The Buffalo Orienteering Club will kick off the second half of its season Sept. 8 with the Olmsted Challenge, a navigating event that will test runners and walkers to locate as many points as they can in Delaware Park.
The 2-kilometer race will start at 11 a.m. with registration from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Rumsey Road and Lincoln Parkway.
If you’re looking for an intense physical and mental challenge, the club will conduct an Ellicottville Adventure Run and Hike in the Hills by Holiday Valley ski resort.
Participants will use strategy to make their way through three-hour or six-hour courses that will test their endurance and brains.
National Orienteering Day will be held Sept. 21 at Chestnut Ridge Park. It is a 90-minute non-competitive training and educational event for any experience level. There also are two standard orienteering events scheduled for the fall on Sept. 21 at Chestnut Ridge, and Oct. 19 at Sardinia County Forest.
Events are conducted as competitive races, but entrants can also hike leisurely along in groups; courses are designed for all ages and abilities. Instruction in maps and compass is available at all club events.
The club also sets up permanent courses for the season in county parks for which participants can buy maps and try to find checkpoints on their own.
For more information, go to buffalo-orienteering.org.