1. With the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2015, in Zagreb and Karlovac, still alive in our memory, the Trail orienteering returned to Croatia for the start of the 2016 season. Having in the island of Cres a beautiful host, the Kvarner Bay Challenge 2016 was organized by club OK Vihor and had the participation of 28 athletes. With 16 points out of 17, the Croatian Zdenko Horjan (OK Vihor) started in the best way on the first day of competition, getting a comfortable lead of two points on his most direct opponents. On the second day, the athlete lost one point for the best in the stage, but eventually reached a much desired victory with a total of 31 points and 163 seconds in the timed controls. Tomislav Varnica (OK Vihor) was second, one point behind the winner, while the third placed was Jasminka Cindric Perkovic, with 29 points. Find the complete results at http://www.vihor.hr/assets/2016_03_05-06_preo_results_all-.pdf.
2. The Slovak Dušan Furucz was the big winner of the Lipica Open 2016's Trail orienteering competition, which took place in Lipica, Slovenia. Offering two stages – the first of Preo and the last of TempO -, the event was organized by club OK Trzin and registered the participation of 51 athletes representing 9 countries. With 19 points out of 20, the Croatian Ivica Bertol (OK Vihor) took the lead after winning the PreO stage that opened the competition, alongside with his teammate Tomislav Varnica, the Slovak Pavol Bukovac (Farmaceut Bratislava) and the Czech Libor Forst (MatFyz Praha) and with a small advantage of one point ahead of a group of six athletes, which included Dušan Furucz and Ján Furucz, representing Farmaceut Bratislava. And it was precisely the Furucz brothers the great protagonists of the second day, imposing clearly to the concurrence and reaching the two top places overall. Ivica Bertol was the third placed. Check everything at http://www.oktrzin-klub.si/sl/lipica-trailo.html.
3. The University of Valencia and the Chair Divina Pastora of Adapted Sports (CDPDAUV) organized a Trail orienteering clinic in the last weekend of February. Attended by 22 participants, the sessions were structured in two days and were aimed to teachers of physical activity sports, teachers of physical education, specialist of sports related to the environment, orienteers in general and people interested in trail orienteering. Looking for better understand the discipline of Trail orienteering and training of technical staff in planning and organizing Trail O events, the CDPDAUV invited once more Joaquim Margarido for talking about this discipline, giving some important ideas about its secrets, as well as how to organize a Trail orienteering event. Ana Belén Calvo, José António Tamarit and Gil Niclás Nieminen were responsible for the practical activities. During the morning of the first day, Joaquim Margarido presented the Trail orienteering to a 130 students group, with a theoretical part in the University and a formal course at Viveiros Park. Presentation, videos and maps related with the practical activities can be seen in the University's Moodle Platform, at http://sefuv.uv.es/moodle/.
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