Queen City Adventure Running Series Finds its Way into Area Parks

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Orienteering Cincinnati (OCIN) is hosting a series of six adventure running events in parks and campuses throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky this summer.  Each event in the Queen City Adventure Running Series (QCARS) will feature two races in which participants use a map and compass to locate hidden checkpoints. One race will be suitable for beginners and the other race for more experienced navigators. Both races will be less than two miles.

“The terrific thing about a map and compass race is that every participant can go at her own pace, according to her navigation skills and foot speed,” said Stephanie Ross, OCIN volunteer and QCARS coordinator. “If you run really fast in the wrong direction, it only means you get more lost. These races are as much about smarts as speed.” 

To be successful in completing a course, participants need to identify features on a highly-detailed map of the park, choose their route from one checkpoint to the next, and then navigate that route with the help of a compass.  An electronic chip records the participant’s time at each checkpoint and overall time on the course.  There will be awards for the top finishers in the series in different gender and age groups. 

“We are really excited about our partnerships with Cincinnati Park Board, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Northern Kentucky University, Heritage Village Museum at Sharon Woods, and Ft. Thomas Parks & Recreation,” said Greg Fasig, OCIN President.  “They are allowing us to bring orienteering right into town, where people live, work and play.  We believe people are going to have a lot of fun exploring new parks and seeing their favorite parks in a whole new way.”  

The first event is on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati. Follow signs inside the park.  Participants can start anytime from 10 a.m. until noon.  Free instruction is available for beginners starting at 9:30 a.m.  Cost is just $10 per event, or $30 for all six events.  Pre-registration is requested at www.ocin.org.

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