The orienteers were back in action for the first race of the season – Yukon News
Territory orienteers collected their cards and returned to the controls for a Yukon Orienteering Association (YOA) sprint race starting at Shipyards Park on May 5th.
It was an exciting event, said race organizer Erik Blake – especially since last year the association was unable to host races in person.
“A lot of thought has gone into the format so that we can meet the COVID-19 rules,” Blake said. “Last year we implemented a self-serve format so people can go out as they please and not come into contact with other people. “
Blake said that for the 2021 orienteering season, the YOA will be hosting a mix of in-person and self-service events. Additionally, routes that are set up for a Wednesday race may stay in place longer for members.
Overall, Blake said everyone is following the new rules and sticking to the safe six.
The checks carried out by the guidance counselors resume their service. Blake said the YOA was following Orienteering Canada’s control plan. All rental units were washed before and after the event.
An urban sprint race, said Blake, is not as technically difficult as orienteering in the forest, but it tests speed and endurance.
Due to this year’s record snowfall, Blake said it will likely be a few more weeks before a race can take place in the woods.
The sprint format, he said, is good for getting back into the sport, getting back to running and managing the map.
“It’s a great way to get out there and shake off the cobwebs,” Blake said. “We are lucky here to start orienteering again. “
Sixty-one people, over several hours, faced the sprint race.
The trio of Lucas Rodgers, Oliver Kralisch-Seguin and Anett Kralisch won the 1.1 kilometer Novice race.
The intermediate winners, 1.6 km, were Anneke Aasman and Malcolm Murchison.
Newcomers Rachel Moser and Jeremy Johnson beat veterans on the advanced 2.6km course.
Emma Waddington, junior orienteering coach for 2021, and Forest Pearson took first places in the 3.6km Expert race.
The second YOA event of the season will be another sprint race on May 12. The location of the race remains to be determined.
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