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Route to Christmas: Day 19 2022

In today’s edition of Route to Christmas 2022 we travel to Sweden to a night orienteering race organized just last week. The leg is from a night orienteering cup organized in the Göteborg area. Thanks a lot to Søren Ødum, one of the organizers, for the tip!

Note that this was a mass start, and there was some snow in the terrain, which made it a bit tougher than usual. The leg is forked, but please consider the leg from the middle one of the forked first controls. The leg was used both by the men and the women. 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 first two illustrations below show the men and the last one the women.

Here is what Ødum writes about the leg:
If you have the first of the first controls, you have the possibility to run on the small paths to the left – but unfortunately none of the men or women chose this option. We do think it is a good option, though. For both men and women going right is fastest and most easy to execute, which was also the idea from the course setter, especially if you had the central forking control. The ones who run straight are probably tempted by the path running on the middle part of the leg, but many of the ones running straight lose time both out of the control and into the control – and attacking the control is much more difficult when taking the direct route choice.
We had not expected the ones running to the right to run straight out to the road as Simon Imark does it [and which seems to be the fastest route]. Vi had thought that the most optimal would be to run more like August Mollen / Hanna Hanström.
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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