"Try Orienteering" at the Canmore Nordic Centre, part of National Orienteering Week.
This free event will be a gentle introduction to orienteering racing. A short clinic will explain the basics of navigation using the orienteering map and simple racing strategies. A mass-start race will follow in the Canmore Nordic Centre trail system. The clinic and race course will be designed for first time and intermediate level orienteers. All fitness levels welcome. Individuals, teams, and family entries invited.
Nothing new yet. Last minute information will be posted here if necessary.
|Sat May 3rd|
|9:00am - 10:00am||Day Lodge||Introductory Clinic|
|10:30am||Stadium Area||Race start (mass start)|
|12:30pm||Course closing - you must return, even if you haven't finished the course. This is for safety reasons, and to allow the organizers to retrieve the controls from the forest.|
Results will be available shortly after the event at www.Barebones.ca/Canmore.
Click here to register online. There is no fee, but registration is important so that the organizers can print enough race maps for everyone and have enough materials for the clinic.
Categories & Courses
The short course will be suitable for families to enjoy and for nervous beginners. There will be lots of controls, mostly on path junctions and other easy-to-find features in the terrain. Most of the travel will be along trails. Total distance will be about 2-3km.
The long course will also have lots of controls, but some of the controls will be on features that are a bit harder to find. It will be possible to stay on trails for most of the race, though the winners will take full advantage of the many chances to short-cut through the forest. Total distance will be 6-8km. The fastest time is expected to be about 45 minutes.
Waivers & membership
You must sign a waiver to take part in this event. For all other events organized by FWOC you be a member of a Canadian provincial orienteering association or a national federation (for insurance purposes) in order to take part. Membership in the Alberta Orienteering Association (includes membership in FWOC) can be purchased at reasonable cost - visit www.orienteeringAlberta.ca .
Super important information
- You must always report to the finish, even if you donít finish your course. This is to avoid us worrying unnecessarily and/or pointlessly executing our emergency search procedure. Regardless of anything else, you must report to the finish by course closing (at 12:30pm). Note that volunteers will be taking down the course markers starting promptly at 12:30pm.
- Everyone must carry a whistle. In an emergency, repeatedly blow three blasts on the whistle until help arrives. Competitors hearing three whistle blasts must abandon their race and go to give help.
First Aid and Emergency
- Adrian Zissos is the Safety Chief
- Limited first aid is available at the finish.
- Contact Adrian Zissos (cell: 403 585 8478) in the case of serious injury or an overdue competitor.
- Medical services are available in Canmore. Dialing 911 will contact emergency services.
What to wear
- Sturdy running shoes or hiking boots. They will get dirty, so not your favorite new shoes.
- Tights or long running pants. Keep in mind that you might want to take shortcuts through the forest, so your clothes might get snagged or torn - so wear old stuff.
- Long sleeve shirt - an old technical shirt is good.
- Bring a change of clothes (including socks!) to switch into after the race.
Maps will be in plastic bags to protect them during the race. The maps are yours to keep after the race.
|Officials||Adrian Zissos (email: adrian 'at' barebones.ca)
Charlotte MacNaughton (email: charlotte 'at' barebones.ca)
Canmore Nordic Centre (new in 2007)
Scale: 1:10,000 with 5m contours
|Notes||Part of National Orienteering Week|
|Entry fees||Free event! Enjoy it - this doesn't happen often ;-)|
Park at the Canmore Nordic Centre Day lodge. Start / Finish are in the stadium. The clinic will be held inside the Day Lodge.