2. Arrange for your own “runner accountability.” We recommend telling a friend or family member where you are going and when you plan to finish. Provide them with a map. Or, you may choose to meet another orienteer at the venue and run simultaneously.
  3. Gather your gear and don’t forget to bring your own water and map.
  4. Run the course. Find the ribbons. Enjoy.
  5. Check in with the person you made plans with in step 2.
  6. Let the course setter know if there are any ribbons missing, so she can replace them.
  7. Optional: Post your results to NTOA’s Facebook Group. (Join us!)
  8. Optional: Rinse and repeat! You’re welcome to do both courses and come back as often as you like during the period the ribbons are out.

Event fees

We’re not charging event fees for this virtual, self-serve event, but donations are always appreciated! We’re a non-profit organization.


The two courses have separate Start/Finish and parking areas. The Trinity River is NOT crossable (not recommended, anyway!), so be sure to park at the correct place. Both areas are located near the park’s North Entrance on E. 1st St.  

To Gateway Park

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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