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Route To O-Season 2020: Day 17

Today’s leg in Route to O-Season 2020 is another classic long leg from a World Orienteering Championships. This time we travel back in time to WOC 2009 in Hungary. The chosen leg is leg 2 in the M21 course from WOC 2009 Long.

Update Day 15 Long Leg WOC 2006 Denmark: The article is updated with the story behind “the long leg which nearly wasn’t” from an IOF event advisor point of view.

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 – the one with variants in different colors one figure down is probably the most instructive one. Note that split times here are based on GPS and not based on official split times. Still, it seems clear that Emil Wingstedt found a very good route out to the left, running faster than all the runners running straight. The second best option (and probably the safest in this case) is a direct options. Around to the right is too long while still having to climb. This is an old classic leg – I could however not find an analysis online. If you have an analysis of the leg, please send me details and I will update the article!


Update: Routes with official split times from the Swiss O-Magazine 2009 (Thanks, Daniel!):


Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far (available during the day when some readers have drawn their route).

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to O-Season 2020 series

Route Choice Challenges while waiting for the real action: With the upcoming orienteering season indefinitely on hold in large parts of the the world due to COVID-19, regular orienteering route choice challenges may be one way to make sure those orienteering skills don’t get completely rusty. I’ll try to keep these coming daily, but need help from all of you out there to keep them coming and to keep up a certain quality.

Tips on good route choice challenges – either from races/trainings (even cancelled ones) or theoretical ones with accompanying analysis – are very welcome (please e-mail to jan@kocbach.net).

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!

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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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