In early 1996, the new series got its name and logo, created by Peter Björknäs, and the endorsement of the International Orienteering Federation. On 15.2.1996, the Park World Tour association was approved by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.
Who thought the logo was a red-haired woman? Get your copy of Made for loving it and find it out.
PWT wishes all the orienteers all around the world happy holidays and a prosperous new year 2021! Hope to see you in events and races.
2020 has been a year with unprecedented challenges also regarding organizing orienteering events. While there are not so many O-stories to tell from 2020, we have numerous to share from the history of the PWT.
Starting from the first year 1996, until to date, the PWT book ‘Made for Loving it‘ presents the history of the PWT; maps and results from all the 118 events, stories, insights from the development of park and sprint orienteering, and much more. Get yours here and experience the magic.
In December 1995, the Finnish broadcasting company Yle started the preparations in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa, with the live-broadcasted Park World Tour premiere 13/6/1996 in sight. Journalist and commentator Leif Lampenius (pictured on the right of TV director Raimo Piltz, on the site two weeks before the event), recalls the first steps of an important evolution:
Long since, it was a major privilege to play a tiny role in the early years of the PWT. I do really think about all that, now and then, and it still feels valuable for me.
I remember how interesting and inspiring it was to work with all the broadcasting productions of a new type. We felt we joined something that certainly was going to be important in the evolution of the sport of orienteering.
It felt like a kind of trend setting. And I think it really was. Especially I remember the early stages in Vaskiluoto in Vaasa, in the fortress island of Suomenlinna in front of Helsinki, and the one in the city centre of Jyväskylä with its ridge. And I recollect them with warmth.
At that time people in general did not necessarily believe in orienteering as a TV sport. But changes of that viewpoint started. And, as we know, during the following decades much more has happened. And that has been a very enjoyable progress. Orienteering is today an exciting TV sport. A happy story.
Leif Lampenius, TV journalist and commentator Borgå, Finland
Find the stories behind the 25 Park World Tour years in the book “Made for loving it”. Order it here.
Park World Tour 25 years memory book is now available to be pre-ordered.
The anniversary book Made for loving it features the history of the Park World Tour, from 1996 to 2020. The book includes close to 350 pages, 1.000 photos, maps from all the 119 PWT events, memories from runners throughout the years, plus a lot more.
Based on the decision to include Sprints in WOC 2021, the organizer has decided to include a Sprint also in Euromeeting 2020. As there were already plans set for the PWT 25th anniversary celebration race (sprint) just before the Euromeeting, the organizer and PWT have decided to merge the two.
Thus, the PWT 25th anniversary celebration race will also be the Euromeeting 2020 sprint event. This means that the race will follow official standards for sprint orienteering event, and there will not be a limit for 25+25 participants but the entry will be according to the Euromeeting regulations.
The PWT / Euromeeting Sprint event will be held in Železný Brod on October 28th. More information about the event can be found in the updated Euromeeting Bulletin: https://woc2021.cz/euromeeting/bulletins/
We are pleased to announce that the plans and organizing of the PWT 25th anniversary celebration race are progressing.
Jaroslav Kacmarcik recently had a meeting with the WOC 2021 and Euromeeting 2020 event director Jan Picek, who will also be acting as the event director for the PWT race. The race is scheduled to be held 28th October, just before Euromeeting.
More detailed information about the PWT race will come later along with the Euromeeting bulletins, but we can already say that a Czech TV sport channel will be producing a live broadcast from the event.