Cariboo Chilcotin Orienteering Club finds its way back after 10-year hiatus – Williams Lake Tribune

After a 10-year hiatus, the Williams Lake Orienteering Club is once again heading to the lakeside city.

Plans are underway to reorganize as the Cariboo Chilcotin Orienteering Club and again hold events in the Central Cariboo.

The club will hold an information and organizational meeting at the Cariboo Regional District Library in Williams Lake on Thursday, January 16 beginning at 7 p.m.

If you are interested in getting involved, if you are a teacher or youth group leader, or if you simply want more information, this meeting is for you.

Orienteering has a lot to offer for all ages, fitness levels and experience levels.

Whether it’s people wanting to be more active in the outdoors, runners looking for a sport that involves more brain work, adventure runners wanting to improve their navigation skills, or families looking for a fun sport to practice together, orienteering can do the trick.

Orienteering is a cross-country sport that involves route finding through navigation.

Participants navigate between checkpoints, using a detailed map and compass.

Orienteers enjoy the physical and mental challenges that sport offers, which is why sport is often called “the sport of thinking” as athletes strive to balance physical and mental effort.

Events vary in length from 15 minutes to two hours or more depending on the type of event and the suitability of the terrain. Some events take place in city parks, while others take place in wild wooded areas.

All events have a variety of race courses suitable for different ages, skills and fitness levels.

Young participants run primarily on trails with simpler navigation (walking or running), while elite athletes will run primarily off-trail with difficult navigation challenges and complex route choices.

For more information, call Bryan Chubb 250-243-2441 or Leo Rankin 250-392-6221.

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Dino J. Dotson