Go for a Night Run in Bardon with Orienteering: Night Navigation

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Did you know that a special night-time orienteering event will be held at Jubilee Park in Bardon, and that it will be available to participants from all age groups? 

On the 1st of June 2021, a special sporting event dubbed “Orienteering: Night Navigation” will be hosted in Bardon, with a nighttime course running across Jubilee Park. Participants can choose to run, jog, walk, or even stroll about at a leisurely pace either individually or in a group. 

For the uninitiated, orienteering is an endurance sport and a mental workout all at once, requiring participants to challenge themselves by making use of their navigational and map-reading skills while simultaneously running at high speeds and plotting out the best route under pressure. 

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The sport has been described as “running while playing chess”, and while it is easy to pick up, it remains consistently challenging as participants can go at their own pace. People can even engage in friendly competition by using a detailed map and compass to navigate a course with designated control points marked on the map. 

Victory is achieved by visiting all control points in order as quickly as possible, and the person who accomplishes the goal in the shortest amount of time is declared the winner. 

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Orienteering: Night Navigation will start at the picnic shelter near the Fletcher Parade car park, and the venue of the course will be at Jubilee Park, 52 Crown St, Bardon. The event will run from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m and it will be open to participants from all ages, however children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tickets are priced at $5 for solo entries and $12 for family entries — no booking required. For more information, visit the Queensland Orienteering website here