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Route to Christmas: Day 16 2013

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from Latvia – the Latvian Championships middle distance at September 7th 2013. The chosen leg is leg number 10 in the men elite course.

To get an indication of the terrain – the winner Lauri Sild said the following about the terrain: “The forest was green and marshy and required quite an aggressive style, but it was not too slow either – 6:12/km.”

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.

With only a limited number of GPS-routes available, analyzing the leg is more of a puzzle than the legs that have been shown so far in Route to Christmas this year. However, more “exotic” terrains are more interesting even if there are less routes available – and often some of the readers of World of O can help out with the analysis – maybe they have even participated? Of the GPS-routes found, the left choice has been run fastest – but it was not ideally executed (Janis Tamuzs writes in his map archive: Bad last part of my route to 10th – couldn’t see the narrow ride, afterwards lost direction in the green and had to stop to regain control). The winner Lauri Sild chose the right option drawn with green above (time 5:40 – see his hand-drawn route here) – and as this is shorter than going left (1080 m versus 1140 m), at least it should not be significantly slower. Edgars Bertuks runs the leg 17 seconds faster – I don’t know which route choice though. What do you think?

Results are available here and splitsbrowser here.

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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  1. There you can find my map from Lch middle. I had 2nd fastest time in this leg (to leg number 10) 12seconds down to Edgars Bertuks. I run on left side.

  2. If I remember correctly, Edgars’ route was something like the purple one. The marsh was slow, but looks like in this case it was not significantly slower than the alternatives.

  3. If is recall correctly Edgars went close to purple route, but still more towards the green (right) – less marsh.
    From other groups (like H35) who had similar leg right and left was nearly equal if executed properly especially when attacking the control.