Australian Orienteering Championships Tasmania 2020

From Elites to Beginners: there’s a course for you!

Unlike a fun run/walk not everyone does the same thing – courses vary depending on what class you run.  Classes are based on age, gender, course length and degree of difficulty.  Women can enter men’s classes.  Scroll down to find out more.  If you are still unsure what class to enter Contact Us

What Class do I enter for the Australian Championships Events and the Tasmanian Middle?

Most people enter their correct age group (see below for explanation on age groups) so it’s mostly a matter of deciding on the level of difficulty – E, A, AS (“A Short”), B and for the little ones, S (“Shadow”).

  • E – is for elite orienteers and is offered only in the open age class (M/W21) and oldest junior class (M/W20).  It is the championship class for these age groups. Only experienced and proven orienteers are eligible to run in the elites.  Otherwise there is no eligibility criteria for other classes.
  • A – is for fitter people looking for length and hard navigation.  The championship class for all age groups apart from M/W20 and 21.
  • AS  – is for people looking for a shorter course (not so fit) but who still want a navigation challenge
  • B – is for people who want to get some exercise but prefer easier navigation
  • S – is for kids under 10 who would like mum or dad to be there in case they get lost – the S stands for “shadow”

Age Groups:

Age groups vary between the classes offered.  Your age group depends on when you reach a given age:  Juniors (20 or younger): Entrants belong to the age group up to the end of the calendar year in which they reach the given age. Example: you are M/W14 the years you turn 13 and 14. Open (21 – 34) & Masters (turning 35 or older): Entrants belong to the age group from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the given age. Masters are entitled to compete in younger classes down to and including 21. Example: the year you turn 45, you are M/W 45 but can run down in M/W40 or 35 or 21.

The age groups offered in each respective class: Elite classes: M21, W21, M20 and W20 (eligibility requirements apply) A classes: M10, M12, M14, M16, M18, M21 M35, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80, M85, M90 W10, W12, W14, W16, W18, W21 W35, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60, W65, W70, W75, W80, W85, W90 A Short (AS) classes (non-championship): M21, M35, M45, M55, M65, W21, W35, W45, W55, W65. B classes (non-championship): M Junior, M Open, W Junior, W Open, M/W Easy, M/W Very Easy. “Shadow” class: M/W10N (for kids aged 10 and younger who would like to go out with a guardian)

Once entries have closed classes may be merged if the minimum number (three) in any class is not reached.

What Class do I enter for the Schools Championships Events?

Junior Boys: 2006,2007,2008,2009

Junior Girls: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Senior Boys: 2003,2004,2005

Senior Girls: 2003, 2004, 2005

What Class do I enter for the Turbo Chook 3 Days?

There are 14 classes offered for runners in the Turbo Chook 3 day, with difficulty and approximate length as described.   When entering please select the appropriate class.

Classes Navigation Day 1 Sprint Day 2 Long Day 3 Middle (Schools Relay)
MA, WA (School Boys Senior) Hard 2.8 km 5.1 km 4.4 km
MB, WB (School Girls Senior) Hard 2.7 km 4.4 km 3.9 km
MC, WC Hard 2.5 km 3.2 km 2.7 km
MD, WD (School Boys Junior) Moderate 2.4 km 3.9 km 3.6 km
ME, WE (School Girls Junior) Moderate 2.1 km 2.9 km 2.5 km
MF, WF Easy 1.7 km 1.7 km 1.6 km
MG, WG Very Easy 1.0 km 1.4 km 1.6 km