The WMOC Sprint competition consists of one Qualification race and a Final race.
The WMOC Forest competitions consist of one Qualification race, a Middle Final race and a Long Final race.
Qualifiers for each Final will be determined in accordance with IOF Competition Rules (2021). Details will be published in Bulletin 2 and on https://wmoc2021.hu
Budapest is the capital of Hungary with 1,750,000 inhabitants – the ninth largest city in the European Union. 35% of Hungary’s population (3.3 million people) live within the Budapest metropolitan area. The city has a 2,000-year long history. The central area of Budapest along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site including several notable sites, such as the Hungarian Parliament and the Buda Castle. There are around 80 geothermal springs and the largest thermal water cave system in the world located under the city. Budapest attracts around 12 million international tourists per year and the city was chosen as the Best European Destination of 2019.
The city of Székesfehérvár with 97,000 inhabitants is Hungary’s ninth largest city. It is located only 60 km / 45 minutes away from Budapest. Székesfehérvár held a central role in the Middle Ages as a royal residence and as the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. The first kings of Hungary were crowned and buried here. Castle building remained a living tradition: the Bory Castle on the outskirts of the city was hand built in the 20th century and welcomes visitors. Székesfehérvár is a central hub of Hungarian sport with iconic clubs like Videoton (football) and Alba Volán (ice hockey).
Velence is a small town and a holiday resort with 5,500 inhabitants, at the northeast tip of Lake Velence and at the foot of the Velence Hills. Obviously, its main attraction is the lake itself: it is Hungary’s third biggest natural lake that covers an area of 26 km2. It is one of Europe’s warmest lakes with an August water temperature of 26°C (due to its average depth of only 1.5m). Budapest is only half an hour’s drive away.
Travel distances by car from the main accommodation hubs
|Lake Velence||Székesfehérvár||Budapest (centre)||Lake Balaton|
|Velence (EC)||1 km / 5 min||21 km / 20 min||46 km / 35 min||48 km / 35 min|
|Budaörs (SQ)||39 km / 30 min||56 km / 45 min||10 km / 15 min||83 km / 55 min|
|Székesfehérvár (SF)||22 km / 25 min||2 km / 5 min||65 km / 55 min||33 km / 30 min|
|Pákozd (MF)||24 km / 25 min||10 km / 20 min||66 km / 55 min||45 km / 35 min|
|Csákvár (FQ, LF)||26 km / 25 min||25 km / 25 min||58 km / 45 min||60 km / 40 min|
The event is organised according to the Competition Rules for IOF Foot Orienteering events (2021) and the WMOC Manual (2021).
Punching and Timing System
The SPORTident punching and timing system will be used. Touch free mode (Air+) will be activated in addition to classic SPORTident punching. Both SI-cards and SIAC cards can be used. SIAC cards can be rented from the organisers by choosing this option during the entry process (through the Services tab). The rent charge for the whole WMOC week is EUR 15 if booked in advance; without pre-registration the rent charge is EUR 5 per race or EUR 20 for the entire WMOC week.
Traditional SI punching cards (version 8) can also be rented from the organisers by choosing this option during the entry process (through the Services tab). The rent charge for the whole WMOC week is EUR 5 if booked in advance; without pre-registration the rent charge is EUR 2 per race or EUR 10 for the entire WMOC week.
There are no restrictions regarding clothing. Organisers recommend full leg cover for the Forest Qualification, Middle Final and Long Final races. Using spiked shoes (including dobb spikes) is not allowed for the Sprint Qualification and Sprint Final races.
Climate and Hazards
August is a warm month in Central Hungary, it brings some of the sunniest days with an average of 13 hours of sunlight. During the WMOC week, temperatures during the day climb to around 27°C and often as high as 30°C, while at nights fall to 15°C. It is a bit cooler in the forest. Average rainfall is 71.1mm (15 mm during the WMOC week). Expect to see some light to moderate rain and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoons. August is quite calm with an average wind speed below 10 km/h. Humidity is also low during August.
Ticks, carrying tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme-disease are present in the forest terrains.