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Course of the Year 2017: Submit your suggestions!

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What was the best orienteering course of 2017? The last stage of France 5 won in 2016, the World Champs long distance in Scotland won in 2015 and the World Champs middle distance in Italy won in 2014.

Before that we had two years with Portuguese winners: a spectacular sprint between boulders and old buildings in 2013 and some great technical orienteering at Portugal O-Meeting in 2012.

The search for the orienteering course of the year  is always fun and interesting – with many nice courses and maps surfacing! The rules are simple: Suggest a course from a competition or training in 2017, and state the reason why you think this course deserves to be “The course of the Year 2017″. 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 2017″.

And please state the reason for your suggestion – that’s where the fun & the passion for orienteering comes in! 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 2017″ we have some great interviews from top runners where they talk about their favourite courses and maps from the last year. Stay tuned during the next days…

More than 4000 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 4000 Euro! We hope this means many good suggestions & a lot of interactivity from YOU! See all details about the sponsors & prizes below! Use the comments below, and submit either

  1. The course which in your opinion is the best course you run in 2017 yourself!
  2. The best course you set this year as a course-setter.
  3. The overall best course you have seen/heard about in 2017

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 2017!

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:

  • One course the comes to mind when looking back at 2017 is the World Orienteering Championships Middle distance in Estonia – this is the course which challenged the author of this article the most this year – many interesting legs and really tricky to find the way (without controls in the forest). The course had a nice combination of legs where you could increase the speed and legs where you had to be really careful, adapting your approach to the terrain and difficulties leg by leg. It was also nice because the combination of course and terrain was a bit of a surprise for many athletes.

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  • From middle distance in very technical terrain to a long distance where the course setter used forbidden areas (like artificial boundaries in sprint) to construct route choice challenges for the athletes; the Junior World Orienteering Championships Long distance (see course here). The way the course setter had to dig far down in his toolbox to make interesting challenges is one thing that makes this course stand out.

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!

Rules

The following rules are given for “The course of the Year 2017″.

  • The course must have been run in competition or training in 2017 (an exeption for courses in December 2016 as they were not covered in last year’s contest)
  • Suggestions are submitted as a comment to this postincluding 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 2017″ (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 foot-orienteering 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 2017″. 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 2017″, 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: Latvia O-week 2018. August 3rd – 12th 2018

  • Prize offered: Competition package for 2 persons – including entry to 6 races (two sprints in Riga, two middle distances in city Sigulda, a long distance in Sigulda and a long distance in Ādaži), 9 nights accommodation during World Orienteering Championships for 2 person in fully serviced apartment (from 4th to 11th of August, 2018). Value about 900 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • We invite you to the World Orienteering Championships 2018 and Latvia O-week! Latvia O-Week is the WOC2018 Spectator race, a six days long orienteering adventure in Latvia. Discover Latvia for yourself: It is a small pearl of the Baltic countries where you will be able to enjoy a very special flavour of orienteering in the cultural, architectural and historical aura of Riga and Sigulda. 2018 is the year of Latvia’s 100th anniversary. Special preparations for this occasion are on-going in Latvia, and LATVIA O-Week will be among the centenary celebration events. The participants of LATVIA O-WEEK will be the lucky ones to explore orienteering areas similar to those anticipated at the WMOC. More information at http://www.woc2018.lv/o-week/.

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Event sponsor: MOC Training Camp + MOC Championships, Catalunya. February 18th – 25th 2018

  • Prize offered: Package for 2 people consisting of accommodation and entry fee for MOC Training Camp and MOC Championship 18th-25th February 2018. Value 900 Euro. Transferrable to other persons.
  • A great combination of the 6th MOC Sprint Camp (18th to 23rd February 2018) and XIV edition of MOC Mediterranean Open Championship Orienteering (23rd to 25th of February 2018). The camp inlcudes 8 organized set of trainings + seminars. Head coach: Emil Wingstedt. Lectures by Emil Wingstedt and Tim Robertson.  The Championship includes 3 races in Tarragona.

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 Software sponsor: OCAD Orienteering 12

  • Prize offered: One licence for the software “OCAD Orienteering 12″.  Value about 590 Euro. Transferable to other person (before activation).
  • More information: OCAD 12 Orienteering – Perfect to Produce Orienteering Maps. This edition is dedicated for orienteering map making with a step-by-step wizard for analyzing of LiDAR data, mobile geodata capturing, smart editing and drawing tools, generalization tools, desktop publishing, course setting and much more. Read more at ocad.com.

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Event sponsor: Andalucia O-Meeting 2018 + Training package. February 26th – March 4th

  • Prize offered: AOM Competition Package – including entry to 5 events (night, prologue, middle, sprint, long), 5 nights accommodation in Apartamentos Leo and a 6-map package to train before or after the event. Value about 455 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • 2 WRE’s in sweet terrains and maps, a friendly atmosphere and mild climate! More info at andaluciaomeeting.com

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Event sponsor: Wawel Cup 2018. July 4th – 8th 2018

  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of entry to full Wawel Cup 37th edition + accommodation in hotel + Wawel Cup T-shirt. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • After a couple of years, Wawel Cup is back in rocky terrains. Wawel Cup 37 comprises the biggest rocks in Jura (Poland), the possibility of seeing the medieval castles and beautiful surrounding nature! And foremost challenging terrains and orienteering… on the highest level. Together we will make it a real worldwide orienteering running feast!

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Event sponsor: PIOM 2018. February 17th – 18th 2018

  • Prize offered: 4 packages – each for 2 persons – transferable to other person. Consisting of complete entry to PIOM 2018 – 3 official races (Middle, night sprint and Long WRE) + 2 model events + lunches at the Arena during 2 competition days. Value about 340 EUR.
  • PIOM 2018 will be organized the third Orienteering Weekend in Portugal during the winter time with one WRE Long Distance stage, just 3 days after POM 2018. February in Portugal 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 more than 1000 runners. Besides some new areas, updated cartography, 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 18th Feb. More at  http://eventos.coc.pt/piom2018/en/

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Event sponsor: WOC 2019 spectator races. August 12th – 18th 2019

  • Prize offered: ’Competition Package for 2 persons – including entry to all spectator events during WOC 2019 south of Oslo, Norway. Value estimated to at least 275 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Beautiful terrain and great maps with world championships atmosphere – follow the stars and run in the same beautiful area! Be among the first who are officially ready for WOC 2019. More info to come at woc2019.no

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 Event sponsor: Easter4 2018. March 30th – April 2nd 2018

  • Prize offered: One package for 2 people – consisting of: Entry for the Easter4 competition on the Cres island, Croatia + accommodation in pension (B&B). Value about 250 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In 2018 Easter4 moves to Cres island, Croatia. The race will again be organized by the same team and quality standard as you might be used from Lipica open, OOcup and Bubo cup. Beautiful terrain of ancient Tramuntana forest will satisfy even the pickiest among orienteering enthusiasts. More at easter4.com.

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Event sponsor: Bubo Cup. July 10th – 14th 2018

  • Prize offered: 2 packages, each for 2 people consisting of entries for all 4 days of Bubo Cup 2018, Bubo Cup event T-shirt and training map for each. Value about 250 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • More information: After 3 years on Cres island, Bubo cup is coming back to Slovenia where it was originally started. The concept remains the same; high quality orienteering very close to the Adriatic coast & early morning starts to let the participants enjoy the sun and the sea after the competitions. Read more at bubocup.com.

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Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp 2018. March 16th – 18th 2018

  • Prize offered: Package for 2 people consisting of free start for all 4 high quality sprint competitions March 16th – 18th 2017 + dinner + swimming.  Value about 210 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • More information: For the 8th time, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway – established as one of the best sprint weekends organized, with several top WOC runners using it as part of their preparations. This time the camp is moved to March. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.

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  1. Polish Championships long distance, 23/09/2017, Puszcza Darzlubska – very interesting course, both physically and technically. Difference of altitude not big, however, all together with the swamps and wetlands areas it was quite tiring. My subjective opinion is that this course was one of the most demanding courses this year!

  2. I suggest woc middle mens course! One of the most technical races last couple of years, and with a nice finish for the King of orienteering!
    http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2017wocMiddleM/?v=m3

    • Well, I see now that thoose races are pre nominated… Or? If not, i would like ocad 12 as sponsor price😉

      • @Obasen: You are first & in big luck if the WOC Middle is the course of the year – thanks for suggesting – and thanks for a good reason!

  3. I nominate the M-12 course from the 5. Day at the WOC 2017 spectator races. Not the M-21 course – but the M-12!!! An extremely challenging course with a number og controls shared with the M-21 course. My littlebrother did the course without using a compass – because he hasnt learnt hos to use it. He finished the course in 1.05 and it was won in 31 min. I think the terrain from the middle/ relay was supprisingly difficult and entertaining – and it gave a lot og people great orienteering experiences! – at least my littlebrother :)

  4. I suggest World Cup middle final in Switzerland. Quite a small map, but a very nice and challenging course and a great tv coverage, really nice and exiting to follow!
    Price: Latvian O week

  5. Arttu Syrjäläinen

    Suomi-100 course by Atte Lahtinen http://mysport.fi/mysport/my-doma/show_map.php?user=atte.lahtinen&map=5273 this is just awesome!

  6. Egypt Orienteering Championships had special event this year. Although course was not technically too demanding, it was quite different from what we are used in Europe or other parts of the World. Spectacular views to the red see, white buildings in resort and sandy beeches made this course fantastic in terms of special nature, big fun, great environment and challenging course. This was first ever orienteering event held in Sharm El Sheikh and Sinai (Egypt) and it was also a World Ranking Event.
    Map – https://www.facebook.com/ok.vihor/photos/a.1245029605551314.1073741960.137542812966671/1245036125550662/?type=3&theater
    Interested in OCAD 12

  7. I suggest the sprint course from PWT China stage 1 in Hongluo temple:
    part 1 http://p-w-t.org/download/china17/map1m1.jpg, part 2 http://p-w-t.org/download/china17/map1m2.jpg
    Why? Because the course offered some interesting route choices (6-7, 7-8, 15-16), mixed with technical short legs within a temple and between a large amount of Arhat statues (video: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bao0egwhxtJ/), making it truly special challenge and experience. Additionally, the map was at 1:2500 scale, thus it was needed to pay extra attention when selecting the best routes. Also, the terrain was very steep. Altogether, a very different sprint to what we are used to in Europe.

    Prize: I would prefer the MOC sprint camp.

    • Thanks for suggestion and very good text for the nomination – that’s when you can really understand why the course is something special.

  8. Italian Champs Long distance M ELITE – Foresta del Cansiglio. Part 1 & 2
    http://www.o-team.it/doma/show_map.php?user=alessio.tenani&map=355
    http://www.o-team.it/doma/show_map.php?user=alessio.tenani&map=356
    Entire map with ME course: http://www.o-team.it/doma/show_map.php?user=alessio.tenani&map=357

    A wonderful scenario and a very good course for this long distance, where every step was like in a fairy tale and the 95′ of the competition were really flying. Map change, long route choices, phi loop, tricky parts…all the ingredients for the perfect recipe of how a long distance should look like :)

    Prize: PIOM

  9. Jeroným Kamenický

    I suggest H21A final course at Czech middle championship – challenging course with many changes in speed and difficulty
    https://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/private/201170611H/ or http://www.obpostupy.cz/scripts/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=1223&kieli=cz&touch=1 or http://osn-cz.eu/doma/show_map.php?user=Matej+Kamenicky&map=525
    Interested in WOC 2019 spectator races

  10. For me one of the best courses is this years 10mila. Really tough terrain, especially at night and some nice courses with good forkings. Enjoyed it pretty much. Choose Leg2 but could have choosen any of the night legs.

    http://vagval.snattringesk.se/show_map.php?user=Simon+Hector&map=704

    • I enjoyed this one as well, color, but from the other side as responsible for GPS tracking in the online broadcast. Used quite some hours with these courses both before the event and on race day/night – some nice challenges here. Unfortunately didn’t get around to run there this time.

      • Nice reading the positive comments about this year´s 10MILA above as well as in the interview with Frederic Tranchand. Also fine to see that the terrain and courses where challenging also for you, even only in front of your computer.
        In total we were four course setters that split the work to quite an even extent. Lennart set the youth relay, Mats the women´s and me and Ingemar the 10MILA relay. At the latter I had the privilege to set legs 4-8.
        Together we shared the same vision – to give the competitors a challenge with varying orienteering from the starting point all the way until the last control. From my opinion we succeeded.
        As always, big events require a lot of work and even if it ended up in more than I expected it was worth all hours I put into it. Looking back now, about half a year after the event, it still an ego-boost to think of the fact that it was on “my” legs the competition was settled and that orienteering ability and focus on the runner´s own course was a decisive factor for the winning team.
        @ Jan – come back to me if you pass Gothenburg, I have some spare maps for you to use ;-). I recommend you not running there in late summer months though – long grass makes the terrain not only just challenging…

        • Thanks Anders – always nice to hear from the course setters from the large events. I know there has been a lot of hard work there …

  11. I suggest the 2nd day of Alpe Adria Orienteering Championships 2017 – middle distance:
    http://www.seeoc2018.si/images/news/aa2017_map.jpg

    Additional analysis of the course is available here: http://www.seeoc2018.si/en/2018/news/6/how-to-orienteer-in-karst. Although the course is a middle distance with relatively short legs in difficult karst terrain, the routechoices were the ones to decide the winners. All in all – it was a perfect competition day in a really nice arena and many satisfied runners.

    Prize: OCAD

    • Thanks, Klemen – nice with a middle distance course with decisive route choices – and karst terrain really is my favourite. Let’s see if I can manage to put in Slovenia on my calendar next year again – this year was the first time in 10-12 years that I didn’t visit Slovenia. I also appreciate seeing some analysis.

  12. MOC Championship 2nd stage. Paestum
    Very interesting and unique labyrinth orienteering in historical place
    http://karten.guedels.ch/show_map.php?user=remoruch&map=1434
    Prize: MOC Training Camp + MOC Championships

  13. http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20170924h/

    Czech long distance champs, this time in epic area of steep and slippery slopes with old beech forest and many stones and boulders. During the race it was raining hard and there was fog in upper parts. At all, it was big challenge, very tough competition technically, physically and mentally too.

    And little post-race GPS analysis (in czech): http://o-news.cz/rychle-nohy-v-raspenave-analyza-h21a/

    As a price, I would take Easter4.

    • Thanks a lot, Todor – a great suggestion. We’ll see this one again tomorrow in the interview with Emily Kemp. One of her favourites this season – and I can understand why…

    • I really appreciate seeing maps and courses from all over the world. Again two nice courses – this time from Bulgaria. I think I’ll have to choose one of them for the contest, and then I choose Day 1 – it looks like the course uses the terrain in a nice way, varying the challenges in different parts of the terrain.

  14. Terje Wiig Mathisen

    There has been lots of good courses this year, my personal favorite was the county championship in Fet outside Oslo where we ran a nice course on a really good map of interesting terrain:

    https://tmsw.no/qr/show_map.php?user=terjem&map=1442

    My alternative which was the second Tiomila night leg has already been suggested.

    • Thanks, Terje – always good to get some input from your side. I think I’d chosen 10Mila of your two alternatives, but the county champs also looks interesting.

  15. Norwegian Champs Long. Very difficult `classic` scandinavian terrain. Course with big routechoces. Strong start field in Men class. This competition for really forest runners.
    http://omaps.worldofo.com/?id=216739

    • Thanks, Artem – this was indeed a tough one. And a good preparation for WOC 2019 and World Cup in the Halden area next year…

  16. Not sure how you count Elena’s suggestion for WOC Long (just women course or both), but that was definitely one of the best races for me this year. It was really tough and terrain was really hard with low visibility, lots of route choices and definitely what WOC long should be. Maybe last part could be better, but I can understand needs of TV and spectators.
    I have my map framed on the wall as one of the toughest races in my life.
    Here is men course: http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.php?user=Osamoborac&map=5345

    Also, already mentioned WOC middle distance was really nice, with nice contour details and low visibility, you had to be on your top for that race.
    Similar goes for another nice race that Klemen mentioned few comments above, Alpe Adria middle.

    But maybe a real gem was Easter4, 2nd (middle) and 3rd (long) day on same terrain. Real beauty of terrain and quite nice courses. Here is map from middle distance and on that day we had nice rainy conditions that added extra flavor to the race. http://www.dxdeluxe.se/linnekartparmen/show_map.php?user=Osamoborac&map=5270

    As a price, I’d like Latvia O-Week

    • Thank you, Matija. Yes, both the WOC races were great races. Thanks also for another Slovenian map and course – great orienteering in that karst terrain!

  17. Aguiar da Beira “O” Meeting 2017 had amazing races. Both middle and long courses are would be fair winners of this comeptition.
    Great mapmaking style, very readable, and very technical and varied courses.
    Both Middle and Long were won by Thierry Gueorgiou, with Olav Lundanes being second.

    The head courses setter were Bruno Nazário (middle) and António Amador (Long).

    Men Elite middle map: https://events.loggator.com/9qYcsFunsTzoMJ2x
    Men Elite long map: https://events.loggator.com/Y-bU1OWZN3KFSX_I

    Thierry twitted some nice words about ABOM2017 the long distance:
    https://twitter.com/tgueorgiou/status/838417320070508546
    https://twitter.com/tgueorgiou/status/838418671030657025
    https://twitter.com/tgueorgiou/status/838435519419801601

    Sponsors price: OCAD Orienteering 12

    • Both nice courses, Rafael. I think there is only room for one of these among the nominations – and from my point of view the long distance course was the most interesting one, maybe because there was room for more variation and varied challenges in this longer course.

    • Agree!
      So let’s fight with the Long course :)

  18. 1. I did not made so many runs this year so the choices are limited but Jukola 2nd leg was in a way nice. (WOC spectator races at Vitipalu were also good, a bit too difficult to me…
    2. –
    3. Junior World Orienteering Championships Long distance

    • Thank you, Juhana. I ran the Jukola 1st leg, and for me that was definitely too much running without that much purpose on the longer legs, but I saw the second leg which had replaced some of the long legs with some nice and intriguing orienteering. JWOC Long is definitely interesting, yes, as I also mentioned in the article.

  19. I suggest stage 4 from PWT in China.
    http://p-w-t.org/download/china17/map4m.jpg
    As I first looked at the map I was overwhelmed from the number of options at some routechoices and this is really a unique map and terrain.

  20. Covalciuc Marina

    Luxembourg city race
    Very interesting and challenging sprint distance

  21. I nominate the Norwegian ultralong distance championships http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20170820ultraH21/ . It looks like a really nice course with really challenging and varying orienteering in a really nice terrain.

    Price, Easter4

  22. My yearly non-European suggestion this year goes to the Long Distance WOC Team Trials for both Canada & the US, held in Minnesota, around two hours north of Minneapolis.

    The M21 course is available here: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0bc8c4_55f189c2087a4d828d492158711c2d9c.pdf

    The course-setting is fairly good, with a few interesting legs and definitely some nice variety with some interesting route choice legs, and some variety when comparing the south west part of the map with the rest. There are plenty of trails that occasionally make it difficult have every leg a special one.

    What made it really memorable was the forest. See how the map is all white? That’s exactly what it was like. There was no area that wasn’t pristine white forest. Amazing white forest with a leafy forest floor, great visibility, pleasant runnability. Straight was often an option, but a potentially tricky one that could find you off course and hopelessly lost if you weren’t careful. And note: 2 meter contours, so lots of rather subtle detail, yet it never seemed ambiguous or unfair.

    I did not expect to encounter this kind of terrain in North America and it could compete with any quality area in Scandinavia. Europeans might take this stuff for granted because it is basically everyone’s backyard, but its not always easy to find forests like this in North America.

  23. I know you have seen this one, but since it does not seem to have been submitted “formally” yet, I submit Western Canadian Championships Long: http://orienteering.ca/cgi-bin/reitti.pl?act=map&id=582&cID=9

  24. My choice is the sprint distance in Ukraine KyivOpen-2017 (01.10.2017).
    This is probably the most technically difficult sprint in my practice. The distance was called “break brains”, because almost every leg was difficult and interesting. This made impossible to view few next legs and it mean challenge in each leg. On the leg, you did not immediately see the best option, or it was difficult to make a choice among the equivalent options. In such conditions it was important to keep a balance between attention to the details of the map, planning the course and speed – this is a sprint!) Add to this an absolutely new map and get a wonderful distance from the young planner Olena Pitirimova
    http://3drerun.worldofo.com/2d/index.php?idmult%5B%5D=-458464

    And I very want taking part MOC Training Camp + MOC Championships

  25. NM Ultralång. It looks so brutal and tough that it should be course of the year! Proper long distance orienteering! http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20170820ultraH21/

  26. I would like to nominate the final race in Harry Lagerts nightcup, chasing start, the Legendar-course.
    One of the most epic Challenges every year, 15+km in though Nordmarka terrain at night. This year from Sørkedalen to Sognsvann.
    The course was challenging With long legs, and when you add to this a lot of rain the days up to the event, and fog during the race, it was a Legendary race.

    Look at the course in Livelox http://omaps.worldofo.com/index.php?id=219374
    (some snacks for a Route to Christmas as well!)

    (if price, I would like the Bubo Cup)

    • Thank you, Eirik. Always nice courses on the long Harry Lagerts final – we’ve even featured it in Route to Christmas some times.

  27. My suggestion for this year is the Lorca-O-Meeting Sprint in Lorca in February.
    I think it was one of the sprints I had the biggest difficulties in finding the right rythm technically and physically. There were many small route choices and combining that with really high navigation difficulties, the sprint becomes a big challenge. You never know when to try to push more and when to stop reading, because in sprints you always feel to have to run the whole way, and here you had this challenge from the first control until the finish. In addition to that, it was also though physically with several steep uphills also on stairs, which made you tired for taking decisions.

    http://doma.scom-mendrisio.ch/show_map.php?user=tobia.pezzati&map=513

    Prize: I would like OCAD 12

  28. Finnish champs middle distance H21. Very technical orienteering and demanding terrain to run. http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2017smkeskiH21/

    Mykind of prize would be Bergen Sprint Camp, Bubo cup, Latvia o-week or Ocad

  29. I suggest the French South West nationale
    Map link: http://www.matrace.fr/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=936&kieli=fr&touch=1
    Route 3 or 4
    The terrain was very hard to run with stony ground, interesting long route choices where you could loose quite lot of times and controls in technical challenging areas with no visibility.
    The best race I run this year.

  30. My choice for the best course of this year is SAXBO 2017 in Lückendorf. Map here: http://o-news.cz/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/SAXBO_H21E.jpg
    As always terrains around Oybin offer very specific experience. Giant rocks, steep slopes and spectacular views from the tourist viewpoints if you run over them. I always had to stop for a few seconds to enjoy it.
    Another specialty of this place is “floor” running. There are narrow stripes of ground between 2 high rocks so you have only one option which way to go. This year had also one interesting highlight. It was already spring but suddenly in the middle of the race started a heavy snowfall so you couldn’t see more than 20 meters ahead of you.
    Plus a delicious warm Bratwurst in the race arena made it even more enjoyable.
    In case of winning I’d be interested in Easter4 or Wawel cup.

    • Just love those sand stones. Been at Saxbo a few times, and it can offer some really nice courses and terrain!

  31. My choice for the best course of this year is long distance on Russian championship 2017 in Krasnoarmeysk (17.09.2017). I think this map is the most difficult map in over the Russia. On this dictance i couldn’t run because nodody couldn’ run and navigate simultaneously. In addition at that time the heat prevented one from thinking about your distance.
    This distance: http://viewer.o-gps-center.ru/viewer/event/2833/
    site of competitions:http://o-saratov.narod.ru/rossiya_2017/rossiya_2017.html
    Sorry for my English I’m tried)

    • Really a great terrain – and the course also looks nice. Reminds me a bit of the Canadian Champs 2017 which Emily Kemp suggested – some of the same characteristics..

  32. – i’m not really a fan of orienteering in towns, but here i like it
    – Andalucia O-Meeting

  33. I’d like to suggest the stage 1 of OOcup 2017. A really nice middle distance course – a rough terrain, combination of “easy” and hard legs, it was very interesting.
    http://history-computer.com/M21E_DAN1.jpg.

    Please reserve for me Latvian O week :-)

  34. Hi, i would like to suggest the Portugal O Meeting WRE Stage 3. https://events.loggator.com/qdBH1DXlrnfu46GT

    In my opinion this course was very varied, with a mix of short and long legs, and easier or very difficult legs, putting the athletes through diferent challenges all the way to the finish.

    I would like the Latvia O-week 2018 prize

  35. Carolina Delgado

    I would like to suggest the Long Distance world cup race in Switzerland. https://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/20170929_WCF-L_M/
    I didn´t run this competition but I followed and even stoped at home in front of my computer had a lot of trouble deciding what to do in some route choices… That was definitely a great challenge and a very good job from the course setter in my opinion! :)

    I would like the MOC prize.

  36. Hi
    i would suggest this race, stage one of O’Cerdanya 2017, in France near Font-Romeu
    A really nice terrain in altitude, very physicall
    i didn’t run this race in M21E here:http://3drerun.worldofo.com/2d/index.php?idmult%5B%5D=-441791&idmult%5B%5D=-441979&idmult%5B%5D=-441792&idmult%5B%5D=-441809&idmult%5B%5D=-442557

    , but in M35. Here’s my map and my track: http://doma.pop24.fr/show_map.php?user=Greg&map=415

    i woud take the package for MOC 15th-25th february 2018

  37. Best fun all year was the third day of Wawel Cup in Poland.

    Depressions galore in glorious forest.

    http://app2.trackcourse.com/view/wawel-cup-36-e3-m18

    Ocad prize!

  38. I suggest WOC middle men cors.
    There was the gear shifter very important.
    Prize ocad

  39. Last weekend this year’s MOV was organized. After five years, there was a classic long daytime race in the streets of Venice: https://image.ibb.co/goJe3R/SKM_C754e08052411340.jpg
    I’d like to suggest it because of the amazing urban orienteering experience and the most complex and difficult-to-solve route choices you can’t find and set anywhere else in the world.

  40. Etapa III. of czech “Nice Holidays” in Sand stones area. Huge rocky towers in 1:7 500 scale – tricky labyrinth. One never knew how to reach a control. The reality probably more shocking than a map, see the picture.

    My course of W21 Elite:
    http://o-news.cz/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PP17_E3_D21E-e1503938778446.jpg

    Picture from the forest:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1iDRluSWVvbSzF0bGI4cEpzUGM/view?usp=sharing

    The most favourite MOC prize.

    • Thanks, Alena – wanted to go there this year, but didn’t manage to get it to fit in. Truly great orienteering!

  41. I suggest the Finnish sprint champs M21 A-final course: http://helsinginsuunnistajat.fi/harveli/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=140#
    I think it was a very good course because of the many different routechoises in an exciting sprint area
    Prize: andalcudia o meeting

  42. The Australian Middle Distance Championships M21E course at Hill End was rated excellent by all the respondents in our course setting survey. Aussie Czech orienteer Ondrej Pavlu said “This was one of the best middles I have ever run – very challenging terrain and an excellent course setting. I especially liked the technical start and finish. It surprised a lot of runners and many mistakes have been made… Nice to stretch the legs on the long leg too.” Not to mention the superb map, lovely weather and lots of kangaroos!

  43. Of courses I’ve run this year, my favourite was the WMOC sprint qualifier in New Zealand – lots of challenging route choices and plenty of intense detail to read, particularly in the second half. Always enjoy trying to solve the ‘you can’t get there from here’ sprint route choice problems…

    M45 part 1: http://archive.orienteering.org.nz/events/wmoc2017/sprint-qual/WMOC2017-Map-Sprint-Qual-A4-M45-1-Side-1.pdf
    M45 part 2: http://archive.orienteering.org.nz/events/wmoc2017/sprint-qual/WMOC2017-Map-Sprint-Qual-A4-M45-1-Side-2.pdf

    (And I’ll back Andrew Lumsden’s comment – the Australian Middle Distance Championships course was the best one I ran in Australia this year).

  44. 1. My suggestion for the “Course of the year 2017″ will be Mens Sprint Final in the 1st WC round at Lohja. http://omaps.worldofo.com/?id=208200
    I ran the course for training and few splits in front of the cameraman. It was challenging sprint for me to find the fastest routechoises even though I wasn’t running on the limit. I’m not a sprinter type, but I really liked the quality of the map and this technical course.
    2. –
    3. Best course I’ve seen this year will be Finnish Champs Middle distance Mens A-Final http://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2017smkeskiH21/
    I ran B-final and the terrain was same. It’s both fysically and technically demanding terrain, so some day I definitely going to run A-final course also.

    Prize: Andalucia O-Meeting 2018

    • Thanks a lot Tomi for both suggestions! Both have been mentioned earlier, but that just proves that those are very good choices!

  45. CEO 2017 Long Distance in Pinar Canencia map, class M35 (Spanish Championships 16.4.2017), course setter Per Emion.
    Link to Onedrive (PDF-file): ( https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuUf2ie5TFMBgU3GC-WuqDVbEzSB )

    This course was definitely the best of 70 courses I ran this year. Very joyful orienteering from start to finish. The fun actually started already from CC, because it was over 300m climb to Start. But the view from starting area to the north was overwhelming.
    Course itself included lots of route choice, because of slopes,contours, paths and some very detailed rocky areas with dense green vegetation. Another challenge was also the scale 1:15000, but it was OK for me.
    Runnability was mostly excellent. And it is not everyday business to run 20 minutes downhill on a single leg, like I did on leg 7. (though it was a bad route choice from me)

    Good competitions all together, well organized races and wonderful weather every day, thanks!

    Prize: Ocad or Andalucia.

  46. I would like to suggest the courses for WMOC Long Qual 2 (Temu Road) – maps at http://wmoc2017.com/results/#mapslongq2
    Challenging contour orienteering virtually throughout – I was certainly not up to it, but I even heard some very experienced runners comment that it was impossible to read what was up and down on that map! Mine was W50:
    http://archive.orienteering.org.nz/events/wmoc2017/long-qual2/WMOC2017-Map-Long-Qual2-W50-2.pdf
    M35 is here:
    http://archive.orienteering.org.nz/events/wmoc2017/long-qual2/WMOC2017-Map-Long-Qual2-M35-1.pdf
    Would love to go back there some day…
    Cheers,
    Kirsten.

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