Spend New Year’s orienteering at Governor Bebb Park

There will be six different routes of varying lengths and difficulties, so participants can choose the one that suits their interest and ability level. Easy runs stay on the park’s trail system, while more advanced runs require off-road cross-country navigation. Participants taking advanced courses can often see interesting park landscapes, wildlife, and parts of the park that regular park visitors often don’t. Participants typically spend 30 to 40 minutes on the shorter, easier courses up to about an hour on the longer and more advanced courses.

“It’s a day outdoors, or part of a day outdoors, and it’s a chance to explore MetroParks of Butler County and see some of the things the parks have to offer. And, if you’ve never done it before, you have the chance to try something new and challenge yourself a little, ”said Minium.

Whether participants are walking or running, orienteering is a great opportunity to get healthy exercise outdoors. Participants can choose to walk at a leisurely pace or run for the fastest time on the course, he said.

People of all ages and abilities participate – from families with young children to those aged 70 and over. Sometimes you see a whole family taking a class together; other families split up and each took different classes individually. Beginner instruction will be available at the New Years event.

Orienteering Cincinnati (OCIN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing orientation opportunities for education, competition and recreation. The group hosts approximately 40 public orienteering events per year at various public parks and private lands around Greater Cincinnati. OCIN also offers courses in map reading and navigation to area schools, scouts and other groups of young people.

New Years events are in partnership with MetroParks of Butler County, where OCIN offers several events per year, including an Egg Orientation course for young children in the spring and a “Trail of Treats” around Halloween. .

HOW TO GET THERE

What: New Year’s Orientation Course

Or: Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana

When: Sat January 1, with start times between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Event fees: $ 10 for members (OCIN) and $ 15 for non-members. Discounts are offered to young people and families. A MetroParks of Butler County vehicle permit is required and can be purchased at the event. $ 8 per day, $ 15 per year, park permit is free for residents of Butler County with ID.

More information: OCIN.org and yourmetroparks.net. (More details are available at www.OCIN.org, or by emailing Mike Minium at [email protected] Events take place rain or shine or snow. Pre-registration for both courses ends Thursday, December 30 at 9:00 p.m. However, participants may also register on-site. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. (Note: Camp Timberhill Park location is closed this year due to construction.)

Diane R. Trussell