Eco Endurance Challenge

Organization Sponsor: Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia (OANS)

Organization Partner: Halifax Regional Search and Rescue


Program Description

The Eco-Endurance Challenge is an exciting and challenging eco-adventure hosted just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. The E2C is a physically and mentally demanding with an event area of more than 200 km2 of thick forests, extremely wet bogs, fast flowing streams and miles of backwoods trails and cart tacks. It challenges your navigational abilities as well as endurance in the backcountry of Eastern Canada. This fundraising event promises to be equally fun and challenging for the seasoned adventure racer or the first time participant.

The E2C is a hybrid of classical orienteering, ultra-distance running and the navigational training practices of Search and Rescue Emergency Responders. It is commonly referred to as a ROGAINE. Good physical conditioning is necessary to push one through the tough terrain, but accurate navigation skills are key to finding controls and minimizing the distance traveled. The 24 hour challenge is mentally exhausting as team members must always be aware of their surroundings and their place on the map.
All profits from the Eco-Endurance Challenge are used to support the life-saving activities of Halifax Regional Search and Rescue and provide assistance to the Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia. Revenues are used to support:

* Search and Rescue Operations
* Children's Hug-A-Tree Program
* Training and Educational Programs
* Medical Equipment and Supplies
* Capital Asset Purchases

Orienteering is a sport in which orienteers use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a competitive sport. A standard orienteering course consists of a start, a series of control sites that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited, and a finish. The control site circles are centered around the feature that is to be found; this feature is also defined by control descriptions (sometimes called clues). On the ground, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit. To verify a visit, the orienteer uses a punch hanging next to the flag to mark his or her control card. Different punches make different patterns of holes in the paper.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$150 per team

Funding Sources: 


Strategies For Sustainability: 

A good partnership between ONS and HRSR helps make this event a good fundraiser and a very well run event.

Impact Of Program: 

Each year the E2C grows in terms of number of participants and teams. This year, the E2C planning committee hopes to grow our event and attract over 350 participants.They will welcome some new participants with our new Armed Forces Challenge. This event is not for children but attracts older teens and youth.

Evaluation Tools: 

Web survey and Feedback from organizers, participants and sponsors.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The actual challenge attracts participants from the Atlantic Provinces. It is the biggest and hardest challenge in this region, People can also win prizes. There are various competitive levels
Challenge I - Search & Rescue - 8 or 24 hour events
Challenge II - Public Competitive - 8 or 24 hour events
Challenge III - Recreational - 8 or 24 hour events
Challenge IV - Armed Forces - 8 or 24 hour events
and prizes:
1st Place Team - $1,000
2nd Place Team - $500
3rd Place Team - $250

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Setting up the courses is always a challenge and requires a lot of volunteer support and equipment. It would not be possible to have such an event without the volunteers. Permission also needs to be asked for use of private property.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The first Eco challenge 1999.

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