Latvia O-WEEK bulletin 1

DEAR ORIENTEERING FRIENDS,

We invite you to the World Orienteering Championships 2018 and Latvia O-week! Discover
Latvia for yourself: it is a small pearl of the Baltic countries where you will be able to enjoy
a very special flavour of orienteering in the cultural, architectural and historical aura
of Riga and in the charming scenery and historical atmosphere of Sigulda. The participants
of LATVIA O-WEEK will be the lucky ones to explore orienteering areas similar to those anticipated
at the WMOC. Every visitor will be able to find routes in Latvia that best suit his or
her wishes and interests – be it nature, architecture, history, sports, adrenaline, cuisine or
adventure.
Therefore we invite you to visit the most popular tourist attractions that are located just a
couple of kilometres away and are convenient to reach. 2018 is the year of Latvia’s 100th
anniversary. Special preparations for this occasion are on-going in Latvia, and WOC 2018
will be among the centenary celebration events.
Looking forward to see you in Latvia!
Jānis Lazdāns,
WOC2018 Event Director

PROGRAMME

Saturday, 4 August
WOC: sprint
LOW: Day 1, Riga, Kronvalda Park – sprint. Start: 11:30-14:00
Motto of the day: The architecture of Riga where the centuries meet!
The spectator race will take place immediately after the WOC sprint qualifications in the same competition area.
Nearby, within a 10-minute walking distance, the WOC sprint finals will be held in the afternoon, to be followed by the World Orienteering Championships opening ceremony in the evening.
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Sunday, 5 August
WOC: sprint relay
LOW: Day 2, Carnikava – long distance. Start: 9:00-14:00
Motto of the day: the sea, sand, dunes, wind...!
The competition area is within a 30-minute drive from Riga. The terrain is very similar to that of the WMOC 2019.
NEW – within a 5-minute walking distance from the WOC sprint relay arena, indoor orienteering competition will take place all day long in the building of the National Library; No entry fee.
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Monday, 6 August
Rest day for WOC and LOW participants; excursions.

Tuesday, 7 August
WOC: middle distance.
LOW: Day 3, Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, forest sprint. Start: 9:00-12:00
Motto of the day: Echoes of the p ast of the Latvian nation!
The Open Air Museum is situated close to the Riga border on the route to Sigulda. The terrain features a pine and spruce forest with a big dune and the aura of Latvia’s previous centuries. A 20 minute drive to the WOC middle distance arena.
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Wednesday, 8 August
LOW: Day 4, Sigulda – middle distance. Start: 9:00-14:00
Motto of the day: The valley of the Gauja River - a painting by the nature!
The terrain of the WOC middle distance.
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Thursday, 9 August
WOC: relay.
Rest day for LOW participants; excursions.

Friday, 10 August
LOW: Day 5, Mazie Kangari – middle distance. Start: 9:00-14:00
Motto of the day: Taste the diversity of Latvia’s forests!
A 25-minute drive from Sigulda. The terrain is similar to that of the WMOC 2019.
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Saturday, 11 August
WOC: long distance
Rest day for LOW participants; excursions.

Sunday, 12 August
LOW: Day 6, Turaida – long distance. Start: 9:00-14:00
Motto of the day: Turaida – a pearl of nature and culture!
The terrain of the WOC long distance.
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GROUPS

A variety of groups depending on age and complexity, as well as beginners’ groups for youth and
adults. Special courses for young children and OPEN groups where runners can enter directly on
the race day.
WM8*, WM10*, WM12*, WM12, WM14, WM16, WM18, WM20, WM21E, WM21A, WM21B, WM35, WM40, WM45, WM50,
WM55, WM60, WM65, WM70, WM75, WM80, WM85, OPEN 1**, OPEN 2, OPEN 3**, OPEN 4

* - marked course
** - easy course
E- elite; A – technically difficult; B - easy

ENTRIES

Entries should be made via the website www.lof.lv/o-week/?lng=en.
- Entries are open starting from 1 December 2017;
- It is possible to register even for one LOW day;
- The entries are confirmed only after the payment has be received.
The entry fee is quoted per day.

A 15% discount will be applied to the entry fee if entry is made for all 6 days.
When making the entry, it is possible to order the official WOC 2018 fan T-shirt or mesh running shirt. Price – EUR 25.
Special offer – An entry to LATVIA O-week may become a gift to your friend, wife, daughter, son, boss, competitor,… . After having registered for the event and settled the payment, you can print out the gift card.

COURSE LENGTHS

According to the IOF/LOF rules depending on the age group.

PUNCHING SYSTEM

SPORTident. Please specify your SI-card number upon entry. Rental SI-cards are for a fee, EUR 2 per
day. The rental fee for a SI-card at the event centre is EUR 3. The value of a lost or damaged rented
SPORTident card should be reimbursed to the organisers and is EUR 60.

PARKING

In Riga, there will be no designated parking on LOW Day 1. The participants have to seek parking
space in public parking areas. On LOW Day 2 to Day 6, there will be designated parking lots for participants.
The price of a car pass is EUR 3 per day. Information about passes for other vehicle types
will follow.

PAYMENTS

All payments are to be made to:
SIA "O! Latvija"
Registration No.: 40103795862
Mailing address: Dārza iela 2, Rīga, Latvia
Bank: AS Luminor Bank
SWIFT: RIKOLV2X
IBAN: LV91RIKO0002930175825
Any questions about payments should be asked by e-mail to: lof@lof.lv

EVENT OFFICE

Event Office will be situated in Sigulda, Raiņa iela 3.

ACCOMMODATION

We have pre-booked hotels within ample price range both in Sigulda and in Riga. Please contact us
by writing an e-mail to: accommodation@woc2018.lv
More information about accommodations in Riga www.liveriga.com and Sigulda www.tourism.sigulda.lv
or www.entergauja.com

GROUP TOURS

Contacts of selected firms that organise trip to LATVIA O-week and WOC 2018:
Daniel’s Travels, www.danielstravels.fi
Swiss O Tours, www.swissotours.ch
Please write to oweek@woc2018.lv to add or remove a tour organiser.
On rest days, excursions in Latvia and transfers to/from the airport will be provided by travel agency
“Jēkaba ceļojumi”, www.jekaba.lv.

VISAS

Nationals of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national holding a residence permit of a Schengen State do not need a visa to enter Latvia.
For more information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-information/entry-into-latvia

CLIMATE AND HAZARDS

August in Latvia is the second warmest month of the year, with average temperatures between 18°C and 20°C, while maximal temperature up to 30°C is possible. July and August are also the months most abundant in precipitation. In August, already during a course of many years, in 13-16 days on average are rainy, with average monthly rainfall amount throughout Latvia 78 mm.
Ticks, carrying encephalitis and Lyme-disease are common in Latvia.

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