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Outdoor lovers turn out for treasure hunt at Explore Park

Outdoor lovers hit the woods in Roanoke County Sunday in a race to win free supplies.

July 12, 2010|James Tompkins | Producer
  • The event attracted thrill seekers from all over the country.
The event attracted thrill seekers from all over the country.

Roanoke County, Va — Outdoor lovers hit the woods in Roanoke County Sunday in a race to win free supplies.

In "The Gear Junkie's Treasure Hunt," teams competed to win free camping and hiking gear during a first-ever "orienteering race" at Virginia's Explore Park.

Participants were given a map with the goal of finding hidden flags in a certain amount of time.

Each flag was worth points.

At the end of the race, those with the most points "cashed in" for a chance to win more than $40,000 worth of outdoor supplies.

The event attracted thrill seekers from all over the country, including Caitlin and Dale Van Niel who came from Cleveland, Ohio on a biking excursion.

"We came out this way and were biking around yesterday and saw them setting up for this and thought it looked really cool," said Caitlin Van Niel.  "We decided to come back today and check it out."

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"We have people from all over," said Pete Eshelman, an event organizer with the economic development group, Roanoke Regional Partnership.  "People came in for this event because it's never been done before."

Organizers say they wanted to show off the fact that while Explore Park exhibits are closed, the facility's trails are still open to the public.

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