Dear orienteering friends,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee and executive organizer Orienteering Club “Vihor” I am pleased to welcome all competitors, team leaders, officials and guests to the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2015 in Croatia. Although our country already hosted World Military Orienteering Championships twice, this will be the ” first IOF event of the highest level in Croatia and we are looking forward to organize it.
Orienteering club “Vihor” currently has about 100 members, including more than 15 former and current members of the National Teams in Trail, MTB and Foot Orienteering -competitors and team leaders. Our first experiences in organizing orienteering events go back to 1960’s and up to now we successfully organized a few hundreds. But mostly – our club is all about loving and living orienteering. Organizing WTOC is a big honor, but jet also a big challenge for us.
Trail Orienteering in Croatia has a short history, dating back in 2004 with our first participation at WTOC in Sweden, with only one participant, while in Japan 2005 we were just observers. We can say that the new era begun with the first official team entry on WTOC in 2008 in Czech Republic. Since then we have been regularly participating in WTOC every year and our competitors won 4 individual and 3 team medals.
Croatia will host the World Trail Orienteering Championships in June 2015. We will try our best to make a fair competition with good and precise maps and fair competitive tasks for all participants. Terrains will be challenging, providing opportunities to use different orienteering skills on different types of terrains.
We are also aiming to attract more new nations to Trail Orienteering, so hopefully we will see some new competitors from South East Europe and other parts of the world participating WTOC 2015.
The event will take place in the Croatian capital town Zagreb and in the nearby town of Karlovac. Most events will be held in the close vicinity of the Competition Center with driving distance less than 5 minutes. The longest distance to reach takes about half an hour driving from the Competition Center.
As never before, you will have the opportunity to stay in a capital city what will provide you large possibilities, not only for sport, but also for some tourist sightseeing, shopping and cultural activities. We believe you will enjoy food specialties and the unique atmosphere of Zagreb and Karlovac. If you find some extra time on your way to or from Croatia we strongly suggest visiting some of our National Parks, historic sites or even spending
a few days at the Adriatic coast.
We also invite you to participate in orienteering competitions which will be held in the beautiful region of Međimurje, around towns of Varaždin and Čakovec just prior to WTOC 2015.
I wish all of you a lot of success and good preparations for our event in 2015, hoping that we will manage to organize it on the highest possible level.