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.

Together we can reach 500 000 World Orienteering Day participants

World Orienteering Day has been successful from the start and together we can reach the goal of 500 000 participants in 90 countries and territories in 2020. During 13-19 May 2020, any activity held can be registered as ...

Financial support for development projects of sub-regional groups

The IOF Regional and Youth Development Commission (RYDC) will select a number of development projects to receive financial support for 2020....

IOF International Training Camps for Youths

The IOF has put in place the opportunity for organisers of international orienteering training camps aimed at youths, to apply for IOF recognition for their camps. The idea of this effort is to help organisers to promote...