The first 2001 meet for Gold Country Orienteers will be a Goethe Park event designed for beginning and intermediate orienteers on Sunday, March 4.
The meet will feature White (beginning), Yellow (advanced beginning), and Orange (intermediate) courses that will attempt to cover as much of the small but interesting park as possible.
This will be a good meet for families, youth groups, and anyone who wants to try out the fun sport of orienteering. You will be given a detailed map of Goethe Park and will have to use that map and your compass to find your way to specific places on the map as fast as you can.
Goethe Park is on Sacramento's wonderful American River Parkway, with easy access to the river itself and a great bike path.
In early March, depending on the weather of this thus-far strange winter, the park should be full of spring vegetation and wildlife that includes rabbits, foxes, deer, wild turkeys, lizards, and the occasional coyote and rattlesnake (but the latter are likely to be still sleeping).
Registration will open at 9:30 a.m., and starts will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Beginning instruction will be held around 10 a.m. or as requested.
The cost will be $3 for each individual or group. Goethe Park also charges $4 for parking.
Participants should wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing, bring a compass if you have one (we have some for rent) and carry water or snacks if you want.