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 Orienteering Day goes digital

As we celebrate World Orienteering Day activities around the globe this week, there is one WOD event where you can participate in New Jersey, USA, Dornbirn, Austria, Karlstad, Sweden and even the Star Trek Starfleet Acad...

2021-09-12

Athletes representatives elected

The elections for the IOF Athletes Advisory Groups (AAG) were completed yesterday July 15th, and the composition of the groups is now know. Voting was carried out digitally among all athletes who had participated in a Wo...

Athlete Advisory Group Elections open

The next step towards improved athlete representation in the IOF starts today, with the elections for the Athlete Advisory Groups. In the new structure, each discipline will have an Athlete Advisory Group (AAG), voted fo...