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.

Corona virus concerns move the Asian Orienteering Championships 2020 to August

The Asian Orienteering Championships 2020 (AsOC 2020) which were scheduled to be held in the Republic of Korea from May 1-5 have been postponed and rescheduled to the new dates August 21 – 25, 2020. The new dates were pr...

Marit Wiksell – IOF Trail Orienteering Athlete of 2019

Swedish athlete Marit Wiksell, 28, dramatically achieved her big goal for 2019 in winning the TempO competition at the World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC) in hot and sunny Portugal in June. She qualified easily...

2020-01-29

Open call for survey answers – Fair Play in Orienteering

The IOF is planning on creating a digital education tool about issues of Fair Play in Orienteering. The intention is to make this tool available to member federations and athletes to help create a common understanding of...