Competition instructions

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Competition instructions2018-06-07T23:13:03+00:00

The rules of the Finnish Orienteering Federation (SSL) applied together with the instructions given by the organizer.


Categories, starts and distances

Start lists

Start list are available at the competition centre and

Start guidance

The guidance to the starts will begin from the competition centre guide pole.

Dressing, wash and toilets

No dressing rooms and showers.  Toilets are available at the competition centre. There is a public swimming place 600 m walk from the arena to south.

Emit checking unit

Model control with emit checking unit is near the guide pole. Check that your emit card works. Otherwise go directly to the info point. You can’t start with a faulty emit card.

Competition numbers (bib numbers)

All the competitors use competition numbers which are the same in both days. They are not collected back in the finish. They are yellow in the H/D21E and white in the other classes. Please, attach the competition number with your own safety pins.

You can pick up your competition number from the side of the info point.

Control descriptions

Separate sheets of control descriptions are available in the starts. Control descriptions are not printed on the map.

Emit backup labels – important to those who are not used with the emit cards

Emit card backup labels are available in the starts before you go to the start place.

Restricted areas (out of bounds)

Some restricted (out of bounds) areas exist. These are marked on the map.

First aid and water refreshment

There is a first aid station at the competition centre. On Sunday there is a refreshment point/control marked on the map for the long distance classes.

Distances to the starts

Distance on Saturday
Start 1: 700 meters along the meadow
Start 2: 600 meters along the meadow
Start 3: (Children) 1200 meters along the road and path
Start 4: (Open orienteering) 300 meters along the road
Distance on Sunday
Start 1: 900 meters along the road and the path
Start 2: 700 meters along the road and the meadow
Start 3: (Children) 1100 meters
Start 4: (Open orienteering) 1000 meters
All strings start from the guidance pole. You must use the marked route to the start.


At the starts there are lists of all competitors with competition numbers, start times and emit numbers. Lists can be found also from

Control descriptions and Emit card backup labels are available in the start area before you go to the start place. The late competitors go directly to the late start official.

Start 1 and 2 -adults (H/D 15 -)

Start procedure

  • 4 minutes before your start time: the bib (competitor number) is checked.
  • 3 minutes before: reset your emit card.
  • 2 minutes before: look the model map.
  • 1 minute before: go near the map bucket of your category.
  • At your start time take your map and start your run. You are responsible that you have taken the right map. The string leads you to the K-point .

Start 3

Children (-H/D 14)

Start procedure:

  • 4 minutes before your start time you will be called by name to the start place. Your Emit card will be
  • 3 minutes before; reset your emit card.
  • 2 minutes before: competitors of string categories (RR and TR) can look their model map with all controls. In the model map for other categories only the K-point is marked.
  • 1 minutes before: the rest of competitors can take their maps from the map bucket.
  • Start signal gives you permission to start your run.

String course is marked with a continuous white tape in the terrain. Controls are marked with the symbol RR (RR1, RR2, RR3…).

In the string course ten minute penalty for each missing control is added to the total time of the competitor.

Start 4

Look open orienteering instructions.


Several punching units are on the finish line. Punching at some of the units stops your time counting. After the finish line your emit card is checked for downloading.

Maps are not collected back in the finish. You are not allowed to show the map or route to the competitors, who are not yet started or came to the finish (official competition code §3.75).

Near the finish you will find emit split time printing point and disqualification clearing point.

Interrupted competitors must go to the finish and inform at the emit checking point that they have interrupted their competition.

Prizes and victory ceremonies

Prizes are given according the total results of the both days. The number of prizes in each category can be seen on the information board.

Victory ceremonies are only in categories D21E, H21E, H/D14, H/D13 and H/D12, H/D10 and H/D12TR. All competitors of categories of H/D9RR and H/D10RR will get their prizes at the victory ceremony area.

All other prize winners will get their prizes from the prize tent after the results of their category is confirmed. You will see this in the result list on the information board. The number of prize winners in each category is shown in the information board.

Prizes are not send afterwards by mail.


Info point

At the info tent you can pay your fees. An Emit card can be rent for the fee of 4 Euro/day. There will be a 70 euro fee for an lost Emit -card.

Emit punching

Every competitor is responsible that his or her emit card works and the emit number is the same as in the start list. You may check the function of your emit card in the model control at the assembly.

You can rent a new working emit card at the info point. The rent includes even the change of the emit number.

Control number shown in the emit card display can be different compared to the control number printed in the control descriptions.

Spike shoes

Spike (2-3 cm long spikes) shoes are not allowed. Orienteering shoes with short lugs are allowed.


Results are updated in the results board. Final results are available on the web site of Helsingin Suunnistajat during the afternoon

Open orienteering

Open orienteering is available. Costs are 10 Euros per day, 18 years and younger pay 5 Euros per day.

The start of the open orienteering is on both days few hundred meters from the assembly. Start period on Saturday 11-13 and on Sunday 10-12. The finish will be closed on Saturday 15.30 and on Sunday 14.30.

Emit cards are used. You can rent an emit card at the start point of the open orienteering. It costs 4 Euros per day. The finish of the open orienteering is in the same place as the start. You must not come to the Finish of HOG.

Courses and distances, see

Kindergarten (children care)

Kindergarten is available at the assembly. Children must be informed to information secretary ( beforehand by 7.6. Thursday.


The assembly cafe serves coffee, tea, refreshment drinks, rolls and buns.

Parking and public transport

Parking fee is 5 Euros per car day in each day. Parking tickets are available at the info point. Remember to put the parking ticked so that the parking officials can see it when driving out.

There is a free 5 minutes bus link from parking to the distance of 2000 meters from the assembly. Look at the info about the public transport connections from Helsinki near to the event centre.

Safety and cleanliness

Smoking is prohibited everywhere at the assembly. Please, take all your garbage to waste containers.


Camping is not allowed at the assembly.

Lost and found

All lost and found are collected to the info point. After competition you can ask these

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