XXI Kurzemes Pavasaris

Latvian Cup stage 2 and WRE

Liepene, Ventspils municipality


Bulletin 4

Elite - additional information

Bulletin 4 - additional information

Bulletin 1

Training Information



Orienteering club "Saldus"
Latvian Orienteering Federation
Ventspils municipality

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 located in Vējciems, Liepene area – Northwest part of Latvia beside the Baltic Sea.

Vējciems is located 190km from Riga and 15km from Ventspils Location (Google Maps)


05.04.2024 Training in relevant terrain - Ventspils region

Possibility for training in relevant terrain with controls.
Three courses available - LONG (4.7km), SHORT (3.7km) and EASY (2.5km)

Courses available from 29.03.2024. - see Training Information
On 05.04,2024. free start from 16:00 until 19:00

Location and parking here

Runners are asked to entry in advance until 03.04 23:59.
Entry form here

Or contacting by e-mail rudolfs.zernis@gmail.com and informing the number of necessary maps.

Entry fee - adults:3eur, Youth, seniors, and students:2eur

Detailed Information about the training.

06.04.2024. Liepene - middle distance

World Ranking Event (WRE) for MW21E
11:00 Opening ceremony
12:00Start of middle distance competition
~15:00 Flower ceremony for 21E classes at the Event arena

06.04.2024. Kurzemes Pavasaris Sprint - Ventspils

Latvian Sprint Orienteering Cup Stage 2.
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-2024

07.04.2024 Liepne - long distance

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



Technically demanding sand dune terrain at the coastline of the Baltic Sea where EOC2008 was held. The terrain varies from distinct landforms to areas rich in detail. Mostly coniferous forest with excellent or good runnability. Some areas have reduced runnability due to dense spruce and juniper vegetation, along with fallen trees. The northern part of the terrain is covered with several larger and small marshes with varying runnability. Almost no forestry work has been done and no clearings can be found in the competition area. Regular road and path network. The maximum height difference is 18 meters.

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Additional terrain images are available here

Several non-distinctive path and tracks are marked with ribbons in the terrain to make them more visible. Those tracks are most relevant for youth classes MW12-14. All courses will cross these tracks, but they do not affect the navigation choice. The marked tracks are in the last part of the second competition day. More information - Bulletin 4 - additional information

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.

The embargoed area of the sprint event can be found here. Participants are allowed to be in the sprint area without an orienteering map. Training with a map and route choice testing is not allowed.


Mapped between November 2023 and January 2024 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. The previous map Liepene (2010) is available here.

Samples of the new map Liepene (2024):

Map and special symbols

Two special symbols are used in the map - a black cross and a large rectangular pit. See Bulletin 4 - additional information for a detailed explanation.

Competition classes

Classes: MW 8*, 10, 12, 14, 16, 21E, 21A, 21B** , 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85
* 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 difficult short course
OPEN 2 – technically difficult long course
EASY - Try orienteering! Technically easy course, suitable for beginners.
Entry to the OPEN and EASY classes is possible in advance and also on the competition day.


Middle distance 06.04.2024.

Course setter: Rudolfs Zernis and Oskars Zernis
Map scale: 1:7 500 MW 8, 10, 12, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, EASY, OPEN1
Map scale: 1:10 000 MW 14, 16, 18, 20, 21E, 21A, 21B, 35, 40, 45, OPEN2

Distance to start – 1.4km.

Class Length, CP Climb (m) Class Length, CP Climb (m)
M8 2.2 – 6 30 W8 2.2 – 6 30
M10 2.2 – 6 30 W10 2.2 – 6 30
M12 2.4 - 9 30 W12 2.1 - 7 30
M14 3.0 - 12 55 W14 2.5 - 10 50
M16 4.1 – 17 110 W16 3.3 – 14 85
M18 4.6 – 19 125 W18 4.1 – 18 110
M20 4.6 - 19 125 W20 4.1 - 18 110
M21E 6.2 - 27 185 W21E 5.0 - 22 135
M21A 5.0 – 20 140 W21A 4.1 – 18 105
M21B 4.6 – 17 120 W21B 3.5 – 12 110
M35 4.9 – 22 150 W35 4.1 – 18 105
M40 4.9 – 20 150 W40 3.8 – 16 105
M45 4.9 – 19 150 W45 3.8 – 16 105
M50 4.5 – 18 120 W50 3.3 – 15 85
M55 4.4 – 21 130 W55 3.3 - 15 85
M60 3.5 – 16 90 W60 3.2 – 13 75
M65 3.5 - 16 90 W65 3.2 - 13 75
M70 2.5 – 11 50 W70 2.5 – 10 50
M75 2.5 - 11 50 W75 2.5 - 10 50
M80 2.1 – 8 50 W80 2.1 – 8 50
M85 2.1 – 8 50 W85 2.1 - 8 50
OPEN 1 3.8 – 16 110
OPEN 2 4.8 – 17 120
EASY 3.1 - 10 80

Expected winning times according to LOF and IOF (for MW21E) foot-o competition Rules.

Control descriptions are printed on the map on both competition days. Spare control descriptions will be available at the pre-start.

Control description size: M21E – 16,5x4.5cm
W21E – 14x4.5cm

Maximum running time: 120 minutes.

Long distance 07.04.2024.

Course setter: Oskars Zernis and Rudolfs Zernis
Map scale: 1:7 500 MW 8, 10, 12, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, EASY, OPEN1
Map scale: 1:10 000 MW 14, 16, 18, 20, 21E, 21A, 21B, 35, 40, 45, OPEN2

Distance to start – 1.4km.

Class Length, CP Climb (m) Class Length, CP Climb (m)
M8 2.1 - 5 30 W8 2.1 - 5 30
M10 2.1 - 5 30 W10 2.1 - 5 30
M12 2.4 – 7 60 W12 2.2 – 6 60
M14 3.9 – 9 70 W14 3.4 – 8 30
M16 7.4 – 17 130 W16 6.4 - 17 105
M18 10.9 – 22 210 W18 8.1 – 17 140
M20 10.9 – 22 210 W20 8.1 - 17 140
M21E 14.4 – 31 260 W21E 10.4 - 23 210
M21A 9.3 – 22 190 W21A 6.5 – 15 110
M21B 6.7 – 14 110 W21B 5.1 – 13 90
M35 10.7 – 24 220 W35 6.5 – 15 110
M40 10.1 – 22 220 W40 6.4 – 16 110
M45 9.5 – 23 190 W45 6.4 – 16 110
M50 7.7 – 17 140 W50 5.3 – 14 90
M55 7.4 – 17 140 W55 5.3 – 14 90
M60 6.2 – 16 105 W60 4.9 – 12 80
M65 6.2 – 16 105 W65 4.9 – 12 80
M70 4.2 – 12 70 W70 3.4 – 10 65
M75 4.2 – 12 70 W75 3.4 – 10 65
M80 3.7 – 10 65 W80 3.0 – 8 60
M85 3.7 – 10 65 W85 3.0 - 8 60
OPEN 1 5.4 – 15 90
OPEN 2 7.9 – 21 120
EASY 4.3 - 9 80

Expected winning times according to LOF foot-o competition Rules with exception for M21E.
In class M21E the winning time is expected to be 80-85 minutes.

Spreading method is used in class M21E. Be careful when following the order of controls!

Control descriptions are printed on the map. Spare control descriptions will be available at the pre-start.

Control description size: M21E – 22x4.5cm
W21E – 16x4.5cm

Maximum running time: 180 minutes.

Refreshments in long distance

Refreshments will be available on all courses. The shortest courses will have one refreshment along the course. Most courses have two refreshments available.

Refreshments in elite classes are available approximately after 25%, 60% and 80% of the total distance length.

Additional course information

There are many controls in the terrain. Some of them are close to each other but controls are placed on distinctly different features and situations. Please be careful and check the control codes!


Competitor information

WC is only available near the competition arena.

Water will be available in start and finish provided by VENDEN
. Warm up clothes will be transported from start to finish.

Number bibs will be used only in elite classes. Other classes are competing without number bibs.

Participants in elite classes are allowed to assist kids in classes MW8 and MW10 only after their finish.
Organizers recommend that participants in other classes follow this rule.

Until the last start (~14:00) in elite classes, competitors will leave their maps at the finish. After 14:00 it will be possible to receive the maps. Collection of maps will be placed near the finish.

The use of either any orienteering map or any other map, of the competition area is prohibited during the competition day until officially permitted.

Competition office available at the event arena only.
English speaking contact person: Guntars Mankus
E-mail: guntars00@gmail.com
Mobile: +371-29118479

Map quality

For all classes maps are digitally printed on waterproof paper Pretex and will not be placed in a plastic bag. Map is not tear resistant. There will be optional plastic bags available at the start, which the competition can choose to use if needed.

GPS and other communication devices

Competitors must not use or carry communication devices that can transmit or receive information, to or from a remote source, between entering the start area and reaching the finish in a race, unless the equipment is approved by the Organiser. GPS-enabled devices (watches etc.) can be carried provided that they are not used for communication or navigation.

Complaints and jury members

In case of issues complaints should be handed in writing at the event office in the competition arena not later than 15 minutes after official results announcement by arena speaker.

Jury members:
Gerda Sirmā (OK Alnis, LAT)
Ilze Lapiņa (OK Ziemeļkurzeme, LAT)
Indra Segliņa (OK Alnis, LAT)

Information for competitors in classes MW21

The start draw for the M21E and W21E classes in both competition days will be based on the IOF Orienteering World Rankings on April 1st, 2024. The competitors will be divided into 3 or more start groups (max 10 athletes per start group), 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.

Additional information for Elite classes regarding competition rules, GPS assignment etc. will be published in separate document few days before the event.

Entries and fees

Entry for all classes by using the LOF online registration system . When applying, you must indicate the participant's name, surname, group, club, LOF ODB number, and 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 01.04.2024.

Classes Both days One competition day
MW21E,A,B-MW55 30 EUR 18 EUR
MW16-20, MW60-85 20 EUR 13 EUR
MW12-14 14 EUR 8 EUR
MW8-10 10 EUR 6 EUR

Registration after 01.04.2024 possible only on vacant places with a surcharge of +50% of the standard fee.

Any competitor changes made on the competition day will be charged with a 2 Eur fee per competitor. Competitor information can be updated or changed for free until the first competition day by contacting guntars00@gmail.com

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

Parking cost for personal cars 2 EUR per day, buses - 3 EUR per 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 using their own SI cards must provide the card number at the time of entry. Organizers will provide rental SIAC cards for an extra fee of 1.- € per day. Please mark this in the registration system during registration.

SPORTIdent’s information for athletes on SIAC use can be found here .

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 – 200 EUR
2.place – 100 EUR
3.place – 50 EUR

Junior support:
Best junior in combined classes M18-20 and W18-20 will be awarded with 150 EUR!

Service at the competition centre

• First aid
• Water
• WC
• Shops
• Catering
• Kindergarten


This year kindergarten service will be available at the area of both competition days.


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.

By entering the competition, a competitor agrees that any media material created at Kurzemes Pavasaris can be further used in any marketing or advertising activities. Additionally, a competitor agrees to the use of personal data (name, surname) by organizers when publishing competitor lists and results.


The competition arena will be held in Vējciems, Liepene area, 15km from Ventspils following road P124. There is no public transport available in close access so traveling is only possible by own cars or busses. There will be signs guiding towards the arena from road P124 and traffic signs guiding to Vējciems.

There are construction works present on the road P124 from Ventspils towards Liepene regulated by traffic light signals. This last part of arrival will be slower than usual. Consider up to 20-25min delay when planning your arrival. See more information - Bulletin 4 - additional information

Distance from parking to arena varies from 200m up to 600m. Please consider this information 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

Exclusive opportunity to stay near the Kurzeme Spring Competition Arena with a view of the Baltic Sea!
The recreation complex "Vējciems" offers several holiday cottages. More information - https://www.vejciems.lv/

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Accommodation in "Vējciems" can be booked by contacting the host Robertu. Mobile +37126180479

Accommodation in "Liepene" can be booked by contacting the host Una +37129102990 or Vigo +37129275590

Other options. There are several hotels, hostels and guest houses available in Ventpils city and region. Venstpils is also known as a popular tourist destination with plenty of attractions and things to-do. Additional information about tourism and other options can be found on https://www.visitventspils.com/


At the beginning of April, the average temperature in the Ventspils region usually is between +1°C and +10°C. The likelihood of snow in the terrain in this period is low. Usually, there is no snow in the terrain at this time of year.

Other information

No special regulations on clothing.

The IOF Anti-Doping Rules apply to the event. It is the competitors’ responsibility to obtain any required TUE (therapeutic use exemption) certificate.

The period when the competition is held implies a minor risk for tick activity. Please be careful and read the provided information and recommendations by IOF.

Contact information

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