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Route to Christmas: Day 18 2012

Today we are traveling to a very nice map in Canada in Route to Christmas. This is a map we have visited before several times here on World of O – and one of the maps I would really like to try out some time.

The leg in question is leg 13 in the M21 course from Ottawa O-Festival middle distance organized at May 19th 2012.

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:


Being a Routegadget map without GPS data to work with for analysis, I can not give you a full analysis of this map. Eric Kemp has run fastest on the leg by first going south and thereafter turning between the lakes (blue). However, Sergei Zhyk’s route which goes south of the lakes a bit longer (light blue) seems to be nearly as good. Based on the routes drawn here, it may look like the small paths are not only a friend in this terrain – you might be just as good off by running in the terrain and using contour details and lakes for your orienteering.

Any comments on how to orienteer in this terrain?

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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One comment

  1. Look at that awsome smiley in the north lake!