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Local orienteers begin summer sprint series on Tuesday nights

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local organization is urging people to get out and explore Louisville’s forests. The group is Orienteering Louisville, and exploring is exactly what they do.

Orienteering is a sport that involves using only a topographical map and a compass to navigate your way around a course with control points drawn on a map. To win, you must find all of the control points and get to the end of the course fastest.

As the group’s website states, “it can be enjoyed by people of all ages as a competitive cross-country race or as a recreational walk in the woods.”

Last week, the group began its Tuesday night sprint series at Brown Park. There will be a race every Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. at various parks around the city. According to the organizers, they average about 30-40 participants at those meets.

The second meet is Tuesday night, May 13 at Cherokee Park. The race will begin at Dog Hill. 

The meets cost $3, which covers the expense of the organization setting up the course and printing maps. Participants must sign a waiver in order to join the fun, but all ages are welcome.

At the races, you can choose any course based on skill level and physical ability. They range from simple trail courses for beginners, off trail excursions and full-on cross-country races for advanced orienteers.

The Tuesday night events require an interest in getting outside and wandering around, but the ability to read topographical maps will help you. Orienteering Louisville offers clinics before some races to help beginners learn the basics.

You can find a list of Tuesday night meet dates and locations here.

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