Dear orienteering friends,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee and executive organizer Orienteering Club Falco I am pleased to welcome all the competitors, team leaders, officials and guests to the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2017 in Lithuania.
Trail Orienteering in Lithuania has a short, but rich history, dating back in 2004 with our first participation at WTOC in Sweden, where Lithuanian team was the third of seven in attendance. The second World Trail Orienteering Championships held in 2005 in Japan was most successful for Lithuanian team: Evaldas Butrimas in Paralympic class became the world champion and Lithuanian team took second place. Lithuania has hosted the TrailO European Championship in 2006. Some 3 years ago, OSK Falco was established specially for maintaining TrailO events in Lithuania and ECTO (Unofficial Europe Cup in TrailO) competition stages were organized in Palūšė (2014) and Kaunas (2015). WTOC 2017 will be the first IOF event of the highest level in Lithuania and we are looking forward to organize it the highest standard level. Organizing WTOC is a big honor, but yet also a big challenge for us. We will try our best to make a fair competition with good and precise maps and fair competitive tasks for all participants.
The Event Center will be established in the Lithuania health city Birštonas with the history of one of the oldest balneology resorts in Europe recorded from the Middle Ages. Competition will be held in Birštonas and near other historical places – Aukštadvaris and Trakai – Lithuania’s ancient capital, founded by Duke Gediminas.
PreO 1 will be held directly at Rumšiškės Open Air Museum territory. Lithuanian Folk Museum Rumšiškės is based on residential and farm buildings, moved from various regions of Lithuania – Highland, Suwalki, Dzūkija, Žemaitija, Lithuania Minor. They are grouped in complexes: farmsteads, small villages, and towns. Buildings of different epochs and social strata buildings typical stylistic features, planning, design, decor items. Restored building environment – fences, green plantation, sacral monuments.
Other competition places were also picked to be not only challenging for orienteering, but for sightseeing as well.
I wish all of you a lot of success at our event in 2017, hoping that we will manage to organize it on the highest possible level.
Darius Gimžauskas, Event Director