Saturday, November 19, 2016

Course of the Year 2016: Submit your suggestions!

For the seventh year in a row, Jan Kocbach promotes in his World of O – - a poll looking for the “Course of the Year”. In a moment where the suggestions are being submitted, this is the right time for you to act!

The World Championships Long Distance in Scotland was elected the Course of the Year in 2015 and the World Championships Middle Distance in Italy won in 2014. Before that we had two years with Portuguese winners: a spectacular sprint between boulders and old buildings in 2013 and some great technical orienteering at Portugal O-Meeting in 2012. 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, the question turns to be the same: What was the best orienteering course of 2016?”

The search for the course of the year will be fun as always! The rules are simple: Leave your comment at, suggesting a course from a competition or training in 2016 and stating the reason why you think this course deserves to be “The course of the Year 2016”. The best among all the suggestions will be chosen – and there will be a voting process among the readers of World of O in order to name the Course of the Year 2016. “And please, please, please state the reason for your suggestion – that’s where the fun & the passion for orienteering comes in!”, says Jan.

Answering to Jan Kocbach's challenge, the suggestions are arriving every minute. From Switzerland to the Czech Republic, from Lithuania to Portugal, there's more than 60 suggestions until now. The WOC Long Distance in Sweden, the WUOC Middle Distance in Hungary, the O-idol 2016 in Norway or the POM Long Distance Day e in Portugal are just some of the courses chosen by the participants so far. At there's also some great interviews from top runners where they talk about their favourite courses and maps from the last year.

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 2016”, and prizes drawn among the ones suggesting and voting. All prizes are transferable to other person, so you don’t have to travel yourself.

Joaquim Margarido

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