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.

Sanjiang

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

Sanjiang

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

Daqitou

What would have been your tactique to find the controls? See the maps from these and all the other PWT races in full resolution in Made for loving.

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 http://www.orienteeringmauritius.org/

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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Let’s go to the beach

Not Miami, but Rizhao, China provided the beach atmosphere on 19.10.2019 as the PWT race took place around Rizhao Beach Resort. The terrain was a real mixture and the visual reality could be a bit different than the first image in your head, as perhaps can be seen on the face of Maija Sianoja.

Photo: Asian Cup & Beijing O-Week

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Where heroes meet

Katarina Borg and Dorte Dahl chose the straight route to control 15 on a speedy course in central Budapest 8.10.1997. The Hungarian organisers had one speaker at the start and finish next to the Heroes Square, and another one announcing what happened at the water crossing – as well as live commentary online.

Dorte Dahl (in front) & Katarina Borg

How many school kids tried the course after the Park World Tour? Find this and more pleasure in Made for loving it.

Get in

The PWT race in Chongqing on 2.11.2019 was a special one. Set inside a museum area – also literally – the athletes not only decided the ranking order with a chasing start one-man-relay final but also got to orienteer indoors.

Adela Indrakova (CZE) [Photo: Beijing O-Week]
A control inside the museum [Photo: Tuomas Kari]

How was the indoor area mapped? Can you put the control above to the map? Dive in to Made for loving it to solve the puzzle.