World Orienteering Day 2017

The World Orienteering Day offers a great possibility to promote our lovely sport! Therefore, on Wednesday May 24th 2017, we would like to see people of all ages taking part in some sort of Orienteering event.

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 all around the world taking part in an 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.

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 all over the world took part in locally organised orienteering events, and celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever.

Our Vision 2018

500 000 participants – 5000 locations – 100 countries

The IOF’s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:

  • Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people
  • Increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations, and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering
  • Helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way by providing schools with materials such as maps, orienteering exercises and equipment
The updated website is now ready for registration.

Words from IOF President Leho Haldna:
“It is time to look ahead to World Orienteering Day 2017. Following such a success as the first year of the project can be hard, but we should not be daunted by this. In 2016, we showed the world just how much passion and initiative can be found in orienteers all over the world, and in 2017 we have the chance to prove it again, and share orienteering with even more people. I invite all volunteers and activists in orienteering to support World Orienteering Day 2017 by organising events near their home. All events, even the smallest ones, are extremely valuable to reach our target: a continued global success.”

Now is the time to start planning events for 2017, not just local events, but schools events too.

Any questions about promoting events for the day contact

– IOA Executive.

Orienteering in Ireland
  • Orienteering Ireland
    Irish Sport HQ
    D15 DY62