Friday, July 4, 2014

Sprint Qualifier & Final ~ Saturday July 5!

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the first day of the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Italy.

From the WOC website:

"The sprint will take place in the historic centre of Venice, located in the middle of the lagoon of the same name, out of a total of 118 islets, consolidated over the centuries thanks to wooden pilings, which have allowed the urbanization. Some of these islands are collected in organic groups between them while others are more dispersed. The 118 islands are separated by canals and linked by bridges to pedestrian use only. 
The total extent of the historic center, excluding internal waters and makes it one of the larger islands the largest historical centers of Italy and Europe. 

The historical part of the city, is traditionally divided into six districts: Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello. The districts of the old city are built around the double bend of the Grand Canal, the main waterway which runs an extensive network of nearly 158 smaller canals.  In the lagoon around the old town there are several islands built. Among the major islands (which are also part of the town) there are Murano and Burano famous respectively for the manufacture of glass and lace, Torcello, St. Erasmus, Pellestrina and the long, thin island of the Lido with its beach resorts."
The Sprint qualifier will be held in the morning. Running for Canada are Tori Owen, Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley, and Damian Konotopetz.

If you want to follow along, start times are:
Tori Owen              9:24am UTC (3:24am EST, 12:24am PST)
Robbie Anderson    10:11am UTC (4:11am EST, 1:11am PST)
Will Critchley           10:23am UTC (4:23am EST, 1:23am PST)
Damian Konotopetz 10:38am UTC (4:38am EST, 1:38am PST)

There are 3 heats in the qualifying races; i.e. there are 3 slightly different courses. The top 15 runners from each heat will go through to the Sprint Final, to take place at 3pm UTC (9am EST, 6am PST).

You can follow the action at the Live Centre!


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