St. Gallen in Switzerland is the arena for the last big test ahead of the World Championships for the World Orienteering Elite. The PostFinance Sprint weekend has been moved from the end of the season to June this year.
With the World Championships in Switzerland only 3 weeks into the future, most top runners will use this opportunity to test their skills in Swiss forests and towns – although the terrain might not be really representative for what the runners will meet at the World Championships. Daniel Hubmann (out for the rest of the season) and Thierry Gueorgiou are injured and will not start this weekend. Note that only the 40 best places runners in the overall World Cup will be allowed to start in Sunday’s sprint.
The organizers promise GPS tracking both Saturday and Sunday (from 12:00 CET) – and Live webTV on Sunday’s sprint. There will also be live results. See below for links to all live services.
The weekend consists of two World Cup races – a middle distance on Saturday and a sprint on Sunday.
- Middle distance, Saturday June 23th, Appenzell.
First start approximately 11:45. Last start women 14:41. Last start men 15:00. The terrain consists of steep sloped with deep but crossable valleys. The terrain is mostly highly runnable with no undergrowth. Courses are 6.3 / 7.0 km long with 220 / 290 meters of ascent. Winning time of 37 minutes for both men and women.
- Sprint, Sunday June 24th, St. Gallen.
First start women 13:31 – men 14:35. The terrain is a flat city centre, mostly urban old town centre with some small parks. Courses are 2.4 / 2.9 km long with 75 / 100 meters of ascent – winning times of 14 / 14:30. See the old map with a thought course made by Eva Jurenikova here (via Twitter).
- PostFinance Sprint webpage
- PostFinance Sprint Bulletin 4 (all up to date information about the event)
- Startlists will be available here (or here – last year only one of the links was updated)
- Live results will be available here