The first round of the orienteering world cup will consist of three competitions held in Finland from the 8th until the 11th of June 2019. After the middle distance and chasing start competitions in Vihti, the location will move to the historic town centre of Helsinki to battle for the world cup points in the form of a sprint relay.
The competition centre for the sprint relay is the Senate Square in Helsinki. No previous national or international competition has ever been held from this location. The race format is a sprint relay consisting of four legs so that the women will start and finish, while the men will run the two legs between. The competition will start on Tuesday the 11th of June 2019 at 5:58 pm with a mass start and will last about an hour.
The sprint relay will bring the orienteering community right in the heart of the city among the people. This race format is spectator friendly, flashy and a very rapid competition, where the key is to find the fastest way while maintaining the highest speed. Winning this race requires calm nerves throughout the race.
The competition area for the sprint relay is open for spectators and competitors. This means that all athletes competing in the sprint relay have the chance to visit the area and move freely through it, however training in the area is strictly prohibited. Two weeks prior the race the area is closed for all athletes. [see outline of the embargoed area below]
The organisers offer an open orienteering event in the city centre of Helsinki for all levels from beginners, to active orienteers and even families.
“A part of a lively city are its various and new events”, comments the vice mayor of Helsinki city Nazima Razmyar. “Citizens of Helsinki actively seek sporting activities where they can participate themselves without boundaries. In terms of tourism, this kind of event increases the energy and attraction of Helsinki, which made it easy to be a part of this project”.
Translated by Janne Heikkinen