The contestants found a point, punched in quickly and rushed to the next point. Photographed by reporter Yao Yongqiang
Su Pao (reporter Zhao Yan) Yesterday morning, the 2014 National Orienteering Invitational Tournament opened in Lianchi Lake Park, Yangcheng Lake Peninsula, Suzhou, with 47 teams and more than 300 enthusiasts participating. The competition lasts for two days and includes three events: short distance race, 100m race and three-person mixed team orienteering race. In the short-distance race, which ended first, Suzhou contestants won the men's and women's championship in the youth group.
At 9 am, the game began in the light rain. In addition to the necessary finger cards, maps and special compass, the players also wore raincoats. The first project is the short-distance race, which is divided into elite group, adult group, youth group and other groups, with linear distance ranging from 2 to 3 kilometers. Among them, the straight-line distance of the youth group is 2.4 kilometers, including a total of 14 points. Each player must arrive and punch one by one in order, and the one who completes the shortest time wins. With the firing of the starting gun, the reporter saw that the contestants read the map while running, and quickly crossed the lawn, pavilion, hill, pit and other obstacles. Finally, two team members of Suzhou Higher Vocational and Technical School took the lead to rush back to the finish line. Hua Wenkun won the men's championship with a score of 18:18.03, and Hong Yuanyuan won the women's championship with a score of 18:00. 05.
In addition to some outdoor clubs, more than 70% of the participating teams came from schools. As the host, there are 11 schools in Suzhou. Among them, Jinji Lake School in Suzhou Industrial Park sent 15 members. "We introduced the orienteering program in April 2013, and the school team has nearly 20 people, who go to the park and botanical garden for training almost every weekend." Xu Fang, the coach of the Jinji Lake school team, said that the team members are mainly students in the first and second grades of junior high school. Moreover, the program is also popular with students and parents because it is both intellectually and physically healthy, as well as interesting. Recruiting team members is not worried at all.
After the short distance race, the 100-meter race and the three-person mixed team race will continue, and most of the players will play three games in a row. "This is the first time that the national orienteering cross-country race is held in Suzhou. The terrain of Lianchi Lake Park is not complicated, and the vision is relatively open, and it is not difficult. It is suitable for beginners." Xu Jie, the head coach of the orienteering team in Suzhou, believes that orienteering is a very practical sport, which helps to avoid becoming a "road crazy". Even if you are lost, you can quickly identify the orientation and improve the survival ability in the field.