Train to Train Program

COVID-19 Update

Updated 2020-08-28

For the fall of 2020 we will be running our Train to Train program as an invite only program. The program itself will look a little different than normal but will include three session per week including club events.
If you are interested in learning more please send an email to our Program Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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:

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

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. 

The 2020 spring season will be 10 weeks from the week of April 6th to the week of June 8th.
The 2020 fall season will be 9 weeks from September 7th to the week of November 2nd.


We will be communicating to all program participants about possibly setting up a pre-season meeting to discuss the spring season of the program.  

Spring and Fall regular training

The spring and fall seasons include 3 training sessions per week:

Wednesday: Running training with coach Francis Kawam. 6:00 - 7:30 pm mostly at Frank Ryan park at Stuart Kettles St and Maplewood Ave but sometimes alternative nearby locations for some variety.

Thursday: Navigation training with head coach Jeff Teutsch with the Thursday Orienteering Practices in April and May. These sessions are from 6:30 to 8:00 each week in a different location (in the West End stretching from downtown to north of Kanata). See the Thursday Orienteering Pratices page for the schedule. After the last of these sessions we will either continue with our own sessions on Thursday evenings or switch to include the Summer Solstice Series on Tuesday evening. 

Sunday: Coaching from head coach Jeff Teutsch at and participation in our Spring and Fall Series Events (Series du printemps et d'automne) on Sunday mornings (10:00 am to 12:30 pm). On weekends when there isn't a series event we may schedule an alternative session. 

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: We will be arranging one coach supported trip to an out-of-town weekend orienteering event per season. See information below.  


The Train to Train program includes participation in several age class competitions (as well as the club's Spring Training Weekend) throughout the year (see list below). We also will be providing some organized program trips with coaching support to out-of-town events in 2019. The following table shows all the events athletes can compete in. 

All of these events have additional registration fees not included in the base program fee. This year there will be no additional fee to cover coaching expenses.  

More information will be sent to registered participants around the start of the season in early April. 



Event (with link to event site)


Driving Time from Ottawa

April 25-26

West Point US National Event

West Point, NY

6.5 hours

1st or 2nd weekend of June *tbc

Orienteering Ottawa Spring Training Weekend
(link to follow)

North of Montreal NY

2.5-3 hours

July 3-12

Western Canadian and Canadian Champs 2020

Calgary, AB, Cranbrook, BC


a lot

Fall events are to be determined.


Year = $380


Additional fees for:

Spring = $200


Additional fees for:

Fall = $180


Additional fees for:


If you have any questions about registration or any other aspect of the program you can ask our Program Director Jeff Teutsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..