Vörå/Vaasa – Orienteering

The world’s first OCR Orienteering race!

Toughest Orienteering is a team race with two members per team that will try to find as many obstacles and collect as many points as possible in the shortest period of time.

Date & Location: 17th of August, 2018. Norrvalla, Vörå, Finland



Changing-room & wardrobe:

There are temporary changing-rooms and wardrobes at the event area. The wardrobes will be overseen by our staff but are not locked and secured fully.


Toilets will be available on the event area.


Water and other beverages will be available at the finish line and once during the course. There will also be food & beverage for sale for the audience.


Food will be sold at the event area.



– Who can find and beat all the obstacles first?

The world’s first OCR Orienteering will be launched in Orienteering’s home country Finland. In the deep forests of northern Finland the teams will fight through obstacles and tough terrain with the compass around the neck until the sunset.




Team Competition

You are competing in teams of 2 people.

There are three classes; Ladies, Gents & Mix. 


Competition structure

  • Mass start
  • Gun time
  • Approx. 15 obstacles that you must complete together as a team
  • Approx: 20 obstacles that are from the Toughest course and these obstacles must be done individually
  • Obstacles must be managed properly according to the rules to get a stamp and point´s
  • Approx. 15 KM – 20 KM running
  • One map and compass per team
  • More detailed rules are presented one week before the race by email
  • Maximum time on the course: 5 hours, the team must cross the finish line before the cut-off time to not be disqualified


Who can find and beat all the obstacle first?

The team that collects most points by finding and completing obstacles or controls in the shortest time wins Toughest Orienteering. In which order to complete the obstacles/controls is up to you and a part of the strategic game// exception for the ramp that must be the last obstacle.

Points will be awarded to the team on the obstacles/controls and the score will be varied due to many different aspects such as level of difficulty and availability.




  1. 500 €  team och class
  2. Season pass Toughest
  3. Gears from Toughest

Award ceremony takes place on Saturday at 12:00.



13:30 – 15:00 Lunch / Dinner

15:30 Race meeting

17:00 Start

23:00 – 23:10 The competition ends



Tent: All teams have the opportunity to set up a tent at the site Norrvalla Camping with no extra cost between 17-18 August.

Hotel: You can also book rooms at Norrvallas hotel at a cost of 85 € per room/night. The hotel has a total of 150 beds, so first come first served.

Booking norrvalla@folkhalsan.fi or call  +3586 383 1012



A lunch buffet is included between 13:30 and 15:00.


  • 20% discount on the Toughest ticket for Saturday’s Main Event in Vörå. Code is sent with the registration mail.
  • Free shuttle to Vasa Airport read more under “Transportation”

Included in the price

artboard-11 Map  artboard-9 Compass  artboard-10 Medal  artboard-13 T-shirt  artboard-16 Medicare

artboard-14 Energy  artboard-12 Drinks  artboard-17 Food  artboard-15 Accomodation

Orienteering Obstacles


80 Points

Cliff Jump/Dive down

Jump down the  high cliff and swim out and dive down to the control. Both runners needs to jump the cliff and dive down.

Uphill Bucket carry

400 m of 50 KG bucket carry uphill

50 points

Five Orienteering Checkpoint

Find the inaccessible checkpoint´s out in the woods

30 points

Tire Swamp

Grab a tired one each and run thru the swamp and back again

Digg a Weaver

Digg under the lumber climb over the lumber repeat 5 times

Climb the tree

Climb the tree to you reach the control

Pull cliff tire

Pull the tire up the 20 m high cliff

Pull a tire

Pull a tire 800 m one each

Swim and grab

Swim out to the float

20 points


Run/Climb the 5m ramp, both team members need to get up the ramp

Stone to stone

Carry/lift the heavy nature stones up at a 3 m high the lift will divided into 2 lifts

Wreak bags

400 m wreak bags up a mountain


Carry a 3-4 m long Pole together up a 5 m high cliff with help of a rope.

15 Points

Pole Climb

Climb the Pole, ring the bell!

Stone rope

A rope hanging down a big stone at a height of 3,5m. Help your teammate up on your back and climb the stone

Flip the tire

Flip a tire each 100 m

Hold on the rope

Throw the rope over the bar and hold on at the same time as the other teammate climb the rope

10 Points

Down Under 

Climb the ladder upside down then do a transition to the hanging board without touching the ground

Swing Walk

Move yourself forward using the different grips hanging down. The obstacle is about 5m long

Rope Climbing

Climb the rope to a height of 5m and ring the bell


Swing with the rings to get to the other side. The obstacle varies in total length, but the rings is always hanging with 80cm intervals and hangs down about 80 cm from the stand. Height above ground varies

Ninja Jumps

There are 2 ways to do this. Either you take it slow and stop and grab every the platform after each jump
In the second option, you don’t use your hands and instead jump from platform to platform without stopping
In this technique speed and timing is the essential

Traverse rings

Move the rings one by one in a controlled motion from peg to peg until you have crossed the whole pipe. Make sure you have a good grip on the rings since you will be hanging with your whole body weight on one hand while moving the rings



Finnair from London: about 200 € return ticket

Finnair from Oslo: about 200 € return ticket

Finnair from Copenhagen: about 200 € return ticket

SAS from Stockholm: about 120 € return ticket

Finnair from Helsinki: about 100 € return ticket

Free airport shuttle from Vaasa Airport:


To the event – The last flight from Helsinki lands at 14:10 local time. The bus is waiting outside the airport and takes you directly to the event 5 kilometers outside Vaasa in Vårö.


Return bus – 13:00 from the event area in Värö. Everyone who sign up for Saturday’s Race through the Tuffest Orientation Discount Code is placed in an early start-up group before 10:30 so that everyone can returning 13:00 to the airport.


Return bus – 13:00 from the event area in Värö. Everyone who registers for Sunday’s Family through the Tuffest Orientation Discount Code is placed in early start-up group before noon. 10.30 so that everyone comes with the return bus at 13.00 to the airport.


Set GPS on Norrvalla. However, we recommend that you go together to save on the environment.

GPS coordinates:

63.153791, 22.268780


There is a parking lot at the event area for about 300 cars and costs 5 € per car.


Registration and Team Name?

Registration most be done individually, therefore it´s extra important that you choose the same team name and category to compete in.

What obstacles will be included?

Your team will find out when the starting shot has passed and your team gets the map at the starting line.

Do you need any orienteering skill to participate? 

The orienteering will be at base level so you just need to know how to read a map and how a compass works. It  will also be a presentation at the race meeting how to use these two units.

If you not manage to complete the obstacle?

Then you not get a stamp or score for the obstacle in the score board. Most points win´s Toughest orienteering and the team gets different points on obstacle depending on the difficulty and the location of the obstacles. You can try the obstacle as many times as you like.

Fast lane or not?

A couple of fast lanes will be included in the competition and you will need to do this to get a stamp/score at that obstacle. You can try the fast lane how many times you like during this competition.

Penalty rounds?

In this competition you have to pass the obstacle to get a stamp/score . So there are no Penalty rounds in this competition.

Volunteers role?

The volunteers have the power to decide if your team completed the obstacle or not  and if your team get a stamp in your scorecard or not.

What´s accepted to bring in to the race?


Clothes/shoes and it is also optional to include a headlight in the pack list. The team is also allowed to bring liquid and nutrition such as energy drinks, gel and bars.

Not included:

Mobile, GPS watch or any other GPS-based device that can help you with your position are not allow.

Is there any age limit?

Recommended age is 18 years old.

Results and award ceremony?

An official result will be reported at the official award ceremony at 12:00 on Saturday.



Price is per participant

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