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Route to Christmas: Day 7 2022

– The best long distance I’ve ever run in Czech Republic. For this I do orienteering, Czech national team runner Milos Nykodym wrote in his map archive after running the course which is featured in today’s edition of Route to Christmas 2022. Thanks a lot to Ales Henja for the tip!

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.

This is a leg with several good routechoices which nearly everyone overlooked, and a few routechoices which seem very obvious, but which are clearly slower (which most athletes took). From the illustration above – and especially the illustration below, it is clear that most runners chose to follow the ridge to the left of the line to get the shortest possible way to the road, and then take the road around to the left to the control. However, a closer inspection of the map shows that you can save quite a bit of climb by running further to the right – either using Nykodym’s route all the way to the right or versions going a bit more straight. Truly an interesting leg! Note that split times here are from GPS (and not official times), but when checking for the top runners times were fairly OK.

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, 3DRerun or Livelox from 2022-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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  1. The second longest men category H21A had IMO even more interesting long leg, a monstrous 25′-30′ one from C14 to C15. Look here: https://vagval.snattringesk.se/show_map.php?user=Vojta&map=1314. Unfortunately, there are no multiple GPS routechoices aggregated anywhere to my knowledge.

  2. Terje Wiig Mathisen

    I really liked the first leg of the Harry Lagert finale, it was very easy to mess up in the fog and rain which caused near-zero visibility.
    There’s even a youtube video from Serhii Kiziiov which shows the conditions clearly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9p71aRUmqg