Club history and motivation
In the early 2000s, a couple guys wanted to orienteer
in the Peoria region. There was lots of land and great terrain. But no
club. So they made one - Illinois River Valley Orienteering Club.
We hope that through having an orienteering club and putting on orienteering events those who know of orienteering will have some fun, and those who don't know orienteering will discover something new to enjoy.
We are pretty informal, but we strive to put on quality events. If you
have any interest at all, drop one of us a line. No need to be a
competitive runner or wiz with a compass. We can take the rustiest nut
in the box and teach them how to have fun on the course.
The Illinois River Valley Orienteering Club, or IRVOC, is a group of
folks who enjoy being outdoors within our local parks using a map and
compass to guide us. The passion each of us have for this activity
provides the drive to spend countless hours creating maps and courses so
you can enjoy the outdoors as well. Some of us are competitive and
strive to challenge our physical limits, as well as our navigational
skills. Most of us simply enjoy the ability to enjoy the courses at a
more leisurely pace, with the goal of finding all the controls on a
Everybody has their own reasons: something to do with the
family; to keep body and mind in shape; competitive spirit; love of the
sport/challenge; it’s cheap outdoor fun, .... You'll have to find your
own reasons. I do it because it combines problem solving and physical
activity. This is a sport of decision making. Do I take the longer trail
or fight the puckerbrush over the hill? Is the control near the top of
the reentrant or further down?
An Orienteering course is a puzzle to be arranged in the best way for the player by the player. Your choice might not work for me and my choice might not work for you. But we'll still have a blast comparing routes at the end of the day.