Orienteering as we know it in Ontario began just over 50 years ago in the Guelph area as its heart. One of the main catalysts was Sass Peepre, a Scandinavian, an educator and of course, an outdoor enthusiast. Many current orienteering “old timers” remember him well.
One of those nexuses was the University of Guelph, and surrounding terrain. We return to that heartland this November, when the vegetation will be at its peak (in other words, it will have receded a bit!), for the 2019 Ontario Orienteering Championships.
Join us for a weekend of amazing landscapes, both forested and urban, and some of the most intricate contour detail you’ll find in Canada, around the small hamlets of Arkell and Starkey. While not quite a “last chance,” growing urban expansion of the city of Guelph make the future of some of these areas uncertain. Revisit the terrain responsible for the very first World Masters’ Games held in the area in 1985. This area will the site of the Long and Middle distance races.
For a bit of a change of pace, and terrain, the University of Guelph main campus arboretum and surroundings, will be our venue for the Sprint race. This promises a fast race, with lots of paths and mixed open and treed areas, where the level of speed required to win, will add to the navigational challenge.
As some say, carpe diem, sieze the day! This is an amazing opportunity to navigate in some of the top terrain in Southern Ontario, and also revisit a piece of Ontario Orienteering history.
|Dates:||Nov 2nd - 3rd|
Male / Female age classes
Course / Class Table
Early bird 1: until July 15th
Adult TOC/UKR member: $20/Race
Junior TOC/UKR member: $10/Race
Early bird 2: until Sept 15th
Adult TOC/UKR member: $25/Race
Junior TOC/UKR member: $12/Race
Regular fee: registration is closing Oct 25th
Adult TOC/UKR member: $30/Race
Junior TOC/UKR member: $15/Race