Train to Train Program

COVID-19 Update

Updated 2021-08-25

We are excited to be offering a more or less normal pre-COVID Train to Train program this fall starting mid-September, though with a few minor requirements around health declarations, etc. Read on below for more information. 

Our Train to Train program is our program for those in the Train to Train stages of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (the Train to Train stages loosely correspond to teenagers). This is relatively new program for Orienteering Ottawa which held the first pilot season in 2018. Our goal is to grow a program that:

  • is fun and enjoyable (for someone who wants to pursue orienteering with a view to racing competitively);
  • is focused on building navigation, training, and overall sport skills;
  • teaches and supports athletes to approach competitive orienteering with dedication, commitment, and passion;
  • fosters a strong bond between participants so that they train together and push each other outside of the program setting;
  • builds athletes that can be role models for others in the club;
  • helps parents support their young athletes in their competitive orienteering goals.

Young athletes who have enjoyed the Learn to Train program and are interested in training multiple times a week and competing in orienteering should consider registering for the Train to Train program. We are also open to athletes with backgrounds from other sports in the Train to Train age range (~13-17). Please contact Program Director Jeff Teutsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss. 

Program Structure and Schedule

For 2021 we are offering in person programs in two seasons:

Summer: 6 weeks from July 11th to August 20th

Fall: 8 weeks from September 13th to Nov 5th


Normally the Train to Train program is designed as a yearly program divided into spring and fall seasons with summer travel and races if desired. We encourage participants to sign up for the entire year but do offer the option to sign up for one season at a time.   

Fall training schedule

The standard weekly schedule for the fall season is as follows. There may be the odd exception to this because of championship races, etc. We will do our best to communicate this well in advance. 

Wednesday 6:00-7:45 pm: Running training with coach Sheldon Hancock. These sessions are mostly at Frank Ryan park at Stuart Kettles St and Maplewood Ave but sometimes alternative nearby locations for some variety.

Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm: Orienteering technique training with head coach Jeff Teutsch with the Thursday Orienteering Practices. These sessions are from 6:30 to 8:00 each week in a different location. See the Thursday Orienteering Pratices page for the schedule. 

Sunday 10:00-12:30 pm: Participation in local Fall Series events. These sessions include a group warm-up and coaching from head coach Jeff Teutsch race participation, and a chance to debrief with Jeff after the race. See the Fall Series page for more information and the schedule. Thursday Orienteering Pratices page for the schedule. *Regular Sunday events will not be taking place on Sept 19th and and Oct 17th due to the Québec Champs and Ottawa O-Fest. 

Additional coaching support: Our experienced coaches will also provide advice on what else athletes should be doing during the week, and injury, nutrition, and other support and advice.

Out of Town Events: Normally we arrange one coach supported trip to an out-of-town weekend orienteering event per season. This will not be happening in 2021. 


This fall participants are strongly encouraged to participate in the follow age class competitions:

Québec Champs - Sept 18-19 in Mirabel, QC (2 hrs drive)

Ottawa O-Fest - October 16-17 in Gatineau, QC

Participants will be responsible for their own registration, transportation, and accommodation for events this year. Coaching will be provided at Ottawa O-Fest and on Sunday for the Québec Champs.    


Summer = $150


  • 4 sessions per week (Monday training discussion, Tuesday events, Wednesday running training, and Thursday navigation training) for 6 weeks
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10
  • Summer pass which includes participation in all events and practices for the summer season.

Fall = $215


  • 3 sessions per week (Wednesday running training, Thursday navigation training and Sunday events) for 8 weeks
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10
  • DOES NOT include a fall season's pass. Participants should purchase a season's pass or pay for Sunday events separately. 


Register now

If you have any questions about the program please contact Head Coach and Club Director Jeff Teutsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..