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ET2018 includes three events - enter as many as you like. 

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On-Line Entry

Opening here mid 2017

To officially participate in any event you must enter on-line.  Most people do this but there is an Enter on the Day "EOD" option (scroll down).

Entry instructions and deadlines will be found here once entries open.

Late entries are at the discretion of Orienteering Tasmania.  If accepted, late fees apply - contact us.

Tickets to the Orienteering Australia Dinner must be purchased at the time of entering on-line.

Enter on the Day "EOD"

While most people enter on-line it is possible to Enter on the Day "EOD" any day of the Prologue, Australian 3 Days and the Bay of Fires 3 Days.

But you will not be official and course choices are minimal (no long or challenging courses).  There are no classes or prizes.  It is simply an opportunity to have a go.

EOD is a good option if you like to make your mind up on the day and are very relaxed about your orienteering.

A bonus of EOD is you can go out as a family group or with a friend (otherwise orienteering is an individual sport).

For EOD you need to go to the Registration Tent at the Assembly Area on any/every day you wish to EOD.  There will be compasses and P-cards (timing devices) for hire.  Plus somebody on hand to help get you started.

Entry FAQs

Am I good enough?

Yes!  Entry is open to everyone.  Orienteering is a personal challenge, like a fun run or walk.  There are classes for everyone determined by gender, age, course length and level of difficulty.

In the lead up - go orienteering as much as you can. Orienteering Tasmania will be holding numerous events with coaches on hand.  If you are not from Tasmania for events near you visit Orienteering Australia.

I'm new to orienteering - can I enter?

Yes!  But read through this website and all these FAQs.  Then contact us for a chat so we can make sure you enter the most appropriate class.

How long does it take?

Course distances are based on winning times.  On average most winners will take about 40 - 50 minutes.  Just how long you take depends on how well you navigate and how fit you are.  Most people will finish well within 90 minutes.  Start times will be allocated throughout the morning so you should be finished by about 2pm at the latest.

Can I take as long as I like?

You will have at least 3 hours to do your course.  But on every day there will be an advertised course closure time.  You must abandon your course and come back to the finish by this time.  Unfortunately you will be recorded as DNF ("Did not Finish").  This is a safety rule and is not flexible.

Can I go with a friend / as a family group?

Yes - but only if you Enter on the Day "EOD" .  Orienteering is an individual sport.  However, we understand that not everybody wants to go out alone and this is why we allow and encourage groups to participate informally as EOD.

I'm worried I might get lost!

So is everyone else. Pretty much everyone will get lost at some point. Even the elites talk about "mistakes". Getting lost and having to relocate to find out exactly where you are is a part of orienteering.

There will be safety instructions provided every day in case you get really badly lost.  This rarely happens.  And we are orienteers - this means we are really good at finding things including people!

I'm worried my child turning 10 in 2018 or is younger might get lost!

If your child turns 10 in 2018 or is younger then you can enter them in M/W10S.  The "S" stands for shadow.  This means you can follow them around their course.  You must let them make their own decisions but you can quietly let them know if they are making major mistakes.  Ideally you are there just in case they get very lost and upset. No places are awarded in M/W10S.  There are kids who go out by themselves in M/W10A and places are awarded here.

I'm worried my child turning 11 in 2018 or older might get lost!

All of our junior classes are designed for children to participate.  Orienteering builds self esteem, resilience and independence precisely by letting children make their own decisions and trusting them to go out alone. Yes - they might get lost but they will also find their own way back.  There is always the EOD option if they really don't want to go out alone.

When I'm out there - can I give up?

Yes.  You can give up for any reason (injured, don't feel well, not having a good time, hungry, been out too long) but you must check in at the finish - otherwise we will think you are lost and launch a search and rescue mission.

Your result will be recorded as DNF "Did not Finish".  At orienteering events there are always a few people who DNF and there is no shame/failure attached to this.  Don't quit orienteering!

If you DNF on any day you are still allowed to start the next day - it will just impact on your overall result.

What Class do I enter?

When you enter you need to decide what class to enter.  Unlike a fun run/walk not everybody does the same thing - courses vary depending on what class you run.  Classes are based on gender, age, course length and degree of difficulty. Women can enter men's classes.

Most people enter their age group (see next FAQ for explanation on age groups) so it is just a matter of deciding on the level of difficulty - E, A, AS ("A Short"), B and for the little ones, S ("Shadow").

  • E - is for elite orienteers and is offered only in the open age class (M/W21) and oldest junior class (M/W20).  It is the championship class for these age groups. Only experienced and proven orienteers are eligible to run in the elites.  Otherwise there is no eligibility criteria for other classes.
  • A - is for fitter people looking for length and hard navigation.  The championship class for all age groups apart from M/W20 and 21.
  • AS  - is for people looking for a shorter course (not so fit) but who still want a navigation challenge
  • B - is for people who want to get some exercise but prefer easier navigation
  • S - is for kids under 10 who would like mum or dad to be there in case they get lost - the S stands for "shadow"

Contact us if you are still unsure what class to enter.

What is my Age Group?

Age groups vary between the classes offered.  Your age group depends on when you reach a given age: 

Juniors (20 or younger): Entrants belong to the age group up to the end of the calendar year in which they reach the given age. Example: you are M/W14 the years you turn 13 and 14.

Open (21 - 34) & Masters (turning 35 or older): Entrants belong to the age group from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the given age. Masters are entitled to compete in younger classes down to and including 21. Example: the year you turn 45, you are M/W 45 but can run down in M/W40 or 35 or 21.

The age groups offered in each respective class:

Elite classes: M21, W21, M20 and W20 (eligibility requirements apply)

A classes: M10, M12, M14, M16, M20, M21 M35, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80, M85, M90 W10, W12, W14, W16, W20, W21 W35, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60, W65, W70, W75, W80, W85, W90

A Short (AS) classes (non-championship): M21, M35, M45, M55 W21, W35, W45, W55.

B classes (non-championship): M Junior, M Open, M Easy, M Very Easy. W Junior, W Open, W Easy, W Very Easy.

S “Shadow” class: M/W10

Enter on the Day “EOD” courses: no age groups apply.

Once entries have closed classes may be merged if the minimum number (three) in any class is not reached.

What is M21Sledge?

M21Sledge is an informal fun competition within the M21AS class.  Sledge was invented by orienteers who had competed as juniors but weren't interested in racing as elites.  They just wanted to enjoy themselves, pretending to be fit (or less fit) and creating all sorts of silly races within the race - mostly to give themselves half a chance of winning at something.  Sledge is about having a good time and is open to anyone with a sense of humour - male or female - fit or not.  But be warned M21AS is still quite a long way and the navigation is hard.

Can I enter individual days of the 3 Day Events?

Not unless you opt to participate informally and Enter on the Day "EOD".  However you can enter any 3 day event and chose not to race on a particular day (you will not be eligible for any refund/discount to your entry fees).  On the day you don't start you will be listed as a DNS "Did not Start" in the results and overall you will rank below any entrants who finished all three days.

What is an SI Stick?

A timing device!  You might instead use a P Card.  When you enter you will need to include your SI stick / P Card number.  If you do NOT have one contact us to either purchase one (recommended if you will participate in a number of events) or hire one.

Understanding Map Symbols / Control Description Symbols

You need to know these.  There are on-line games to learn map symbols and control description symbols.  Note - if you are entering a B class or M/W 14 or younger - your control descriptions will be in words.

What time do I Start?

If you EOD you will select a start time that suits you and is available.

When you enter on-line you will be allocated a start time (different for every day you participate).  All start times will be released just before the carnival and will be available at Practical.

Under the rules, in the interests of fairness, all participants in the same class must start consecutively but in a random order.  We can not change your start time unless circumstances are exceptional (exceptional includes child care logistics or having a child in M/W10S) but a new start time might impact on your official status.  Contact us if you need to change your start time and we will consider your request.

If you are late to your start time you will only be allowed to start by an official when there is a free time slot.  Your time for the day will be calculated as if you started when you were supposed to.

I've entered on-line - do I need to register at the Carnival?

Yes. Every on-line entrant needs to check in at Registration - see Practical for more about registration.  You only need to check in at Registration once for the whole of ET2018.

What to wear?

Active outdoor clothes - long legs or long socks will help protect your legs - and runners.  There will be pop-up O shops at the carnival selling specialised orienteering pants, gaitors, socks and shoes.  If you are from Hobart you might swing by Find your Feet - our preferred outdoor adventure wear shop. Co-owner Hanny Allston is a former World Orienteering Champion.

What to bring?
  • a compass to orientate your map
  • your SI Stick / P Card (timing device)
  • a small plastic whistle to blow for help if you are injured/unwell and can not get yourself back to the finish unaided
  • your competitor number pinned to the front of your top (from your registration bag)
  • your control descriptions for your course (also in your registration bag).  Make sure it is the right one - changes every day.  You can buy a holder for this from one of the pop-up shops.  The control descriptions will in any case be on your map as well.

Carrying water is up to you. Drink stations are at the start, finish and out on your course are placed at roughly 30 minute intervals based on a winning time.

What are the risks?

All sport carries with it a risk of injury and orienteering is no different.  You will be making your own decisions about route choice and your safety, as well as how hard to push yourself.  In entering ET2018 you participate at your own risk.  Insurance against accidents and in case of injury is your responsibility.  You will need to complete a waiver as part of the entry process.

Where can I find the rules of orienteering?

Here are the rules.  In short orienteering is about finding your way around a set course independently with the aid of a map and compass only.  Rule 26 is all about conduct.  The answers to the most commonly asked about rules:

  • Navigation devices apart from your map and compass (for example watch or phone with GPS functions) are not allowed.
  • No interfering with control equipment.
  • No seeking assistance from other people out on your course except if you are injured and can not get back to the finish unaided.
  • If you come across someone else who is injured you must help them if they need it.
  • Be quiet so you don't distract others (no striking up conversations).
  • Be fair, honest, respectful and have a good sporting attitude.