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World Orienteering Day Wed May 17th – Tues May 23 – Activities in Canberra

IOF’s World Maze Race first stated in 2021. This year OACT had a bit of fun with a free, fun, and fast (if you feel like it), come and try event. After a 4-year break Orienteering, ACT jumped on board with the IOF sponsored World Orienteering Day activities – this time with a new twist!

Held on the delightful Patrick White Lawns in the nation’s Parliamentary Triangle the maze proved to be both challenging (especially the set up in what felt like gale force winds) and loads of fun.

The parliamentary lawns were chosen as a high-profile location that would catch the eye of outdoor Sunday morning strollers, runners, dog handlers and the like. Well, it did just that! An organised FUN Run passing our ‘front door’ meant that our sport was seen by thousands, plus the regulars who love their Lake Burley Griffin circuit AND tourists passing by.

The morning started early with people turning up from 9am – yes, right on opening time!! But the biggest crowds came around 10-11am and many stayed on for a good hour running all the courses and more. There were a number of families who discovered the Duel course and there was absolutely no stopping them!! Mother/daughter challenges. People who had orienteered in their former lives before children (Ben Corry past Western Nomad, Alice Moore past OACT). More than 70 people stopped and participated in the maze event for fun!

So how then to safely run the World Maze Race?? To have it as fair and fun??
For a short period from around 11am we cleared the Maze and invited all present to take part in the ‘formal’ part of the race. Full SI, blind start, all welcome.

Kas Gregory kicked of the race and set a stunning time of 1.17sec. World Maze Race competitors included regular orienteers as well as some people who had never orienteered before.

Kas Gregory Newcastle Orienteering Club – ACT World Maze Race Champion 2023

The end result was 2021 Champion Kas Gregory now holds the ACT World Maze Race title for 2023.


11.17Kas GregoryAdultM
182.46Jo AdultF
Of note was that young Arlo (year 7 Kaleen High) had never orienteered before!
Blind start for all World Maze Racers – facing the National Library while the race goes on behind

Final Tally of events/participants conducted in the ACT over the week of World Maze Race

TimePlacePossible CoordinatorCommentsEstimated numbers
3.30-5pmGossan HillToni BrownTraining activity11
10-1pmThe PinnacleAndrew JohnsonSaturday Metro/Junior League122
1.30 – 3pmBlue Gum  Hannah Vardy/Toni Brown Sporting Schools Program38
9am-1pmPatrick White LawnsToni BrownWorld Maze Race – public event/activity open to passers-by75
18th-22ndMacquarieJohn HardingMap Run – street series59
David Hogg World Maze Race “controller” with the top 10!