Whitehorse Daily Star

Ski trails present different twist for orienteers at championships

It was a maze of ski and bike trails which presented an additional challenge to the 65 orienteers who participated Wednesday in the first night of the Yukon Orienteering Championships.

By Chuck Tobin on June 7, 2018

It was a maze of ski and bike trails which presented an additional challenge to the 65 orienteers who participated Wednesday in the first night of the Yukon Orienteering Championships.

The Long Distance course was held on the Mount McIntyre map around the Mount McIntyre and Kwanlin Koyote ski trail area.

Organizer Afan Jones explained today many of the orienteers have skied on those trails. For the younger competitors, the course ran along the trails, but they still had to use the map to navigate their way.

For the more experienced, the courses were designed to run perpendicular to the trails, he said.

“It is a different context for many people,” Jones said. “They are used to skiing on the them, and not they are orienteering ... and the harder courses are designed so that they cross many of the trails.”

The second of three events making up the championships, the Middle Distance course, will be held next Wednesday on the MacPherson map.

The final race, the Sprint, is scheduled to go on June 20.

In the 1.4-kilometre novice category yesterday, Declan Wise and Rachel Moser finished first in a time of 14 minutes and six seconds. Xavier and Joel Macht placed second in a time of 16:24 and Stian Langbakk was third in 16:46.

Cascia Krolczyk won the 2.1-km intermediate race in a time of 25:11 while Darryl Bray finished second in 28:55 and Helen Slama was third in 29:54.

In the short advanced 2.1-km event, Georgi Pearson finished first in 22:56, Martin Slama was second in 24:30 and Bruce McLean was third in 25:38.

Erik Blake took the advanced 3.3-km race in a time of 33:20 while Sara Neilsen was second in 34:06 and Ross Burnett finished third in 35:35.

In the expert 7.2-km event, Brent Langbakk finished first in a time of 58:01. Caelan McLean was second in 61:13 and Kendra Murray was third in 70:50.

Results for the expert class are preliminary as three competitors who were unable to compete last night will be running the course on Friday.

The Yukon Orienteering Association will be hosting the Canadian and North American Championships in Whitehorse from Aug. 17 to 24.

The championships are open to orienteers from around the world.

Jones said so far they have 450 competitors registered from 22 countries.

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