Ramblers Orienteering Club

The World of O in the Montreal Region

John Charlow welcomed into the O Hall of Fame

Today we are happy and grateful to announce that John Charlow has been welcomed to Orienteering Canada’s Hall of Fame: He received the Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement) Award for his lifelong dedication to Orienteering.

John has been a pivotal figure in the orienteering scene in Quebec since founding the Ramblers orienteering club in 1970. What started as a tiny club that promoted the new Scandinavian sport in the Montreal area has stood the test of time and proven to be the backbone of orienteering in Montreal. In countless hours of drawing and field-checking, John has mapped numerous areas on and off the island of Montreal – a labour or love which can be felt in every of John’s maps. Together with his lovely wife Gloria he put on events and kept the orienteering scene alive through stormy times and droughts. Many a youngster or ambitious runner has been patiently shown the ropes with map and compass by John, and many of us have been happy to cry at his shoulder and get some helpful advice when coming back from a course when he asked “So, how did it go?”.

That today we enjoy a lively orienteering scene in Montreal and Quebec is in large parts due to John and Gloria. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts, and wish them many happy controls to come, on or off trail.
Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame

Spring Season postponed

The Ramblers Spring events  have been postponed like any other orienteering event around the globe. This also includes the Canadian Championship in July, which has been moved to 2021. Meanwhile we recommend an off-trail run in order to avoid the crowded trails. Keep distance – stay safe (and sane)!

COC 2019 at Kinadapt

Morning at the arena of the COC 2019 long competition. See how everyone is getting slowly ready for another race.

We made it!

The COC Week is over, and we are all full of fond memories. It was great to have Canada’s orienteering community in our region, and also come together as a club and organize an event which would have been unthinkable only a few years ago!

+ Check out the Results, Photos and RouteGadget

O-Week this Summer

If you are around in the second half of July, you might want to join one of  the events of the COC 2019 Week , which will take place from July 20-28. It starts with the Ottawa O-Fest on the weekend of July 20/21, and will end with the Canadian Orienteering Championship 2019 in Rawdon on July 27/28, with some races in Morin Heights and Laval in between. All the events have courses for Novice runners as well (so called Open categories). And it is at the same time a chance to run with the best runners from the country, so there will be something for everyone!

For some events pre-registration is required. See the event page for the COC 2019 Week for  full schedule and details.

+ Volunteers:
It is the first time that the Rambler are organizing the Canadian Orienteering Championship, and we will need many volunteers on the weekend from July 26 to 28. Even when volunteering you can still participate in the event. Interested? You can sign up here or contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteers@ramblersoc.ca

Schedule of the O-Week, including the locations. Photo above by Willie Carroll.

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