First on the tour

Hundreds of eager students queued up to learn more about a new sport on 14.3.1998. After the first international orienteering race in Beijing, China, Jenni Adams, Odin Tellesbø and the other Park World Tour athletes took the new beginners around the course at Tshinghua University.

Photo: Erik Borg

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Cabin fewer

27.10.2018, PWT International Orienteering Park, Linqigu orienteering town in Langfang, China, saw the ending of one highly successful orienteering career as Jonas Leandersson finished his last season of international orienteering (at least to date – he still seems to be in great shape).

Photo: Beijing O Week

The official video from the 2018 Beijing O Week / PWT China tour:

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Waking up the park

Relaxing citizens, tai-chi practitioners and boy scouts of Hong Kong got surprising company on 7.3.1998, when runners in colourful dresses appeared in the lung of the peninsula. Karin Schmalfeld did a focussed race in Kowloon Park.

Photo: Erik Borg

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Live from Yanzhou Island

The Guangdong Historical Road Orienteering Championship 2018, organized by PWT collaborator De-Best Company, kicked off on 16.12.2018 with spectacular festivities and most importantly, hugely challenging sprint courses. The best on those courses you can see in the picture below.

But how did they end up in the podium; See the recording from the live broadcast on YouTube:

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Asian excitement

Vickie Wong Wai Ching, one of Hong Kong’s most merited national team orienteers, welcomed the world’s best to the Asian premiere of the Park World Tour. The race at Hong Kong Sports Institute 6.3.1998 was one of the fastest ever in the PWT history.

Photo & design: Erik Borg/Sepp Hartinger

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In the land of kung fu icons

On 18.12.2018, Sanjiang and Daqitou, two small ancient villages belonging to Foshan city, really provided in terms of orienteering. Two races, double the challenge, extremely technical orienteering, for sure one of the most challenging races in PWT history.


Again, it was hundreds of local runners taking part also.


These ancient villages are part of a program to preserve this kind of old architecture seen in Daqitou:


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First Orienteering Seminar with Mauritius

Last week Park World Tour, in cooperation with Global Development Commission of IOF and key stakeholders from Mauritius sporting community, began the online Orienteering Seminar with the first meeting.

Mr. Tom Hollowell, CEO of IOF, introduced the seminar and explained how to include Mauritius to IOF to 20 selected attendees, most of them are Physical Education Teachers, everyone willing to introduce or deepen the knowledge of Orienteering in the schools of their country.

Mr. John Domah moderated the seminar, where each participant introduced her/himself. Mr John Domah is a key person for this great journey of Mauritius to IOF, he participated to the O-Ringen Academy in 2019 and had been in contact with Park World Tour since then.

Ms. Giulia Zenere of Park World Tour Academy introduced herself, she will lead one of the lessons about Orienteering event organisation.

Mr. Jaroslav Kacmarcik took the speech to introduce the idea of Orienteering, some history, the biggest O-events, the history and successes of Park World Tour, together with the preliminary program of the seminar which will include knowledge about map making and how to introduce orienteering in the schools.

The group of Mauritius already started to work hard right after the first online meeting.

  • An online press conference with Tom Hollowell and Jaroslav Kacmarcik has been scheduled for the 1st of April;
  • the entries to the online seminar have been opened to all the people from Mauritius interested in knowing more about orienteering;
  • and in only one week already 85 people signed in through their website

The seminar will continue with a weekly schedule. Stay tuned!

Beyond the gondolas

Renate Fauner got to sense the skills and speed of the world elite in one of her home land’s most well-known cities. Thousands of tourists, flocking Piazza San Marco and the surrounding streets was an additional obstacle in the Park World Tour final in Venice, Italy, 11.10.1997.

What happened to the leading man ten controls before the finish? Made for loving it lets you know.

Under a giant waterfall

In 2018, PWT toured in China twice. The latter tour was in accordance with the Guangdong Historical Road Orienteering Championship, which was concluded on 20.12.2018 in Paitan. A giant waterfall set the scene for the venue.

Photo: Tuomas Kari

Czech Denisa Kosova, getting the champion’s check, was perhaps the happiest lady that day.

Photo: Guangdong Historical Road Orienteering Championship

The organizers had also made runner cards presenting the athletes. You can see how they looked in Made for loving it.

Time to climb

Chris Terkelsen had a good trip up the 256 steps to the Schloßberg and all the way to the finish in Graz, Austria 10.10.1997. The previous evening, the Park World Tour racers had climbed the stage on the main square in a live TV broadcast – as part of an event that raised the standards for international orienteering.

Photo: Chris Uhrturm
Graz Stage Presentation

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