The tribe

Creating a tribe takes time and a bit of commitment, but really not that much. You see, a tribe comes together somewhat like magnets. My City Race tribe magnets are easy to understand: Orienteering and Friendship. When you have the same passion, it is only natural that you “grow” your tribe around that passion and…

Flowers for the Shadows

a text by Linda Verbraken, Have you ever wondered why flowers are handed out to those athletes on the podia? Is there a possibility that Interflora’s sponsoring all sports? Maybe it’s to make fatigued sportsmen look better or to cover up the sweaty smell. Ballet dancers used to get flowers and money thrown at them…

When the foe has a voice

We are very quick to judge a person or a situation when we don´t know the whole picture or what has happened that led to that situation, or made someone do something, or simply made them appear in our life. No matter how much you say out loud “no, not me, I don´t judge”, deep…

Have you gone AIR mode yet?

It’s funny how we evolve as orienteers through the years. Experience will do that to you, but also the sport itself keeps adapting and coming up with new things, new rules, new gizmos! I don’t know how long most of you have been orienteers, but if you have been at least as long as me,…

Transportation, to rent or not to rent

Living in an island in the middle of the Atlantic means that all my trips start with an airplane, so I don’t have the possibility (I was going to say luxury…) to bring my own car a go on a road trip to my next orienteering event. I know many of you are going “yeah…

Antwerp, a city with great vibes

I can’t believe two years have passed since I took my first trip to Belgium which also was my first urban orienteering event outside my home country. The Antwerp Sprint Orienteering Meeting (ASOM for short) in 2017 was also my first City Race Euro Tour event. A lot of firsts, I know… Antwerp couldn’t have…

Is Orienteering the better part of me?

As I look at the screen and figure out how I’m going to answer that question, a lot of feelings and memories come to mind… In truth, it’s not. I would say the better part of me is what’s inside that only comes out when I’m relaxed, at peace and doing the things I love…

Porto City Race

What a great orienteering weekend in Porto! Despite a weather prediction that would have put some rain right on top of orienteers on Saturday morning, fortunately those very light showers occurred a bit earlier and weren’t felt during the race. Sunday was such a beautiful sunny day and perfect for the event! This year, only…