Sprint Into Spring – DO NOT USE

2015: We’re back … the program is now finalised.  See below.  Stay tuned for further details!

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
Race Date Map Location Melway Reference
1 Sat
17 Oct
VU St Albans University Boulevard, St Albans 26 A3

Google maps

2 Sat
24 Oct
Darebin Parklands Separation Street (east end), Alphington 31 D9

Google maps

3 Sat
7 Nov
Eltham College Main Road, Research 22 K1

Google maps

4 Sat
14 Nov
VU Edgewater Farnsworth Avenue, Footscray 2S 4F

Google maps

5 Sat
21 Nov
Deakin Burwood Holland Avenue, Burwood 61 B5

Google maps

6 Sat
28 Nov
Brimbank Park Brimbank Road, Keilor East 14 K9

Google maps

7 Sun 29 Nov Vic Champs – tba

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

Race 7: Victorian Sprint Champs


  • Orienteering club members registered on 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)
  • Newcomers and orienteers not registered on Eventor – 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.

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.



Awards will be presented at the Victorian Sprint Championships on Sunday November 29.  The highly coveted and hotly contested Yellow (overall), Green (sprint leg) and Polkadot (hillclimb leg) jerseys for the series will also be presented.


Sprint orienteering is ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to navigate. Our friendly team will help you get started – just ask when you register. You can choose any of the three courses, including an easier course designed for newcomers and younger orienteers. Visit each control on your course in the correct numerical order (eg 1-20) before returning to the Finish. At the end, you will receive a printout showing your overall time and your “splits” (time taken for each leg).

Here’s some maps from last year (click to enlarge):

Sprint map symbols: click here


  • Comfortable running gear
  • SportIdent electronic timing device (available for loan if you don’t have one)
  • Compass (optional)
  • Drink
  • Family and friends!

Check out some video footage from New Zealand’s Sprint The Bay series:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=x97RbEs9MBA

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