Final details - FootO

O-Ringen competitions – OL/FootO

O-Ringen Uppsala 2022 include the following competitions in the event OL: 5-days, Elite tour, 3-days, Stage start, Bagheera relay and timed training courses. For the last three there is information elsewhere in the programme magazine and on oringen.se, while information for other competitions can be found in this memo. For Elite tour, SLU sprint and Bagheera relay there are specific memos on oringen.se.

COMPETITION ARENAS

Stage 1–2: Arena Pattons Hage, 3 km west of O-Ringen city

Stage 3: Arena Sävja, 3 km east of O-Ring city

Stage 4–5: Arena Flottsund, 4 km south of O-Ringen city

Registration

Registrations for the competitions can be made via oringen.se or at Competitor services O-Ringen square or Competitor services Arena. During the opening hours of Competitor services, you can also call 08-40906408 to make changes in existing bookings or to make new registrations.

You can avoid queue time by pre-buying your start at oringen.se. This service is open while the registry for respective competition is open. If you register via oringen.se you collect your number tag and rented punching card in the competitor services tent at the arena before start. For more information see the section about Competitor services in the programme magazine.

FINAL REGISTRATION TIME FOR RESPECTIVE COMPETITIONS IS AS FOLLOWS:

Elite tour: Tuesday July 19th 12.00

5-days: Sunday July 24th 21.00

3-days: Wednesday July 27th 21.00

Stage start: Respective competition day 13.00

Competition rules

Current rules from the Swedish Orienteering Federation (SOFT) as well as rules from this competition memo applies. All participation in O-Ringen is done at one’s own peril. O-Ringen AB have signed insurance for participants and spectators regarding unforeseen events. O-Ringen AB is in any other cases not responsible for any injuries sustained by participants or spectators during the event.

Health care

A temporary health care clinic is available at arenas Pattons Hage, Sävja and Flottsund with opening hours 08:45-15:30. The staff will be able to treat lighter injuries on site as well assess the need of medical care for more serious injuries. The clinic also has a defibrillator.

When needed the staff at the health care clinic will provide transport to Aleris local emergency clinic in Uppsala for more serious injuries.

In the forest there are first aid sites that are marked with violet crosses on the competition maps. These sites, as well as all start sites, are equipped with defibrillators.

Travel and parking

All road-users travelling to the O-Ringen competition arenas shall follow general traffic instructions and, in all cases, follow instructions from the traffic officials as well as information from oringen.se and the programme magazine. For more detailed information, see relevant sections in the programme magazine.

Bicycle travel to the arenas

From O-Ringen square

  • to Arena Pattons Hage, stage 1 and 2, the distance by bicycle is 4 km
  • to Arena Sävja, stage 3, the distance by bicycle is 8 km
  • to Arena Flottsund, stage 4 and 5, the distance by bicycle is 4 km

Travel by bus to the arenas

All stages are within bicycle distance from O-Ringen city, so we encourage you to take the bicycle. But it is also possible to travel by bus.

At stage 1–5 there are buses from O-Ringen city to the competition arenas. The buses are free for all registered competitors and their companions. The bus timetable is adapted to the expected start times of the competitors. The most crowded trips out are generally around 08:30-10:30 and the most crowded trips back are generally around 13:00-14:30.

If you can travel at other times than these, queue times will likely be shorter. More detailed information about bus transport and timetables is available in the programme magazine. Note that the buses have a short break around lunch time, so plan your trip well and listen to Radio O-Ringen for up-to-date traffic information.

Travel by car to the arenas

Parking stages 1–5

It is not possible to park at or next to the arena. There will only be a smaller number of parking places for disabled persons at or next to the arena. If you arrive by car you are referred to our satellite parking in Boländerna, at IKEA, COOP and Boland City. Follow the road description and the instructions of the parking attendant. The stage buses go back and forth to the arena from the satellite parking. Parking is free, but feel free to car-pool!

Number tags

The number tag is the proof of start for the competitor and is checked when passing through the verification station. It must not be folded or covered in any way. The number tag is attached with safety pins. Competitors need to bring their own safety pins. Competitors who lose their number tag needs to buy a new tag at Competitor services.

Number tags can be collected at Competitor services O-Ringen square until 21:00 on Sunday July 24th. After that time, the number tag can be collected at Competitor services at the arena. Help us to cut queue times by collecting tags for yourself and others well ahead of time.

Competitors in multiple-day competitions shall use the same number tag at all stages, excepting the first 15 starters in at stage 5 in classes with chasing start. These runners will get a new number tag corresponding to their placing in the results list and do not have to bring the old number tag to the verification station. But they do need to bring their own safety pins to start, and these are preferably attached on the competition shirt before going to start.

Competitors who buy single starts will get a new number tag at each start. For more information, see the section about Competitor services.

Clothing and shoes

According to SOFT competition rules all competitors must wear clothing that covers the entire body, excepting head, neck, and arms. The clothes must not be torn or have gaps. Socks/leg protection must be worn for the duration of the competition. Competitors are responsible of following the competition regulations when they enter the start enclosure. Start officials have the right to deny start for runners who do not follow these regulations. At the verifications stations there are self-service stations for taping of clothes. Spiked shoes are banned at all stages. Violation of these rules will lead to disqualification. Shoes with rubber cleats and recessed metal cleats are allowed.

Classes and routes

The organizer has divided classes where the number of competitors might be too high. This applies to the following classes:

D21 Kort (to D21 Kort-1 and D21 Kort-2)

H18 (to H18-1 and H18-2)

H21 (to H21-1 and H21-2)

H21 Kort (to H21 Kort-1 and H21 Kort-2)

H45 (to H45-1 and H45-2)

H45 Kort (to H45 Kort-1 and H45 Kort-2)

H50 (to H50-1 and H50-2)

H50 Kort (to H50 Kort-1 and H50 Kort-2)

Check your registration and class at resultat.oringen.se. Class and route information such as route distances, distance to start, map scale, start points etcetera is published in the section Start and class information in the programme magazine.

Maps

The maps were drawn in 2018–2022. All maps are drawn in accordance with ISOM2017 and approved for Level 1 competition. The maps are offset printed by Kartsam and supplied in a plastic sheet protector. Route print in violet colour. The distance from start place to start point is marked on the map.

The contour interval is 2,5 meters on all maps. Scale depends on class and route. For more information, see the section Start and class information in the programme magazine.

You keep your map after finish but note that it is against competition rules to provide information about terrain, map or route to competitors who have yet to start. It is also against the rules to secure an unauthorised advantage in the competition.

LOCAL MAP LEGEND

Climbing passage over fence = Two lines over fence (stage 1 and 2)

Black cross = hut/small hunting blind (all stages), foxhole/trench (stage 1 and 2)

Brown triangle = root cellar (stage 3, 4 and 5)

Any late map adjustments are posted at start. In the classes Inskolning/training, U1 and U2 there are extra maps for companions. Competitors who did not start cannot collect the map later.

CARTOGRAPHER

Stage 1 and 2: Christer Eriksson

Stage 3, 4 and 5: Jerker Boman and Karl-Erik Engblom

Terrain

Terrain descriptions are available in the information for the various stages.

Control point descriptions

Control point descriptions are printed on the maps and are also available separately at start. Control point descriptions follow the current IOF standards.

Control points

Control points are marked with an orange and white screen and can be placed very close together. Check the code number carefully! The code number is placed next to the punching unit on the upper side of the control stand. The control points must be visited in the right sequence.

Prohibited areas

All private grounds are prohibited. Please respect this before, during and after the competition. There are also other areas marked as prohibited on the map. Violations will lead to disqualification.

Marking of prohibited areas on the map:

Solid contour line – the prohibited area is marked with blue and yellow marking strips in the terrain.

No solid contour line – no marking strips in the terrain.

Marking strips in the terrain

Indistinct trails are marked with white strips. Prohibited areas with a solid contour line on the map are marked with blue and yellow marking strips in the terrain.

Fluid

Water will be provided on the way top start, out in the competition area and in close vicinity to the finish. Fluid stations passed by the elite classes at control points have sports drink. Fluid stations in the competition area are marked with a violet cup symbol. Please put used cups in the available rubbish bags or put them upside down on the posts intended for that purpose. Those who bring their own energy must throw any empty containers in the rubbish bags at the fluid stations or bring int to the finish. It is, in accordance with the right to public access, strictly prohibited to throw rubbish in the forest.

Start

There are eight separate starts. The competitor is responsible for going to the right start place. Information about the correct start place and the distance there is available in the section Start and class information in this memo as well as on the number tag of the competitor.

A very large number of competitors share parts of the same way to start. For easy access we ask those who walks to start to stay on the right side and let the runners pass on the left side.

VERIFICATION STATION ON THE WAY TO START

All competitors must pass the verification station on the way to start. The verification station is located at the outer edge of the arena (see arena map for each stage). The purpose of the verification station is to make sure that the competitor and punching card is properly linked.

  • At the verification station competitors are responsible for emptying and checking their punching card.
  • After this the competitor verifies that the right punching card is used by reading the card with the proper unit and checking that the information on the display is correct. If the information is incorrect the runner is referred to Red start at the verification station where the punching card is linked to the competitor.
  • At the verification station it is also verified that the competitor is wearing a number tag (mandatory) and proper clothing (see Clothing and shoes).

At the start the competitor is responsible for taking the correct map. This is done by checking that the correct class code is printed on the front of the map. For classes where the map is not shown before the start signal the map container has a lid with an open corner allowing the competitor to easily check the class code before start.

Maps are received in the starting moment for the classes DH 17–20 Kort, DH21-DH75 Kort, DH18-DH95 and DH18E-DH21E. For classes with open start, you can punch the map at any time after taking it. In other classes the map is received one minute before start. In classes with chasing start at stage 5 the map is always received at the starting moment.

The organizers do not provide any transport of extra clothing back from start.

Start methods

Four different start methods are used in O-Ringen competitions – assigned start, open minute start, open start, and chasing start.

Assigned start

Assigned start is used in Elite tour, main classes, and the short classes DH14-20 in 5-days stage 1–4, and for DH10, DH11, DH12 and DH12 Kort also in 5-days stage 5. Assigned start means that the competitor is assigned a start time. The current start list can be found at resultat.oringen.se. The start time shown in the start list is the “step forward” time for the competitor.

Late start is allowed to 30 minutes after assigned start time and should be made at the sign “Sen start” (late start). Running time is always counted from the assigned start time.

Open minute start

For DH21 Kort and up to and including DH75 Kort in 5-days stage 1–4. Open minute start means that the competitor, on arrival at start, gets to choose an available start time by taking a sticker and putting it on their number tag. The time chosen is the “step forward” time for the competitor. The start intervals within a given class is normally one minute. When needed, the start official in charge can decide to shorten this start interval. You can start from 08:30 till 13:30. Timing starts when the competitor punches at start. It is the responsibility of the competitor to punch for start.

Open start

For the classes Inskolning, Utveckling (U), Motion and all open classes open start is used at all stages. Open start means that the competitor chooses a start time freely. Start intervals are not controlled. You can start from 08:30 till 13:30. Timing starts when the competitor punches at start. It is the responsibility of the competitor to punch for start.

Chasing start

For Elite tour and 5-days (main classes and short classes) in stage 5, except DH10, DH11, DH12 and DH12 kort that have assigned starts in stage 5 as well. Chasing start means that the competitor with the best total time starts first. The rest of the class starts thereafter in the order of time after the leading time. After them, competitors who are more than 90 minutes behind the leader or do not have a total result starts with an interval of 15 seconds. The first 15 who starts in each class with chasing start shall wear a number tag with class code and a number that is the same as their place in the start order after four stages. This number tag is received at the start place at stage 5. You do not need to bring your old number tag, but you do need to bring your own safety pins.

3–5 minutes before starting your name will be called for roll call. Then you continue forward to get your map and control description. You then move on and hold the map along your leg until start. When your start time (hour, minute and second) is shown on the start display you will be allowed to start running.

Shadowing

Shadowing and running together is allowed in the classes Inskolning and Utveckling, in all open classes and in Stage start. Shadowing before your own race is not allowed for runners in the ranked classes i.e., DH18, DH20 and DH21. Shadowing maps are provided for the classes Inskolning and Utveckling but not for open classes or Stage start.

Punching system

The system used is the Sportident system for electronic timing and punching. All types of Sportident punching cards can be used, but there is no touch free functionality in the punching units.

Card number that are registered with the Swedish Orienteering Federation (SOFT) competitions system Eventor have been retrieved and linked to the registered competitor by O-Ringen before the competition. You can easily check your card number in the start list at resultat.oringen.se.

If you need to change the number on the punching car you can do so free of charge and at any time via oringen.se/bytbricka or at Red start by the verification station on the way to start.

A punching card can only be used for one competitor/one start in a given stage. That means that you cannot lend your punching card to any else if you are using it yourself. Competitors who use a punching card that have already been used in the current stage will be disqualified.

It is the responsibility of the competitor to bring a punching card to start. The card will be checked in the verification station in the passage out from the arena on the way to start, see more information in the section Start.

Punching at control points

It is the responsibility of the competitor to verify that signals, sound, and light, are received from the punching unit. Be especially alert if another runner is punching in at another punching unit in the vicinity so that you do not mistake that signal as a verification of your own control punch. If no sound or light signal is received after repeated attempts, you should use the needle punch on the control stand. The needle punch should then be used to punch the reserve box on the map and then show this at Red exit after finish. Remember to punch the last control point, located close to the entrance to the finish line.

The punching must be carried for the duration of the route. If you do not have your punching card with you at finish you will be disqualified. This also applies if you have used the needle punches on the control points you visited after losing your card.

Renting a punching card

Pre-rented punching cards can be collected at Competitor services O-Ringen square until 21:00 on Sunday July 24th. After that time pre-rented punching cards can be collected at Competitor services at the arena. Punching cards can also be rented at Competitor services O-Ringen square or Competitor services at the arenas.

Returning a punching card

A competitor with a rented punching card is responsible for returning the card after the last stage for which it was used. This is done in conjunction with the card readout.

Failure to return a punching card

Competitors who do not return their punching card will be charged a cost of 600 SEK. A rented punching card that is not returned will be registered on the Sportident registry of lost punching cards and will not be usable in future events.

Finish

The home straight is divided into eight lanes and competitors must finish in the correct lane. This lane is printed on the number tag. Finish time is taken when the competitor punches in at the finish line, situated circa 10-15 metres in front of the finish tent.

At stages 4 and 5, between the next to the penultimate control point and the last control point, the competitors will pass a major road. The road is closed for general traffic, but emergency vehicles must be able to pass in the event of an emergency.

Competitor responsibilities at finish

  • To run to the finish line in the right lane. The name of the lane is printed on the number tag.
  • To punch in at the finish line at the end of the lane.
  • To get a readout of the punching card, even if the race was interrupted.
  • To return a rented punching card.
  • To make sure that any punched reserve boxes are checked at Red exit.

Redout of punching card

After punching at the finish line the competitors shall continue forward to make a readout of their punching cards. At this time the runners will get a printout of their distance running times.

Special finish for DH80 and older

For the classes DH80, DH80 recreation and older, time is taken when punching the last of the control points at stages 1-4. Competitors shall after that continue in their finish lane, punch in at the finish line and punch out, but the time from the last control point to the finish does not affect the stage time. Stage 5 however does have a normal chasing start finish like in other competition classes.

Finish after chasing start at stage 5

For classes with chasing start the placing at the finish line is the one that counts. The finish line is situated circa 15–20 metres in front of the finish tent and the finish punching unit a few metres further on. In very close sprints the finish line judges decide in which order finish line punching shall be made. Unofficial sprinting contests are discouraged at the last stage since they can make it harder to control the sequence between the finish line and the punching in at the finish. The lanes for the elite classes are divided into two lines to allow fair sprint duels. The runners choose the left or right line and are not allowed to change after the choice has been made.

Red exit

If data on the punching card shows that not all control points have been visited, or if the readout shows that the wrong control point have been punched, and the competitor feels that this is incorrect they are referred to Red exit in the finish tent to clarify the issue. If you have punched a control point with a needle punch, you must go to Red exit where the punch card can be checked manually. Red exit is also used if you need to point out any technical problems during the competition, such as a malfunctioning punching unit, or if you need to report wild game or any violations of the competition rules.

Interrupted race

Competitors who interrupt their race shall, if possible, pass the finish line and get their punching card read there. If the competitor for any reason, such as an accident, cannot get their punching card read, their start number should be communicated as soon as possible to the stage race office (phone 0703-12 85 66) or to Competitor services at O-Ringen city. The race administration will organise a search for any missing people after the competition time is over.

Results

Current results are presented at resultat.oringen.se. At resultat.oringen.se you can easily follow your own and others results on the mobile phone or on a computer. Internet access via WiFi and 4G will be available at the arenas.

  • A list of stage winners in all classes with an awards ceremony will be presented around 17:30 on the results board at O-Ringen square.
  • Complete results lists will be presented no later than 19:00 on the results board at O-Ringen square.
  • Results lists and distance times are published at Eventor and WinSplits respectively no later than 20:00 on the current competition day.

Awards ceremony

See information in the programme magazine and the memo for the elite tour.

Reporting wild game

Competitors who saw wild game during the competition should report this to Wild game/Viltrapport after finish. This can be done near Red exit in the finish tent. Game that should be reported include moose, deer, roe deer, wild boar, and possible predators.

Lavatories

Lavatories are available at the arena and on the way to start for all stages. For more information about the lavatories on the way to start, se the map in the stage information in the programme magazine.

Showers

Temperate outdoor showers are available at all competition arenas. See arena map.

Miniknat

Miniknat offers string courses for the youngest (ages 3-8). Loan of punching card included. No competition, marked course, prizes for everyone, every day. Bookings are made via oringen.se or at Competitor services Arena.

Childcare

Childcare is available at all the competition arenas and can be booked via oringen.se or Competitor services.

Maximum time

The maximum allowed competition time on stage 2, 3 and 5 is 2,5 hours. On stage 1 and 4 (middle-distance) the maximum time allowed is 2 hours. If you take longer than that, you are out of the competition.

Search

The race administration will organise a search for those who have not punched out or given notice about interrupted race after the competition has ended. We ask that family members and club mates of the missing competitor assist the race administration with information relevant for the search. The phone number for Kvar i skogen/Left in the woods is 0703-12 85 66.

Missing control point registration

If a competitor feels that they are missing a control point that they did punch, this can be reported at Red exit in the finish tent. The control unit in question will be read and checked after the finished competitions since there is, due to a fault in the electronic punching system, a small possibility that the registration was made on the unit without being registered on the runner. If the card number is registered in the control unit, the competitor will be approved.

Reporting rule violations

A report about rule violations must be made, in writing, to the race administration or at Red exit within two hours after the end of the competition.

Protester

Protests against race administration decisions about rule violations must be lodged, in writing, at Red exit in the finish tent or at Competitor services at O-Ringen city, within two hours of the announcement of the decision.

Competition jury

Johan Näslund, Director race administration O-Ringen Åre 2023 (convener)

Johan Andersson, Race director O-Ringen Smålandskusten 2024

Helen Hanstock, Race director MTBO O-Ringen Åre 2023

Magnus Svensson, O-Ringen Jönköping 2025 (stage 1)

Gunnar A Johansson, O-Ringen Jönköping 2025 (stage 2)

Vivian Lindstam, O-Ringen Jönköping 2025 (stage 3)

Tobias den Bravar, O-Ringen Jönköping 2025 (stage 4 and 5)

Race directors OL/FootO

Bo Strand, Race director O-Ringen Uppsala

Mats Tibell, Race director OL O-Ringen Uppsala

Ross Smith, Director race administration O-Ringen Uppsala

Magnus Johansson, Race director O-Ringen AB

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SCHEDULE 5-DAY OL/FootO

STAGE 1 Monday July 25th, Extended middle-distance, Arena Pattons Hage

STAGE 2 Tuesday July 26th, Long-distance, Arena Pattons Hage

STAGE 3 Thursday July 28th, Long-distance, Arena Sävja

STAGE 4 Friday July 29thi, Middle-distance, Arena Flottsund

STAGE 5 Saturday July 30th, Long-distance, Arena Flottsund