Athletes’ day begins at 9 o’clock in Burano for the qualification race, and there will be three heat for men and three for women - 15 runners from each heat qualify for the finals. These will be real sprint races in the most famous city and in this ‘natural’ labyrinth for orienteers. The first final in this year World Championships is the sprint final which starts Saturday afternoon at 15:20 CEST. Men course will be 4.80 km long with 22 control points and 15 minutes of estimated winning time; for women 4.35 km with 20 controls and 16 minutes of estimated winning time.
Mårten Boström won a very popular Gold medal on home ground (World Championships in Vuokatti, Finland) literally running away from his competitors with higher running speed on the longer legs. In the women’s class Simone Niggli took an expected gold medal – but Annika Billstam got very close in the end after a non-optimal route choice by Niggli.
To test your own tune in Venice, Venice Summer Race (5 Days of Italy prologue) gives you a spectacular opportunity. One can participate 10.30-12.30 o’clock with punching start; the event centre will be as usual in Arsenale area.
The historic center of Venice, located in the middle of the lagoon of the same name , out of a total of one hundred and eighteen islets, consolidated over the centuries thanks to wooden pilings, which have allowed the urbanization.
Some of these islands are collected in organic groups between them while others are more dispersed. The 118 islands are separated by canals and linked by bridges to pedestrian use only.
The total extent of the historic center, excluding internal waters and makes it one of the larger islands the largest historical centers of Italy and Europe.
The historical part of the city, is traditionally divided into six districts: Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello.
The districts of the old city are built around the double bend of the Grand Canal, the main waterway which runs an extensive network of nearly 158 smaller canals.
In the lagoon around the old town there are several islands built. Among the major islands (which are also part of the town) there are Murano and Burano famous respectively for the manufacture of glass and lace, Torcello, St. Erasmus, Pellestrina and the long, thin island of the Lido with its beach resorts.
ARENA LOCATION 45 25’53’’ N 12 21’05’’ E