Sprint Into Spring

Sprint Into Spring returns in October 2016 – more awesome than ever!  Planning is well underway, with a great mix of old favourites and new venues.  We can’t tell you more just yet, but watch this space!


Congratulations to the newly crowned Champions!  Bruce Arthur was the Open Mens winner, and Liis Johansson claimed the Open Womens title.  It was fantastic to see such strong competition in the Junior classes.  Check the Results and Splits.  Have a look at the Course 1 map.  A feature of the race was the 100m sprint alongside the athletics track – check your splits to see if you can sprint like Usain!

Thanks to Ted, Margi, Geoff, and the Yarra Valley gang for a fantastic finale to Sprint Into Spring 2015.

Race 6 at Brimbank – the longest, toughest and most memorable Mountain Climb in SIS history! Read all about it in the final Race Wrap, check it out on the Race Map, and find out who won the Jerseys.

Race 5 at Deakin Uni in Burwood was a wonderfully complex area, with so many buildings at offset angles. Course setter Brodie Nankervis sent us straight into the tricky stuff with no time to get your head into the map.  It was a true test of navigational skills at high speed.  We had a record crowd who were treated to a glorious afternoon.  Check it all out at the Race Wrap.

Race 4 – a tricky mix of campus and terraced gardens, with lots of stairs both up and down.  Great job by Max and Rosie .  Click here for the Race Wrap and Map, with links to results and splits, photos and jersey points.

Race 3 – Eltham College offered a great mix of technical and physical sprinting.  Aston Key’s excellent courses had us thinking all the way to the finish line.  Our thanks to Eltham College for their fantastic support in the leadup, and right through the day.  We’ll definitely be back! Click here for the Race Wrap and Map, with links to results and splits, photos, and jersey points.

Race 2 – a huge crowd at Darebin Parklands enjoyed the chance to tackle the Big Hill Climb and sprint in the urban bushland setting.  Click here for the Race Wrap, including links to results, splits, jersey points, and photos.

Race 1 – an exciting day’s racing at VUSA, featuring live results on the big screen! Click here for the full Race Wrap, along with photos, results and splits, and the all important first Jersey Points!

Think On Your Feet: Orienteering Victoria’s “Sprint Into Spring” events are short distance, fast paced races held in small, self contained areas with many complex features, such as parks or campuses. Maps are full colour and large scale, with a high level of detail.

Sprint orienteering is about thinking and racing hard simultaneously, focusing on quick decision making. These events are fairly simple to navigate at a walk or slow jog, but the task is more demanding at high speed, especially when faced with multiple legs featuring constant changes of direction and route choice. If you run fast then make sure that it’s in the right direction!

  • Races 1-6 in Melbourne, followed by the Victorian Sprint Championships.
  • Saturday afternoons in October and November 2015
  • SportIdent electronic timing, with starts at 1 minute intervals
  • Special yellow, green and polkadot jersey awards – thanks to Dirty D orienteering gear.  Click here for the latest Jersey Points table.

DirtyD Logo LR  MELB Sprint into Spring Proofs

Race Date Map Location Melway Reference
1 Sat
17 Oct
VU St Albans University Boulevard, St Albans Race Wrap and Map, Photos, Results, Splits
2 Sat
24 Oct
Darebin Parklands Separation Street (east end), Alphington Race Wrap and Map, Photos, Results, Splits
3 Sat
7 Nov
Eltham College Main Road, Research Race Wrap and Map; Photos; ResultsSplits
4 Sat
14 Nov
VU Edgewater Jensen Reserve, Farnsworth Avenue/Myers Road, Footscray Race Wrap and Map; Photos; Results; Splits
5 Sat
21 Nov
Deakin Burwood Holland Avenue, Burwood Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
6 Sat
28 Nov
Brimbank Park Brimbank Road, Keilor East Results and Photos and Race Wrap and Splits
7 Sun 29 Nov Vic Champs RMIT Bundoora Plenty Road/Clements Drive, Bundoora Results and Splits

Races 1-6: Start any time between 1.30 and 3.30pm. Registration opens 1.00pm.

Race 7: Victorian Sprint Champs.  Pre-allocated start times from 11am.


  • Online entry via Eventor  – pre-enter from September 22, until 3 days prior to each race, then pay on the day at Registration. Entry fees $8 adults, $4 juniors (under 21)
  • Enter on the day at Registration.  Entry fees $10 adults, $5 juniors (under 21)
  • Race 7 will have a separate entry fee, and can only be entered via Eventor.  Please enter the appropriate Age class.  Entries are open NOW and close on Wednesday November 25.

Courses:  choose any of our three options

  • Course 1 – the longest course, approx 3.5km with 25-30 controls
  • Course 2 –  short ‘n’ sharp, approx 2.5km with 16-20 controls
  • Course 3 –  same distance as course 2, but less complicated

Here’s how to find out what features can and cannot be crossed during a race:

Legend: Forbidden-to-cross Features

SIS 2015_rules and scoring – please ensure you read our rules of fair play, and the jersey points scoring system, which has been changed for 2015. Jerseys will be awarded to the highest scoring Male and Female on each course, in each category – Overall (Yellow), Sprint (Green), and Hill Climb (Polkadot).  Your best five scores count.

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