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- The world's first orienteering event open to civilians was held near Oslo in 1897. With Norway as the host nation of WOC 2019 orienteering comes home!

The words belong to Estonian IOF President Leo Haldna when he declared the 36th World Orienteering Championship opened at Sarpsborg City Square Monday night.

This year troops from many countries will be fighting for medals in the woods near Spydeberg. Not far from the WOC venue at Mørk two bloody wars have taken place during the last two centuries.

Kristen Treekrem (60) was the map maker on both occasions WOC was held in Norway, Grimstad 1997 and Trondheim 2010. At WOC 2019 he is once again in charge of the map production. 

Nydalen’s WOC runners will be backed by a massive support during WOC at Mørk.

Sweden is tipped by many to make a killer result in this year’s WOC. WOC 2019 host city Sarpsborg has been ravaged by the Swedes before during its long history. 

 

For the first time in history the live television pictures from an orienteering event will air at absolute prime time. The pictures will be sent throughout the world at this year’s championships between August 12thto 17th.

The Swedish World Cup leaders Tove Alexandersson and Gustav Bergman, as well as Norwegian relay King Magne Dæhli led a star-spangled field when runners from 12 nations practiced their relay skills a week and a half ahead of WOC 2019.

Entries have been made thick and fast and the organisers of WOC 2019 in August already now can rest assure the fact that the event will be a festivity with 10.000 entries.

The arena for the finals during WOC 2019 in Østfold will be at Mørk gård (Mørk farm)/golf course. WOC 2019 is held 12th to 17th of August 2019.

There are six spectator races during WOC 2019 12thto 17thof August. The race with most historical significance will be the one in Fredrikstad on Thursday Aug 15th, where you chase controls in and around Kongsten Fortress. 

Bergman decided the men’s relay Bergman decided the men’s relay 2019-08-17 - - In the hills towards the sixth control I realised I’m going to win, Swedish last lap runner Gustav Bergman said after he’d secured gold for Sweden in a thrilling men’s relay at WOC 2019’s last day. More detail
Relay: Swedish ladies with WOC 2019 treble. Relay: Swedish ladies with WOC 2019 treble. 2019-08-17 - Sweden’s Karolin Ohlsson outsprinted Swiss Julia Jakob on the golf course towards the last control. This means that Sweden will take all the women’s gold medals home from WOC 2019. More detail
Volunteer of the day: Have sent close to 10.000 runners into the forest. Volunteer of the day: Have sent close to 10.000 runners into the forest. 2019-08-17 - WOC 2019 will have close to the estimated 10.000 spectator race starters during the WOC week in Østfold, and Saturday we paid the staff at the start a visit in the pouring rain. More detail