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Route to Christmas: Day 3 2020

Today’s leg in Route to Christmas 2020 is an interesting long leg from Hungary. The chosen race is the Hungarian Champs Long distance, and this time we look at the women’s course.

Thanks a lot to Zsófia Sárközy and Tibor Vári – both suggesting this very interesting course. Course setter is elite athlete Máté Baumholczer, and an interview with the course setter about the course is available here. As Baumholczer explains in the interview, his goal with the course was to let the competitors meet the same type of challenges which you normally meet at the big international competitions – as opposed to long distance races in Hungary which are often more “long middle distance races” than real long distance races.

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. Generally the running speed of the runners was variable, and therefore it is not easy to get a clear picture of which routes are good and bad based on a quick look at the GPS-data. Looking at the GPS-data in more detail, one can see that the light green route of Sarkozy is probably slightly faster than the dark green route of Gardonyi, as Sarkozy loses only half of the time for the first 2/3 of the leg by taking a different route going further around. It is also less risky as the steep downhill can be quite time consuming if you don’t hit a good stroke, and you can save some energy by running flat instead of climbing.


For Gardonyi it would probably have been better to wait a bit before going down the hillside, following the route of Goldmann who lost less time in this portion of the leg.

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 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 2020-competitions, or old forgotten ones which are still interesting, please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll consider including 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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