September 6, 2019
More than 100 orienteering enthusiasts will be coming to Kingaroy this weekend to compete in the 2019 Queensland Orienteering Long Distance Championships.
The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday at ‘Minmore’ at Reedy Creek, which was also the venue for the 2015 championships.
Adults and juniors – including interstate competitors – will be competing in various classes.
Ages range from 10 to more than 70, with one female competitor registered in the 85+ age group!
Events will get under way at 1:30pm on Saturday and 9:00am on Sunday and cover distances ranging from 2400m to 13,200m across 12 different courses.
Results from both days of competition will be added together to determine the overall champions in each class.
Tony Bryant, from the Enoggeroos Orienteering Club, said the championships were the premier event in the sport at State level.
There are 114 entrants registered for Saturday’s competition and 111 for Sunday.
Queensland will be hosting a huge national orienteering carnival at Easter in 2021.
Tony said this weekend’s event was a “dry run” for this national carnival.
Subject to approval, the 2021 event will be held at Taromeo (Good Friday), Reedy Creek (Easter Saturday and Sunday) and Maidenwell (Easter Monday).
The South Burnett has become a popular destination for orienteering events.
The Middle Distance Championships were held at Maidenwell in June on the same weekend as a club event at Teelah.