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”.

Sprint events are generally held in urban areas, usually in Spring, Summer or early Autumn.

  • 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.
  • The Melbourne Sprint Weekend Carnival is held every second year, on Victoria’s Labour weekend, featuring courses for all ages and 6 top quality sprint events over three days. The last MSW was held in March 2022.
  • MFR Summer Sprints are held each summer in January-March, on Saturday or Sunday mornings.  These exciting events will get you racing around some of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks such as Carlton Gardens and Princes Hill.  There are courses to suit everyone from newcomers to aficionados, and an innovative mini mass start format for exciting head to head racing!  Melbourne Forest Racers invites you to bring your A game, and expect the unexpected!
  • The Melbourne City Race is held each year, usually in October.  The premiere Urban event in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring European urban style racing in locations like Docklands, Port Melbourne, or Williamstown. There are usually one or two lead-in races making up the Melbourne City Race Weekend.  The next edition is scheduled for October 2023, at Docklands.
  • DROC Summer Shorts – NEW!!  Coming in October and November 2023, this series of four short races will be held in Melbourne parks and school campuses. Featuring colour maps, a choice of three courses, family-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 Sunday mornings.

See the excitement of a sprint race in action

Latest Sprint Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Wednesday 08-Feb-23 Central Highlands Orienteers Twilight Sprints - Gisborne Central Highlands Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Feb-23 Princes Park Orienteering Week 1 Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 18-Feb-23 Princes Park Orienteering Week 2 Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 25-Feb-23 BendiGo ToDay (Boot Hill) Bendigo Orienteers 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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