Today’s leg in Route to O-Season 2020 is a leg in very detailed “fight”-terrain in Norway – from the Norwegian O-festival long distance race. We already visited this race in “Route to Christmas 2019 Day 10″, but then we studied a longer leg. Now we have a quite short leg in the women elite course, towards the end of the course.
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. As you can see, going straight seems to be clearly faster here, with the two fastest times being run straight. Probably many of the ones in front of the computer took the straight route, but for those running a long distance in this though terrain, you had to be a tough one to dare to go straight when there is finally a chance to rest a bit and run around.
Course setting competition
An interesting side note: The Norwegian Orienteering Federation is organizing a course setting competition on this very map with deadline at the end of this week to keep people’s orienteering brains active in these COVID-19 times – the job is to set a 9-12 km long distance course (all about it here). Shouldn’t be too difficult to set some interesting legs here, I would say. I hope to get back with some of the most intriguing legs later in “Route To O-Season 2020″.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!