oldmapsCome and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first orienteering event in Tasmania! 

On Sunday September 11th, we’re celebrating with special courses for the occasion at one of Tasmania’s oldest orienteering areas – The Lea, just a few minutes south of Hobart and a great way to extend your weekend of orienteering after the Middle Distance Championships on Saturday.

It’s an extra special event to celebrate 50 years of orienteering in Tasmania. There will be a free barbecue after the event from 11.30 am and a birthday celebration at 12 midday. Bring your own bubbly!!
Please order your BBQ meal via the services section of the Eventor entry system. No charge is associated with this. 

Your course will start back in 1972 with all the fancy tech of that era such as control cards, master maps, and um..pencils.  Throughout the course you’ll be transitioned back to the present (via a map exchange for your final journey) to complete your run with all the mod-cons you are used to. 

If you survive the time travel you can then enjoy the free BBQ and some birthday cake! (byo bubbles) – make sure you pre-enter the event on Eventor so we save you a slice! 

There will be two time travelling courses to choose from – one of approximately 3k in total and the other of 4.5km, as well as a shorter easy course (for novices not sprinters!) set entirely in the present.

Out of interest the first event was organised by Karen Alexander (now in Victoria) and Greg Hodge, who were the mainstay of the early events. We’re not quite sure who else was there, but Peter Shaw was perhaps our earliest competitor, followed by Ross and Jenny Kelly who appeared a few events later.

Aforementioned founding member Ross Kelly will be organising the historic part of the courses, while youngster Cathy McComb is creating the modern course. What a combination!