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Course of the Year 2015: Submit your suggestions!


What was the best orienteering course of 2015? The World Champs middle in Italy won in 2014 – and the two years before we had Portuguese winners: a spectacular sprint between boulders and old buildings in 2013 and some great technical orienteering in 2012. In 2011 the WOC middle distance in France took the first place and the year before a very special Jukola relay won.

YOU are the one to decide who takes the prestigious top spot this year- first by submitting suggestions – and then by voting. As part of the “Course of the Year 2015″ we have got some great interviews from top runners where they talk about their favourite courses and maps from the last year: Starring a some of the new stars of the previous year and some of the established top runners – all of them have great stories about their favourite courses of the year: Lucas Basset, Olle Boström, Cat Taylor, Ida Bobach, Matthias Kyburz, Ruslan Glebov and  Lauri Sild. There is really something to look forward to the coming weeks!

The search for the course of the year  will be fun as always! The rules are simple: Suggest a course from a competition or training in 2015, and state the reason why you think this course deserves to be “The course of the Year 2015″. The best among all the suggestions will be chosen – and there will be a voting process among the readers of “World of O” in order to name “The course of the year 2015″. And please, please, please state the reason for your suggestion – that’s where the fun & the passion for orienteering comes in!

More than 2500 Euro worth of prizes for YOU

Prizes from sponsors make it more fun to be in on the suggestions and voting. This year we again have some great sponsors and prizes – with a total value of more than 2500 Euro. We hope this means many good suggestions & a lot of interactivity from YOU! See all details about the 7 sponsors & prizes below!

Use the comments below, and submit either

  1. The course which in your opinion is the best course you run in 2015 yourself!
  2. The best course you set this year as a course-setter.
  3. The overall best course you have seen/heard about in 2015

Most course-setters surely have to make some compromises, so finding the perfect one is probably not possible. Still, it is interesting to see which is the best course you run or set in 2015!

Starting point

To provide you with a starting point, I’ve picked out a few different candidates for you based on maps and courses I have seen in omaps.worldofo.com and comments on various webpages:

  • This year’s World Cup has been a fantastic one for lovers of real long distance orienteering in real wilderness. It started already in early January in Tasmania with a great course in very hilly terrain – described as “cool” by the athletes The map with part of the men’s course is shown at the top of this article – and you find the full map here and an analysis of the race here including split time analysis and some terrain photos. The course offered some really intricate long routechoice legs – the world class athletes were really challenged here.
  • From World Cup to small regional races: There are so many dedicated course setters out there that some of the greatest courses set in 2015 have probably only been seen by a few hundred people. Hopefully some of these courses are brought into the light in “Course of the Year 2015″. One example of a local race with a great course is “Høiås Day & Night Cup #2″ which Halden organized a few days ago on the map Isebakketjern. A tough 11.2 km course in WOC 2016 relevant terrain won by Olav Lundanes in 86 minutes – the course setter put a lot of time into the intricate long legs. See the analysis here – the map with course here.
  • And finally I’ll point out a nice Urban course as well: The World Championships Sprint Relay was a really nice sprint course – giving the athletes very varied challenges in an area which could look a bit limiting when just looking at the map. Nice job by the course setter – and that’s what “Course of the Year 2015″ is about. Take a look at the course here

I am sure you have a lot of better suggestions than the one I gave above – this is just a starting point to see the wide variety of candidates there are out there. Submit your suggestions now!


The following rules are given for “The course of the Year 2015″.

  • The course must have been run in competition or training in 2015 (an exeption for courses in December 2014 as they were not covered in last year’s contest)
  • Suggestions are submitted as a comment to this post – including link to the map with course in a quality which is good enough for the readers to understand the course and the challenges involved. Please add information about location/date if that is not clear from the link provided. Also include which sponsor prize you are interested in if you win.
  • You must give a reason for why you think this course deserves to be named “The course of the Year 2015″ (or why it is the best course you run/set this year). All reasons are valid. Examples can for example be “varied orienteering challenges”, “extremely technical orienteering”, “high fun-factor”, “fantastic map”, “spectacular orienteering”, “fantastic nature” – a combination of these – or a totally different reason. To get all the way to the top you should probably have a combination of reasons…
  • The course may be any discipline – e.g. a long distance, a middle distance, a sprint distance. It may also be a technical training course – like e.g. a corridor orienteering exercise.
  • There will be a voting process among the readers of “World of O” in order to name “The course of the year 2015″. This is your second chance to win sponsor prizes!
Prizes from our Sponsors

Prizes from our Sponsors always makes it more fun! There will be a prize for the first one suggesting the course which ends up becoming “The course of the Year 2015″, and prizes drawn among the ones suggesting and voting. All prizes are transferable to other persons (you don’t have to travel yourself).

Event sponsor: Antalya Orienteering Festival 2016 – 29th October – 5th November
  • Prize offered: One big Antalya O-Meeting package consisting of 2 complete Antalya Orienteering Festival packages: Accommodation + Entry for all 5 races + All Transfers + The program consisting of presentations held by Håkan Carlsson. Value about 495 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Antalya Orienteering Festival will be held for the 2nd time in Side by the Mediterranean coast of Antalya, Turkey. We provide 5 different terrains and challenging courses, good maps and good weather for orienteering holiday. Swedish National Team Head Coach Håkan Carlsson will join us for analysis and lectures about Sports psychology & Mental training. See more at www.antalyaofest.com


Event sponsor: Fjord-O 2016 – 13th – 17th July
  • Prize offered: 3 packages – each for 2 persons – for the full Fjord-O 2016 consisting of entry for 4 races in beautiful terrain with fjord view.  Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • The race courses are set among the most spectacular sceneries in «Fjord Norway», with the slogan «with a view to the fjord». Fjord-O Vest is 4 days of competitions allowing time for you to explore the beautiful nature in this area during your holiday. Stryn and Ålesund have many exciting attractions such as the Jugend town of Ålesund, the Geiranger Fjord, a hike up the longest uphill track in Norway to the Skåla summit at 1849 above the sea level or a visit to the famous Briksdal Glacier. See more at fjord-o.no.


Event sponsor: Portugal “O” Meeting 2016 – February 5th-9th 2016
  • Prize offered: 4 packages – each for 2 persons – transferable to other person. Consisting of entry to complete 4 day Portugal “O” Meeting 2016 – 4 official races + 1 Urban Night (Middle, Urban Nigth, Middle, Long-WRE, Long). Value about 390 EUR.
  • POM is the world’s biggest winter time orienteering event, and is considered by many as the official opening of the competition season for its high quality organization and for receiving the top runners of the world. We expect to have 2000+ runners – last year POM had 2300 runners! Besides new maps, challenging terrains and courses you’ll be able to experience the rich gastronomy, as the famous cheese, olive oil and honey (considered among the best in the world). Have a chance to enjoy the friendship of locals and explore the beautiful and untouched nature. The WRE day will be the long distance on 8th Feb.More at  http://www.pom.pt.


Event sponsor: Slovak Karst Cup 2016. 21st-24th July 2016
  • Prize offered: 3 packages for 2 people – each consisting of: entry for 4 competitions (2xmiddle, 2x shortened long), accommodation for 4 nights in camping, 3 training maps, Event T-shirts and headtube.
    Value about  360  Euro, transferable to other person(s).
  • Slovak Karst Cup is the favorite multiday o-event in Slovakia. It is usually organized in karst terrains of Silická planina (plateau) or Plesivecka planina (plateau), which are located in National park Slovenský kras. You can find many depressions, mixed forest, semiopen or open areas there. And also lots of natural and historical attractions in surroundings after competition. For Karst Cup 2016 we have chosen one of the most attractive terrains, which where used partly for JWOC 2012 (open or semiopen areas of Silická planina) and fully for WUOC 2006 (forest area of Plešivecká planina). The competition can be a very good opportunity for training for WUOC 2016 participiants. More at http://www.tuke.sk/obeh/karst


Event sponsor: SIVEN MOC 2016 – March 4th – March 10th 2016
  • Prize offered: Full package for 1 person consisting in package for SIVEN MOC camp + entry fee for SIVEN MOC Championship in Bulgaria – March 2016. The package includes 7 trainings as shown on the program, 3 competitions of MOC Championship, 8 nights accommodation. Value about 349 Euro. Transferable to other person. 
  • XIV edition of MOC, with main sponsor SIVEN, for the first time in Bulgaria. Event centre in Bansko. Find your Bulgaria! MOC stands for Mediteranian Orienteering Championship – MOC is an annual event organized at the beginning of spring season, in southern countries with softer climate. More info at www.sivenmoc.com and www.orienteering.it


Event sponsor: Orievents / NAOM 2016. 13th – 14th February 2016
  • Prize offered: Competition + training package for 2 persons, consisting of: Entry for NAOM 2016 (13February  2016 –  Middle distance + Night Sprint ; 14 February – Middle Distance WRE) +  training camp (6 trainings) + 3 days of accommodation in half board. Value about 320 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Orievents / GD4C’s Training Camps “Alto Alentejo” are an excellent training opportunity for Orienteering of good quality during the winter. Start the new season in training camps in Alto Alentejo, Portugal! More at www.naom.pt and about the training camp at Orievents.



Event sponsor: Lipica Open 2016. 12th – 16th March
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry to complete Lipica Open competition + hard floor accommodation in Postojna. Value about 320 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In 2016 Lipica open will again be organized as a 5 day event. Again some great terrains! Training conditions in this part of Europe are now better than ever – both on forest maps and on sprint maps of nice little towns on the Adriatic coast! More at www.lipicaopen.com


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  1. http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2015wocLongM/
    WOC long distance for men. A real hard long distance with good routechoices and minum path running. It was a epic fight for the gold all the way. Intrested in NAOM prize!

    • Thanks for the suggestion, DR! This is definitely one of the candidates for the overall title this year. By some called the last real long distance in a World Champs – far, far away from all modern forms of communication :)

  2. http://routegadget.tulospalvelu.fi/2014/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=58&kieli=
    Finnish Ultalong champs (H/D21)! The best course I ran this year. Great terrain, challenging but enjoyable orienteering: route choice, some difficult controls… Plus good forking. Perfect ending for the season in Finland.

    If I won a prize, my choice would be POM.

  3. http://www.routegadget.ch/binperl/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=94&kieli=
    Austrian and Swiss Sprint Championships in Dornbirn. Great sprint map with some nice route choice legs. There were some running bits paired with some short, fast controls- just how a sprint should be!
    Additionally, the map was awarded as best map of the year in Austria by the Austrian National Team.

    I would take any prize:)

  4. I think the middle distance on the Swedish Championships was the funniest terrain and course. The terrain was really good with both open, easy running and more impenetrable areas. You had to be really good technical to handle this terrain and course. Probably the best competitions of the year!

    Qualification: http://www.gustavbergman.se/doma/show_map.php?user=Gustav&map=2139
    Final: http://www.gustavbergman.se/doma/show_map.php?user=Gustav&map=2140

    I´m interested in Antalya!

  5. O-Ringen Borås, Men Elite, 1st stage (Long Distance):

    Demanding course with many interesting route choices mixed with some technical controls in wilderness terrain. Just fun orienteering.

    (Prize: Antalya O Days or Lipica Open)

  6. The long distance at Nordland 3-dagers 2015. Epic terrain, very good course and a great map made this race unforgetable! The norwegian middle champs winner sums it up in a great way in his digital map archive! Would take the Lipica prize or the NAOM.

  7. My personal favorite from this year was WMOC long qualification 1 in M35.
    You really had to focus all the time and read the details well. The extreme weather made it extra hard/fun. It was soaking wet day with knee deep water in the marshes and the “waterproof” map turning into pulp.

    I’m interesterd in the Karst Cup.

  8. GB WOC Test Race Sprint, Elgin (Men’s course)
    A really good new map with a fast course that continued to change in style, providing different challenges. Probably the most enjoyable sprint course of the year.
    [Can only find women’s map online:] http://www.kartarkiv.net/show_map.php?user=silje&map=1188

  9. I think the JWOC Long courses in Rauland were very nice indeed, and the tracking provided some very memorable situations. I felt really bad about the guy who ran around for nearly 20 minutes searching for the very first control:


    This course provided a nice mixture of long route choice legs and shorter legs with more intricate orienteering, plus there was a lot of mistakes made by runners who failed to adjust the speed when hitting more difficult areas.

  10. For me the course of the year 2015 is the JWOC Middle Final. It’s in a beautiful and tipical norwegian forest, and the course is really good and though. I had a lot of fun at this year jwoc.
    (Prize: Antalya or NAOM)

  11. Long Distance Championship in Switzerland (HE course)


    nice mixture of long RC and short technical controls. Nice Terrain. Hard. Forest from start to finish. What else do you want?

  12. My favourite is the JWOC relay, and the extremely exciting last leg in the womens class. The course was varied with different technical and physical challenges. Four different terrain types. The map was excellent. Only a few runners were able to make a close to clean race. The medal positions shifted several times during the last leg. The big-screen TV-production enabled the large audience to follow the relay continuously from the start of the first leg all the way to the finish.

  13. Iberian championship sprint.
    I was not running there but this seems one of those sprint courses in which map reading plays a big part.
    And it looks way better than artificial fences ;)


    Lipica Open as a prize.

  14. I think the best cource this year was the first stage of swedish league in Åmål. Because it was a tough long Distance with a lot of long legs with routechoices and also some shorter and trickier legs.


    (Prize: Fjord-O)

  15. I really enjoyed the GPS tracking of this course: National Race in Switzerland. http://omaps.worldofo.com/?id=156592 http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20151017_10Nat_HE/?v=m3 surprisingly won by junior Tobia Pezzati ahead of Matthias Kyburz.

    technical – tough and nice route choices.

    Interested in Antalya O Event

  16. National event in France :

    After French 6 days in 2008 , we knew that the labyrinthic terrains around Millau were a perfect playground for orienteering. but this time, on a never mapped terrain, the challenge was that the labyrinths were mostly in the forest. An extreme race !

    (Prize : NAOM)

  17. Graham Gristwood

    The Long Distance at the JK was the best course I have run this year. Physically and technically demanding, with many different types of terrain – the toughest part in the end! Great map, strong start field and a top course.


    Special mention to the first day of the Hungaria Cup, which was a really challenging long distance on a perfect map – made more interesting with really heavy rain and mud everywhere making climbing up and down the steep gully slopes very interesting


    WOC long distance was also very memorable and challenging.

    Best course I set was the sprint race at Bannockburn. Lots of controls, route choice on most legs, little time to plan ahead, and several different terrain types. The second last control looks simple, but at the end of the race, many people dropped down the slope with bad direction.



  18. The best course I ran this year is the Kaleva relay (Kalevan rastiviesti in Finnish) near Oulu. The terrain contains plenty of dry and wet riverbeds and river banks from the meandering Muhosjoki making it quite exceptional terrain. http://www.pelpo.net/maps/show_map.php?user=oma&map=478

    Extra challenge came from the wet summer, which made the otherwise passable swamps really wet. Passing those looked following: https://www.facebook.com/100008246972778/videos/1625425457742338/

    (Price: NAOM)

  19. WOC forest relay.
    These guys turned a fairly simple orienteering challenge on its head with a great 6 way forking system, catching many great orienteers by surprise, and showing that only orienteers using their head made it onto the podium.
    any prize

  20. Time for an obligatory North American submission. Although I wasn’t there, I would nominate the M21 Course at Canadian Championships middle from Hillsborough, New Brunswick. Lots of varied terrain and the course appeared to create a bunch of varied challenges, between hill sides, negative topography, and flat, pond covered areas. Looks nuts! I really wish I could have been there.


    (Antalya or POM!)

  21. I would like to suggest the Middle Distance World Cup Final race in Arosa.
    The terrain was fantastic and the course was very well made!
    There was lots of controls in the right areas and downhill legs to make in interesting, not easy but funny!
    In fact it was tricky also for the best elites.
    I enjoyed the terrain the day after, but with a lot of snow!

    Prize: NAOM

  22. Thanks Rauss! One of the courses I really enjoyed running this year. Went very well until towards the end, and then a big mistake. The course setter would have loved seeing it :)
    Omaps: http://omaps.worldofo.com/index.php?id=155211

  23. I would like to nominate H21E course on the fist day of O-ringen.
    A tough course with demanding orienteering. The course are unusual for O-ringen in that sense that no compromises has been done.
    Course setter: Carl-Henry Andersson and Bertil Åkesson

  24. Marcus Millegård

    One course I am sorry I did not run the norwegian WOC long selection race:
    A great course in a demanding terrain where different skills were needed.

    Oringen stage 5 was probably the best course I ran this year where the course setter managed to set a varying course despite not the best area in the world:

    Prize: NAOM or POM.

  25. JWOC long.


    Because of cool and tricky terrain without any roads. Athletes showed really good orienteering skills. Very difficult transition from easy part to tricky. Not obviously route choiсe (to run in clean forest or swamp). And also interesting swamps on hills, not usual for my region. I like this course because orienteering and strength
    skills preferable here, not pure running. And Olli Ojanaho won here, super result for youth, i admire him.

    Interested in any prize.

  26. I would like to suggest the second day att Scottish 6 day. Magnificent views while running and various terrian, from heath to a forests of fern. The course was good planed with a variation of long route choice legs to short intense technical legs. http://omaps.worldofo.com/?id=150840
    Prize: POM

  27. I would like to suggest 2 courses:

    JWOC sprint – http://vagval.snattringesk.se/show_map.php?user=Simon+Hector&map=395
    this terrain may not look so interesting as the narrow alleys in the old towns of Portugal or Italy, but the courses set here were very challenging and well-considered (even sitting in front of my computer it was not so easy to choose the best possible options).

    Polish Champs in long JAKUSZYCE – http://biegnaorientacje.pl/doma/show_map.php?user=Karol&map=809
    it is very rare to find such a technically and physically demanding terrain in Poland, runners had big problems – especially coming down to the 3rd control in a tricky slope after a long leg. Unfortunately, due to injury I could not run it by myself, but watching the gps tracking was great fun!

    Prize – Siven MOC

  28. I’d say LD Chalmazel in France near St Etienne was a great great long distance. Very nice terrain + course setting, challenging and tough.


    Among runners, Eva J, Helena J, Gustav B…Nice :)

    (Price : Karst Cup)

  29. WOC Relay


    Because in a place that I think didn’t offer much, the course planner made a fun and difficult race where you had to have a lot of concentration, taking some failures some good runners.

    Prize: NAOM

  30. Syöte-suunnistus (H17-20E, Finnish JWOC-qualification)
    The best long distance race/course i have ever run and my favourite race of the year. Terrain was just spectacular and very challenging. Last time competitions have been held there was probably Jukolan Viesti 1988, so it was really wilderness.
    Another race i have to pick up is Finnish Middle Championships (H21)
    That’s how middle distance race should look like! Difficult course in awesome terrain, which also offered some good routechoice challenges.

    Prize: Portugal o meeting

  31. I’d like to suggest 2 sprint courses from Dalmacija open, small event (about 70 runners) on Croatian coast in October. It’s not really courses that made me suggest, but areas in which we run this sprints. Both courses might have been a bit more challenging, offering some more route-choices, but both cities with their “shape” offered really good competition. For information, organizer of this event was same as for Lipica open and OOCup.

    So, first is mixed sprint relay in Split: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.php?user=Osamoborac&map=4383
    Course started and ended in old Diocletian’s palace (check google for pictures; some scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed there) with many tourists walking there on rainy day. Middle part was quite tricky and fun aswell.

    Second course is individual sprint in Šibenik: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.php?user=Osamoborac&map=4384
    Šibenik is great city for sprint, it’s not flat, but on the slope, and has many stairs and narrow streets that give you really nice challenge during the race. After the race my comment was that this can easily be World cup final area and I still think the same.

    Third course I’d like to suggest is 10Mila (langa natten). Reason is that I don’t run so much in Sweden, that this course offered me good challenge during the night, but I also enjoyed whole event and feeling while running this race.

    Antalya seems like good prize for me.

  32. One of the most demanding courses I ran in 2015 was the second stage of Stockholm Indoor Cup (http://vagval.snattringesk.se/show_map.php?user=Simon+Hector&map=308), maybe mainly because it was so different. Quite some time was spent standing still searching for if there even was a possible route to the control. I have ran a lot of interesting races outside this year as well, some which well are worth mentioning here but I choose to suggest an unusual type of competition!

    I would take any prize except those in July!

  33. http://club.tractrac.com/events/event_20150829_DMMellem/index.php?raceid=840170e0-2d39-0133-8208-10bf48d758ce

    Danish Middle distance championships was great fun! One of the best courses in one of the best terrains in Denmark. Worth mentioning at least!

  34. I’d like to suggest one of the races in Bergen Sprint Camp this year; the BSC City Sprint. It was held in Bergen, Norway 31st of January. The course is really challenging, both physically and technically. Runners are pushed to solve complex routechoices to the very end while climbing the characteristic stairs and alleys in Bergen.

    Course: http://stoltzen.no/okart/show_map.php?user=BSC&map=2160
    Results: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11218044/RES/BSC2015/2by/results-by-dh.html
    Analysis (from page 9): http://events.worldofo.com/spas/ppt/BSCanalyse2015.pdf

    Prize: Slovak Karst Cup

  35. Maybe one MTBO course? Why not Baltic MTBO Championships middle distance – a very tricky race on demanding terrain.
    MEN: http://sportrec.navirec.com/ui/#1al3722
    WOMEN: http://sportrec.navirec.com/ui/#1al37cb

    • Thanks, Marek! I couldn’t find the course as JPG/GIF or in omaps – any chance you know where to find it?

  36. It hasn’t happened yet, but la 77!
    Larchant is magical.


  37. Wolfgang Pötsch

    I want to suggest Austrian RELAY M19 – look at the forking. Also finish area in a marmor quarry was spectacular.


    And the Austrian Longdistance championships in ME – with long legs, a spectator passage – a long climbing and then the beginning of forking in technically demanding area. Combination of forking was decided when runners passed and got new map.


    But I can tell you will find many nice courses everywhere – but the relay area close to Salzburg was something special .

  38. I would suggest course of the year Swedish League long (25/04/2015) in Åmål. You can find the map here: http://www.tuomomakela.com/doma/show_map.php?user=Mikko&map=999
    It was one of the toughest long distance courses wich I have run. Very demanding terrain and long enough for the proper long distance race!

    Prize Slovak Karst Cup 2016. 21st-24th July 2016


  39. I would suggest course of the year a middle distance in Le Caylar near Millau.

    Such a nice race, a middle distance with 4000 as scale and the map made with ISSOM.
    It was like a long microsprint, very technical but where, when you have the good flow, you can run very fast.
    Very enjoyable!

    Prize : NAOM

  40. Danish Sprint Champs in Roskilde:


    Fiendishly difficult sprint planning! Really nice to see a sprint planner genuinely set the hardest all round challenge for athletes.


  41. My suggestion of the “Competition and course of the year” is a team competition where just 3 teams took part ( Thierry and Annika, Eva and Matthieu and me and Olex ) and it was held in Spain, Guardamar in 31 of December 2014 to 1 of January 2015. As you already guessed it was the REAL NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!
    Thierry prepared everything: maps , lamps ( balloons with a little light inside) And prices: shampaine and choklad.
    Night, moonlight, you are in the middle of the forest, on the top of a sand dune from where you can see the sea ! Masstart, first – forked course, controls – same lighted balloons, candies, and peace
    and pieces of the next task – split, take the next tasks all controls and meet your mate at the finish where the last challenge is waiting – corridor – one wider and one less wide.

    Such an amazing feeling when you coming back to the finish, to the top of the sand dune, looking around and note how beautiful it is, look at the watch and realize that, while the bell was banging, you still have been in the middle of the course, deep in the forest, having such a big fun, “flow”, just simply doing a thing you can’t live without! That was the true happiness indeed! P.S. Still have a gooseflesh when I think about that moment :)

    I wote for Antalia as a price.

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  42. There are 3 races from Norway that deserves a nomination in my opinion.

    The first one, the long distance WOC selection race, is already mentioned. It was a brutal course with a lot of interesting route choices. Just how a long distance is suppsoed to be. It was also very warm (for being Norway) the day of the race which made it extremely hard.

    The second one is the Norwegian middle distance champs (https://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20150912H21/map). Tricky first part, then some longer legs before a very tricky last loop.

    My last suggestion from Norway might be a surprise and before the race I would not think of this as a race with “course of the year”-potential. Im thinking about the O-Festivalen long distance (http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20150628H21/map), which in my opinion was an extremely good course in a quite “boring” terrain. Some great legs with difficult route choices (leg 2-3 should totally be on route to Christmas) and also some tricky controls made it one of the best courses i’ve runned this year.

    In my opinion a lot of course setters for long distances races struggles to find the right balance between interesting route choices and difficult controls. I think the course setters of both the long distances races I’ve mentioned did a good job, but not as good job as the course setter of the Swedish League in Bjursås (http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20150517SLH21/map). There were some good route choice legs (1-2, 7-8, 11-12, 16-17 & 29-30) and it was interesting orienteering almost all the way where you could never really relax. I als think the use of three quite different terrain types (the extremely rocky first part, then more “continental” slope before arena passing and then the last part in classic Dalarna-terrain) were very good. This might be the best course I’ve run in my life.

    [Prize: POM]

    • Thanks for the suggestions, IL! The Norwegian Champs middle I know from my own experience was a nice race. I also really like the Swedish League #5, very varying orienteering!

  43. Hopefully the WSOC long distance mens course in Norway deserves to be in the mix: http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20150212M21/

    With demanding route choices in the Norwegian mountains, the runners where both physically and mentally worn out in the end. The last man standing was Lars Moholdt of Norway, who won his first gold and Norways gold number 1000 in all sports through the entire Norwegian sports history (World Championships since 1897).

    It was awarded as the ski-o-runners course of the year.

    Prize POM

    • Thanks for the suggestion – then we have a ski-o course in there as well. There was one MTB-O course suggested earlier as well.

  44. Why not take once a course for veterans?

    The best course of 2015 where I ran was long qualification one at WMOC in Göteborg. Delsjön – nice terrain, perfect map (perfectly generalized), enlarged for the old ones (1:7500) which made it possible to read also in the dark forest with heavy rain (as it was on that day). The course was perfectly suitable for W60: “lagom” difficult, with possibilities to find enough orienteering points also for a “continental person” like me who is not at all used to Swedish terrain.

    I loaded up the map here:

    As prize I would choose Slovak Karst Cup.

    • Thanks, Traude! Actually the M35 course from WMOC Qual 1 has already been suggested – here http://omaps.worldofo.com/?id=148883. I only include one course per race, so I think I’ll keep the M35 since that has already been suggested. But as you are not the only one, it is definitely a good suggestion!

      • Sorry, I didn’t check the other suggestions before posting. Certainly would it be nice to have once a course for older people, too. (Like Rune Haraldsson last year was WoO’s “orienteer of the year”.) To show orienteering as a life time sport – with suitable courses.

        Yes, WMOC in Göteborg was really great – from many points of view! And definitely the best maps of the 5 WMOCs I took part up to now.

        By the way: As best sprint course from these 5 WMOCs (= 10 courses) I would chose the qualification race in the city of Pecs, Hungary, 2011. But that is certainly not “part of the game” here.

  45. Hi all!
    My suggestion of the “Course of the Year 2015″ is:

    Course “indoor”! In Wroclaw! In Poland! This place is a huge sports hall!
    (Full name: “Hala Stulecia”. Gps -> 51.106967, 17.077645, http://www.bno.pl).

    Map -> http://bno.pl/pliki/wnof2015/WNOF15_E4_MAPA_A.jpg

    This competition promote orienteering in Poland. Why this course?
    You are sitting and only watch this map and You have a problem with find the best route! :D

    I am interested: Fjord-O 2016!

  46. My suggestion is Halikko Viesti because of the nice rock faces and challenging routechoices with a lot of forking

    Price: FjordO

  47. Michal Krajčík

    I suggest Slovak middle distance champs 2015. Terrain was extremely tough (steep and broken from mining activities) and course setter Jozef Pollák used it perfectly. There was a lot of tricky short legs, changes of navigation style and direction. I enjoyed each single leg and just found myself in the finish :) .


    Price: NAOM

  48. The most exciting course this year for me was on Cres island in Croatia during Bubo Cup. Terrain was most unusual and the map looked a bit like of a ruined city. Actually those were olive groves divided by countless stone walls – big ones, smaller ones and tiny remains of walls from older times. Running was difficult, because the stones were everywhere. There was even a special use of symbol Distinct Vegetation Boundary, which was used for very small ruined walls. Very technical and exciting, and unusual terrain is the main reason for nominating this course.

    Map here:

    Photos from the terrain:

    Prize: Fjord-O 2016

    • Thanks a lot, Austris! I’ve been hiking in this area, but that was before there was an orienteering map there. Hope to come there once to orienteer, because it looks like a lot of fun! I took the liberty to choose the longer course http://omaps.worldofo.com/index.php?id=149315 as I had it in omaps already.

      • I also had in mind that terrain. Unfortunatelly, I only run night score training there, so that’s why I didn’t mention it.
        It was really fun to run there at night, surrounded with sheeps looking what’s going on.
        Jan you should definitely go back there and run race/training. And while you are there, you can also go few hundred meters south in the city and run sprint training there: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.php?user=alri&map=4031 (notice that scale is only 1:2500)

  49. I suggest 3rd day of POM in the Dunas of Vagos.

    18km in a beautiful pine forest where navigation has to be perfect.
    Map: http://pom.pt/dev/arquivo.pom.pt/2015/Maps/D3_P1%20M21SE%20Part%201.png

    Prize: (Antalya)

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    I would suggest Hungarian Sprint championships, M21 A-final. Lot of route-choice legs, you had to be on your toes all the way.


  51. My suggestion is 2015 BULGARIA CUP Day 3 – M21E:


    – technical race
    – superb map (Begun Orienteering Club map)
    – difficult orienteering due to many details and low forest visibility (lot of light green forest)
    – perfect organization
    – uncommon Bulgarian map

  52. I suggest the 7th National Race in Passo del San Bernardino, Switzerland, the final race of the Swiss Elite Cup. The different hills, the lakes, the wealth of details and findings of the map have made the race difficult, but also fantastic! It is a typical Swiss alpine terrain, which is astonishing all competitors for its beauty! Seeing is believing!


  53. http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2015wocLongM/

    In my opinion very technical distance with a set of options of a choice of a way. And if to consider the district, rather difficult for run, the distance turns out very interesting and physically very heavy.

    Lipica Open

  54. Going with Marek on this, and suggesting another MTBO map/course! One of the more demanding long distances in recent years at CZE this summer: http://www.wmtboc2015.cz/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/long_Milire_final_M21_1.pdf and http://www.wmtboc2015.cz/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/long_Kale_final_M21_2.pdf Could have also gone with the Middle Distance from WMTBOC, but definitely liked this course more ;)
    And Fjord-O seems cool as prize.

    • Thanks, Jussi. Good with some variation – although with my knowledge of MTBO I can not really see the difference between an excellent MTBO-course and a good MTBO-course…

  55. I ran several nice races this year in fantastic landscapes and some of them have already been chosen (e.g. JWOC Norway). I would like to add this course in Slovenia, a country where you always get fantastic opportunities to run, although you laready have ran there.
    My choice is the 2nd stage of OOcup this year of the M21Ultimate. I have already thought about running in this forest without paths and I have always thought that it could have been one of the most difficult race ever. Now I have had the possibility to run there and the course was as expected. I couldn’t relax any time because if I just come to the wrong side of the stone or anything else I could have started to look for the control for a huge time. There were also several route choices and after that there was a very fast part where I would have liked to push but my brain was so tired that I simply couldn’t. In the end I had to restart reading really careful. It was the longest stage and most enjoyable of the OOcup.


  56. Another MTBO suggestion! Courses suggested by Marek and Jussi were great – but I thought women’s long distance in Pilsen was superb. Technical mtb’ing, fun trails, lots of hills, fantastic route choices, shorter technical legs and varied terrain. The athletes were kept on their toes the whole way. This wasn’t a typical long distance, but often had the track network density of a sprint or middle race. It was tough and unrelenting.

    Map: http://benhamkvale.com/doma/show_map.php?user=Emily+Benham&map=244

    • Thanks, Emily. Nice with some MTBO/Ski-o in the mix as well – that’s also orienteering :)

  57. I suggest Torstaityöstö (Thursday Danger) in Mörköaho (Bogeymeadow):
    Original idea of Torstaityöstö is to reach pure “relay feeling” when runners are not on the same physical level. Every runner have her/his own forking compared to one´s orienteering speed on aerobic threshold. Another idea is to orienteer in the forgotten jewels of Joensuu. And last but not least, have some real long legs to work on. I think Mörköaho reached all those three points of Torstaityöstö-ideology!


  58. Audhild Bakken Rognstad

    The best course I ran 2015:
    I would like to suggest the women’s long distance during WSOC Budor this winter.
    It was such a demanding race both physically and mentally. The terrain was tough and we climbed two mountains, so to keep the focus for the orienteering was a great challenge. The course was made with a couple of long legs where you had to figure out the best route choice, but immediately before and after there was some short legs often downhill which made it difficult to read ahead. It was so much fun and the course had everything a real long distance in ski orienteering should have.


    Prize: Fjord-O

  59. Norwgian Ultra-long champs, simply because the courses went through so many dufferent types of terrain.

  60. The most difficult and interesting distance 2015 which I ran and saw.
    1. Map Size ~A3 and Scale 1:4000. That means that all objects are not big. Rocks 2-4meters high and each 5-10meters. Everything is very close and fast! Very difficult for orienteering. You need be in map each second and keep 200% concentration of attention. Sometimes looks like Rocks labyrinth sometimes like rocks field.
    2. Very difficult to run because of lots rocks each 5-10m. Run-Jump-Run-Climb and so on. So difficult not only to run, but you have to find time to see in map.
    3. All stones, rocs are so similiar to each other.
    4. Some controls are in anther terrain – little hills and then again very-very technic orienteering.
    5. Fast begging. And after ease and fast 1-2controls not so easy to adapt to so technic terrain.

    1+2 + 3 + 4 +5 = All you need and can have on forest distance!


    Prize: Lipica Open

  61. Country – Russia, not Norway))), near Vyborg (not far from Finland.
    Sorry, that so late and for my pore english ;)