About Orienteering


Terrain running!


Orienteering involves navigating between checkpoints using a detailed map and compass. Pick your own route between the checkpoints: Along a path, over a hill, or straight through the forest!
Checkpoints are marked with red and white flags, and are indicated by a circle on the map.

Map Sample


Orienteering uses a very detailed map, typically at a 1:4000 to 1:15 000 scale. Below is a sample map of a forested area: A checkpoint next to a lone tree:

A checkpoint at the bottom of a small cliff:

The start


Course types

The orienteering course is designed to challenge the participant both in terms of navigation as well as route planning.

You must visit all checkpoints but the route between each is up to you!

The start of the course is indicated by a purple triangle on the map:

Competitors go to each numbered checkpoint in order:

The two concentric circles mark the end of the orienteering course:
Sprint: short courses around 2-3km with winning times around 12-15 minutes. The course requires the participant to make quick decisions.
Middle: 25-35 minute winning time. Navigation skills are especially important.
Long: 60-90 minute winning time. Route planning skills are essential here.
Night: courses run at nighttime where participants use headlamps.
Score: participants can visit the checkpoints in any order.

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