Get to Know Your Running Clubs - GVOC

Get to Know Your Running Clubs - GVOC

*Editor's Note* Orienteering events are timed races where runners use a map and compass to navigate through trails. It's becoming a popular activity for many road and trail runners so naturally we had to see what all of the hype was about.

In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Kate Knapp about the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club. You will often GVOC members running through trails all over the lower mainland.

Want to learn more about them? Read on!

Hi Kate! Who are you? Give us your one line bio

I am the President of the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club

Tell us a bit about GVOC's group history

GVOC was created in 1986 when the North Shore Orienteers, Lions Gate Pathfinders, UBC Thunderbird Club, and Fraser Valley Navigators decided to merge together. The Lions Gate Pathfinders were the first O club in Vancouver dating back to something like 1973.

Nice! what sort of people typically run with the group? 

All levels! Our club members range from dog walkers to ultra-marathon winners. We offer a range of difficulty at our events to accommodate every skill level.

Where/when do you usually meet and run?

We post where we will be running/orienteering around the lower mainland on our website a few weeks in advance. On week nights we run on urban maps all across Vancouver, the North Shore, and Burnaby. It changes each week. At our weekend events we run on forest maps from the North Shore to Abbotsford, and everywhere in between even up to Whistler sometimes!

The best way to keep up to date on time and locations is through the GVOC website, or Facebook Page at

Any cost to be a member/join?

Membership is payable at the first event you attend each year and is good for the entire calendar year. Fees are: $10 for new members who have never orienteered before; $15 for Adults renewing; $5 for Juniors under 20; $20 for a family that have never orienteered before and $30 for Family renewing.

Is your group affiliated with any events?

We run the Vancouver Sprint Camp which is part of the North American Sprint Series. As well we partner with a Seattle orienteering club called Cascade and we alternative hosting the Pig War! which is an annual club battle :) Also, we put on one navigation race each month in our Why Just Run series.

Where are your favourite local spots to run in/around?

Barnet Marine Park the inverse view of what you get from Deep Cove, Running from Kits Beach to Jericho at low tide - good technical run with great views, and many of our urban maps like UBC, Downtown, and Lonsdale Quay - great technical areas that allow you to run and explore the area with a completely different perspective.

Do you personally have any favourite local races? 

The Knee Knacker, the Phantom Run, the MOMAR

Anything else that we should know?

Orienteering is the physical challenge running with a built in mental challenge of map reading, navigation, and exploration. Come join us to explore parks, nooks and crannies of the Lower Mainland that you never knew existed!

Want to learn more?

Want to connect with GVOC, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:

GVOC Website | Facebook | Instagram


Find more runs around Vancouver

Looking for runs in and around Vancouver? The RunGuides race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the Vancouver area -

Published on Mar 17, 2017