What was the best orienteering course of 2010? Finding THE ONE won’t be easy, but the search for it will be fun, for sure! The rules are simple: Suggest a course from a competition or training in 2010, and state the reason why you think this course deserves to be “The course of the Year 2010″.
A jury of elite orienteers will choose the best among all the suggestions – and there will be a voting process among the readers of “World of O” in order to name “The course of the year 2010″. Prizes from sponsors make it more fun to be in on the suggestions and voting – Trimtex and sun-o.com are sponsoring “The course of the year 2010″ with great prizes (see below).
Use the comments below, and submit either
- The course which in your opinion is the best course you run in 2010 yourself!
- The best course you set this year as a course-setter.
- The overall best course you have seen/heard about in 2010
Most course-setters surely have to make some compromises, so finding the perfect one is probably not possible. Still, it is interesting to see which is the best course you run or set in 2010!
To provide you with a starting point, I’ve picked out a few very different candidates for you based on maps and courses I have seen in omaps.worldofo.com and comments on various webpages:
- World Cup Annecy, October 3rd 2010 (see map above). Several runners said that this was the best long distance course they had run this year after finishing the race. Is that enough?
- Centrum Team Sprint: Silja Symphony Edition. This is the most popular course from 2010 in omaps.worldofo.com, but I somehow still doubt it will be named “The course of the Year 2010″…
- Malvikmarka – Rescue Island – a corridor orienteering course used in the preparations for WOC 2010 in Trondheim by Francois Gonon is also one of the most popular courses in omaps.worldofo.com in 2010.
- World Cup Final sprint, Geneve, October 10th 2010. Several runners said that this was one of the best sprint courses they had ever run.
- WOC Long Final, August 12th 2010. Not everybody was happy with the challenges found in WOC Long distance this year, but the WOC long distance should still be considered for the course of the year 2010?
I am sure you have a lot of better suggestions than the one I gave above – this is just a starting point to see the wide variety of candidates there are out there. Submit your suggestions now!
The following rules are given for “The course of the Year 2010″.
- The course must have been run in competition or training in 2010.
- Suggestions are submitted as a comment to this post – including link to the map with course in a quality which is good enough for the readers to understand the course and the challenges involved. Please add information about location/date if that is not clear from the link provided.
- You must give a reason for why you think this course deserves to be named “The course of the Year 2010″ (or why it is the best course you run/set this year)
- All reasons are valid. Examples can for example be “varied orienteering challenges”, “extremely technical orienteering”, “high fun-factor”, “fantastic map”, “spectacular orienteering”, “fantastic nature” – a combination of these – or a totally different reason. To get all the way to the top you should probably have a combination of reasons…
- The course may be any discipline – e.g. a long distance, a middle distance, a sprint distance. It may also be a technical training course – like e.g. a corridor orienteering exercise.
- A jury of elite orienteers will choose the best of all the suggestions – and there will be a voting process among the readers of “World of O” in order to name “The course of the year 2010″.
Prizes from our Sponsors
Prizes from our Sponsors always makes it more fun! There will be a prize for the course setter in “The course of the Year 2010″, a price for the first one suggesting the course which ends up becoming “The course of the Year 2010″, and finally prizes drawn among all suggesting and voting.
Sponsors for “The course of the Year 2010″:
- Trimtex sponsors “The course of the year 2010″ with 10 prizes. More information about the prizes to come. Trimtex Sport make technical team wear for athletes in clubs and companies. Trimtex’s products are world-leading within function, design and quality, whether it’s for cycling, running, skiing or orienteering.
- sun-o.com sponsors “The course of the year 2010″ with a voucher for a 2011 Sun-O Camp, value of 150 Euro. Sun-o offers orienteering travel-packages in Spain and Portugal, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate – organizing your O-holidays from from start to finish.
- For the record: All sponsor gifts/income related to “The Best Course of 2010″ goes directly to the WorldofO.com readers.