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Childs brothers shine at international orienteering competition

Ethan Childs competes in the World Junior Orienteering Championships in Kosice, Slovakia earlier this month. (Courtesy photo)

Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Williston brothers Andrew and Ethan Childs were among a contingent of eight Americans who competed at the World Junior Orienteering Championships in Kosice, Slovakia earlier this month.

Competing in a series of races over a week, the Childs brothers led the American efforts in the long-distance final. In addition, the brothers helped the U.S. relay team to a 33rd-place finish, one of the United States’ best finishes in years, against stiff global competition.

“I had the best race of my life!” exclaimed Ethan Childs.

“We are proud of Andrew and Ethan’s efforts,” said Orienteering USA President Peter Goodwin. “They have represented our country well.”

Orienteering is a sport in wilderness navigation where a person uses a map and compass to complete a course.

The brothers took part in several events—a sprint through a maze of cobblestone streets and alleyways in the medieval section of Kosice, a middle distance during a thunderstorm and the long distance race in beech forests.

The brothers went on to more races in Switzerland and Sweden before returning to Williston on Saturday.

For more information or to find an event near you, visit www.orienteeringusa.org.