Sunday, November 20, 2016

Aguiar da Beira O' Meeting 2017: Rain of Stars in the Centre of Portugal



Three events, two scoring stages for the IOF World Rankings and one of the most spectacular terrains for practicing Orienteering. Such are the ingredients of the 2017 Aguiar da Beira Orienteering Meeting 2017, an event that will attract to the Centre of Portugal the best of the best in the World.


Three years after the 3rd Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering, Aguiar da Beira prepares to host another important international Orienteering event. On the 4th and 5th March 2017, the Clube de Orientação de Estarreja will return to Aguiar da Beira with the offer of another great Orienteering event. To the recognized organizational capacity of the oldest Portuguese Orienteering Club is added the excellence of the moderately-hilly terrains of this municipality of the Centre of Portugal, promising a competitive journey at the highest level.

Consisting of a Middle Distance stage, an urban Sprint and a Long Distance stage - the first two scoring for the IOF World Rankings -, the Aguiar da Beira O 'Meeting 2017 will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the sport's winter season. The forest stages will take place in maps never before navigated, with the quality label of the cartographers Janne Weckman and Timo Joensuu, and the courses will be signed by Bruno Nazário, Diogo Miguel, António Amador, Rui Oliveira and Daniel Silva, ensuring high technical challenges and competitive intensity.


Orienteering for all

The first athletes start to enter the event and it's expected that the one-thousand-participant's barrier will be easily reached. The fact that the event takes place a few days after the Portugal O' Meeting - the biggest event of the Portuguese calendar (!) - will allow to capitalize on the presence in Portugal of the “cream” of the World of Orienteering. With thirteen world titles in the curriculum, the French Thierry Gueorgiou has already expressed his willingness to compete once again in Aguiar da Beira and, for sure, many other great names will join him.

Even if your knowledge of the sport is quite small, come to know the Orienteering in a fantastic space and step the field side by side with its biggest stars. The organization has a well-prepared staff that will be pleased to help all the beginners, introducing you to the challenging art of navigation with a map and a compass in your hands. All information at http://abom2017.ori-estarreja.pt/en/.

Joaquim Margarido

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