SAVE THE DATES!!!! EMPO's next A-meet will be held October 3-4 at Pineridge XC Ski Center in East Poestenkill, NY. We will have a Middle distance race on Saturday and a Long distance race on Sunday, with times for the two days combined to determine age group awards. A recreational Yellow course will be available both days.

More info is on the meet website >

Orienteering: The Thinking Sport

A mental and physical sport of Scandinavian origin, orienteering is a foot race, a puzzle-solving thought race, a cross country running sport, and a fun recreational activity.

Orienteering is for men, women, and children of all ages and abilities. All you need is a love for the great outdoors! The objective is to locate orange-and-white markers (placed at checkpoints called controls) in parklands or woods using a special, highly detailed topographic map; participants navigate their way to a series of controls before crossing the finish line. Courses vary in difficulty and length - beginner courses are typically 1-2km long with navigation entirely or almost entirely on established trails or other handrails (such as streams, stone walls, field edges), while the most advanced courses are 6-10km long and require extensive cross-country navigation. Participants can travel alone or in groups -- running, walking, or leisurely strolling the course. The sport can be enjoyed as a healthy form of family recreation, or as a highly competitive race involving navigational skill, speed, and physical stamina.

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Empire Orienteering Club (EMPO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and holds a club charter from Orienteering USA. EMPO sponsors orienteering events, provides instruction in the sport of orienteering, and produces detailed orienteering maps of public parks and private venues in the Capital District of New York State.