Sprint Orienteering

Sprint orienteering features short fast-paced events held in very runnable park or urban environments. It is all about rapid decision making. A sprint course is designed to test your ability to interpret the map in complex environments, and to plan and carry out route choices while running as fast as you can. There are courses for all ages, even if your legs don’t move as fast as they used to! The challenge is as much mental as it is physical - a “sprint for the mind”.

Victoria prides itself on presenting world class sprint events! Look out for sprints in January-March, and October-November.

  • The Victorian Sprint Championships are held in late November and are open to all.  Test yourself against your peers, or make it another excuse to get out in the sunshine.
  • Feature Weekends – March in Victoria features a biennial Sprint Weekend. Melbourne has done the honours in the past, and in 2024, the action moves to Ballarat for the first time. With four races over two days, you’ll experience some of the best sprint maps in the country. A 2024 calendar highlight!
  • The Melbourne City Race is held each year, usually in November.  The premiere Urban event in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring European urban style racing in locations like Docklands, Port Melbourne, or Williamstown.
  • Sunday Morning Sprints (SMS) – four fantastic Sprint races on a mad mix of maps, including an Indoor-Outdoor Sprint Relay at Monash Clayton; an urban maze at Kensington; a campus classic at University of Melbourne; and some mayhem on a new map at Mt Lilydale. The SMS action takes place during January, February and March 2024
  • Summer Shorts and Sprints – Saturdays or Sundays in October and November, these urban short distance races are family-friendly, and a great introduction to orienteering. There are six races in parks, urban areas and campuses, plus a free “Jump In” activity day to kick things off. Featuring colour maps, a choice of three courses, kid-friendly venues, and SI Air electronic timing, these events are the perfect way to prepare for the Sprint Champs or the Primary Schools Champs; or just enjoy your weekends.
  • MFR Come and Try Sprints are held each summer in February, on Saturday mornings.  These exciting events will get you racing around Princes Park.  Build your sprint skills each week.

See the excitement of a sprint race in action

Latest Sprint Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Wednesday 28-Feb-24 Twilight Sprint #3 Malmsbury Botanical Gardens Central Highlands Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Mar-24 Sunday Morning Sprint, University of Melbourne Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 09-Mar-24 Ballarat Sprints Day 1 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Mar-24 Ballarat Sprints Day 2 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Mar-24 Sunday Morning Sprint, Mt Lilydale Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Date Event Activity Results Splits TBT
19-Dec-19 Fredo's Training Session - Ivanhoe Foot orienteering
14-Dec-19 Fredo's Training Session - Triple Treat Foot orienteering
03-Dec-19 Fredo's Training Session - Brunswick Foot orienteering
30-Nov-19 Ruffey Lake Park Sprint & Sprint into Spring prize giving (PopUp Sprint ) Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
24-Nov-19 Macedon Ranges Sprint O - Braemar College Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
23-Nov-19 Sprint Into Spring Race 7 - Darebin Parklands Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
17-Nov-19 Victorian Sprint Distance Championships Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
16-Nov-19 Sprint Into Spring Race 6 - Oxley College Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
10-Nov-19 Macedon Ranges Sprint O - Alice Miller School Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
09-Nov-19 Sprint Into Spring Race 5 - Cornish College Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
27-Oct-19 Macedon Ranges Sprint O - Sacred Heart College Kyneton Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
26-Oct-19 Sprint Into Spring Race 4 - Eltham College Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
20-Oct-19 Macedon Ranges Sprint O - Gisborne Secondary College Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
19-Oct-19 Sprint Into Spring Race 3, Kuranjang College Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
12-Oct-19 Melbourne City Race Weekend and Sprint Into Spring Race 2, Kensington Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
21-Sep-19 Victorian Junior Squad Training Foot orienteering
10-Aug-19 Ian's Birthday SprintO - Black Jack Gully Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
30-Jun-19 Indoor Outdoor Double Sprint Monash Clayton (Info only) Foot orienteering
30-Jun-19 Indoor-Outdoor Double Sprint Monash Clayton Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
10-Jun-19 Pure Gold! Creswick Diggings 3-Day, Race 3 / The Bah Humbug Sprint Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
09-Mar-19 Latrobe University Sprint Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
03-Mar-19 Churchill Sprint Foot orienteering
16-Feb-19 BendiGo ToDay Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT

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