What Is It?:
A weekend full of urban adventure running (a.k.a. Sprint Orienteering). What’s that? It’s a twist on running races, where instead of following a specifically marked course, you pick your own route between a set of checkpoints. How you get between each checkpoint is up to you, so it is a balancing act between moving as quickly as you can, and picking the fastest route between each checkpoint.
As an example, for part of their course competitors are tasked with racing from #1 to #2. Pick the best route (the dark grey colour is buildings, the light pink is paved area, yellow is a grass, and olive green is out of bounds).
And here you can see the solution, the red route is the shortest. This would be only a short section of one of the races.
All ages, running speeds and experience levels are welcome, the courses are designed to be friendly but interesting for everyone. We are expecting a mixture of elites and recreational participants. Worried about pressure from others? Don’t be. Most races are individual start, but if you want you can participate in groups.
You don’t need any special equipment (other than a pair of running shoes!), we will provide those without compasses with compasses if they want them, and you can rent an electronic SI timer when registering if you don’t have one.
Not only is this an Awesome Weekend of Adventure Running/Sprint Orienteering, but it is also a Fundraiser!
Organized by Sage Orienteering Club juniors who are all on Canada’s 2018 High Performance Program, all profits from the event go to support travel and associated costs to Junior World Orienteering Championships (in Denmark), and the Canadian Orienteering Championships (in Montreal).
Want to learn something about the main organizers? Check out our athlete profiles on Orienteering Canada’s website!