Sunday, July 7th 2019 was the 15th running of the Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot, the premier point to point event of the Sydney orienteering calendar. There were three courses available: Short (8km), Medium* (14km) and Long (20km). Each course had multiple maps. The start and finish location was at Stanhope Gardens Reserve, and the course traversed The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens, Rouse Hill and Beaumont Hills.
The course standard is moderate, requiring basic navigation skills in map reading and route choice. Non-orienteers will have little difficulty with this standard yet it was still challenging in terms of route choice for the experienced orienteer.
The orienteering maps have a series of checkpoints (controls). Runners decide the best route between controls. All runners carry a SportIdent (SI) electronic timing stick to record control visits and finish times. (Timing sticks are available for hire).
*The 2019 Medium course is slightly longer than previous years medium courses.
Above is an image gallery of the 2017 Long Course which had four map changes. Click on the images to see a larger version of the map.
In conjunction with the Turkey Trot, three Family Friendly Courses are available for participants to enter on the day.
||Family Friendly Courses
||From 10:00 am
Please arrive at the start location approximately 30min prior to your start time.
The assembly and finish location for 2019 was at Stanhope Gardens Reserve, Stanhope Parkway, Stanhope Gardens.
The Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot was first held in November 2005 and run from Castle Hill to Parramatta Park. Since then it has been an annual fixture on the orienteering calendar and in recent years has found a home on the first Sunday in July. Below are some of the combined maps of the Turkey Trot Long courses.