Trail Orienteering

Trail orienteering is an orienteering discipline centered around map reading in natural terrain. The discipline has been developed to offer everyone, including people with limited mobility, a chance to participate in a meaningful orienteering competition.

Manual or electric wheel chairs, walking sticks, and assistance with movement etc. are permitted as speed of movement is not part of the competition.

Trail orienteers must identify on the ground control points shown on the map. As this is done from a distance, both able-bodied and participants with disabilities compete on level terms. Proof of correct identification of the control points does not require any manual dexterity, allowing those with severely restricted movement to compete equally. Most trail orienteering events have classes open for everyone.

Athletes who cannot participate on reasonably equal terms in the sport because of a functional disadvantage due to a permanent disability are eligible for the paralympic class.

Trail Orienteering was recognised as an official IOF discipline in 1992. The first ever World Cup in trail orienteering was held in 1999 and replaced with World Trail Orienteering Championships in 2004. The World Championships are organised every year.

World TrailO Championships Relay: wins for Czech Republic and Finland

Finland’s Pinja Mäkinen won her second gold medal in two days as a member of the victorious team in the Open class in the Relay competition held in challenging terrain in Portugal. Sami Hyvonen and Antti Rusanen combined...


TempO triumph for Sweden’s Marit Wiksell

The TempO competition today was won convincingly by the 28-year-old Swedish trail orienteer Marit Wiksell, who ended with a lead of 53 seconds over the silver medallist, Portuguese Ines Domingues. The bronze medal went t...


World TrailO Championships: first golds to Finland and Sweden

Gold medals at the end of the 2-day PreO event in Portugal went to Pinja Mäkinen, Finland in the Open class and Ola Jansson, Sweden in the Para. Mäkinen won with a 1-point advantage, whereas Jansson finished with a 2-poi...