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MAR 2018

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Naturally Made y www.sportseventsmagazine.com March 2018 49 events to helping found the first club. In 1967, Norwegian Harald Wibye established what is now the oldest civilian orienteering club in the United States, the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA). With about 700 members, it is the largest of the 70 Orienteering USA clubs, according to the association. DVOA is also where Fillebrown got her start. Inspired by an article she read, she said orienteering seemed like a fun activity to do with her kids, so she tried it."I just thought it was fabulous," she said. Though she didn't get her start in the sport until she was in her 40s, she said she was "very competitive in her age group for a long time." In orienteering, participants are chal- lenged to make quick decisions, using detailed maps that are crafted for each race, and a compass. Orienteering USA oversees club teams to competitive national, junior, ski, mountain bike, trail, deaf and university teams. Keeping Up the Pace Traditionally, orienteering competitions have been held out of sight of the public eye, according to Fillebrown, describing the longer, more traditional courses in for- ested areas. Among some of the more recent changes in the sport is the move to make competi- tions more visible. World championships in orienteering now encompass sprints, shorter races that may take place in urban environments or more public places, such as college campus- es or parks. One emerging destination for these sprints is old European towns, accord- ing to Fillebrown. "I think it's a desire for orienteering to be more visible in television and media coverage," she said. "Otherwise, it's not very spectator-friendly." ► t SPORT Report Naturally Made Naturally Made SPIRIT SPIRIT Successful tournaments and sporting events are right at home in The Natural State. With the perfect combination of fields and facilities, plus plenty to see and do when the games are over, Arkansas is where teams and families make winning memories. Find out more at Arkansas.com/sports. What will you make in Arkansas? Dave Yee Participants compete in an orienteering event.

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