Orienteering course will remain open until 6 June

The university’s orienteering month – May – is about to end, but as the initiative has attracted much interest, the orienteering course will remain open until 6 June. The university invites all employees, students, alumni and their families as well everyone else to orienteering in the city of Tartu. Come to discover places where the university family has done exercise and sports since the early 19th century!

The orienteering course with 20 points has been compiled by Ken Ird, Curator of the Univeristy of Tartu Museum. Did you know that according to architect Krause’s initial floor plans, there was supposed to be a fencing hall on the ground floor of the main building? If not, come orienteering! At each checkpoint, you can read about or listen to an exciting historical fact. The audio files have been recorded by students of Viljandi Culture Academy.

The course is feasible for everyone – checkpoints can be passed in order of your convenience and in parts and no time will be taken. Completing the entire course at a leisurely pace should take approximately an hour and a half.

How to start orienteering?

  • Print the map or get it from the front desk of the main building (Ülikooli 18), the Delta academic and research building (Narva 18), Biomedicum (Ravila 19) or the academic building at Vanemuise 46. You can also download the map to your smartphone.
  • Before you start, make sure you know the map symbols.
  • In total, there are 20 checkpoints, which you may take in any order.
  • When you arrive at a checkpoint, scan the QR code with your phone. For that, install a QR code reader app on your phone or check whether your phone camera already has that function.
  • The course runs between buildings, on streets, in green areas and in other public places. Be careful in traffic! Please note that there are several objects on the course that you are not allowed to cross, such as fences, walls, flowerbeds or hedges. Similarly, do not enter private yards that are marked respectively. On the map, “no entry” areas are marked by the thick black line (fence, wall) and moss green colour.

The goal is to enjoy exercise

The goal is not to complete the course the fastest but to enjoy physical exercise outdoors. Everybody who comes orienteering is the winner already! This is a recreational sports event for the whole university community. At the end of the event, several nice gifts will be raffled among all registered participants. To give chance a chance, let us know that you went orienteering.

If you don’t mind, also share a photo of a nice moment on the course on the Facebook event page.

We are asking all participants to protect the health of yourself and others: act responsibly, keep distance and avoid mixing groups.

Further information: Sirli Urbas, Univeristy of Tartu Staff Training Specialist, 737 5194, sirli.urbas [ät] ut.ee