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Route to Christmas: Day 3 2013

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is a really long leg in Kongsberg, Norway – used for the Norwegian Championships long distance. The chosen leg is leg number two – after a very short first leg. The Norwegian Champs Long was organized at September 12th 2013.

This leg might be very interesting for those planning to run the World Cup round in Kongsberg next year. The World Cup races will have the same arena – and thus the terrain should be similar.

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):


You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.


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 have solved this leg below. As you can see, the direct route of Thomas Natvig Årstad is the fastest here – going around will take you too much time. This is partly because the small paths are not that much better runnable than the terrain. Here is an article about the race of the winner of this leg in this race – Thomas Natvig Årstad – in Norwegian. This race is probably part of the reason why Natvig Årstad is in the Norwegian national team next year (development group). About this leg, Natvig Årstad says: “Standing still for 10 seconds at the control. Checking out the alternatives goind around, but I think direct looks good. Did already decide before the race that direct usually is the best”.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

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

Route to Christmas series

The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2013-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.

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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  1. “Here is an article about the race of the winner in this race – Thomas Natvig Årstad – in Norwegian.”

    It may be a quick failure here… Thomas was not the winner of the race, but finished to a sensational bronze medal. He won this particular leg though.