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Route to Christmas: Day 17 2018

Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is a long leg from one of this year’s best long distance courses: The Swedish Championships long distance. The chosen leg is the 7th leg which was suggested by Ruslan Glebov in the interview made with Glebov in relation to Course of the Year 2018.

PS! I still need some good legs with good GPS-data (GPSseuranta or Livelox) for the last few days until Christmas. Alternatively if you have good legs in interesting/exotic terrain/countries without GPS-data, a good analysis by the course setter can replace GPS-data, but then I’ll need some more data from you. Any good suggestions are highly appreciated, please send them to jan@kocbach.net. 

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 (note that the times given are unofficial GPS-times and not official split times). Gustav Bergman was clearly fastest on this leg, more than a minute faster than the second fastest Martin Regborn. Based on the comparisons below, it seems clear that you lose some time by running straight (estimated to 40-50 seconds), i.e. you should use the road. But it also looks like you should not use the road too much, although you would probably lose less time by this choice. Finally, running all the way to the left or right is definitely too long – and no good idea!

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 is a pre-Christmas tradition at World of O – giving the readers the opportunity to do one Route Choice Challenge each day from December 1st until December 24th. If you have got any good legs in GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2018-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!

About Jan Kocbach

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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One comment

  1. Thank you for the Route to Christmas maps and routes. They really are a best of the year. Its fascinating and addictive and makes me want to travel all over Europe orienteering!