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Route to Christmas: Day 26 2013

Woops! We even got to 26 this year! Today’s leg is not based on a tip – but based on browsing the still unfinished events.worldofo.com (which might some day turn into something great – for now it is just “under construction” and only for hardcore fans). Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is a really long leg – leg number 18 in the M21E course from Czech Long Championships at September 22nd 2013.

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.

This is typically a leg where somebody should count the meters of ascent on the different routes to be able to make a real comparison (if anyone feels the urge – please post a comment) – of course you won’t have time for that when running, so you have to make a more intuitive choice. Here it looks like going around to the right (Milos) is too long compared to the extra ascent on the more straight route of Dlabaja (Olaf) and Chromy.

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. Stanislav Mokrý

    There are few more routes in RouteGadget (category H21A), including the winner of this leg and also overall winner Jan Šedivý.

  2. None of the GPS tracks take the full flat/right-hand option which starts going E then ESE: Yes, this is even longer than those shown, but it gets rid of a lot of climb which should make it possible to run faster on the paths all the way.

    Particularly at the end of a long distance race I would expect many runners to be too tired to maintain top speed on the direct options, but the podium finishers would manage. I.e. for most orienteers the flat option might well be the fastest.

    On the RouteGadget link the second-place runner do this and runs quite fast even if he loses 2.5 minutes to the winner. However, on this map it really looks like it would be legal to run to the right of the out-of-bounds area, going through the finish! This seems to save around 75 m of climb as well as being a little bit shorter?

  3. Thanks a lot for all the good work, it’s been a great pleasure to follow the route to christmas:)