Friday, November 11, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. One week left to the 49th CISM World Military Orienteering Championships everything is ready to welcome the event. This is the fifth time Brazil organizes the World Military Orienteering Championship, with the competition taking place this time in the magnificent natural environments of Búzios and Rio das Ostras, around 200 km east of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Middle Distance will open the program on 18th November, Friday and the Long Distance will take place the day after, both races in Rio das Ostras and scoring for the IOF World Ranking. The event will finish on 22nd Novembre with the Relay, in Búzios. Lots of fun in Orienteering dreamland and a beautiful weather,combined with the hospitality, culture and gastronomic delights of this places and people, are waiting for near two hundred participants from 19 countries. Further information at

2. Took place last Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal, the 1st Iberian Ori-Trail/Rogaine Championships. Organized by the Clube Português de Orientação e Corrida, the event was attended by near 180 athletes, representing 73 different teams. In the Men Absolute class, three teams reached the maximum score, with Miguel Silva and Tiago Romão (CMoFunchal/GafanhOri) being the fastest with the final time of 3:26:27. Marcelo Costa and Marco Póvoa (MM April 22 ) and the Spanish Álvaro Para and Aurelio Rodan (Fuby Tierra Trágame) got, by this order, the immediate places on the podium, with more 27:35 and 33:21 than the winner team. In the Women Absolute class, Patricia Casalinho and Susana Pontes (Cachopas Team) were stronger than their opponents, achieving 146 points in 3:47:09. Raquel Costa and Rita Rodrigues (GafanhOri) got the second place and Alice Silva, Margarida Ricardo and Sandra Rodrigues (ADFA) were third, with less 6 and 40 points than the winners. Emilia Silveira, Eduardo Soares and João Real (COAAL / CNAlvito) won the Mix Absolute class with 165 points overall, beating the Spanish Ainhoa Del Campo and Maikel Fernandez (COBI) and Ernesto Osma, Ramiro Rejón and Uolanda Poveda (Tribu Roller Granada), by 7 and 19 points, respectively. Complete results and further information at

3. The Danish Camilla Sogaard or the Australian Angus Robinson are among the top MTB Orienteers heading to Rotorua for the New Zealand Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs on 18th to 20th November 2016. Overall event organiser, Pete Swanson, from Orienteering Bay of Plenty mentions “125 people entered now” and he's sure that “it’s going to be a great weekend of racing in lots of new and interesting areas.” The events also qualify as part of the World Masters Mountain Bike Orienteering Series and the SportIDENT Air+ punching system will be used for MTBO in New Zealand for the first time ever. The New Zealand Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs consists of four events. There is a Warm Up event on the evening of Friday 18th November in Whakarewarewa Forest. The Sprint Distance is in Tihiotonga-Centennial Park, Waiariki Campus and the Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park on Saturday 19th November in the morning. The Middle Distance is at Tui Ridge Park on Saturday afternoon and the Long Distance is at Cougar MTB Park, Tokoroa, on Sunday 20th November. Orienteering Bay of Plenty is very grateful for all the support they have received from landowners and managers, as well as the Tokoroa MTB Club, in running these events. All the information can be found on the website

4. Are you interested in environmental issues? Have you asked yourself: how can orienteering become even more sustainable? Do you have a great interest in orienteering maps? Are you an expert in advanced printing? The IOF Environment Commission and the IOF Map Commission are looking for new members to work with these types of questions. These IOF Commissions meet twice a year, in addition to virtual meetings whenever needed. The IOF Council gives each commission a set of Remits, detailing their working procedure and tasks for the current council period, and the commissions each have a supporting team made up of members of council and the IOF Office. Does this seem like something for you? To be in an IOF Commission you also need the support of your National Federation, and it is they who will formally put you forward as a candidate. Please contact your National Orienteering Federation to gain their support. Not sure how to contact them? To find out more, send an email to

Joaquim Margarido

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