Organizers: Leif Anderson (Event Director), Marg Ellis (Permit), Mia MacMurdie (Assistant), Adam Woods (Controller), Ben Smith (Organizer), Jules Tough (Host), Rachel Caulfield (Coach), Safder Raza (Assistant), Karen Lachance (Assistant), Scott Muma (Assistant), Mike Rascher (Assistant), Erica Lay (Coach), Joanne Woods (Assistant), Caoimhe Murray (Assistant), ingrid weisenbach (Assistant), Ev Cousins (Assistant), Nathan Detroit Barrett (Organizer), Graeme Rennie (Assistant), James Golding (Assistant), Zoë Miller-Vedam (Assistant), John Rance (Coach), Reid Howard (Assistant), Stan Woods (Assistant), Kate Knapp (Event Director)
Map: Stanley Park
We are taking care of the details so you can enjoy a fun, safe adventure in Stanley Park. This is a perfect opportunity to try orienteering for the first time. Coaches will be on hand to teach you how it all works. We will lend you all the gear you need, including compasses.
For the more experienced orienteers among us we hope that this year's courses will have interesting new route choices and a pleasant flow through the various terrains of the Park. Be ready for some serious variety in leg length. Plus there will be spectating opportunities: so bring your lawn chair!
There is a film being made in the park at the same time as our event. As a result the advanced courses must avoid an area near the Prospect Point Picnic Site. Additionally, for all courses: a Theatre Under the Stars performance will be going on during our event in the Malkin Bowl area. Both areas will be marked as out-of-bounds on all maps. Orienteers should avoid these out-of-bounds areas and be aware that there may be lots of folks near the theatre before and after the peformance.
This is not a typical Wednesday Evening Training. Its the clubs 'Why Just Run' event for July so electronic timing will be provided at all navigation points.
Refreshments will not be provided due to Stanley Park policies. Please bring your own filled water bottles and food to make sure you are well hydrated and fueled, pre- and post-adventure. Make sure any trash are recyclables are placed in the appropriate bin.
Please join us for a pleasant evening in the park!
6:15 pm Introduction to Orienteering for Beginners
6:30 pm First starts
8:30 pm Course Closure, participants must report to the Finish before leaving.
Suunto, has also donated compasses as prizes so there will be a draw at the event to win a new Suunto AIM-6 compass. The new Suunto AIM-6 compasses are specifically designed for sport orienteering and provide an extremely stable, yet fast, needle and navigation aids specifically designed for speed and flexibility. Look for more Suunto sponsored events and chances to win more gear in Lynn Valley in December!
Always use good judgement and common sense. Carry a whistle at all times. Watch for vehicles and bikes when crossing roads. Be respectful of other pedestrians, cyclists, dog-walkers, roller-bladers, and small children. As the event center will be in a pretty popular part of the park, make sure you look for pedestrians and cars as you round corners! This is especially important considering the other events occurring at the same time as our event.
The event center will be located in the field just north of the Vancouver Aquarium. Look for GVOC flags and tents. The finish will be near Lumberman Arch and the start just a few minutes walk to the south.
While this year's start is a bit farther from the larger parking areas, there a few smaller parking areas next to the event center. For a full view of the parking situation look here. Because of other events in Stanley Park you will likely encounter a lot of folks in the park. It might be a good idea to come early to secure a parking spot close to the event center. You might also consider parking outside of the park and walking or taking public transport into the event center.
Lots of great options nearby. Lets discuss as we relax after our courses!
Without volunteers, these events cannot take place. A hearty thanks to all those helping put this event on. If you would like to volunteer/help at upcoming WETs/WJRs or would like to organize a WET please let us know.