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The BC Championships are happening in the Kootenay's September 7-9. They currently have 98 registrants and are targeting 125 - 150 and so need to get some more feet in the forest. With 3 NEW maps, 3 new course planners and lots of things happening in the area that weekend, what excuse do you have not to show up?? The website is http://kootenayofest.com
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CALLING ALL JUNIORS! OABC will subsidize the full cost of the race fee for OABC junior members entering the BC championships in the Kootenays in September. Cheques will be issued after the event. What you waiting for? Sign up today!
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Come join us on Wednesday for WET at Mundy Park, followed by a picnic! Sign up on the website, or you'll be running sans map :)
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Our friends south of the border MerGeo Navigation Races have a brand new website! Check it out... they have lots of cool events coming up!
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GVOCs Graeme Rennie was first Canadian in the long distance at the 2014 Canadian Orienteering Championships on Monday! It was a looooong course that started part way up Blackcomb (we got the chairlift up, that's how high!), and then we ran back "down" again (as in there was a little climbing before the down!). Awesome map, fabulous course... congratulations to Graeme!
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Welcome! 

GVOC is an active orienteering club in the Metro Vancouver area. We host local orienteering training every Wednesday night, and larger weekend orienteering events monthly. Group Photo Orienteering is an exciting sport for all ages and fitness levels that involves reading a detailed map and using a compass to find checkpoints. For more information about the sport, visit (whyjustrun.ca).

How to get started

The best way to get started is to just come out to any of the events. If you arrive a few minutes before the starting time, we will give you a brief introduction and then you can go around all or part of a course, on your own or with someone else. It's easy to learn and a lot of fun. All you need is some older clothing and footwear, in case the trails are a bit muddy (we mostly stick to open parks and roads but sometimes there are bits of forest trails included) Membership is payable at the first event you attend each year and is good for the entire calendar year. Fees are: $5 for new members who have never orienteered before; $10 for Adults; $5 for Juniors under 20; $20 for family. We have Wednesday evening events throughout the year. These are free (included in membership). The one course is around 5km but you can do as much or as little as you like, so long as you're back no later than the "course close" time (usually around 8pm). If you come during the winter months, you'll need a headlamp or a flashlight. The once-a-month weekend events are in larger parks around Metro Vancouver and usually have a couple of different course levels. There is a fee of $10 per adult. We also use "electronic timing" so you can see how well you did. If you do decide to come to an event, please sign up on our website in advance - that way we know to print a map for you.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia