May 6, 2023
The German Championships and the 31st Saxon-Bohemian Orienteering Days have now been over for almost a week, the first ideas for the next edition next year are already buzzing around in the heads. Therefore it is once again time to look back briefly and also to return the things left behind to their respective owners.
The competitions in Zittau were in many respects something very special. Some key points of it were generally known, others caused a lot of joy and some also little understanding. Therefore enclosed a small listing without claim to completeness:
- The German Championships were the first national competition organized under the Orienteering Working Group.
- For the first time the competition in the sprint relay for the classes D/H12 was a German championship with compulsory start pass.
- For the first time a track was offered at the German Champs Sprint Distance in M85.
- For the first time, the German Championships in the senior categories were judged in categories of 5-year increments for the sprint distance.
- With 1477 participants (mainly from Germany/Czech Republic), the competition in Jonsdorf was one of the largest orienteering events ever held in Germany. (The last pure orienteering event, which had more participants, was the Senior World Championships in 2012).
- In total, 16 hours of orienteering were offered to children and interested parties on all 3 days, with the opportunity to try out 18 courses of different lengths and difficulty.
- The youngest participant, who actively and independently completed a children's orienteering (several times), was 2 years old.
- For the first time, a banner with the inscription "German Orienteering Championships" was used.
- The core team of the competitions consisted of less than 25 people, but was supported by numerous helpers and clubs from the region and sometimes far beyond. Many thanks!
Enclosed is a link to the overview of the found axes from the competitions.