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Route to Christmas: Day 15 2012

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is leg 9 in the M21 course from the event Big Salut 2012 in Moldova. This leg might not have the most interesting route choice alternatives in Route to Christmas 2012 – but on the other hand it is very interesting to solve route choice puzzles from faraway places in different terrain than the usual ones.

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):


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:


The level of the runners is very different, so without GPS-data it is difficult to know if the southern choice (blue) is really the best as it may look from the routes drawn. At least the first part of the route looks like it should have been better by following the paths (route of Fala) instead of running in the slope without paths. The second part of the route looks very fast, though – so maybe a combination of these two routes is the fastest.

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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