Use VOC to practice your sprint-O skills ahead of the first Sprint WOC. VOC is 3 days of sprint orienteering without qualifiers, just finals for all 😉
Join & meet world-class orienteers in Vienna!



100% sprint orienteering in the City of Vienna. Many route choices and tricky orienteering included - it is planned by elite orienteers 😁

VOC, Photo: Mayer


VOC is a challenging and fun event for newcomers, elites, and experienced orienteers. Want to run with a friend? Try the Team Challenge! 😊


Friday 27 August 2021
17:00-20:00 Stage 1
Saturday 28 August 2021
10:00-12:00 Stage 2
Sunday 29 August 2021
10:00-12:00 Stage 3
13:00-14:00 Sprint Relay
14:20 Prize giving ceremony

Individual stage (1 day) entries available 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!

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 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. There is enough time between the stages for other activities.
Find out more on and start planning your visit. Or just follow @viennatouristboard to get some inspiration.

Video Find Hotels

How to get here? Easygoing.

It is easy to travel to and within Vienna. Excellent public transport services will get you around in the city. All venues are close to the city centre so you will not need a car during your stay.
If you have the possibility and want to travel eco-friendly, consider taking the train (ÖBB, Regiojet, Westbahn) or bus services to Vienna.
Public transport travel times: 50-60 min from airport to stage 1. Stage 3 to airport 50-60 min.

Event Venues

Our focus is to provide high-quality sprint courses in exciting areas in the City of Vienna. All maps will be drawn according to the new IOF sprint map standard - ISSprOM 2019. The event areas (3 venues) for VOC 2021 will be announced just-in-time: 3 weeks before the event starts. Below some map and route excerpts from VOC 2019.

Map samples

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, Chongqing, London, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm, Valetta, Venice, Wellington, and many more it is time to welcome you to my home town! 2019 marked the first edition of VOC and 2021 it's time for the second edition. Whether you are coming as a participant, supporter 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, Photo: Burmann

Tim Robertson

New Zealand Orienteering Team
World Championship Silver Medalist

Anna Nilsson Simkovics, Photo: Burmann

Anna Nilsson Simkovics

Austrian Orienteering Team
World Games Bronze Medalist

Volunteer & be part of the team!

VOC is an independent orienteering event with a lean organisation and the aim to create an unforgettable event. Do you want to get involved? if you want to volunteer, have ideas and contacts for event venue permissions, 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 4.5 km.

Newcomers No gender/age restrictions
Team Challenge Max. 3 runners/team. No gender/age restrictions.
Kids -12 years unisex class, non-competitive, short&easy
Youth 10-14 years M / W
Open 15+ years M / W
Elite 15+ years M / W
40+ 40-49 years M / W
50+ 50-59 years M / W
60+ 60-69 years M / W
70+ 70-100 years M / W

Sprint Relay Classes

Open Relay 3 runners per team. No gender/age restrictions.
Mixed Youth Relay -16 years 3 runners per team: M + W + M
Maximum age of team member: 16 years
Mixed Elite Relay 4 runners per team: W + M + M + W
Mixed Veterans Relay 3 runners per team: M + W + M
Minimum age of team member: 45 years
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.


Registration for VOC 2021 will open in spring 2021. Sign up to our newsletter to be notified when we accept entries.

Here's a small summary what you get when joining VOC:

Sprint Weekend

    • Orienteering in Vienna
    • 3 stages in 3 days
    • Live Results & Live Photos
    • Personalised number bib
    • Refreshments & snacks in the finish
    • Goodie bag & good vibes

Team Challenge

  • Orienteering in Vienna
  • 3 stages in 3 days for 1 team of 2-3 people orienteering together
  • Live Results & Live Photos
  • Personalised number bib
  • Refreshments & snacks in the finish
  • Goodie bag & good vibes

1-Day Start

Team Challenge
  • Orienteering event in Vienna
  • 1 stage (Fri/Sat/Sunday)
  • Team Challenge: 2-3/Team
  • Live Results & Live Photos
  • Refreshments & snacks in the finish


Special thanks go to our partners for supporting the Vienna O Challenge 😊

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.

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


General Information


The aim of the Vienna Orienteering Challenge (VOC) is to offer a high-quality orienteering event that is attractive for beginners, recreational and competitive athletes. VOC is a multi-day event with 3 stages in Vienna. The sprint orienteering format attracts international participants, world-class athletes and Austrian orienteers.

Das Ziel der Vienna Orienteering Challenge (VOC) ist es, eine hochqualitative OL-Veranstaltung anzubieten, die für Einsteiger, Breiten- und Leistungssportler:innen attraktiv ist. Die VOC ist ein Mehrtagebewerb mit 3 Etappen in Wien, die Wettkampfform Sprint-OL zieht internationale Teilnehmer:innen, Weltklasseathlet:innen und österreichische Orientierungsläufer:innen an.

Start times (preliminary)

Friday 18:00 - 19:30
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday 10:00 - 11:00, Sprint relay 13:00


Red start group for Elite classes: 15 top runners + wild cards start in the "Red start group" (starting order randomly drawn for each stage)


Scale 1:4000 (1 cm on the map = 40 m on the ground). 1:3000 for age classes 40+. Mappers: Erik Simkovics and Vito Satrapa (Map rights © OLC Wienerwald). Maps drawn to the new sprint map standard (IOF ISSprOM 2019).


Sprint orienteering (longest course 4.5 km).
Planners: Erik Simkovics, Vito Satrapa, Henrik Sulz

Sprint Relay

10-12 min / runner


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

Sportident cards will be on sale at the event center. There will be a charge of 3 € to hire a Sportident card. The charge for a lost Sportident card is 30 €.

Final Details

The final instructions will be published a few days before the VOC.


Live results screen at the arena and online, overall results will be published on the VOC website after the final stage. Split times on Winsplits Online immediately after each stage.

Race Format

3-stage sprint orienteering with overall ranking based on time. Mispunched runners will get the time of the last runner + 3 minute penalty.


Prize giving ceremony for the overall ranking, VOC medals and prizes for the top 3 in each class. Prizes for the top 6 elite runners.


No daycare for children. Playgrounds in close proximity to the arenas. Separated start times for parents available on request.

Terms & Conditions

Risk and Safety

Participants are not insured by the organiser. 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. Please note that there will be no road closures during the event and that streets with traffic might be crossed.

COVID-19 Prevention

Detailed information regarding COVID-19 prevention measures will be announced in the final details. We have organised events in 2020 with physical distancing and hygiene measures before/after the race in place. Depending on the pandemic situation, there are options for Antigen rapid testing right before the event.

Minimum Age

Due to safety reasons the minimum age for competition classes is 10 years. Younger athletes only allowed when accompanied by a person aged 18 or older (in Newcomers, Team Challenge or Open class). For the Kids class we will try to avoid crossings, but ask parents to instruct their children about possible hazards before start.

Participation Limit

Due to permission requirements we can only accept a limited number of participants. We reserve the right to adjust the participation limit and to close registration as soon as the maximum number of entries within the limit is reached.

Entries & Payment

Entries are accepted only through the online entry form and valid after fees have been received to our bank account by bank transfer, credit card or via Revolut.
Beneficiary Erik Simkovics. EUR (€) account IBAN: AT09 1420 0200 1051 5450, BIC: BAWAATWW (BAWAG P.S.K.); or GBP (£) account 19701284, Sort code 04-00-75.

The entry fee is for VOC 3 days, except 1-day entries in Newcomers, Team Challenge and Open classes. For other classes it is not possible to register for individual stages only. The individual stages cannot be transferred to another competitor. Entries after the deadline and in the event centre are possible only in case of unreached limit of participants and according to the possibilities of the organiser.


Registrations are personal and non-transferable. 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. If you wish to change your entry, please email to .


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.
In the unlikely event of a cancellation due to Covid-19 related restrictions participants have the right to receive a full refund (minus potential bank transfer fees).


IOF competition rules + VOC special rules announced in final details.

Fair Play

By registering to the event you accept our common orienteering fair play rules. If we notice violations against fair play we reserve the right to disqualify runners.
We will not have any quarantine areas and maps will not be retained after finishing. To ensure a fair competition, we expect runners to not share information with runners starting later.

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 our event partners 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

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