DEAR ORIENTEERING FRIENDS,
Therefore we invite you to visit the most popular tourist attractions that are located just a couple of kilometres away and are convenient to reach. 2018 is the year of Latvia’s 100th anniversary. Special preparations for this occasion are on-going in Latvia, and WOC 2018 will be among the centenary celebration events.
Looking forward to see you in Latvia!
WOC2018 Event Director
WOC2018 Event Director
LOW: Day 1, Riga, Kronvalda Park – sprint. First start at 12:00
Arena location: 56.955674, 24.107867
Motto of the day: The architecture of Riga where the centuries meet!
The spectator race will take place immediately after the WOC sprint qualifications in the same competition area.
Nearby, within a 10-minute walking distance, the WOC sprint finals will be held in the afternoon, to be followed by the World Orienteering Championships opening ceremony in the evening.
Sunday, 5 August
WOC: sprint relay
LOW: Day 2, Carnikava – long distance. First start at 9:00
Arena location: 57.139570, 24.265320
Motto of the day: the sea, sand, dunes, wind...!
The competition area is within a 30-minute drive from Riga. The terrain is very similar to that of the WMOC 2019.
11:00-16:00 Indoor orienteering competition in the building of the National Library. No entry fee. Not included in o-week's overall score. Information here: https://www.woc2018.lv/Indoor/
Monday, 6 August
Rest day for WOC and LOW participants; excursions.
Tuesday, 7 August
WOC: middle distance.
LOW: Day 3, Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, forest sprint. First start at 9:00
Arena location: 56.992880, 24.266548
Motto of the day: Echoes of the p ast of the Latvian nation!
Entrance to the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum only via Ezera gate. Please produce your number bib or make your registration.
After having completed the course you can take a museum tour.
The Open Air Museum is situated close to the Riga border on the route to Sigulda. The terrain features a pine and spruce forest with a big dune and the aura of Latvia’s previous centuries. A 20 minute drive to the WOC middle distance arena.
Wednesday, 8 August
LOW: Day 4, Sigulda, Laurenči – middle distance. First start at 9:00
Arena location: 57.140500, 24.816728
Motto of the day: The valley of the Gauja River - a painting by the nature!
The terrain of the WOC middle distance.
Thursday, 9 August
Rest day for LOW participants; excursions.
Friday, 10 August
LOW: Day 5, Mazie Kangari – middle distance. First start at 9:00
Arena location: 57.033340, 24.729239
Motto of the day: Taste the diversity of Latvia’s forests!
A 25-minute drive from Sigulda. The terrain is similar to that of the WMOC 2019.
Saturday, 11 August
WOC: long distance
Rest day for LOW participants; excursions.
Sunday, 12 August
LOW: Day 6, Turaida – long distance. First start at 9:00
Arena location: 57.187331, 24.850274
Motto of the day: Turaida – a pearl of nature and culture!
The terrain of the WOC long distance.
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adults. In groups MW8*;MW10*;MW12* and OPEN groups runners can enter directly on the race day.
WM8*, WM10*, WM12*, WM12, WM14, WM16, WM18, WM20, WM21E, WM21A, WM21B, WM35, WM40, WM45, WM50,
WM55, WM60, WM65, WM70, WM75, WM80, WM85, OPEN 1**, OPEN 2, OPEN 3**, OPEN 4
* - marked course: for MW8* and MW10* controls are right next to the marked line; for MW12* controls are up to 100 m from the marked line.
** - easy course: a technically easy course where route choice using roads is possible on many occasions.
E- elite; A – technically difficult; B - easy
The day’s winning runner in each group will score 1000 points. All other competitors will be scored as follows: winner’s time divided by the runner’s time and multiplied by 1000.
For the purposes of Latvia O-Week overall score, runner’s 5 best scores will be used.
Runners having won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the group according to overall score will be awarded. Only the winner will be awarded in groups with 3 or less competitors.
Single day winners and winners of OPEN courses will not be awarded.
The winners will be awarded with medals, competition souvenirs and/or sponsor prizes.
Awarded competitors who are not able to attend the prize-giving ceremony will be contacted to arrange the way for delivering their prizes.
Registration form and entered participants can be viewed here:
- Entries are open starting from 1 December 2017;
- It is possible to register even for one LOW day;
- The entries are confirmed only after the payment has be received.
The entry fee is quoted per day.
A 15% discount will be applied to the entry fee if entry is made for all 6 days.
If a registered competitor cancels his/her entry by 09.07.2018 23:59, the entry fee will be refunded in full amount (100%); if cancellations are made between this date and 20.07.2018 23:59, 50% of the entry fee will be refunded; for cancellations made after this date no money will be refunded.
When making the entry, it is possible to order the official WOC 2018 fan T-shirt or mesh running shirt. Price – EUR 25.
T-shirts will be available for sale in the arenas as well.
Special offer – An entry to LATVIA O-week may become a gift to your friend, wife, daughter, son, boss, competitor,… . After having registered for the event and settled the payment, you can print out the gift card.
OPEN1** 1.5-2.5 km
OPEN2 3.0-4.5 km
OPEN3** 4.0-5.0 km
OPEN4 5.5-7.5 km
Exact course lengths for all groups and all days will be specified in Bulletin 3
SPORTident card should be reimbursed to the organisers and is EUR 60.
www.alpharent.lv. Please quote „WOC2018 team” in the Notes section and you will get a special price.
There is an excellent train connection from Riga city centre to Sigulda. The train running schedule is here: www.pv.lv/en/
As to other means of public transport, see: www.1188.lv/en/transport/buses
The price of a car pass is EUR 3 per day. Information about passes for other vehicle types will follow.
The pass for minivans with 16 or more passenger seats and buses is EUR5 per day.
SIA "O! Latvija"
Registration No.: 40103795862
Mailing address: Dārza iela 2, Rīga, Latvia
Bank: AS Luminor Bank
Any questions about payments should be asked by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitors must also pay any remaining charges before they can collect their envelopes.
Payments can be made in cash; payment is accepted only in EUR.
We kindly ask the competitors to allow enough time for settling the accreditation and payments in order to avoid being late for the start.
Thur, 2 Aug 10:00-20:00
Fri, 3 Aug 10:00-20:00
Mon, 6 Aug 11:00-19:00
Event Office working hours in arenas on LOW race days:
Day 1 10:00-14:00 Kronvalda parks
Days 2-6 8:00-13:00 Respective arenas
Competitors in groups MW8* - MW12* and OPEN may start freely anytime in the sequence of appearing on the start and keeping a 2minute interval after the previous starter.
Each competitor participates in the event at his/her own risk. All competitors who take part in the LOW 2018 must consider any risks and take their own safety precautions, and will be totally responsible for any injuries which might occur to them during the races as well as for any accidents on the way to and from any event during LOW 2018.
ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE RECOMMENDED TO ACQUIRE AN ACCIDENT INSURANCE POLICY THAT, IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT, WILL COVER ALL FEES FOR EVENTUAL RETRIEVAL, RESCUE AND TRANSPORT TO THE HOSPITAL
The organiser of the event undertakes to act in compliance with the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and Personal Data Processing Law effective in Latvia. Competitors agree that results are made public, and photos and videos taken by accredited photographers and cameramen may be used for publicity purposes. The organiser is not liable for publication of photos and videos taken by third parties.
SERVICES IN THE ARENAS
by writing an e-mail to: email@example.com
More information about accommodations in Riga www.liveriga.com and Sigulda www.tourism.sigulda.lv
Daniel’s Travels, www.danielstravels.fi
Swiss O Tours, www.swissotours.ch
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to add or remove a tour organiser.
On rest days, excursions in Latvia and transfers to/from the airport will be provided by travel agency
“Jēkaba ceļojumi”, www.jekaba.lv.
For more information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-information/entry-into-latvia
CLIMATE AND HAZARDS
Ticks, carrying encephalitis and Lyme-disease are common in Latvia.