All organised orienteering events have been suspended from March 23 until further notice. However, outdoor exercise and activity is still allowed, as long as individuals manage hygiene and social distancing. Orienteering Victoria is rolling out two ways to keep you actively orienteering, and connected to your sport.
MapLink is a new feature for Park Street orienteering. In a nutshell, course setters will make their upcoming maps available, in line with the published fixture. Several Map Links are made available each week, with new courses. You can complete as many courses as you like, in your own time frame. We’ll have a self scoring system, thanks to Martin Kozma; and a Facebook page to keep you connected; we also plan some bonus Links along the way. And yes, you’ll earn a Millennium Point for every event completed and reported!
DIY MAP LIBRARY https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/resources/diy-library/
We have over 100 maps and courses already set up, ready for you to download, print, and use in your own time frame. You’ll find a great selection of park street, sprint, MTBO and bush maps – including Bayside Kangaroos Maprun library; most Park Street maps from January (and some golden oldies from 1995); a great selection of sprint training maps from Fredo and Mikkel, and some Sprint Into Spring, Vic Autumn Series and MelbushO maps.
We also have a special offer for club members. You can request a digital copy of our Permanent Course maps, which will be emailed to you. These are all set up in Maprun as well, for anyone who wants to record their time and route. This arrangement is temporary, and will remain in place until such time as “normal” orienteering resumes.
Exercise Safely, Stay Local and Keep Your Distance
Stay safe as you self train:
MapLink and DIY are intended to allow you to exercise locally; if there is no MapLink near you, check out the DIY Library instead – we have over 100 maps of all types across Melbourne, as well as links to other extensive map libraries – and we’re adding more every day, including for some regional centres like Ballarat.
Follow a few simple rules to keep yourself and others safe and healthy:
- If you’re feeling unwell, stay home
- Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving home and as soon as you return
- Drive straight to the start; no stopping to fill the tank or visit the supermarket
- Exercise by yourself or with your partner or family member who lives with you
- No carpooling or meetup arrangements
- Avoid contact with others. Stay at least 2 metres away.
- Avoid touching surfaces such as fences, gates etc. There is no need to touch the object where the control is
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.