Sprint Into Spring

Sprint Into Spring returns in October 2016 – more awesome than ever!  The program has been released, and it features a fantastic mix of suburban Melbourne campuses and parks (with two new maps), and a triple header weekend in Bendigo, including the Sprint Champs.

Race 2 – Saturday October 22, Keilor Downs Schools

Today was the wettest, windiest and wildest Sprint Into Spring ever.  Squally showers punctuated by all too brief bursts of sunshine made conditions physically testing. Course setter Dion messed with our heads, so all up it was a real all-round challenge (though I have to say the hill climb was probably the smallest we’ve ever had).  Fantastic maps and courses – thanks to the schools involved, and to all who braved the weather.  A full race wrap will be posted here soon, along with the Jersey points scores.

Results     Splits     Race Wrap ‘n’ Map    Photos    Jersey Points

Don’t forget – no race next Saturday, but we’ll be back ready to Sprint at Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster, on Saturday November 5.

Race 1 – Saturday October 15, Eltham College

What a great way to kick off SIS16!  Mike’s courses had the record crowd dashing in all directions – that is, when they weren’t scratching their heads and pondering their maps.  It was mayhem of the best kind.  Thanks to Eltham College for providing such a great venue and making us so welcome.

Here are the Results, Splits, and Photos.   Race Wrap ‘n’ Map     Jersey Points

Race 2 – Saturday October 22, Keilor Downs Schools

Come to Keilor for Sprint into Spring on Saturday 22nd October for fast paced racing, and twists and turns that’ll leave your head spinning!  It’s a brand new map by Ted van G, covering two school campuses and a park, with great detail to test your map reading skills at high speed.

Dion Keech has devised routes to keep you thinking, legs to keep you running and courses that will be talked about all series.  Don’t miss out!

Registration from 1:00pm. Start any time between 1:30 and 2:45pm.  No pre-entry required – enter on the day – Adults $10; Juniors $5.  Series tickets – Adults $56; Juniors $28.

Choose any course from Mo Farah – approx. 3.5km; Sally Pearson – approx. 2.5km; Usain Bolt – approx. 2 km.  Our Finnish coaches, Noora and Lotta, will be on hand to share their expert tips and advice, so join in the post-race training session – all included in your entry fee.

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 1-5 in Melbourne, Races 6-7 and the Victorian Sprint Championships in Bendigo.
  • Saturday afternoons in October and November 2015
  • SportIdent electronic timing, with starts at 1 minute intervals.  Choose your own start time between 1.30pm and 2.45pm.
  • Special yellow, green and polkadot jersey awards – thanks to Dirty D orienteering gear. 

DirtyD Logo LR  MELB Sprint into Spring Proofs

Race Date Map Location / Melway or VicRoads
1 Sat
15 Oct
Eltham College Main Road, Research (22 K1) Results; Splits; Race Wrap ‘n’ Map; Photos
2 Sat
22 Oct
Keilor Downs Schools (NEW) Keilor Downs Secondary College, Odessa Avenue, Keilor Downs (14 C5) Results     Splits     Race Wrap ‘n’ Map  Photos    Jersey Points
3 Sat
5 Nov
Ruffey Lake (NEW) Ruffey Lake Park, Church Road off King Street, Doncaster (33 H9) Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
4 Sat
12 Nov
Deakin Burwood Deakin Burwood Campus, Holland Avenue, Burwood (61 B5) Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
5 Sat
19 Nov
Newport Lakes Newport Lakes Park, Lakes Road, Newport (55 G3) Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
6 Sat
26 Nov (am)
Bendigo South East College (NEW) Sharon Street, Flora Hill (VR 608 B10) Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
7 Sat 26 Nov (pm) New Argus (NEW) Brewery Road, Eaglehawk (VR 602 K7) Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
8 Sun 27 Nov (am)  Camp Hill (NEW) Tom Flood Centre, Water Street, Bendigo (VR 607 S5) Results; Splits; Race Wrap and Map; Photos
  • Races 1-5: Start any time between 1.30 and 2.45pm. Registration opens 1.00pm.
  • Race 6: Start any time between 11am and 12 noon.  Race 7:  Start any time between 3.00 and 4.00pm.
  • Victorian Sprint Champs:  Pre-allocated start times from 11am.


  • Enter races 1-7 on the day at Registration.  Entry fees $10 adults, $5 juniors (under 21).  No pre-entry needed.
  • Series tickets on sale at Races 1 and 2.  $56 adults, $28 juniors (under 21).
  • The Sprint Champs will have a separate entry fee, and can only be pre-entered online via Eventor.  Please enter the appropriate Age class.

Courses:  choose any of our three options

  • Mo Farah – go the distance; hard navigation, approx 3.5km with 25-30 controls
  • Sally Pearson –  short ‘n’ sharp; hard navigation, approx 2.5km with 16-20 controls
  • Usain Bolt –  uncomplicated (suitable for kids and novices); approx 2.5 km with 16-20 controls

Enquiries: voaATiinet.net.au; 0409 135 020 (Debbie)

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

Legend: Forbidden-to-cross Features

SIS 2016_rules and scoring – please ensure you read our rules of fair play, and the jersey points scoring system. 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 6 scores from Races 1-7 count.

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