55th. Kainuu Orienteering Week 2.-7.7.2023 in Jämäsvaara, Kuhmo, Finland

COMPETITION INVITATION 

CATEGORIESN AND DISTANCES

The table below shows the preliminary distances for different categories. Map scale is 1:10 000 by default. 1:7500 scales are marked separately. 

Category

Distance

Map scale (1:10000 by default)

H21E

10,0

 

D21E

7,0

 

H20E

7,5

 

D20E

5,5

 

H18E

7,5

 

D18E

5,5

 

H16E

6,0

 

D16E

5,0

 

H21A

8,8

 

H21A short

6,5

 

H35A

8,8

 

H35A short

5,5

 

H40A

8,0

 

H40A short

5,5

 

H45A

7,2

 

H45A short

5,0

 

H50A

6,7

 

H50A short

4,5

1:7500

H55A

6,0

1:7500

H55A short

4,5

1:7500

H60A

5,5

1:7500

H60A short

3,8

1:7500

H65A

5,0

1:7500

H65A short

3,8

1:7500

H70A

4,5

1:7500

H70A short

3,5

1:7500

H75

3,5

1:7500

H80

3,0

1:7500

H85

2,3

1:7500

H90

2,3

1:7500

H95

2,3

1:7500

H17-20B

5,5

 

H16B

4,0

 

H14A

4,0

 

H13-14B

3,5

 

H13A

3,5

 

H12

3,0

 

H12TR

2,5

 

H10RR

2,5

 

H9RR

2,5

 

H8RR

1,7

 

D21A

5,8

 

D21A short

4,2

 

D35A

5,8

 

D35A short

4,0

 

D40A

5,0

 

D40A short

4,0

 

D45A

4,7

 

D45A short

4,0

 

D50A

4,2

1:7500

D50A short

3,3

1:7500

D55A

4,2

1:7500

D55A short

3,3

1:7500

D60A

3,5

1:7500

D60A short

3,0

1:7500

D65A

3,5

1:7500

D65A short

3,0

1:7500

D70

3,0

1:7500

D75

2,3

1:7500

D80

2,3

1:7500

D17-20B

4,0

 

D16B

4,0

 

D14A

4,0

 

D13-14B

3,5

 

D13A

3,5

 

D12

3,0

 

D12TR

2,5

 

D10RR

2,5

 

D9RR

2,5

 

D8RR

1,7

 

OPEN COURSES (Open / recreational orienteering

OPEN/FAMILY-RR

1,7

 

OPEN A-LONG

8,0

 

OPEN A-MIDDLE

6,0

 

OPEN A-SHORT

4,5

1:7500

OPEN B-LONG

6,0

 

OPEN B-MIDDLE

4,5

 

OPEN B-SHORT

3,5

1:7500

OPEN C-LONG

4,5

 

OPEN C-LYHYT

2,3

1:7500 (Erittäin helppo)

1:7500 = Scale (confirmed on 24th Nov 2022) 

COMPETITION RULES

The competition will be held according to the rules of the Finnish Orienteering Federation and the rules given by the organizer.

ENTRY AND REGISTRATION TO COMPETITION CATEGORIES

All entries to competition categories must be made before 31st May 2023 by 23:59.

  1. By using the IRMA service https://irma.suunnistusliitto.fi
  2. Entries from abroad, use the IRMA service or email: info@rastiviikko.fi

The following information is required in entries made via email: name, year of birth, Emit card number, country, category, and the number of competition days (1,2,3,4). An invoice will be sent by email when the registration has been done. The participant’s entry will be valid when the whole participation fee has been paid into Kainuu Orienteering Week’s bank account.
Details of the registration and registered competitors can be found from the IRMA service.

Late entry and registration (with higher participation fees) must be made before 12nd June 2023 by 23.59 directly to the IRMA service or via email to our competition office.

Participation fees
Participation fees are as follows:

By 30th November 2022:
valio (H/D 16-21E) 95 €/vko 25 €/pv 
H/D 8-16 55 €/vko 15 €/pv
Muut 85 €/vko 22 €/pv

By 28th February 2023:
valio (H/D 16-21E) 105 €/vko 28 €/pv 
H/D 8-16 60 €/vko 16 €/pv
Muut 95 €/vko 25 €/pv

By 31st May 2023:
valio (H/D 16-21E) 120 €/vko 32 €/pv 
H/D 8-16 65 €/vko 17 €/pv
Muut 110 €/vko 30 €/pv

Late-entry by 12nd June 2023:
valio (H/D 16-21E) 170 €/vko 45 €/pv 
H/D 8-16 85 €/vko 22 €/pv
Muut 150 €/vko 40 €/pv

The participation fee has to be paid in the registration process in the IRMA service. The registration is valid when the participation fee has been paid.

ENTRY AND REGISTRATION TO OPEN COURSES (Open / recreational orienteering)

1) Pre-registration in Kainuu O-Week's open courses
Pre-registration with discounted participation fees is possible by using the registration form on the webpages. Pre-registration with discounted participation fees is possible only for the whole week participation (4 competition days). If the pre-registration is done only for single days the on-site participation fees will be used.

Pre-registration participation fees:

By 30th November 2022:

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)

54 €/week 

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)
under 14-year-old

34 €/week

OPEN/Family-RR,
Family series*

34 €/week


By 28th February 2023:

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)

59 €/week

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)
under 14-year-old

39 €/week

OPEN/Family-RR,
Family series*

39 €/week 


By 31st May 2023:

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)

64 €/week

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)
under 14-year-old

44 €/week

OPEN/Family-RR,
Family series*

44 €/week 


By 12nd June 2023:

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)

69 €/week 

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)
under 14-year-old

49 €/week

OPEN/Family-RR,
Family series*

49 €/week

*Includes maps for the whole family/group and one Emit card.

Instructions for the pre-registered open orienteers:

Pre-registrations (with own Emit card): Pick up competition number from the binders near the Open Courses info tent at the Competition Centre. Mount the competition number on the chest and you can go directly to the start line. In this case, you do not need to visit the Open Courses info. 

Pre-registrations (with a rental Emit card): After arriving at the Competition Centre go to the Open Courses info tent’s “pre-registration” stand. From there you will receive your competition number and a rental Emit card.

2) On-site registration in Kainuu O-Week's open courses
Registration is possible on-site at the Open Courses info tent during the whole week 2-7 July.

On-site registration is possible by using the registration form on the webpages rastiviikko.fi -> Entry -> Entry and registration into Kainuu O-Week open courses. Registration form is open from 13th June to 7th July. Register and pay your participation easily in the registration form before entering the event. 

Kainuu O-Week open courses participation fees at the on-site:

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)

80 €/week

25 €/day

OPEN (A/B/C -tracks)
under 14-year-old

60 €/week

20 €/day

OPEN/Family-RR,
Family series*

60 €/week

20 €/day

*Includes maps for the whole family/group and one Emit card.

CANCELLATION AND CHANGES

NOTICE! Before registering, read the terms of the cancellation and changes from our website: www.rastiviikko.fi → 2023 → Entry. When a participant has registered for an event either through the IRMA-service, via the registration form or by e-mail, it is considered that the participant has accepted these terms of cancellation and changes of the event.
- If the participation is cancelled before 31st May (at the year of the event) the whole participation fee will be paid back. We will charge an office fee.
- If the participation is cancelled after 31st May (at the year of the event) we will pay back 50% of the participation fee in case of illness, injury or other relevant reason. Official doctor's statement is required
- If the participation fee has been paid by (any) sport benefit we cannot pay back the participation fee in the case of cancellation due the Finnish Tax Administration's guidelines.
- Change of the category is possible without any cost until 31st May (at the year of the event). After 31st May we will charge 10 € office cost if the category is changed. 

Other expenses concerning changes of categories (1st June - 1st July 2023):
- In the competition categories the change of category is not possible after the 1st July 2023. See other expenses from our website. 

Changes of the Emit card number

Competition categories
- Changes to the registered emit-card number are free of charge until the end date of the late-entry period.
- Participants can change the Emit card number directly in the IRMA-service or by e-mail info@rastiviikko.fi until the end date of the late-entry period. 
- After the ending date of the late-entry period the change of the Emit card number is possible ONLY by email into info@rastiviikko.fi

Open courses (recreational orienteering)
- Changes of the Emit card number must be informed to the office info@rastiviikko.fi until the ending date of the pre-registration period. After this date the changes must be made on-site at the event in the Open Courses info tent in the competition centre.

Transfer or cancellation of the event
- If the event has to be transferred (into the new organizing dates) due to bad conditions or emergency (Force Majeure) and if the participant then cancels the registration, the whole participation fee will be paid back. In this case we will charge an office fee of 5 € / participation day / participant.
- If the event has to be cancelled due to bad conditions or emergency (Force Majeure) and if the participant then cancels the registration, the whole participation fee will be paid back. In this case we will charge an office fee of 5 € / participation day / participant.

If you have any questions about entry/registration, participation, participation fees, cancellations etc. please contact into our competition office: info@rastiviikko.fi, phone: +358 44 512 3517

EMIT PUNCHING SYSTEM

The Emit punching system will be used in every category of the Kainuu Orienteering Week (KOW). If you have your own Emit card, the number of the card must be given as you register. Organizers will reserve rental Emit cards for those who do not have their own card. The rental of the Emit card is 5 € per day or 15 € per week. The rented Emit cards can be picked up from the KOW info at the Competition Centre. The rent must be paid on-site, if it is not already paid. For open courses, the Emit card rental is available at the Open Courses info at the Competition Centre. If the participant doesn’t return the Emit card, we will charge 90 €.

EVENT CENTRE

The Event Centre is located in the city centre of Kuhmo. Navigational address is Piilolantie 47, Kuhmo.

COMPETITON CENTRE (Jämäsvaara)

The Competition Centre is located about 28 km southeast of Kuhmo. The navigation address of the Competition Centre is Jämäsjärventie 1042, Kuhmo. The Competition Centre has e.g. restaurant and café services, orienteering and sports equipment shops, Muksula (Children’s day care), a dog park and showers with warm water. It is possible to set up club tents starting at 15.00 on Saturday 1st July. It is forbidden to camp or stay over night(s) in the area of ​​the Competition Centre, competition terrain and on all parking areas!

TERRAIN

Kainuu Orienteering Week 2023 offers a truly memorable terrain, in a Kainuu way. In the northern part lies the exquisite Jämäsvaara recreational forest area, which is a part of the Natura 2000 network. The area consists of three hills, which include over 170-year-old forests in natural state. The forests feature stunted and rugged cliffs and dells filled with old spruces. A diverse, pristine marshland will certainly give the orienteers a sense of being in the wilderness. The competition centre is located at Riihikangas, which has a hard terrain accompanied by kettle holes. A spectacular shoal Alanteensärkkä, stretching over several kilometers, dominates the scenery and is surrounded by numerous ponds. All in all, the terrain is a versatile combination of industrial forests and a nature conservation area. In course planning, we aim to utilize the best and the most attractive parts of the terrain in all classes.

MAP

Scale 1:10 000, colour printout 6/2023. Scale 1:7500 is used in older age categories. Maps are in plastic cover. Mapping: Mapline Oy / Rauno Asikainen, Pekka Hiltunen, Joni Korhonen, Jarmo Pikkarainen ja Pasi Jokelainen.

STARTS

There are five (5) different start areas in Kainuu O-Week 2023. Distances from the Competition Centre to the start areas are between 300−2500 metres. In elite categories (H/D16-21E) the pursuit start is used on the last competition day.

START TIMES AND START LISTS

Start time choosing service is used in all categories H/D8-95 except in elite categories H/D16-21E. Participants of the competition categories can choose their start times for the competition days starting from the week 24. Start lists of the competition categories (without start times) and the start lists of the elite categories H/D16-21E (with start times) are published on www.rastiviikko.fi website on the week 24. Kainuu O-Week open courses registered participants are published on the website www.rastiviikko.fi -> Start lists and results. 

FINISH

All competitors run to their designated stall which has the same number as their start area. The finish closes as follows:
Sunday 2 July at 19.00
Tuesday 4 July at 17.00
Thursday 6 July at 17.00
Friday 7 July at 16.00

Remote finish is used in stages 2 and 3. 

In the pursuit competition of the Elite categories, the finish judge will decide the ranking on the finish line before the final punching. The finish line is located ten (10) metres before the final punching point.

In the finish area ́s refreshment station we don't use plastic cups. Water is provided from the faucets.

GPS-TRACKING

In H/D16-21E categories competitors may have to use a GPS tracking device. 

MUKSULA (Children's day care)

Muksula is intended for pre-school-aged children and it is open each competition day. Please do not bring a sick child (fever, stomach flu, etc.) to Muksula. 
Pre-registration must be done by the 26th June 2023 by using the registration form on our webpage: www.rastiviikko.fi -> 2023 -> Event Centre and Competition Centre -> Children’s day care & Adventure track. The children who are not pre-registered can only be admitted to the day care if there is free space!

Children’s day care prices are as follows:
Pre-registration by 26th June 2023: 10 € / day / child
On-site registration: 15 € / day / child
Prices include a little snack and refreshment drink for each day care day.

RASTIRALLI (Adventure track)

Adventure track is adventurous, funny, easy and well-guided orienteering track for kids under the school age. 
Prices for the adventure track are: 5 € / day, 15 € / week

KOW-INFO (competition office and info)

The KOW info is at the Event Centre and the Competition Centre. During the competition days the KOW info is open at the Competition Centre. Detailed opening hours for the KOW info will be released in the Spring 2023 in the competition instructions and on our webpage.

KOW WEBSHOP

Kainuu Orienteering Week products can be purchased from our webshop www.rastiviikko.fi -> Webshop. From the webshop you can buy for ex. accommodation (holiday apartments, private houses etc.), KOW merchandise and clothes, parking tickets, competition bus tickets and other services.

ACCOMMODATION

Holiday apartments and other private houses are available for rent in our webshop.
Other accommodation possibilities are presented on webpages. Contact information into our accommodation office is at the end of this competition invitation.

TRAINING

Training is possible on 1-2 model maps in Kuhmo. Maps can be purchased in advance from our webshop and on-site at the event from KOW info. Training maps are available in the webshop in May 2023. Training is also possible all around the Kainuu in recreational orienteering events organized by the orienteering clubs of the Kainuu. 

On Monday 3rd July (the first rest day of Kainuu O-Week) an open orienteering event will be held in the Event Centre at the city centre of Kuhmo (see “other things to do” program).
Additionally, open sprint tracks (with different tracks than 3rd July event) are arranged in the Event Centre and Kuhmo city centre area between 4th - 6th July 2023.

GUIDING

Guiding to the Competition Centre is on the road 76 about 3 km south of Kuhmo. The guiding posts will be placed on Friday 30th July 2023 at 15.00.

ARRIVING AND PARKING

Parking areas are 0,5-9,5 km from the Competition Centre. Non-stop shuttle buses are available from all parking areas. From the closest parking areas walking is possible to the competition centre. 

Parking tickets
Parking display tickets will be checked when leaving the parking area. A parking display ticket can be purchased in advance from the webshop or on-site from the KOW info at the Event Centre or Competition Centre. You can also purchase the display ticket when leaving the parking area (either in cash or card). We strongly recommend you to purchase your display ticket in advance so you do not have to wait when you are leaving the parking area.

Prices
P5 Event Centre (see the competition bus transportation ticket prices)
P4 Caravan 45 € / week, 13 € / day
P2-P4 Public 40 € / week, 12 € / day 
Parking arrangements will be informed during autumn 2022 in more detail.  

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Competition bus will service between the Event Centre (Kuhmo) − Competition Centre - Event Centre. Ticket prices, timetables and routes can be found from www.rastiviikko.fi.

PRIZES

There will be money prizes for overrall winners in categories H/D21E as follows:

  1.  2500,00 € 2. 1250,00 € 3. 750,00 €

In each category, 1-3 competitors are awarded according to overall standings and the number of participants in each category. Prizes are products and gift tokens. Stage winners are awarded in stages 1,2 and 3. In categories H/D8-10 RR and Open/Family-RR there will be a participation prize for every participant.
In open courses (A/B/C, Open/Family-RR) one prize in each category is raffled on each day 

20th, 30th, 40th AND 50th ANNIVERSARY MEDALS

All orienteers who are participating into the Kainuu Orienteering Week for the 20th, 30th, 40th or 50th time, please inform us and leave your contact information at our office (info@rastiviikko.fi) by 31st May 2023 so that we can reserve enough anniversary medals for everyone. Anniversary medals are awarded in conjunction with stage winners’ prize-giving ceremonies. 

OTHER THINGS TO DO

3rd Kainuu Trail Hossa National Park (Finland) trail running 1st July 2023.
The third Kainuu Trail Hossa National Park trail running will be arranged on Saturday 1st July 2023. Running distances are 78, 55, 38, 21 and 10 k. There is a separate competition category for 12-17-year-olds on the 10 k distance. Check out the event and register for a run on Hossa National Park's stunning trails and spectacular sceneries - www.kainuutrail.fi.

2nd Kainuu MTBO Week 2 - 7 July 2023 
The 2nd Kainuu MTBO Week in the history of Kainuu Orienteering Week will be held in the summer of 2023. See the program of the MTBO week at the beginning of this competition invitation. More detailed information about the event: www.rastiviikko.fi/en/2023/kainuu-mtbo-week

Open sprint orienteering event on Monday 3rd July 2023
Place: Event Centre, Kuhmo
Time: Monday 3rd July 2023, at 14-17
Tracks: A, B and C
Map fee: 10 €
Timing: Yes (Emit/MTR) 
Prizes: Each track’s fastest time (orienteer) will have free participation either in competition categories or open courses to the 56th Kainuu Orienteering Week 30 June - 5 July 2024 in Joutenlampi, Kajaani, Finland. Additionally, amongst every participant there will be a raffle of one free participation to the Kainuu O-Week 2024. 

Open sprint tracks 4 - 6 July 2023
Place: Event Centre, Kuhmo
Tracks: A, B and C (different tracks than in Monday’s 3rd July event)
Map fee: 5 €  
Timing: Yes (Emit/MTR), open only in the opening hours of the Event Centre’s KOW info
Maps: Available in the opening hours of the Event Centre’s and the Competition Centre’s KOW info
Prizes: The fastest time (orienteer) on each track between 4 - 6 July 2023 will be awarded with free participation either in competition categories or open courses to the 56th Kainuu Orienteering Week 30 June - 5 July 2024 in Joutenlampi, Kajaani, Finland. Additionally, amongst every participant there will be a raffle of one free participation to the Kainuu O-Week 2024.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Photos and videos are taken from the event and those will be published on our website and social media channels. Organizer reserves the right to use photos and videos taken from the participants of the event (orienteers, spectators, etc.) in the event marketing.

PRIVACY POLICY

By registering into the event the participant accepts the event´s Privacy Policy documents:: www.rastiviikko.fi -> About KOW -> Privacy Notices

ORGANIZATION

Chief of Competition: Eija Juntunen, kilpailunjohtaja@rastiviikko.fi,  +358 44 3266 039
Secretary General (marketing/sponsors): Jukka Liuha, jukka.liuha@rastiviikko.fi, +358 44 7679 533
Media: Jukka Liuha, jukka.liuha@rastiviikko.fi, +358 44 7679 533
Course setters: Joni Korhonen, Annastiina Vanhala, Mika Kähkönen ja Arto Huotari.
Technical Advisor (TA): Petri Karjalainen, SSL / SK Pohjantähti
Course Advisor: Pekka Hiltunen ja Mika-Markku Grönholm (Nurmeksen Sepot)
Organizing Club: Kuhmon Peurat ry / Kainuu Orienteering Week association

COMPETITION AND ACCOMMODATION OFFICE 

Ketunpolku 1, Tieto 1 -rakennus 
87100 Kajaani 
+358 44 512 3517
info@rastiviikko.fi
majoitus@rastiviikko.fi

SOSIAALINEN MEDIA

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#rastiviikko #kainuunrastiviikko #KRV
#kainuuoweek #kainuuorienteeringweek #KOW
In the end of the hashtags the organizing year can be used.

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WEBSITE

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WEBSHOP

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