Thursday, November 26, 2015

Course of the Year 2015: World of O is asking for your suggestions!

Like every November since 2010, Jan Kocbach and his incomparable World of O promotes a popular contest, trying to know the readers' opinion about the best “Course of the Year”. Still in a stage were the suggestions are being submitted, it's time for you to act!

“What was the best orienteering course of 2015?”, such is Jan Kocbach's question for this year's poll. The World Championships Middle Distance in Italy won in 2014, and the two years before we had Portuguese winners: a spectacular Sprint between boulders and old buildings in Monsanto, during the Portugal O' Meeting 2013 and some great technical orienteering in the Portugal O' Meeting's 3rd stage in 2012, in Satão. In 2011 the WOC Middle Distance in France took the first place and the year before a very special Jukola Relay was the big winner.

Now it's time to decide who will take the prestigious top spot this year, first by submitting suggestions and then by voting. As part of the “Course of the Year 2015”, the World of O will offer along the next days some great interviews from top runners, talking about their favorite courses and maps in 2015. Lucas Basset, the new French star, already had the chance to share his opinions and his choice goes to Glen Affric. Why? “Because of the terrain, which was wilder than almost every other forest I've been running in”, he says. Explaining that he made his choice “because of the terrain”, in spite of being also “convinced that the course was good, coherent to a Long Distance spirit”, Lucas Basset has no doubts that Glen Affric “was a perfect ending of a wonderful WOC week” [read HERE Lucas Basset's whole Interview].

Answering to Jan Kocbach's challenge, the suggestions are arriving every minute. From Finland to France, from Poland to Spain, there's almost 50 suggestions until now (none of them from Portugal, I'm afraid). To submit your suggestions, it's as simple as that: The course must have been run in competition or training in 2015 (there's an exception for courses in December 2014, as they were not covered in last year’s contest); the suggestions are submitted as a comment to World of O's post – - including link to the map with course in a quality which is good enough for the readers to understand the course and the challenges involved; the participants must give a reason why they think the course deserves to be named “The course of the Year 2015″; and the course may be any discipline – e.g. a long distance, a middle distance, a sprint distance. It may also be a technical training course – like e.g. a corridor orienteering exercise. After this first step, there will be a voting process among the readers of “World of O” in order to elect “The course of the year 2015″.

Just one more thing: Prizes from the Sponsors always makes it more fun! There will be a prize for the first one suggesting the course which ends up becoming “The course of the Year 2015″, and prizes drawn among the ones suggesting and voting. All prizes are transferable to other persons (you don’t have to travel yourself). Everything to follow in your World of O.

Joaquim Margarido

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