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Attention all bloodsuckers and outdoor enthusiasts—finally there’s an event you can both enjoy. The City of Trees Orienteering Club will present its first-ever Vampire-O, a nighttime orienteering adventure with a supernatural twist. Though orienteering—a sport in which competitors race through checkpoints in an unknown area with nothing but a compass or map—is normally done with the sun in the sky, this event will take place under the cloak of darkness. Any event that involves running through the woods in the dead of night with “vampire” in its name is sure to be entertaining, if not a bit difficult.

Participants will use flashlights or headlamps to light the way, playing a game of vampire-infused tag as they race for the destination. One or more participants will be designated members of the undead, giving chase minutes after the regular humans in order to give them a fighting chance. Once a vampire sinks his fangs (aka gets within 5 feet of someone), they’re “turned” and must start a hunt of their own. The course will be open to both beginner and intermediate orienteerers, so bring a team, bring a friend, but leave the stakes at home. Changing into a bat at anytime is strictly prohibited.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m., FREE, Simplot Sport Complex East, 2437 E. Lake Forest Drive, For more information, contact Leone at Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 208-344-6604, ctoc-boise.org.

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