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Maze-O is growing worldwide and during the weekend 17th -18th of March at the General Assembly of the Swedish Orienteering Federation (SOFT) the delegates had the opportunity to try Maze-O. They were “running” four courses with different difficulties (green, blue, red and black) and using EMIT touch free punching system.
Maze-O is a really great tool to use when you want to introduce orienteering or to promote our sport. Together with a normal O-event, outside the club hut, close to the gymnasium at school or at shopping centre you have a lot of opportunities to get people running in a maze. All of them, young or old, enjoy the activity.
Maze-O or ”Orient Show” was started by the Russian orienteer Maxim Ryabkin more than 14 years ago. He saw the opportunity to add a new format to the traditional orienteering to get more attention from media and spectators. His vision about “Orient Show” was built on the fundamental ideas as follows:
• It is a way to present orienteering as a spectacular sport for media and introducing orienteering to new groups of the population.
• Spectators can watch and follow actions of professional orienteers under competitive conditions in real time, all the way from start to finish.
• A chance for everyone to get involved. Everyone can find controls in the competition area without any special technical and physical abilities.
Orient Show, Maze-O or Super Sprint, many names for a great activity, are very useful to set up in a small area. During larger event as 10-MILA in Falun, O-Ringen in Sälen and Arvika, part of indoor event in Latvia the organisers showed people how you can organise a great event in a simple manner. You can build your own terrain in the school yard and change it whenever you want. Great training to practice orienteering with your own map, or using the concept “Red-to-Red”! Or just for fun! Students will run again and again and again…
Norway with the Orienteering Clubs in Østfold will host the World Orienteering Championships in August 2019. In addition to arrang the best WOC ever, the clubs want to use the opportunity that a World Championships provide, to work with the visibility of the sport and to recruit more youngsters to the sport of orienteering. The project “FinnFram in Østfold” has been started.
The project is funded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB (200 000 Euros) and therefore it is free for schools and municipalities to participate. The orienteering clubs in Østfold, together with the project leader, will be responsible for developing maps, competence raising plans and activities.
Things are happening in Østfold at the moment and the they are now starting to get started with the Finn Frem project in Østfold. Some of what the project is dealing with now is to develop an online map portal where all school maps can be stored. The goal of this is that it should be simple and practical to use so that teachers at the local schools benefit from it. Here they will be able to find existing maps for the area, tips for good activities and exercises as well as general information of orienteering. This tool is being developed in cooperation with students from Østfold University College, and the hole project believe that this will help school education in orienteering to be even better.
In cooperation with the local orienteering clubs in Østfold, the project are also drawing school maps for the local schools. This is extensive work as there are more than 130 schools in the county. It is therefore important to get started quickly. The project would like to focus specifically on youngsters in the county in connection with the project “Finn Frem” in Østfold. They hope that they can get more young people interested in mapping and through this project the project hope that they can gain more experience and knowledge about how a map is made.
The project leader, Svend Sondre Frøshaug, says;
– I’m really looking forward to spreading information with pleasure among teachers, school children and school mates, their families in Østfold during next years. If children and young people can have a positive encounter with our wonderful sport through school teaching, I belief that this will lead us to more participants in orienteering.
“FinnFram in Østfold” is carried out in the period 1.1.2018 – 1.8.2020
As you could read in the last newsletter, I recently had an examination in a course at the Sport Management Programme at the University of Karlstad, where I gave my fellow students the opportunity to test orienteering on an evacuation plan. They also got the opportunity to test another kind of orienteering, where you need to keep track of where you are and to choose the right direction, but without a real map!
I made a template with sixteen controls, which were marked with the unit-number. Using this, I made twelve different courses. I had borrowed punching cards and units from my orienteering club, OK Tyr, which we used during the event.
The main purpose with the activity was to make my fellow students keep track of which control they were at and to which control they were headed. A lot of laughing was heard in the sports centre.
“Extremely good activity to practice directions.”
“Really fun, but a little bit of stress.”
“You competed with the others, even if I did not have the same map.”
The Latvian Orienteering Federation has been seeking ways to attract more people to the sport of orienteering and has found a great solution – indoor orienteering in popular public buildings. It turned out to be a big success. Figures speak for themselves: thanks to active advertising campaign and dedication to improve the quality of competitions, within three years the number of competitors has doubled and still continues to increase.
Indoor orienteering season in Latvia begins late in autumn and ends in early spring, thereby providing an opportunity of active recreation to those who are reluctant to go orienteering outdoors in winter. While during the previous season six stages of indoor orienteering took place only in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, then for the 2017/2018 season we decided to organise indoor orienteering events also in other cities and towns of Latvia, thereby making this orienteering discipline better accessible to people. This strategy is giving returns: 25 orienteering events have been held and the number of participants is going up. Moreover, regional orienteering clubs have gained valuable experience through their involvement in the event organising, and further on will be capable of holding these events in their own community independently. We expect that in spring part of competitors from indoor orienteering will continue with their orienteering activities in the forest and expand our orienteering family.
Latvian Indoor Orienteering Championships in the future?
The first indoor orienteering competition in Latvia took place in 2009, yet this discipline started its victorious march in 2015 when the Latvian Orienteering Federation took over the organising. The very same year the Latvian Indoor Orienteering League serial was held, consisting of six stages. Average number of competitors per stage was 160 and altogether 800 starts were registered. As to this year, the number of runners per stage has gone up to 280 and the total number of starts has reached 1800. Participants even expressed a wish that we have a Latvian Championships in this sport.
Within this three year period, the stages took place in major public buildings in Riga, e.g. the National Library of Latvia, the main building of the University of Latvia, as well as the Fashion and Entertainment Centre Rīga Plaza. Some of competitions are organised also in buildings that are no longer used, e.g., an abandoned factory building and a school, thereby the event, apart from being an orienteering puzzle, turns into a real adventure.
During an indoor orienteering competition each participant has to complete two courses, taking a start at a freely chosen time. On average, the time spent per course may vary from 15 minutes to half an hour. The results of both courses are added up and the runner is ranked among his or her competitors. The participants have a possibility to watch online results on a screen in the competition centre. A stage ends with prize giving to winners. There are also overall winners of the serial, with a provision that the runner has attended at least three stages.
Easy to organise
Contrary to traditional orienteering, it takes just a couple of days to draw a map for indoor orienteering: actually anybody can do it. All what you need is floor plans of any building which serve as the basis for drawing a map on the computer. As a rule, the touring of the building is done together with the owner, in order to agree on the premises to be made available and to make other arrangements. To make the competition more interesting, you can bar off some of the passageways with tapes, while in others you can introduce one-way traffic. The rest is the same as in traditional orienteering – runners use a map and electronic punching system to visit the controls marked on their maps in the prescribed order and to punch them, and do it as fast as possible.
New rules for Indoor Orienteering
As more and more indoor orienteering events are being organised and as they are gaining popularity, the Latvian Orienteering Federation decided to draw up rules for indoor orienteering, thereby implementing a single standard for all events – they would be held in the same format, meaning that each participant has to complete two courses and the result is the total time of both.
These rules were approved by the Latvian Orienteering Federation Congress. The next step towards Latvian Championships in this discipline is uniform specification for mapping. There are no analogues elsewhere in the world, and this would make Latvia a pioneer in this sport.
Spatial thinking is critical for indoor orienteering: a runner needs to visualise the layout of the building in three dimensions in order to find the shortest way in the maze of staircases and passageways. What attracts the locals to this particular discipline is the opportunity to explore from a new aspect the buildings they are familiar with – schools, work places, a shopping mall, a library etc. This is also an opportunity to get introduced to „orienteering light”: the area is closed and the risk of losing one’s way is much smaller – people with no experience in orienteering sports more often than not are afraid of getting lost.
Try Indoor Orienteering during WOC 2018 in Latvia
During the World Orienteering Championships 2018 in Latvia, on 5 August all supporters will be given a chance to try out indoor orienteering in the premises of the National Library of Latvia, known also as Gaismas pils which translates as „Castle of Light”. It is situated within a five-minute walking distance from the city centre and from the sprint relay arena. The construction of the National Library of Latvia building was completed only 4 years ago. The building has 12 levels and is a real brain twister; apart from that, the runners can expect an awesome height difference while walking up and down the stairs. The National Library of Latvia is a unique building with outstanding architecture. It was designed by the internationally acclaimed Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts.
When you move up the building, each next level is smaller in size than the previous one. Some levels can be accessed from one staircase, whereas some can be reached from quite a different one. We also promise breathtaking and unforgettable views on the promenade along the Daugava River and the panorama of Riga, because the „Castle of Light” has spacious windows and panorama platforms. The participants will be able to take a free start between 12:00 and 16:30.
Do you want to know more about Indoor Orienteering, please contact Matīss Ratnieks by email: email@example.com
The implementation of World Orienteering Day (WOD) shows that there are many people with a lot of passion to develop orienteering worldwide. You and your great work made it possible! You are very important and without you and your contribution we wouldn’t have any successful World Orienteering Days!
On Wednesday May 24th 2017, the second World Orienteering Day took place all over the world. It has proved an even greater success than last year, with 288 007 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event. This is new record, with 35 000 more participants than last year. Following the idea “Be part of something bigger-Colour the World”, people all over the world took part in locally organised orienteering events, and celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever.
There are many great examples from a lot of countries with increasing participants compared to last year and we also have to welcome new countries and territories, such as Cambodia, Lebanon, Philippines, Kosovo, Isle of Man, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mauritius, Luxembourg and Antarctica. Without World Orienteering Day, it has been quite difficult to get all these countries involved in orienteering.
The President of International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Leho Haldna says:
– The global reach of the World Orienteering Day project made it clear already last year that it is an important way to spread orienteering, especially to young people. This is particularly important as it is in line with the key objective of the IOC Olympic Agenda 2020: engaging youth through sport. It has been inspiring to follow the many events on the WOD website and to see the wide spread of events. I am already looking forward to next year’s event.
IOF’s vision regarding WOD:
The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:
- Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people
- Increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations
- To get more new countries to take part in orienteering
- Helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way
WOD shall follow this vision and the evaluation will show if WOD is great part of this mission.
Many thanks in advance and once again, many thanks for your contribution to a successful WOD!
Project Coordinator, WOD
The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:
Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations, helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.
Visionary course of action
Each club of all national Orienteering Federations gets in touch with at least one school. As teachers might need help to implement orienteering so the lessons are a fun and exciting experience, the IOF is working on providing teaching materials in different languages. The Regional Development and Youth Commission of the IOF coordinates and links interested Orienteering people from its national federations together in a school orienteering network in order to exchange materials and experiences. After the event, the students get to keep their maps to take home and show to their friends and family.
The next World Orienteering Days will take place on May 23rd 2018!
On Wednesday May 24th 2017, the second World Orienteering Day took place. It was an even greater success than last year, with 288 000 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event. This is new record, with 35 000 more participants than last year.
On Wednesday May 11th 2016, the first World Orienteering Day was a huge success, with more than 250 000 participants all over the world taking part in an orienteering event. Schools, clubs and enthusiast all over the world made a fantastic contribution and we managed to beat the world record.
The aim of this campaign is to create a “hot topic” among people worldwide and to be part of something bigger! The purpose of the “Rabbit Tour” is to investigate whether this type of activity is feasible in Europe and if it can be developed in 2018 to 3-5 WOD Rabbit Tours worldwide.
WOD guidelines (download PDF)
(Please mention the photographer Ulf Palm when using photo 1-5)