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54th Kainuu Orienteering Week 4th - 9th July 2021, Puolanka, Finland

Competition name54th Kainuu Orienteering Week 4th - 9th July 2021, Puolanka, Finland
Start date20210704
End date20210709
Race typeInternational
Nearest place or cityPuolanka
Club/organizerPuolangan Ryhti / Kainuun Rastiviikko ry
Region of countryKainuu
Number of competition days4
Expected number of runners5000
WRE event?No
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Contact phone number0447679533
Contact postal addressKetunpolku 1, Tieto 1 -rakennus, 87100 Kajaani, Finland
Max distance from eventcentre to competitions9 km
Latest entry date07.06.2021 (open courses also on-site)
Entry fee (Euro)12-160
Typical accomodation fee, hotel (Euro)25-80 € / person / night
Typical accomodation fee, tent (Euro)5-20 € / tent / night
Event description4th - 9th July 2021: 54th Kainuu Orienteering Week (#KOW, #kainuuoweek), Finland, Puolanka, Luhtakangas-Äikänvaara. Combine orienteering and holiday. Kainuu O-Week is the biggest Finnish orienteering week in and it has been held annually since 1966 in Kainuu, Finland. 2021 year the event will gather 5000-6000 participants from all around the world. Competition categories are H/D8-95. Open courses (10 different skill and distance levels, this is the largest amount in Finish orienteering events).
Terrain descriptionCompetition area consists the very best orienteering areas in Puolanka and overall in Kainuu region. Competitions will be held in two different kind of terrain types. Two stages will be run in pine forrest area which is very fast to run and there is good runability. The other two stages will offer for orienteers very challenging orienteering in great scenery´s and hill areas of Äikänvaara. To Äikänvaara area it is typical that terrain is covered with old spruce forest. Children´s tracks are held every day in pine forrest area where you can find plenty of footpaths and little ponds which will make orienteering easier. Maps are made by the professionals of Mapline (Mapping company of WOC 2013, Jukola etc.). Course setters are also professionals Teemu and Lasse Köngäs who have been several times the main course setters of Kainuu Orienteering Week.
Training possibilitiesTraining is possible with different maps in Puolanka, Suomussalmi, Kajaani, Sotkamo, Kuhmo and other areas of Kainuu. Training maps and bundles can be bought beforehand from the websites and also from the KOW Info on-site in the event. Training bundles can be bought at in may 2021.
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.Puolanka is well-known of its versatile nature - it offers great hill scenery´s and views. One of the best known sightseeings in Puolanka is Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve which was established in the area surrounding one of the Finland's highest (24 metres) natural waterfall, Hepoköngäs. Located in the magnificent Kainuu hill landscape the waterfall is a popular sight, which is also accessible for disabled. The river valley is lush and the gorge rugged. Half of the nature reserve is covered by spruce dominated old-growth forest in the shelter of which numerous threatened and rare species thrive. Paljakka Ski-resort offers action for winter and summer. During the summer, traveller can enjoy fishing in Paljakka fishing park or in the rivers of the area. For motor activities you can go to ATV trails. For hikers there is plenty of hiking routes available in Puolanka area - for example Pirunkirkko nature reserve (near Paljakka) area is excelent day trip destination with good footpaths. In Pirunkirkko day cottage you can watch and hear the river Louhi flow slowly past by. From Pirunkirkko you can also enter to other hiking routes. River Kiiminki is perfect for canoeing and fishing - these possibilities are also available in other places in Puolanka - for example in Saarijärvi wilderness and fishing area. For cultural activities you can find from Puolanka for example Askanmäki house museum area where is also summer theatre shows during the summer. Other house museum areas are Puolankapirtti and Tiainen. For rock and metal music fans there is Lankafest music festival in July just after the Kainuun Orienteering Week. Welcome to Puolanka and enjoy the silence and beauty of the nature and hospitality of Kainuu region people!
Street address of navigation pointKuirivaarantie 1, 89200 Puolanka, Finland
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Live results available?Yes
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Live GPS tracking available?No
Live TV available?No
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