The Metro Series is held in and around metropolitan parks and reserves throughout the suburbs of Perth. Events are held between October and March, when it is too hot for events in the bush.
These family and runner-friendly events are easily achievable by anyone who can read a street map. The long running Metro series attracts many regular participants, both members and non-members, and there is a briefing for newcomers before each event. Various courses are available, ranging from 3-8 km in length. There are weekly prizes for the course winners plus sponsors' draw prizes. Series winners in various classes are determined by points accumulated for the runner's best performances over the season.
Metro Series 2016-2017
Events on both Saturday and Sunday
This year you’ll be able to enjoy a selected number of Sunday morning events for those times when Saturday afternoon can get a bit hot or your schedule suits a Sunday morning run. Make sure to check the calendar closely so that you don't come on the wrong day! Sunday events will run at a similar time to bush events (that is in the morning) to avoid the heat so you will need to be up early to make the most of the cool summer morning.
Both Score and Scatter Events available
A selection of events will be timed score events (and will use electronic punching) to keep the season interesting. There are also four score events throughout the season that will use SportIdent punching so don't forget your SI tag! If you don’t have an SI tag we’ll have some available for non-members. The type of event will be noted in the orienteering calendar as either Metro Series # (standard scatter event) or Metro Score Event #. Standard events will use paper punch cards as per previous seasons. Learn more about how Score Events work.
Score events are NOT mass start and so you can begin immediately after registering if you so choose. They will have a 45 minute time limit, recorded from the time you punch the start - you will get your map to plan a route before this but you’ll need to be back on time or lose points. Scatter events will remain mass starts.
The season will now commence in early October and run right through until March so that there are no big gaps between the bush season and the summer season, so this is a great way to keep your training up over the summer! Plus with more events there are also more chances to earn points for the series.
Want to get ready for an event and learn more?
For more information, including what happens at an event and a sample competition map, go to our Urban Event Guide page. Or why not check out the great Photos from this season or the Maps from events that show the winners route.
How to earn points in the Metro Series
Check the 2016-2017 Guidelines to see what course you should run. Your best 8 results out of the 15 events count to your final total.