Orienteering Race in Agios Georgios Grevena 21/6/2015

National Orienteering Event
Open to international participation
Greek orienteering club. Greek orienteering days
The place
The competition will be held on June 21st  2015 in the forest of Agios Georgios, Grevena. We are glad to welcome competitors from different countries, newcomers and veterans. A challenging terrain is waiting for you and also an exciting village is waiting for you after competition for sight-seeing.

The event will be held during the weekend 20 and 21st of June 2015 in Agios Georgios (St George) Grevena, Macedonia, GREECE. The Saturday, June 20 will be held seminar and possibly night event (if there are enough participants) and Sunday, June 21 the
main orienteering event on ​​the hill of St. Nicholas in St. George. Information: www.orienteering-greece.org and mob. 6979851001.

The map
Part of the map has been used in the past.Iit took two weeks of hard work on the field for renowned mapmaker Georgi Chatzimitev to finish the map. The best orienteering map of Greece is located in Agios Georgios Grevena! In 2010 the Prefect Kouptsidis Demosthenes head of the county of Grevena participated in the race. The perfection of the map might create problems for newcomers who are used to maps of such quality.

The village of Agios Georgios (St. George) is located 23 Km. north of Grevena. From Thessaloniki via Egnatia is about 200 km. The distance is covered in 2-3 hours depending on the speed of the driver. Exit Egnatia motorway via Siatista and follow the old county road to Grevena. After Aliakmonas river turn right for Kokkinia then Kivotos.  Within Kivotos village we turn to Saint George. From Athens via Lamia, Karditsa, Trikala, Kalambaka it is covered in about 5-6 hours. Immediately before entering Grevena we enter Egnatia motorway towards Thessaloniki and and we exit the motorway for TAXIARHIS, MILIA, KIVOTOS AGIOS GEORGIOS. From Ioannina (about 1.5 hours) we follow the Egnatia motorway towards Thessaloniki and come to the same exit. For those coming from Athens is the same route.

Greek Orienteering club of Thessaloniki
Event Director: Drossos Vagelis
Event Inspector and Route planner: Konstantinos Koukouris
Mapmaker: Georgi Hadzhimitev (Bulgaria)

In standard conditions the temperatures will be very hot.
We are proud to invite you to the first two Orienteering competitions open to international competitions in Western Macedonia, Greece on 20th and 21st of June!

Preliminary Program: Saturday 20th of June 2015 Arrival, registration, accomodation,

For those who wish to stay in a hotel they could do so in one of the various hotels of the area.
Grevena (20 minutes):  
- Ξενοδοχείο «Αίγλη» τηλ. 2462087120  
- Ξενοδοχείο «Αχίλλειον» τηλ. 85600,85601  
- Ξενοδοχείο «Μηλιώνης» τηλ. 2462023223  
- Ξενοδοχείο «Μητρόπολις» τηλ. 2462028085,80571    

Siatista (15-20 minutes):  
- Ξενοδοχείο «Αρχοντικό» τηλ. 2465021298  
- Hotel «Ιβερίς» τηλ. 2465047054  
- Traditional guest house «Σιατιστινό Αρχονταρίκι» τηλ. 2465047020  
- Hotel «Σιάτιστα» τηλ. 2465047047    

Tsotili (15 minutes):  
- Ξενώνας Καρούτα τηλ. 2468049025,49026  

General Information:
Manual system for punching control.  Sport Ident might be used as punching system. Please write your SI-card number when registrating. All competitors take part in the competition at their own risk. Organizer only provides basic medical help at the Finish area. Competitors are not insured by organizer, also against third persons. In case of cancellation due to facts beyond our control no liability can be accepted. All participants agree with the publication of photos taken during the event and also the results in internet. If you don´t agree, please inform the organizers at your registration.  You are kindly asked to carefully read all the organizer's notes, including this.

Car parking: limited space in front of the castle or in the valley to the right before reaching the castle.
Routes: Three choices only for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Rules are modified in order to accommodate the needs of newcomers to the sport. Beginners’ course usually corresponds to 3 klm., intermediate course usually corresponds to 4 klm. and advanced course usually corresponds to 5 klm. Last year the courses were 2,5 for the beginners, 3,5 for the intermediate course and 5,3 klm for the advanced. This year it will be much longer
Registration: From 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (strictly).
Deadline for participation: 1st of May 2012. If you expect from us to prepare properly then you need to make up your mind early enough. The same principle applies abroad.
Classes: Open 1 (difficult), Open 2 (middle), Open 3 (beginners) Kids course (free of charge) In case of too few entries, organizer keep the right to join the classes.
Start fees: according to the entry deadlines and classes, as follows: Entry until end of May 2015 is 15 euros for two events (10 euros for main event). After 30th of May 2015 is 20 euros.  No entries will be accepted on the day of the competition. The fee for local events is 15 euros if pre-booked at least by the end of May 2015. For children is 5 euros. There are special prices for families. For a family of four or five or more people 20 euros only. For Balkan orienteers there is a 33% reduction. Fees include borrowing compass and map, teaching orienteering skills for beginners,  replacement of lost equipment, certificate of participation etc. Bank account No. 706-02101-178946. Konstantinos Koukouris IBAN: GR76 0140 7060 7060 0210 1178 946. Alternatively you could send an SMS to 6979851001. Your registration message to greekorienteering@hotmail.com should include your name, club, date of birth, and route choice you would like to follow. Full return of the fee is allowed until end of May 2015.  
Deadline: 10th of June 2015.
Prizes: Certificates of participation will be awarded to all participants. Medals will be awarded for winners of long course.

Hello Orienteers, runners and other interested people
We invite you all to Agios Georgios to enjoy a traditional orienteering weekend for the whole family.
We have several services in Agios Georgios 2011!
For example...
- Three orienteering competition classes for beginners, average and advanced. Traditional hospitality in local houses by local families.
- Children day care (during competition days)
- Playground for children and youth
- Visit to the paleontological museum
- Archery competition

Entry to Agios Georgios Orienteering Weekend 2015 has started!
If you have any questions about our orienteering week (accommodation, arriving, competitions, other things to do etc...) you can contact straight to our competition office, accommodation office or personally to me (secretary general).