Saturday, July 02, 2016

5 Days of Spain 2016: Step by step

It starts now and extends over the next few days another edition of the 5 Days of Spain / 4th Pinares International Trophy. Well-known as one of the natural paradises of Orienteering, Soria attracts this year over 1300 participants for a booster shot of great and good Orienteering.

The province of Soria, and more specifically the Pinares region, will become, from 2nd to 6th July, the Orienteering's European capital. The 4th Pinares International Trophy is organized by the Clube de Orientación de Navaleno, in collaboration with the Spanish Orienteering Federation, offering six challenging stages, four of which scoring for the Spanish Orienteering League 2016, and still the Spanish Mixed Sprint Relay Championships.

“Probably one of the best international competitions of the year. A high level event in all aspects: organization, terrains, maps, participants. Compete, share and enjoy!”, says Raul Ferra, from the Technical Direction of Spanish Orienteering Federation, about a multi-day event that will join more than 1.300 athletes from 19 different nations.

5 Days of Spain 2016 official schedule


The overall number of participants in this edition of 5 Days of Spain is 1312, representing 19 countries. Spain, with 1102 competitors, is the most represented country, followed by Great Britain (35 competitors), France (26), Norway (23), Portugal and Switzerland (22 competitors each), Russia (15) and Sweden (9). The list includes also athletes from Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Finland, Ukraine, Austria, Ireland, Romania, Croatia, Nederland and Japan.

Ida Bobach, Denmark, is the competition's headliner. Following her preparation to the World Orienteering Championships, the Long Distance gold medalist in 2015 chose Soria to some good training tests. Other important names present in the competition are Ona Ràfols Perramon, Marina Garcia Castro, Esther Gil, Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan, Alicia Cobo Caballero, the Norwegian Siri Kollerud and the Portuguese Carolina Delgado. In the Men's list, one can see Eduardo Gil Marcos, Pau Llorens  Caellas, Biel Ràfols Perramon, Roger Casal Fernandez, Antonio Martinez Perez, Andreu Blanes Reig, Javier Ruiz de la Herrán, the Belgium Tristan Bloemen, the Norwegian Rune Nygard and the Portuguese João Figueiredo, Manuel Horta, Pedro Nogueira and Tiago Gingão Leal. There are 56 competitors in the Women Elite class and 85 in the Men Elite class. 

Technical details

Further information

- The start lists for all stages are now published and can be seen at

- Only those with FEDO License 2016 are allowed to participate in the Official categories of Mixed Sprint Relay. The Teams are of four participants, two men and two women. All team members must belong to the same Autonomic Community, except participants in Open categories. The first and last post will be performed by women. The winning time for each post is 12 to 15 minutes.

- The Director of the Natural Park of Rio Lobos Canyon, Jose Manuel Meneses, invites all
participants of the 5 Days of Spain to visit the Casa del Parque, located in Ucero.

For further information, please visit the Event's website, at

Joaquim Margarido

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