The world’s largest orienteering adventure is coming to Åre!

O-Ringen AB and the Åre Municipality have reached agreement on plans to organize O-Ringen, the world’s largest orienteering adventure, in Åre, an area famous for its ski resorts, in 2021.

Åreskutan Linn Nordlund

Photo: Linn Nordlund

O-Ringen AB and the Åre Municipality have reached agreement on plans to organize O-Ringen, the world’s largest orienteering adventure, in Åre, an area famous for its ski resorts, in 2021. The plans for this event have been developed by a working group consisting of personnel from O-Ringen AB, the Åre Municipality, and local orienteering clubs.

O-Ringen is expected to bring close to 30,000 visitors to Åre during the last week of July 2021. It is expected that about 25,000 of these visitors will compete in O-Ringen and reach a total of close to 100,000 starts among them. O-Ringen provides activities for orienteers of all levels, from complete beginners to world-class athletes. Competitors come from over 40 countries and span all ages, from small children to veterans in their 90’s. O-Ringen will offer seven different competitions in disciplines that include foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, and trail orienteering.

Tove Alexandersson sprint

Photo: Peter Holgersson

“In the survey of O-Ringen participants carried out in Salen in 2016, Åre was mentioned as the most desirable potential future destination for O-Ringen, so it feels extra special to be able to make that wish a reality”, says Henrik Bostrom, CEO of O-Ringen AB. According to Henrik, “Åre has the potential to offer both a unique orienteering experience and also a vacation week beyond the ordinary, due to its wide selection of fun activities, restaurants, and beautiful nature. O-Ringen Åre 2021 has the potential to be the largest O-Ringen ever and to break the participation record of 25,021 competitors.”

Organizational work for Åre 2021 will begin in 2018. That’s when a General Secretary, based in Are, is expected to be hired to lead the organizing team. An international coalition of eleven clubs from Sweden and Norway has signed on to participate in the organization of O-Ringen Are 2021: Frol IL, Frösö IF, Fältjägarnas IF, Järpens SK, OK Skøynar, OK Storsjön, SK Freidig, Stjørdals-Blink Orientering, Wing OK, Åre OK, and Östersunds OK. This will add an extra international touch to world’s largest orienteering event that attracts around 1,500 Norwegian competitors in a normal year.

Klubbrepresentanter Åre

“Åre has a lot of experience hosting large events, and we are pleased to welcome a sport that had not previously organized a large competition here. We already have the infrastructure in place to manage large volumes. The economic effect of this event on our businesses and communities, estimated at close to 150 million SEK, is very important” says Peter Bergman, Municipal Commissioner of the Åre municipality.

O-Ringen City will be located in Åre village, and competitors will be able to stay in existing hotels, cottages, cabins, and apartments in its vicinity. The locations of the different stages of O-Ringen 2021 will be determined in 2018.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Henrik Boström
CEO, O-Ringen AB
+46 70-380 84 89
henrik.bostrom@oringen.se

Peter Bergman
Municipal Commissioner, Åre Municipality 
+46 647-161 02
peter.bergman@are.se

 

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