Samford State School hit by Cyclones

More than 100 orienteering enthusiasts descended on Samford State School last weekend to compete in the second of four of the Orienteering Queensland Cyclones Sprint Orienteering Series.

Adults and juniors – an some interstate competitors –competed over various distances ranging from 2 – 5km. Ages ranged  from 8 to 80, with runners competing individually or in family groups.

Orienteering is a trail run (and often an off-trail run!) with a difference – an orienteering race doesn’t follow a set route. Instead you have to visit a series of checkpoints and register each one with an electronic timing chip. The checkpoints are marked by flags and may be along paths, fences, buildings or garden beds. The challenge is to race between each one, choosing your own route between the checkpoints, using a special detailed colour orienteering map.

Sprint races are the shortest format of orienteering (between 1 and 4km) and are held in complex urban environments like school or university campuses. They involve making quick decisions about which route choice is the quickest while on the run so the faster you go; the harder it becomes to make the right decision!

Krystal Neumann in action

The Cyclones Sprint Series is perfect if you’re thinking about giving the sport a go as the whole series has been designed with those new to orienteering in mind. Each event has three different courses lengths/difficulties to suit all abilities. There are lots of friendly helpers on the day to help you choose the right course for you and get the hang of the navigational side of things.

Why not come and give it a go?

The next event will be held on Saturday 22nd February from 3-4pm at Centenary State High School.

Families and children welcome, walk or run, individually or in a group. All Newcomers Welcome!

For more information contact admin@oq.asn.au  or visit the website www.oq.orienteering.asn.au

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