XIX Kurzemes Pavasaris

Bulletin 1

Pape, Dienvidkurzeme, Liepāja



Explore Latvia by visiting the most western part of Latvia and the Baltic Sea. OK Saldus and DR-krasts invites You to spend the first Spring weekend in Liepaja by competing in annual WRE event Kurzemes Pavasaris and WRE sprint event Kurzemes Pavsaris Sprint held in Liepaja old town. Liepaja is a well-known city in Latvia with rich history and culture. The organisers are certain that you will enjoy the visit!

This year the organizers have prepared and mapped areas near Pape and Lava hill that have never been used for orienteering before. The terrain is truly unique and pure that can hardly be found in any other parts of Latvia. OK Saldus is very proud to offer such opportunity for the competitors. Welcome to Kurzemes Pavasaris 2022!

Oskars Zernis, Event director


Orienteering club "Saldus"
Latvian Orienteering Federation

Event Director: Oskars Zernis +37129455360, oskars9@inbox.lv
Results: Ainars Mankus
Start: Dainis Prieditis
Event Office: Maira Zerne, Inga Juknevica

Event advising

IOF Event Advisor: Guntars Mankus
National Controller: Aigars Vārna

Competition centre

The competition centre Is located in Southwest part of Latvia, 250km from Riga and 31km Liepaja. Kurzemes Pavasaris is held between villages Pape and Jurmalciems in Dienvidkurzeme municipality – Location (Google Maps)


01.04.2022. Training in relevant terrain - Bernati

Possibility for training in relevant terrain with controls.
Information will be updated

02.04.2022. Pape - middle distance

World Ranking Event (WRE) for MW21E
12:00 Opening ceremony
13:00Start of middle distance competition

02.04.2022. Kurzemes Pavasaris Sprint - Liepaja

World Ranking Event (WRE) for MW21E held in Liepaja old town.
Latvian Sprint Orienteering Cup Stage 1.
Sprint race is not counted in the total results of Kurzemes Pavasaris.
18:00 Start of sprint competition
Details about the sprint race are available in the sprint bulletin at https://pavasaris.lv/en/sprints-2022

03.04.2022 Pape - long distance

10:00 Start of long distance competition
Around 13:30 Prize giving ceremony


Unique sand dune terrain at the coastline of the Baltic Sea. Terrain is varying from large and distinct landforms to areas rich in details. Mostly coniferous forest with excellent or good runnability. In very few parts of the terrain the runnability is reduced due to fallen trees. Almost forestry work has been done and no clearings can be found in the competition area. Regular road and path network. Dune slopes are rather steep and maximum height difference is 30 meters.

Images from the competition terrain are available here

Embargoed area

Map of the embargoed area can be found here. Strict embargo applies to the red indicated area

For all competitors, team officials and others who, through knowledge of the terrain, may influence the results of the competitions, it is prohibited to enter the embargoed area.


Mapped between December 2021 and January 2022 according to ISOM 2017-2. Latvian Geospatial Information Agency digital elevation model (LIDAR) data was used to prepare the competition map.
Map maker: Leonīds Malankovs
Contour interval 2.5 m

Part of terrain was mapped and previously used for orienteering events. Previous map Palu hill (2014) is available here here.

Competition classes

Classes: M,W 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 21A, 21B, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80
MW8 and 10 Taped course is marked with a plastic tape in the terrain and with a red line on the orienteering map, controls are placed beside the marking.
MW21B – technically easy course.

Open classes
OPEN-1 – technically easy course
OPEN-2 – technically difficult course
Entry to the OPEN classes possible in advance and also on the competition day in the area.


Middle distance 02.04.2022.

Course setter: Rudolfs Zernis
Map scale: 1:7 500 MW 8, 10, 12, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80
Map scale: 1:10 000 MW 14, 16, 18, 20, 21E, 21A, 21B, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55

Long distance 03.04.2022.

Course setter: Oskars Zernis
Map scale: 1:7 500 MW 8, 10, 12, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80
Map scale: 1:10 000 MW14, 16, 18, 20, 21E, 21A, 21B, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55

Preliminary course lengths

Class Middle 02.04 (km) Long 03.04 (km) Class Middle 02.04 (km) Long 03.04 (km)
M8* 2.5 3.0 W8* 2.5 3.0
M10* 2.5 3.0 W10* 2.5 3.0
M12 3.0 4.0 W12 3.0 3.5
M14 3.5 5.0 W14 3.5 4.0
M16 4.0 7.0 W16 3.5 6.0
M18 5.0 10.0 W18 4.0 8.0
M20 5.0 10.0 W20 4.0 8.0
M21E 6.5 14.0 W21E 5.5 11.0
M21A 5.5 10.0 W21A 4.0 7.0
M21B 4.5 7.5 W21B 4.0 6.0
M35 5.5 10.0 W35 4.0 7.0
M40 5.0 9.5 W40 3.5 6.0
M45 5.0 9.5 W45 3.5 6.0
M50 4.5 8.0 W50 3.5 5.0
M55 4.5 8.0 W55 3.5 5.0
M60 4.0 6.5 W60 3.0 4.5
M65 4.0 6.5 W65 3.0 4.5
M70 3.5 5.0 W70 2.5 4.0
M75 3.5 5.0 W75 2.5 4.0
M80 2.5 4.0 W80 2.5 3.5
OPEN-1 4.5 6.5
OPEN-2 5.0 8.0

Expected winning times according to LOF and IOF (for M21E) foot-o competition Rules.

Information for competitors in classes MW21E

The start draw for the M21E and W21E classes in both competition days will be based on the IOF World Rankings on March 28th, 2022. The competitors will be divided into 3 or more start groups, ranked in order based on their IOF Orienteering World Ranking points. Within each group, lots are drawn to decide the start order. The best ranked group starts last.

There will be a quarantine zone before the start on both days
Information will be updated later.

Entries and fees

Entry for all classes by using LOF online entry registration system https://lof.lv/pieteikumi/?act=mans&id=2022040200. Entries will be opened in January 2022. When applying, you must indicate the participant's name, surname, group, club, LOF ODB number, personal SPORTIdent card number (or indicate that you are going to rent an SI card). MW21E athletes must provide their IOF ID number.

Payments must be made according to the entry deadline.

Entry fees and registration deadlines

Registration until 27.03.2022.

Registration date Both days One competition day
Until 27.03.2022 30 EUR 18 EUR
MW16–20, MW60–80
Registration date Both days One competition day
Until 27.03.2022 20 EUR 13 EUR
Registration date Both days One competition day
Until 27.03.2022 14 EUR 8 EUR
Registration date Both days One competition day
Until 27.03.2022 10 EUR 6 EUR

Registration after 27.03.2022 possible only on vacant places with a surcharge of +50% from standard fee.

Entry fee for OPEN classes - 10 EUR per day. There is no surcharge for OPEN class entries on the competition day.

Entry fee payments by bank transfer to the organizers bank account. Bank transfer shall include information about the competitor (or several competitors) for whom the entry fee is made.

Organizer and bank account details

Orienteering club "Saldus"
Kalnsetas street 6-1, Saldus, LV-3801
Registration number: 50008089151

Bank account info:
Bank: Swedbank
Bank account: LV77HABA0551009645960

Punching system

SPORTIdent AIR+. Controls will work in classic contact and contactless mode. Competitors usding own SI-cards must provide the card number at time of entry. Organizers will provide rental SIAC cards for an extra fee of 1eur per day. Please mark this in registration system during registration.

Prize giving

World Ranking Event (WRE): Prizes for the first three athletes in each class.

Two-day overall results: First three athletes in each class are awarded with prizes provided by our sponsors.

Prize money will be awarded for the top3 overall runners in M21E and W21E.
1.place – 150 EUR
2.place – 100 EUR
3.place – 50 EUR

Service at the competition centre

• First aid
• Water
• WC
• Shops
• Catering


Competitions participate on their own risk. During the race each participant takes full responsibility for their own health and actions. Parents or guardians are fully responsible for their children in the competition area and on the course.


Competition arena is located between Pape and village Jurmalciems close to Mietraga road. There is no public transport is proximity so travelling is only possible by cars or busses. It takes about 35-40 minutes from Liepaja following road A11. After Sejejciems (around 15km from Liepaja) turn towards Jurmalciems. There will also be signs guiding towards the arena. Organiser signs will start from road A11 after Sejejciems. Last part is a narrow forest road. Please be careful and slow down after passing Jurmalciems. Distance from parking to arena varies from 400m up to 2000m. Please take this information in consideration while planning your day.


Latvia is a member of the European Union and EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Latvia. Participants who are not EU citizens may need a visa to enter Latvia. Additional information on visa-free entry into Latvia: https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-information/countries-and-territories-whose-citizens-may-enter-latvia-without-a-visa Information on obtaining a visa: https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-information/applying-for-a-visa

Accommodation, catering

Accommodation is available in multiple hotels and guest houses in Liepaja or neighbouring towns. Please see: https://liepaja.travel/en/plan/accommodation/

Liepaja is rich of history and offers different tourism attractions. Please see: https://liepaja.travel/en/see-do/

For different restaurant options see: https://liepaja.travel/en/eat-drink/


In the begging of April, the average temperature around Liepaja usually is between +5°C and +10°C. Likelihood of snow in the terrain in this period is quite low. Usually there is no snow in the terrain at this time of year.

Other information

No special regulations on clothing.

COVID-19 Regulations

The competition takes place in accordance with the COVID-19 restriction regulations set in the Republic of Latvia. Competitors are responsible for compliance with these rules. When applying for the competition, each participant undertakes to strictly observe all epidemiological safety measures established in the Republic of Latvia to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection:
• Only persons who can provide proof with an EU digital certificate or a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, stating that the person has received full vaccination are allowed to compete in Kurzemes Pavasaris 2022.
• If a competitor has symptoms of a cold (fever, nasal congestion, headache, etc.), the competitor may not attend the competition.
• 2m distance must be observed in the competition centre and gatherings must be avoided.
• Hand disinfection must be performed upon arrival at the competition centre (disinfection means are provided by the competition organizers).

The organizers of the competition reserve the right to change the rules of epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection if the epidemiological situation in the country changes.

When entering Latvia from foreign country it is mandatory to fill in the COVIDpass certification. Follow the information at https://covidpass.lv/en/

Please follow the present information about Covid-19 situation in Latvia at https://covid19.gov.lv/en

Contact information

Rudolfs Zernis
E-mail: rudolfs.zernis@gmail.com
Mobile: +37129350668