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History of Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport that combines racing with navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly-detailed map to select routes and navigate through diverse and unfamiliar terrain to visit control points in sequence. Courses can range from forests to urban environments. A standard orienteering course consists of a start; a series of control sites that are marked by circles, connected by lines and numbered in the order they are to be visited; and a finish. The control site circles are centered on the feature that is to be found. This feature is also defined by control descriptions (a list that orienteers receive along with their map). Out in the terrain, a control flag marks the location that the orienteer must visit. To verify a visit, the orienteer uses an electronic “punch” using a finger stick with a chip inside that records their time at each control they visit. The route between controls is not specified and is entirely up to the orienteer.

Country of Origin

  • Sweden

Popular Countries

  • Denmark, Norway, Sweden

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Middle Distance – Switzerland (men), Sweden (women)
  • Sprint – Sweden (men), Denmark (women)
  • Sprint Relay – Denmark (mixed)

Editions Participated in The World Games

  • 5

Orienteering Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2021.

Orienteering Results

The results will be posted in 2022.

Orienteering Photos

Orienteering News