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.

Clarification regarding organising of World Ranking Events for the season 2021

IOF Office has received questions from several federations and organisers regarding the WRE application process for 2021 due to COVID-19 and the impact on organising events. Therefore the IOF have made below clarificatio...

European Cup in TrailO 2020 cancelled

Due to the continued uncertainty concerning the COVID-19 situation, and cancellation of 4 (out of 10) planned events, the IOF Trail Orienteering Commission has decided to cancel the European Cup in TrailO (ECTO) 2020....


Call for volunteers in the areas of IT and Global Development

The IOF is seeking volunteers who are interested in working with the development of international orienteering. IT and digitalisation continues to take an increasingly important role in orienteering development, and espe...