Can orienteering appeal to the full spectrum of people interested in healthy outdoor pursuits? For instance at any road race we see people racing to win, running for some other goal such as a ‘personal best’ and walking/ jogging to make it to the finish line.
We know orienteering can have a similar wide range of appeals but does the general public know that?
At the 2016 Suncoast Orienteering Championships on April 2nd we are doing a couple of specific appeals to open our event to a wider range of participation. We will have our usual 4-course menu of color-coded (Yellow/ Orange/ Green/ Blue) courses designed for different levels of age and orienteering experience as well as our highly popular high school JROTC competition.
As they say on television “But wait; there’s more”
Suncoast Orienteering (SOAR) is joining with the Meet-Up group, the Suncoast Florida Trail Hiking, to offer their members and others the option of a non-competitive hike
in the Alafia River State Park terrain using a map and compass as their hike leader. Besides the thrill of discovery, an additional ‘carrot’ is that the park is opening some usually restricted mountain bike trails for participants in the orienteering event. No pre-registration required.
However if your taste in outdoor activity is more to the other extreme SOAR is partnering with Florida Extreme Adventures to offer the 20 km Suncoast Orienteering Challenge
open only to experienced orienteers and adventure racers, competing in pairs or solo. This 20 km competition will feature a mass start at 9 AM. Primarily point-to-point, the course will contain some score orienteering ‘boxes’ to add to the complexity of the navigation. This course will be open to pre-registration only.
Thanks to Mike M for help fixing an editing problem..)