World Orienteering Day – A Record Breaking Success

On Wednesday May 11th 2016, the first ever World Orienteering Day took place all over the world. It proved to be a great success, with more than 250 000 participants taking part in a global orienteering event.


After having finalised the results, the total of participation in the first ever World Orienteering Day stands at 252 927 participants at 2013 locations in 81 countries and territories.


What was once only an idea, has come to be a reality beyond what anyone could have hoped. Schools, clubs and enthusiasts in every global region made a fantastic contribution, and together managed to beat the world record.


From South Africa to Hong Kong, from Greenland to New Caledonia, from Ecuador to Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of youngsters participated in World Orienteering Day. Following the idea “Think globally, act locally”, people took part in locally organised orienteering events, and together celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever.


– World Orienteering Day has demonstrated that we are truly a global sport, and I just want to thank the thousands of people who organised over 2000 competitions for 250,000 people on all continents except Antarctica. – Well done the world orienteering family, says Brian Porteous, president of the International Orienteering Federation.


World Orienteering Day is an International Orienteering Federation project that aims to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, to spread orienteering to new countries and places, and to help teachers to implement orienteering in schools in a fun and educational way.




Photos from IOC 2016

John Shiels of Action Photography took photos at the recent Irish Orienteering Championships. 

They are available here to view and purchase from Action Photography. You can pay via PayPal 

They are also all on facebook.
See the link below.

IOC photos


European Orienteering Championships 2016


The European Orienteering Championships 2016 start tomorrow in the Czech Republic.

The first race is the Sprint Relay but Ireland do not have a team entered.

On Sunday the Sprint Qualification and Final will take place.

Later in the week there will be a Long Distance Qualification & Final, Middle Distance Qualification & Final, and a Relay race on Saturday May 28th.

 — This link will have Live coverage, including TV, of the various races.


Ireland is being represented by the following athletes:

Regina Kelly, Conor Short, Ruairi Short, Nicolas Simonin, Colm Moran, Cillín Corbett & Eoin McCullough


Best of luck to the team,


Darren Burke

Director of High Performance Orienteering

Irish Orienteering Association

World Orienteering Day is on

May 11th has started in New Zealand, and the day as the day goes on, thousands of orienteering events will take place all over the world.

Right now there are more than 2000 locations registered all over the world. We hope you are as excited as we are and will be a part of the biggest worldwide orienteering event ever.

Register your participation

To be a part of the big day, you need to register the amount of participants in your event at

First you need to register the location of the event. After that, until the 22nd of May, you can also register the total number of participants, their age and gender. Below the location registration you will find the boxes where you add your number of participants. Your registration is really important!

Share your World Orienteering Day with the world

Share your World Orienteering Day memory and be able to win products from our partners SILVA and Emit.

All you have to do is to take a photo from your World Orienteering Day activity and publish it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #‎worldorienteeringday #‎silva ‪* #‎emit. It is also a really good possibility to share your World Orienteering Day experience with others. Please share your photos!

*Disclaimer: Please note that “SILVA”, the trademark of Silva Sweden AB, is not available on the North American Markets. Therefore, this competition is not open for participants from North America.

World Orienteering Day has events registered in the following places:





United Kingdom




Czech Republic







France and New Caledonia


Hong Kong













South Africa



Denmark and Greenland



China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, and Macau





South Korea

United States




New Zealand










Bosnia and Herzegovina


Costa Rica


Dominican Republic





Macedonia (FYROM)







International Events this Summer

The following is a list of international events that might be of interest. It includes France, Italy, Greenland, Spain, Portugal.

Porto City Race 2016

The fifth edition of Porto City Race is an International Urban Pedestrian Orienteering Event, organized by Grupo Desportivo 4 Caminhos and the Portuguese Orienteering Federation, Porto City Council and Port Leisure are the main partners.

The 2016 edition of the event will have three stages with separated classifications.

Learn more:

Friday, 23rd September – Porto City Race by Night

Porto City Center (E) new map

Saturday, 24th September – Porto City Race “Romantic”

New map at Campus Campo Alegre and Botanical Garden

Sunday, 25th September – Porto City Race Euro Tour

New map at Campus Asprela


SPANISH 5-DAYS 2nd-6th of JULY 2016

This will, without no doupt, be the best competition in Europe this summer. Imagine this forgotten paradise on earth, vast pine forests in the most densely forested and less populated area in southern Europe. Perfect summer temperatures due to the situation at about 1000-1200 meters above sea level. Even if we have maps of very good international standards and varied, and technically very challenging terrains, the place is practically unknown outside the borders of Spain. See maps and photos below. (you can also follow the links for more information and photos)

We are counting on about 1500-2000 participants. On the homepage you will find lots of suggestions on accommodation etc.

More information:


“Nuuk” means “Headland” and got the name for being surrounded by water. Nuuk was the first place to be settled in Greenland in 1729. Today it is the largest town, housing the government administration and a lot of industry, making it a very lively place. Toursim opportunities include, National museum, boattrip, whalewatching, and even golddigging.

For more information on the races, registration and prices:

World Masters Orienteering Tallinn, Estonia Aug 2016

We have selected Estonia’s best orienteering landscapes where you’ll get an unforgettable experience. Sprint qualifications are held around the Art Museum of Estonia and the presidential residence. Sprint Final takes place in magical Tallinn medieval Old Town. Forest runs will be held at Kõrvemaa – a cozy pine forests, where there is a fascinating terrain and unspoiled nature.

Cerkno Cup 2016

3 days of competitions and 2 days of training in the traditional difficult Slovenian terrains will be held between 20th and 24th July 2016 in the region near Črni Vrh nad Idrijo, Slovenia.

Italy 5 Days Orienteering, July 2016

5 days of Italy 2016.

The competitions will take place from July 02 to July 07.2016 in Italy.

You can make your entry on

France 5 Days July 2016

French orienteering federation is pleased to invite you for O’France stage race first edition. O’France 2016 will be held from 10 to the 16th of July 2016 in Plateau du Larzac (France).

Enjoy a sport stay in a fabulous touristic area with so many beauties to discover!


· July 10th: prologue (La Couvertoirade)

· July 11th: long distance (Le Figayrol)

· July 12th: long distance (Le Figayrol)

· July 13th: middle distance WRE (Le Figayrol)

· July 14th: rest day (national day)

· July 15th: middle distance (Guilhaumard)

· July 16th: long distance chace start (Guilhaumard)

For more information: 

or contact2016

World Orienteering Day, May 11th

On Wednesday May 11th 2016, at as many locations as possible, people of all ages taking part in some sort of Orienteering event. Clubs and Orienteers from all over the world are taking part. The IOF has a vision to set a new Guinness World Record. The current record is from WOC 2003 in Switzerland, when 207,979 young people at 1381 locations ran an orienteering course,  250,000 young people is the IOF’s challenging target.  There are 5 WOD events  in Ireland.

Doneraile, Naas, Fota, Lough Key Forest Park and People’s Park in Waterford.


* May 2016
10 Fota House & Gardens Cork CorkO Summer League / No. 1 Cork
11 Doneraile Forest Park Cork Irish Schools Championships (Primary) Cork Schools
11 People’s Park Waterford Local Schools Introductory Event Waterford
11 Naas Urban Race Kildare World Orienteering Day / ‘Come-and-try-it’ Event Curragh-Naas
11  Lough Key Forest Park Roscommon World Orienteering Day Sligo Orienteering Club


WOD 2017 and 2018

The next World Orienteering Days will take place on May 24th 2017 and on May 23rd 2018!



Out of Bounds Areas for Orienteering 2017

The following areas South and South West of Oughterard are out of bounds for orienteering  until IOC2017: An Machaire Mor, An Ratha, Sruttaunanulra, Log an Chaorthainn and Cnoc  Oguil.

All the terrain of Inishbofin Island is also out of bounds for orienteering until IOC2017 with the exception of the public roads, public buildings, hotels, pubs and guest houses.

Frank Ryan

Galway Orienteers “The Western Eagles”

Orienteering in Ireland
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