Both the route preparation in Keminmaa and Tornio are almost finalized and only minor changes are to be done. The sprint competition in Kallinkangas, Keminmaa, offers fulltime orienteering thinking. This means that fast tracks and a dense route network is a good start for the 3-day orienteering event. The competition terrain has a total height difference of 45 meters, so even in the sprint there is also much physical challenge.
One specialty in Lapin Lumirastit is the ultra-long distance for the 2nd competition day. Ultra-long distance is also the Finnish championship in the classes H/D16 and older. This year the classes H/D16 to H/D21 have a mass start. Competitors from other nationalities will take part to the same competition outside the Finnish championship but of course involved in the total competition of the three day event.
The maximum height difference of the 2nd and 3rd competitions in Puuluoto, Tornio is 20 meters. Most of the terrain is locating close to the sea and some of the challenges are coming from the similarity of the terrain and part of the area is fairly dense forest areas. In these areas the crossing tracks a surprisingly fast to be reacted.
In order to have more equal role of each competition to the overall results of total results we have taken into use points instead of time. First two days the winner gets 1000 points and following points are calculated relatively to the time. The start order for 3rd day is set by having the competitor with highest scores as last competitor to start. The 1000 points of the last day will be given according to the target time. If somebody is faster than the target time he or she will get more than 1000 points. The class winners of Lapin Lumirastit are the persons who have got the highest points. This makes every class worth to follow until the last competitor is in finish.
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