How to organize an orienteering race?

1st step: the choice of location

You have in mind a great place, full of small roads more tortuous than each other, so in this case let’s go, get started!

2nd step: spotting on site

So there are several points to take into account:

the place of the meeting and aperitif after the race (large car park, even if carpooling is compulsory, there will be only very few cars ! picnic table it is more practical, away from homes, cafes in madness can make « a little » noise, and sheltered from the wind !)
the type of road and path used (roads not too busy, cars are not our friends, path not too far from homes, we do an orientation race not a blair wich 2 project!)
the corners where to put the beacons, a little hidden, not too much, from the hard, the soft ! warn if they are close to the houses so that people do not get scared to see 30 small lights passing one behind the other in the night !
All this can be done by car (by running (but the advantage of organizing an orienteering race is precisely not to run it!!!), or by bike but then depending on the roads used, do not forget to bring your superb bike.

3rd step: the map

Here it is, I see everyone thinking, « yes, but making a map for an orienteering race is complicated, it must be precise, on the right scale, with frames to point the markers, I won’t be able to do… » and then I say stop right now!

I succeeded (okay by spending 10 minutes on the phone for each step of building the map with my « passionate » computer buddy), but I succeeded!

And bingo, for you, I’ll give you all the information, all my stuff!

On geoporta… you center your map on the orienteering race site and enlarge so that the whole area fits on your screen, print screen and according to your computer level (beginner, beginner, intermediate or expert) you insert by copy and paste into a new page, on paint, word or other software kindly sold with your computer.

All you have to do is mark the locations of your tags, number them, and insert frames on the edges of the card with a space to punch and a safe hint where exactly the tag is located. Print it, that’s it!

4th step: the marking

First of all, a word of advice, the tagging is always longer than expected!

Find a motivated aide-de-camp, and go on the roads and paths, place your beacons on the exact locations shown on your map. Beforehand, you will have printed a number to identify each beacon, you will have fetched the beacons, and you will have punched your card to be able to carry out the final verification of the card of each pair.

5th step: all you have to do is give the start!

Reminder of safety rules, yellow vest, front, we do not pass in private properties.

Statement of pairs (done in advance, always watch out for last-minute cancellations, sometimes a few new ones!)

Staggered start, time marking on arrival, penalty by tags not found, surprise tags, bonus tags
You are free to invent your orienteering race.