Registration open!

Join us at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area on June 23rd for 2, 4, or 8 hours of overnight, all in the dark flag finding on (nearly) the shortest night of the year.

Register here.

New this year:

  • Juicier, higher density flags for the two hour event closer to the start/finish on more beginner-friendly features
  • Pontiac Lake!  Champs-level terrain

Not new:

  • Pre-marked detailed orienteering maps
  • Breakfast on the beach @ sunrise for the Full Nitro 8 hr
  • Water stops at several access points off of the surrounding roads
  • The best excuse to buy a mega headlamp you’ll have this year
  • Reflective checkpoints – you will not miss them if you are nearby



Nitrogaine IV

Breakfast on the beach  √

Four dozen checkpoints on orienteering quality maps  √

Two, four, or eight hours of in the dark navigation √

Live results  √

Same venue  X

Registration opens soon!

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2017 Nitrogaine III Results

Congratulations to everyone who came out – truly the best customers anyone could hope for!  Also, thanks to the indispensable Barbara Niess May for scouting / consulting / food prep / logistics extraordinaire.  Additionally, many of you will appreciate that Rick Waldo vetted most of the checkpoints for quality assurance.


Load up your tracks or see where everyone else went!


Pictures forthcoming after a nap or two!


Nitrogaine results!

The first ever Nitrogaine 8 hour overnight navigation race in Pinckney Recreation Area saw 24 brave souls, as teams or solos, looking for 45 checkpoints scattered around many of the 11000 acres.

Tony Misovski won, closely followed by his usual Michigan Racing Addicts teammates.  Full results here:


Who’s in for 2016??

Trail Tracks

Nitrogaine will use a brand new, 1:15000 LIDAR-derived map.  Jens and Barbara went out to record some gps tracks to add trails.  And maybe goof around a bit.  Or scout locations.  Clue:  swamp, middle.