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Route to Christmas: Day 3 2011

In today’s Route to Christmas we are traveling all the way to New Zealand – to a very interesting, open terrain south of Auckland on the map Ngapuriri. Todays leg in Route to Christmas is leg 8 in the Red 1 course.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). Take some time to understand what is up and what is down.


Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners who have drawn their route choice solved this leg. As you can see, there are two main options – either choosing a direct route like Ogden (dark Blue) or going around on the track to the left like Morrison (light blue). Ogden is a second faster than Morrison – but on the other hand Morrison is a lot faster on the complete course. Without having been there, it is difficult to say what is the best option – but maybe one of the readers has been there and can give a comment? I myself without having been there guess I would have found the direct route to risky with all the cliffs, and would rather have gone around like Morrison.

“O-community’s choice

Updated 4/12/2011 00:12: Density map of what YOU have chosen shown below.

Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com

You find the complete map and Routegadget info in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.


The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I’ve therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget from 2011-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

There will be no analysis about the best routechoice for each leg – you can provide that yourself in the comments or in the Webroute. Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

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Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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