WOC 2017


June 30 - July 7.  Tartu - Estonia



Estonian Orienteering Federation is pleased to welcome everybody to be a part of the largest and most prominent orienteering event in the history of Estonian orienteering, the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2017!

The first ever World Orienteering Championships in Estonia is a dream come true to our orienteering community and gives us a fantastic opportunity to present our hospitality, interesting terrains and high level organization to all orienteering friends across the world.

World Orienteering Championships in the beginning of July 2017 will not only be an event to award the titles to the best orienteers in the world but also an exciting week for TV viewers, spectators and participants of the spectators' races.



Test races for national teams 12.03.2017 (13:16)

Between May 12 and 14, test races on WOC 2017 relevant terrains are offered in South Estonia to national teams. During 3 days, sprint, middle distance and long distance are offered. Entries are open until April 17.

Find more information about the test races on WOC 2017 Training page: http://www.woc2017.ee/trainings/ and/or contact trainings@woc2017.ee

EMIT and EQ Timing are partners for WOC 2017 timing 28.11.2016 (11:45)

The organiser of WOC 2017 has signed an agreement with EMIT and EQ Timing on November 24 to conclude the process of choosing the best possible punching and timing service for the highlight of the orienteering season.

"Having such experienced partners in our team means a lot for our confidence. Now we can sit back and relax a bit during the competitions", says WOC 2017 Event Director Markus Puusepp. He continues: "Correct times and results are essential for world-class events and the combined offer from EMIT and EQ Timing, was clearly the best. It feels great that this important part of the competitions is finally in place."

"We are delighted and proud that the organizers of WOC 2017 chose Emit," says a satisfied Tommy Jauhojärvi, CEO of Emit AS. “EQ Timing and Emit showed on WOC 2016 how we together can provide the services required for live TV quality event.”

"Result Service for TV is something we offer many sports all year round," says Timo Lapinoja, EQ Timing.

EMIT and EQ Timing are Scandinavian companies specialising in the area of timekeeping. During the World Orienteering Championships, EMIT and EQ Timing provide full service with equipment and staff. Teams are experienced, with the latest major orienteering event being the World Orienteering Championships 2016. During WOC 2017, EMIT and EQ Timing are working in co-operation with ChampionChip Estonia, a subsidiary of EQ Timing.

Changes in the embargoed area borders 02.11.2016 (11:20)

Borders of the embargoed areas have changed this autumn after XXVIII Suunto Games and IOF Event Advising Team visit. The change affect all competition areas:

  • Tartu (Sprint Qualification and Final) - embargo has been lifted north of the old town in Supilinn (Soup town) district.
  • Viljandi (Sprint Relay) - area with less strict access has been fully lifted. Only strictly embargoed area remains in the old town and castle hills.
  • Rõuge (Long Distance) - embargo in the eastern part (towards Haanja) has been lifted after XXVIII Suunto Games in October 1-2, 2016.
  • Elva-Vitipalu (Middle Distance and Relay) - embargo in the southern part (overlap with Päidlapalu training map) has been lifted and area has been reduced in other parts too.


Map with the latest version of the embargoed areas can be found here (Google Maps). All questions about the embargoed areas shall be addressed to office@woc2017.ee

Almost 1000 runners expected to Suunto Games 26.09.2016 (03:48)

On the last day of the entries, over 900 participants have already signed up for XXVIII Suunto Games that takes place on October 1-2 in Haanja. Haanja lies just 7 km from WOC long distance arena.

The biggest categories are the Men's and the Women's Elite with a total of 200 participants. Both days count as World Ranking Events for the Elite classes. For the long distance event on October 1, Men's category has to be split into two to be able to organize the starts before the darkness sets in. 

Prizes for the best are from the competition title sponsor Suunto.

Accommodation during Suunto Games and training camp 15.09.2016 (10:11)

During Training Camp 2, WOC 2017 partners offer accommodation in Otepää in the following hotels: Karupesa, GMP Clubhotel and Tehvandi. Please contact markus.puusepp(a)woc2017.ee if you are interested.

For XXVIII Suunto Games in Haanja, accommodation can be found in and around Haanja and Võru. The official hotel Kubija is already full, although. Please contact erika.joonas(a)gmail.com or go to http://www.visitestonia.com/en/ to find out other possibilities.
There is also hard floor accommodation available in Haanja. Contact information is kadriparts73(a)gmail.com or +372 526 7027.

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