All schools, all orienteering clubs and all countries all over the world are encouraged to participate in World Orienteering Day. The next World Orienteering Day will be May 24th 2017.
WOD 2016 was a great success and a world record.

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Maze-O or Orient Show

”Orient Show” was started by the Russian orienteer Maxim Ryabkin more than 13 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.

WOD_Guidelines_MazeLabyrinth-O, or a maze, is very useful to set up in a small area. During 10-MILA 2016 in Falun, the organiser showed people how they 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 orientating your map, or using the concept “Red-to-Red”!

Our Vision

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.

WOD 2017 and 2018

The next World Orienteering Days will take place on May 24th 2017 and on May 23rd 2018!

WOD 2016

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.

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WOD guidelines (read)

WOD guidelines (download PDF)

WOD mini guidelines

Promotion kit

Diploma with form
Start card


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Promotion photos

(Please mention the photographer Ulf Palm when using photo 1-5)

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