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Orienteer Docklands

30 Jul 2019

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A new navigational and sports challenge is coming to Docklands on October 13 that promises to show hundreds of runners and walkers a new side of our suburb.

The first ever Melbourne City Race takes participants through marked checkpoints in Docklands with a specially prepared map. The successful competitors aren’t just the fastest, but those that pick the smartest routes and make the best decisions.

“City Races happen all over the world, and are especially popular in Europe, where places such as London, Rome, Paris and Barcelona play host to participants from around the world,” event director Debbie Dodd said.

“We chose Docklands for the first Melbourne City Race because of its fantastic mix of maritime history and eye-catching modern architecture, all framed by the river, bridges and harbour.”

The race will begin at Docklands Park. Participants won’t see the map and course until their race begins, and so only have a few seconds to read the map and make their first decision.

About 25 checkpoints are needed before participants can cross the finish line.

“Results are displayed instantly on TV monitors, and part of the fun is comparing routes afterwards over lunch and a coffee,” Ms Dodd said.

“Our first entries have already arrived from the UK and New Zealand, and we expect a number of interstate and overseas visitors to line up against the locals.”

“Age is no barrier, and you don’t need any particular athletic ability. Course lengths vary from 3km up to 10km.”

Find details and entry instructions here: melbournecityrace.com.au

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