Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Friday, July 28, 2006

super elite sprint


One of the highlights of this year's Oringen was watching the super elite races. The organizers did a good job of making the racing spectator friendly. They were rewarded by big crowds and a good field.

I saw an estimate in a newspaper that the city sprint drew 5000-8000 spectators. I'm dubious, but I'm sure there were a good 2500 on hand.

The map shows Eva Jurenikova's routes.

The finish circle on the map is in the big square. That's were the crowds gathered to watch the race. The runners started right next to the finish circle and ran a marked route to the start triangle.

The organizers had 3 (or was it 4?) TV cameras out on the course and a big TV in the square. Once camera was right at the start/finish area. Another camera was around control 13. The other camera was on top of the mountain around controls 9 and 10.

They also had 2 or 3 announcers. One in the square kept a good running commentary, updating everyone on the progress and sprints. Another on the mountain gave from-the-terrain updates. If I remember correctly, they had a 3rd announcer who did finish-line interviews.

Standing in the square, you could see the runners on TV and in the distance as they ran across the mountain. Check out the snapshot below. If you look very carefully, you'll see the runner on the screen and you can spot him on top of the mountain. You can see a couple of giant O' markers on the mountain to help spectators in the square.

The snapshot below shows a spectator cheering on Oystein Kvaal Osterbo in the last 100 meters before the finish line.

posted by Michael | 7:40 PM


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