This document supplements Bulletin No.3 Changes contradicting to Bulletin No.3 are marked red bold in text.
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THE COURSE AND THE MAP
There are 100 checkpoints out in the competition terrain. Total sum of scores is 575 points. Three digit numbers are used for checkpoints. The first digit shows score of checkpoint (it varies from 2 to 9). The shortest line (by air) connecting all checkpoints will lead to 130 km of distance. Penalty score for finishing after the nominated finish time is 1 point for each started minute after the nominated finish time. Teams, finished half-an-hour after nominated finish time, will be considered "LATE".
Some control descriptions contain “clearcutting”, what is described sometimes also as “clearing”. There might be some unmapped clearings of recent years and some new clearings made after map was sent to printhouse. If active harvesting area noticed - do not enter it due to safety reasons!
Electric fences are not mapped. There exist also pastures fenced by barbed wire. Such fences may exist also nearby abandoned messuages and ruins. It is allowed to exit meadows or pastures if there is electric fence at your exit point. It is allowed to enter meadows or pastures with electric fence only in cases if it is not marked as out of bounds area. Don’t disturb livestock met on the course!
Some single-standing buildings, hunters’ towers and ruins are not mapped.
Water level in pounds, ditches and swamps and their passability correspond to the map legends used. Some small and local water features are not mapped.
Landowners and local people are informed about the event and are asked to hold their dogs leashed and controlled during the competition. Anyway - there might be dogs on roads near houses and farmsteads. In case of meeting such - don’t run and pass them by slowly walking.
Olive green, pink-violet crossed areas and unharvested cultivated land is out of bounds areas!
PUNCHING AND CHECKPOINTS
Control markers are well visible from most directions and are normally located about 1.5 meters above the ground. Nevertheless, depending on the control feature, the markers may not be equally visible from all possible directions. Control markers have reflectors. A sample control equipment (control marker with the SI station) is at the event center.
If no punch signal received on your SI card (there is no light/sound signal) within 30cm distance from SI station, team shall try direct punching into SI station. If this fails (no light/sound feedback) or SI station is missing, team shall use alternative method of registering at the checkpoint by using needle punch (“crocodile”) attached to the checkpoint and emergency punching checkboxes on map.
There will be IN and OUT SI stations placed near the hash-house, but punching to them is not mandatory. Punching to these stations will provide splits of HH visit for those using them. SI stations at the hash-house will operate in direct punching mode only.
PLEASE NOTE! Missing checkpoint or SI station is not a reason for unsealing bag with prohibited devices! If you have a chance to meet judges on course or visit a water drop point, where a message board and a pen is available, you can leave a message about such problems.
WATER STATIONS ON TERAIN, AT START AND FINISH
There are 7 water drops (WD) and 2 water sources (wells) (WS) stations mapped on the competition terrain.
Water stations are placed on obvious navigational features (track junctions and crossings) and are described on the control description sheet. Precise location is mapped with bold pink dot. Water is served in 5l volume plastic containers in water stations. There will be paper sheet and a pen, where competitors may leave important messages for organizers (dangers, out-of-order SI stations, etc.). There are no mugs at water stations. Take your own!
There will be no water available in start zone. There will be water available right after the finish, next to SI readout.
There will be our sponsor’s ISOSTAR sports drink for High Carb Drink Salted Tomato & Basil available in WD3.
Model maps are available at the registration in the Event centre. [MAP]
Model start location is ~6km (10 min drive) S from the Event centre: 56.186392, 27.507111; 56°11'11.0"N 27°30'25.6"E, at the roadside.
Parking is allowed only along roadside at model location. There will be no parking assistants at model site. Parking in forest or on meadows is strictly forbidden. There is no water station either in model terrain or in direct proximity of model. Pack yourself with drinking water before you leave Event center to model. There are 9 controls placed on model terrain and it takes 2-3 hours to visit all controls in walking mode.
MODEL BUS SCHEDULE
Minibuss with 19 seats will operate transfer route from the Event center to model and back according to schedule below. Boarding on first come-first served basis.
|Event center->model||Model->Event center|
|Event center->model||Model->Event center|
There is option to leave car keys while competitors are on course. Teams willing to do so are asked to insert keys in plastic bag (with team number on it) received in team envelope and to deliver bag to registration desk prior entering start area.
OFFICIAL COMPETITION TIME
Official competition time will be shown on screens in hash-house. Please do synchronize your clocks on your own before you leave to start procedure.
INDEMNITY FORMS AND “UNDER 18” WRITTEN PERMITS
Indemnity forms (one per team) for signing by each team member will be available at registration.
Each participant under 18 years shall submit his/her written permission (from their legal guardian) for taking part in the competition at registration.
There will be 5 map handout queues. They will be divided according to the team number range:
601 – 800 || 801 – 1200 || 1201 – 1600 || 1601 – 2000 || 2001 – 2999 &1 – 600
One representative from a team with the number bib shall arrive to the corresponding map handout queue.
ENTERING THE START AREA
The same queues will be used as entrances to the start area. The team shall arrive to the corresponding entrance all participants together with number bibs and SI cards attached. Please prepare all mandatory equipment for inspection, seal any prohibited equipment in the pouches and switch off audible feedback before the start entrance.
Those who are ready with planning are welcome to arrive to the start area starting from 11:20 so that everyone could manage to enter the start area before 11:45. GPS devices will be distributed to the appointed teams (and also to those, who have ordered) at the entrance to the start.
Please note! Deviation from information given in Bulletin #3: Teams will be required to submit their planning map to organizers when entering the start zone.
GPS TRACKING AND ESTIMATED PROGRESSIVE SCORES
GPS tracking data and estimated progressive scores gathered from random 10 radio checkpoints out in terrain will be available on WRC web page starting from two hours following the start of the competition.
There will be organizers provided biodegradable shampoo in showers. Own shampoos and shower gels are not allowed! Showers’ capacity is limited and there is no guarantee of hot water all the time.
There will be wi-fi available in the Event center, provided by Latvijas mobilais telefons http://karte.lmt.lv/#4G
SHOPS & BUFFET
Orienteering equipment (www.osveikals.lv), sports nutrition Isostar (www.isostar.lv) shops and buffet will be available in the Event center.
Menu will provide options for those, who selected gluten free, low-lactose and vegetarian diets at the registration.
Boiled rice or pasta with fried chicken fillet pieces or vegetable stew with bean peas, vegetable salad, pastry, juice, tea, coffee.
Oatmeal with butter or jam, sandwich bread with ham and cheese or vegetarian, boiled egg, tea, coffee, banana.
Hash-house from 15:00 August 18th till 11:00 August 19th:
Two soups – vegetable soup and cold tomato soup
Pasta Bolognese or pasta with cheese sauce with broccoli,
Fresh vegetables, lightly salted cucumbers, sausage, ham, cheese, bread, butter, jam, fruits, biscuits, water, juice, tee, coffee.
From 6:00 August 19th: additional oatmeal, milk, yogurt, cornflakes.
After the race meal from 11:00 august 19th:
Two soups – soljanka and vegetarian bean soup
Boiled potatoes and boiled rice
Pork gulash, chicken in the sauce, vegetable stew
3 kinds vegetable salad
Sweet pie, fruits, drinks, bread
PLEASE NOTE! According to Road traffic regulations of Latvia and just for your safety - everybody shall use reflectors at clothes or bag during dark time of day.
Avoid touching of Sosnowsky’s hogweeds! Be extremely careful in beavers’ affected areas due to holes and sharp woodsticks on banks and under water!
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
General emergency phone in Latvia: 112. Organizers’ emergency phones are printed on maps: +371-29205886; +371-29297104. Save to contacts!
LOST SI CARD OR ORGANIZERS’ PROVIDED GPS DEVICE
Penalty of 75.- EUR per lost item will be applied.
GETTING THERE AND DRIVING HOME AFTER COMPETITION
There are roadworks ongoing between Jēkabpils and Rēzekne, so plan additional time for arrival and getting home.
NOTE! Common spread behavior (used in regular urban and recreational rogaines) of taking and posting immediately photos online (by using smart phones), while team is still on course, will be perceived as clear breaking of RULES and will lead to disqualification.
Don’t forget mandatory equipment before you go to start gates: passport (+visa) or ID, whistle, SI card, number bib.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions, if any! Our team will try to make this event for you as pleasant as possible.
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