Bulletin 2

Competition Instructions (WRE)

National Orienteering Competition, World Ranking Event (WRE)

FinnSpring in Sauvo, Finland, April 20, 2019

These competition instructions are preliminary. The final version can be seen in the competition centre on April 20.

Event organizer

Orienteering club Paimion Rasti

Main officials

Event Director:        Matti Tahvonen                +358 44 3029728; matti.tahvonen@gmail.com

Main Course Setter:        Jukka Oksa        +358 50 3561661; jukka.oksa@gmail.com

Info:        Eija Sipponen                +358 40 583 1705‬

Result Service:        Niko-Petteri Salo        +358 40 5705672

Media:         Liisa Ahonen                +358 50 5218325; ahonen.liisa.r@gmail.com


Contact Person:         Antti Veijalainen        +358 44 5463624; veijalainen.antti@gmail.com

Course Controller:         Ilkka Saarimäki        ilkka.saarimaki@gmail.com

WRE Event Adviser:         Vesa Elovaara        vesa.elovaara@icloud.com

Event Information


The rules of the Finnish Orienteering Federation as well as instructions given by the organizer and the International Orienteering Federation will be applied in the competition. The rules of the Finnish Orienteering Federation are available on the website www.suunnistusliitto.fi.

WRE classes, course lengths and climb

M21E                                16,0 km                 510 m                     27 controls           2 refreshment points

W21E                                12,2 km                 385 m                     18 controls           2 refreshment points

M21EB                             13,1 km                 425 m                     23 controls           2 refreshment points

W21EB                             10,3 km                 335 m                     19 controls           2 refreshment points

Competition Terrain

The competition area mainly consists of detailed bare-rock terrain typical of southwestern Finland. Runnability is mostly very good. The area is fragmented by forests roads and agricultural field areas. Biggest single elevation differences on the courses are appr. 30 metres.

Competition Map

Scale 1:15 000, contour interval 5 m, digitally printed 4/2019. Map size A3. A model map can be seen at the start.

The competition maps are in plastic cases.

Out-of-Bounds Areas

Areas indicated with vertical stripes in purple on the competition map as well as all settlement areas are forbidden to enter. Entering an out-of-bounds area leads to disqualification. A competitor is allowed to enter the competition area only during his/her own competition performance.

In addition, there are some small, potentially dangerous areas in the terrain marked with a continuous plastic tape. These are not separately marked on the map.

Model Control

A model control can be seen next to the guiding pole in the competition centre.

Punching System and Emit Cards

Electronic Emit punching system is in use. A competitor is responsible for that he/she has a functional Emit card. It is not allowed to compete with a broken card. A competitor competing with an Emit card not marked in the start list will be disqualified, if the card change is not made at the Info prior to the start.

A card can be used only once during the competition. Check the functionality of your card at the model control prior to your start. Note that punching units on actual competition controls do not have a blinking function.

Check your Emit card number on the start list and, if needed, make a number change at the Info prior to the start.

It’s possible to hire an Emit card at the Info for 5 €. The number of hire cards is limited. A change of the Emit card number at the Info costs 3 €.

Hired Emit cards must be returned to the Info after the competition. Hired cards not returned will be charged at 84 € each.

NB. An Emit card with a display may show a different control code than that on the control.

First Aid Points

There is a first aid point in the competition centre. In the terrain, there are no specific first aid points, but you may contact any starting point if need be.

Start Lists

Start lists can be seen on the results board in the competition centre and at the start as well as on the website www.finnspring2019.eu.


First starts are at 11:00 a.m.

Start n:o 1: Classes M/W21E. Distance from the competition centre: 3,0 km (road / path).

Start n:o 2: Classes M/W21EB. Distance from the competition centre: 3,2 km (road / path).

Check the signposting tape colour at the guiding pole. The signposting to the start must be followed.

There is a transport for clothing and other equipment from the start to the competition centre. No plastic bags provided by the organizer.

There is no quarantine zone in any class.

WRE Classes Special Information

All WRE classes include so-called butterfly loops. At the start, the competitor picks his/her competition map and control descriptions as follows:

In the competition map, E1/E2 is only marked in the control descriptions.

Competition Numbers, Emit Control Slips and Control Descriptions

Competition numbers are used only in classes M/W21E. The numbers are available at the start as self service. Note: take your own safety pins!

Emit card control slips are available at the start.

Control descriptions are printed on the competition map and also available separately at the start. There are neither attaching equipment nor covers available.

Sizes of the separate control descriptions are:

W21E 45 mm x 140 mm

W21EB 45 mm x 140 mm

M21E 45 mm x 180 mm

M21EB 45 mm x 155 mm

Start Procedure

The competitor is called out four minutes prior to his/her starting time.

Emit card is reset three minutes prior to the starting time; this is on the responsibility of the competitor.

The competition map can be seen two minutes prior to the starting time.

The competitor moves next to his/her map one minute prior to the starting time.

The competitor can take the map at the starting moment. There is a signposted route to the starting point.


There is a marked route from the last control to the finish. There are two marked corridors to the finish; elite classes use the left one. Remember to punch on the finish line!

After the finish, the competitor continues to the Emit data extraction point. Unclear cases are solved immediately. The finish will be closed at 5:55 p.m.


Dropped out competitors must report at the finish or, alternatively, pass on the information about dropping out to the finish through another person.


Possible complaints regarding results can be filed at the Info next to the finish not later than 15 minutes after the final results of the class in question have been published. Complaints filed thereafter will not be dealt with.


Prize-giving takes place after the results are clear. The number of awarded competitors can be seen on the results board. Prizes that are not picked up will not be sent or delivered afterwards. In classes M/W21E, there will be a prize-giving ceremony.

Returning Maps

Competitors keep their maps after their performance. According to the rules, it is forbidden to show the map or competition course to other competitors or coaches. This also applies to showing courses on old maps. If this ethical guidance is violated, all concerned competitors may be disqualified.

Dressing and Washing

Dressing and washing take place in the competition centre in outdoor conditions.

Ban on Spike Shoes

Wearing spike shoes in the competition is forbidden.

Toilets and Waste Management

Toilets are in the vicinity of the competition centre, see marked route from the guiding pole. In addition, there are toilets in starts 1 and 2.

There are garbage collection points in the competition centre. Sorting is done independently.

Food and Beverage

There is a restaurant in competition centre serving sandwiches, coffee, other beverages etc. There is no warm food available.

Children’s Day Care

There is a children’s day care point in the competition centre.

Open Courses

An open course orienteering available at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Course alternatives: 2,2 km (easy), 4,1 km (demanding) and 5,8 km (demanding). Entries to open courses at their own start (cash payment) or at restaurant in the competition centre (card payment); map fee 12 €/course, under 16-year-olds 6 €/course.

The open course start and finish are located 400 m from the competition centre.                  

The organizer wishes everyone welcome as well as good luck in the competition!