World class

For the first time there is no WOC for sprinters this year, to make up for it we introduce VOC: 3 days of sprint orienteering, no qualifiers, just finals for all 😉
Join & meet World class orienteers in Vienna



Orienteering in tricky and unique areas in the City of Vienna. Many route choices and multilevel fun included 😁

for you

for you!

This event is for everyone, whether you are a newcomer, elite, or an experienced orienteer. Fancy running with a friend? Try the Team Challenge! 😊

3 Days. 3 + 1 Stages!

Stage 1: Friday, 30 August, 18:00-20:00
Stage 2: Saturday, 31 August, 11:00-13:00
Stage 3: Sunday, 1 September, 10:00-12:30 + Sprint Relay 13:00-14:00, 14:30 Prize giving ceremony

Single-stage (1 day) entries possible for Newcomers, Open & Team Challenge classes

Orienteering in the heart of Europe: where culture and quality-of-life meet orienteering. Be part of Austria’s most fun orienteering weekend!

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Orienteering =

We offer you high-quality sprint orienteering maps and challenging courses in attractive areas. VOC is brought to you by experienced organisers and elite orienteers. Look forward to running in beautiful parks and intricate urban areas.

Team Venues Guide to Orienteering
Experience orienteering

Vienna. Now.

Vienna has been ranked first for ten consecutive years in the Quality of Living Survey. Visit palaces, renowned museums, stroll through the vineyards or simply enjoy the Viennese coffee culture and food. Our top three suggestions for places to visit are the city centre, Schönbrunn Palace and the vineyards in Neustift am Walde. There is enough time between the stages for other activities. You can find out more on and start planning your visit. Or just follow @viennatouristboard to get some inspiration.

Video VOC on Find Hotels

How to get here? It's easy.

It is easy and affordable to travel to Vienna by plane (Vienna or Bratislava airport), train, bus or car. Excellent public transport services will get you around in the city. All venues are close to the city centre.
Public transport travel times: 45 min from airport to stage 1. Stage 3+4 to airport 35 min.

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Event Venues

Welcome to Vienna

Since 2013 the idea to host an international orienteering weekend in Vienna existed: an event open for everyone, in challenging areas, and fun to be part of. After racing in the cities of Beijing, London, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm, Valetta, Venice, Wellington, and many more it is finally time to welcome you to my home town! Whether you are coming as a participant, spectator or volunteer, it is going to be fun days in Vienna!

Erik Nilsson Simkovics

Erik Nilsson Simkovics

Event Director

Event Ambassadors

Help us making VOC an awesome event by spreading the word to your friends as our ambassadors do.
They all have experienced orienteering in Vienna 😀

Andreas Vojta

Andreas Vojta

Olympic 1500 m Runner
Austria's fastest 5 km Runner

Tim Robertson

Tim Robertson

New Zealand Orienteering Team
World Championship Silver Medalist

Anna Nilsson Simkovics

Anna Nilsson Simkovics

Austrian Orienteering Team
World Games Bronze Medalist


Do you want to get involved? if you want to volunteer or are interested in partnership opportunities.

Classes for everyone

Choose the class that suits you best. The Team Challenge is for teams of 2-3 runners orienteering together. All other classes are for individual runners. M / W indicates separate Men’s and Women’s classes. Maximum course length 5 km.

Newcomers No gender/age restrictions
Team Challenge No gender/age restrictions (max. 3 runners/team)
Youth -14 years M / W
Open 15+ years M / W
Elite 15+ years M / W
45+ 45+ years M / W
55+ 55+ years M / W
65+ 65+ years M / W

Sprint Relay Classes

A sprint relay team consists of 3 runners.
To faciliate many relay teams, entries for the sprint relay will be possible until 31 August.

Open Relay No gender/age restrictions
Youth Relay -16 years M + W + M
Relay 17+ years M + W + M
Relay 35+ years M + W + M
Relay 50+ years M + W + M
Vienna O Challenge Orienteering


For newcomers to orienteering

Everyone can make it. The course length is approximately 3 km. No matter the age or gender, everyone does the same course.

Team Challenge

Orienteering together with a friend or two

You will each get a map with your course on it. Each team has one Sportident-card. You will do the orienteering together! Teams can be set up in any kind.


For individuals with orienteering experience

Separate Women's and Men's class with different courses.


All course lengths measured on shortest running distance.
Stage 1 Friday Stage 2 Saturday Stage 3 Sunday Map scale
Team Challenge 2,8 km 3,2 km 70 m ↑ 2,8 km 1:4000
Newcomers 2,7 km 3 km 55 m ↑ 2,5 km 1:4000
Youth 2,2 km 2,6 km 50 m ↑ 2 km 1:4000
Men Open 3,2 km 3,8 km 85 m ↑ 3,4 km 1:4000
Women Open 3 km 3,2 km 60 m ↑ 2,8 km 1:4000
Men Elite 4,1 km 4,3 km 100 m ↑ 4,3 km 1:4000
Women Elite 3,5 km 4 km 80 m ↑ 3,6 km 1:4000
Men 45+ 3,2 km 3,8 km 85 m ↑ 3,4 km 1:3000
Women 45+ 3 km 3,2 km 60 m ↑ 2,8 km 1:3000
Men 55+ 3 km 3,2 km 60 m ↑ 2,8 km 1:3000
Women 55+ 2,5 km 2,8 km 55 m ↑ 2,3 km 1:3000
Men 65+ 2,5 km 3,2 km 60 m ↑ 2,3 km 1:3000
Women 65+ 2,5 km 2,8 km 55 m ↑ 2,3 km 1:3000

Sprint Relay Courses

All course lengths measured on shortest running distance.
3 runners per relay team. In the Mixed classes Youth/17+/35+/50+ at least one Women should be on the team. In Open any team formation is possible.
Sprint Relay Sunday Map scale
Open Relay 2,8 km 1:4000
Youth Relay -16 years 2,1 km 1:4000
Relay 17+ years 2,8 km 1:4000
Relay 35+ years 2,8 km 1:4000
Relay 50+ years 2,1 km 1:3000


Entries are open until 28 August. Entry on the day possible for Newcomers, Team Challenge & Open.

Touchfree timing is activated. Rental Sportident cards are available.

Participants from 21 countries have registered 🎉 - Entry list

Newcomers & Youth

64 €

  • Orienteering event in Vienna
  • 3 stages in 3 days
  • Newcomers and Youth
  • Snacks & drinks for finishers
  • Goodie bag & good vibes
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Juniors & Adults

79 €

  • Orienteering event in Vienna
  • 3 stages in 3 days
  • Juniors and Adults
  • Snacks & drinks for finishers
  • Goodie bag & good vibes
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Team Challenge

99 € / Team

Entry fee for whole team
  • Orienteering event in Vienna
  • 3 stages in 3 days
  • 2-3 persons/team
  • Snacks & drinks for finishers
  • Goodie bag & good vibes
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1-Day Ticket

Newcomers 23 €
Open 25 €
Team Challenge 36 €
  • Orienteering event in Vienna
  • 1 stage (Fri/Sat/Sunday)
  • Team Challenge: 2-3/Team
  • Snacks & drinks for finishers
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Guide to Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route. As a recreational activity, it doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run at your own pace.


The orienteering map is a very detailed representation of the terrain. The map also shows where it is allowed to run and where not. In urban events the scale is 1:4000, 1 cm on the map represents 40 m in the terrain. Orienteering map symbols.


The course is represented on your map with following symbols:
Triangle = start, numbered circles = control points, double circle = finish
You must visit the controls in the order they are numbered. At the ‘start’ you will need to ‘punch’ the control, i.e. placing your Sportident card into a unit which starts the timer. At the finish you are required to ‘download’ the information which is on your Sportident card. This shows whether you have completed the course in the correct order. You choose the route between the control points on your own. The challenge is to choose the fastest routes between the control points and execute them well. See a map with orienteering course.

Control points

Marked with an orienteering flag and an electronic timekeeping unit. Each control has a unique code (e.g. 31). On the map you will also find a control description with codes for each control on your course. By checking the code with the control description you can make sure that you are at the right control. Note: if you punch a wrong control in-between it does not matter. Just continue to your control. However, you must visit the controls in the correct order (Start-1-2-3…).

Start procedure

In contrast to running races orienteering is with individual start. Each minute one runner - or team if you are doing the Team Challenge - starts on each course. A start list will be published in advance. Please note that you need to be at the start 3 min before your start time to clear and check your Sportident card.

What do I need to bring?

  • Just come with your sport clothing and running shoes.
  • The timing chip you collect at the event centre.
  • The map will be handed to you in the moment of your start.
  • For your first sprint orienteering experiences you do not need a compass. Just orientate the map to the main features. As soon as you get more experienced a compass will speed up your navigation.

Which class to choose?

Controls are easy to find in urban areas. The main difference between classes is the length and complexity of route choices between controls. If it is your first experience with orienteering we recommend either the Newcomer's or the Team Challenge class for maximum fun. In the Team Challenge you can team up with friends and run together - each of you will get a map but you have to complete the course together with one Sportident card. The Newcomer's class is for individual starters. Course lengths for both of these options will be approximately 3-4 km per stage, depending on your own route choices. However, as VOC is an open event all classes are available to you, so you are not restricted to these choices.

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It's fun!
Course sample
Part of orienteering map with course
Orienteering flag
Orienteering control

Details. More information.

General Information

Start times

Friday 18:00 - 19:00
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
Sunday 10:00 - 11:30, Sprint relay 13:00
Start lists will be published online.


Scale 1:4000 (1 cm on the map = 40 m on the ground). 1:3000 for age classes 45+. Mapper: Erik Nilsson Simkovics, Controller: Vito Satrapa (Map rights © OLC Wienerwald)


Sprint-orienteering for elite classes (15 min winning time) on stage 1-3, and for all classes on the 3rd stage. Stage 1 + 2 will be a bit longer than 15 min (time-wise) for age classes, so that the 'slower' runners also can experience more of the nice terrain.
Planners: Erik Nilsson Simkovics (Stage 1+3), Vito Satrapa (Stage 2), Henrik Sulz (Sprint Relay)

Sprint Relay

Target times: 10-12 min / runner. Running order is Men-Women-Men for all classes except Open. Women are allowed to run any leg.


Sportident electronic timekeeping will be used with mixed punching. Competitors with a classic Sportident card will dib in the ordinary way, SIAC users will be able to use it touchfree. You can get hold on a new SIAC touchfree at our partner OL-Shop.

Sportident Card Hire

There will be a charge of 5 € to hire a Sportident card. The charge for a lost Sportident card is 30 €.

Final Details

The final instructions will be published one week prior to VOC.


Live results from each event available online, overall results will be published on the VOC website after the final stage. Split times on Winsplits Online immediately after each stage.


Prize giving ceremony for the overall ranking, prizes for the top 3 in each class.

Terms & Conditions

Entries & Payment

Entries are accepted only through the online entry form and valid after fees have been received to our bank account either by bank transfer or credit card payment.
Banking details: IBAN: AT09 1420 0200 1051 5450, BIC/SWIFT: EASYATW1 (Easybank AG). It is also possible to pay by credit card. If you choose credit card payment you will get a link for the credit card payment request by email. Credit card payments are processed through Revolut.


Amendments which affect the class entered (and are within the same price band) may be made free of charge up to the final entry deadline. Other amendments, which do not affect the entry cost, class or start time, are free of charge at all times.

Cancellation Policy

In the case of curtailment or cancellation of VOC due to circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to retain all or part of the entry fees. Competitors may only cancel their entry if VOC itself has not been curtailed or cancelled. Cancellations of an entry before 31 July 2019 will be given a 70% refund. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after this date. If you wish to cancel your entry, please email to .

Risk and Safety

Competitors accept the hazards associated with participating in the event, and that they take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Event Officials will not accept liability for any injury, accident, loss or damage to the competitor or their property that may arise before, during or after the event as a consequence of participation in the event.


IOF competition rules for stage 1-2, ÖFOL competition rules for stage 3 and sprint relay.

Championship Entries

Stage 3 and the sprint relay are also championships for Vienna and Lower Austria and hosted in cooperation with OLC Wienerwald. For members of a club in Vienna or Lower Austria that wish to compete in the regional championships: Please note that entries for the 3rd stage and the sprint relay must also be done through ANNE. The corresponding entry fee for the regional championship will be deducted from the VOC entry fee and charged from your club.

Privacy Policy

Personal Data

When you enter we will ask you for the following personal information:

  • Contact details: name, year of birth, email address
  • Participation details: class, club, country

Why we need your details

We need to collect your personal information so that we can enable you to participate in the event. If you do not provide us with all of the personal information that we need to collect then this may affect our ability to manage your entry.

We also process participants’ personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interest to:

Promote and encourage participation in orienteering by sending participants communications and entry information for upcoming events. Our events may be filmed or photographed and your personal information may also be used in images captured from our events, which we use for promotional and development purposes. Provide competition in orienteering by accepting and managing entries for our events and checking your personal information to ensure you are entered into the correct category. Where we process your personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interest, you have the right to object to us using your personal information for the above purposes. If you wish to object to any of the above processing, please contact us.

Who we share your personal information with

If your personal information is included in any images or videos taken by us at our events, we may share this with the Austrian Orienteering Federation and/or OLC Wienerwald for promotional and/or journalistic purposes.

Participants’ personal data

We publish the results of our events on our website. This includes competitors’ name, club, age class and result.

Your rights

You can exercise any of the following rights by writing to us. Your rights in relation to your personal information are:

You have a right to request access to the personal information that we hold about you by making a “subject access request”;
If you believe that any of your personal information is inaccurate or incomplete, you have a right to request that we correct or complete your personal information;
You have a right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information for specific purposes; and
If you wish us to delete your personal information, you may request that we do so.

Any requests received by us will be considered under applicable data protection legislation.

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Erik Simkovics
Dr. Heinrich Maier Strasse 46/5/5, 1180 Wien, Austria

+43 664 2254915