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O-Rings is an orienteering race that takes place annually in Sweden over 5 stages (5-day orienteering ) with around 15,000 participants annually. Due to its high popularity, O-Rings is more of a sports festival than a competition.


There are different categories for O-rings, which are made up of the age of the participants, the difficulty of the track and the distance to be covered. The youngest age groups are H / D-10 and the oldest age groups are H-95 and D-85 . For hobby runners there is a so-called "Motion" class in almost every age group, which has shorter route lengths, but also has a slightly higher degree of difficulty. There are also open categories and mostly 10 direct classes for which you can register directly on the day of the competition.

The two highest and most difficult categories are "Men 21 Superelite" and "Women 21 Superelite" . There are also elite categories for 18, 20 and 21 year old runners. Since these years are usually very busy, there is also a subdivision into the classes "Standard" and "Long" .

The first four stages take place as a single start. The fifth and final stage is a chase start in which the leader of the first four stages starts first. The total time after four stages determines how many minutes and seconds the other participants start behind the first.

For better organization, one of eight sponsors is assigned to each age group. There are eight starting positions at each stage, which are identified by the respective sponsor. There are also eight parallel finish lines, which are also marked by the respective sponsor and are mostly reached after crossing a small wooden bridge staircase. Sveaskog and Idrefjäll have established themselves as elite sponsors in recent years .


The first O-ring 5-day orienteering race took place in 1965 in Skåne , Blekinge (Sweden) and with one stage in Denmark and 156 runners took part. Inga-Britt Bengtsson (OK Pan) for the women and Nils Bohman (OK Skärmfinnarna) for the men were the winners of the elite classes, who were the first O-rings to write orienteering history .

Since then, the 5-day O-ring, which is now regarded as one of the largest orienteering competitions (and probably the most historic) in the world, has been held annually in Sweden without interruption .

1985 in Falun the 23,000 participant mark was exceeded for the first time, this record was only broken in 2008 with almost 25,000 runners.


year Central location Attendees Winner women Winner gentlemen
1965 Skåne , Blekinge ( Denmark ) 156 Swede Inga-Britt Bengtsson Swede Nils Bohman
1966 Småland (4), Västergötland 672 Swede Kerstin Granstedt fin Juhani Salmenkylä
1967 Motala 1.910 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Kalle Johansson
1968 Borås 3,250 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Norway Åge Hadler
1969 Rommehed 5,355 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Stefan Green
1970 Kristianstad 6,378 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Bernt Frilén
1971 Malmkoping 8,627 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Hans Aurell
1972 Eksjö 8,253 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Hans Aurell
1973 Rättvik 10,449 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Bengt Gustafsson
1974 Kristiansand 10.196 Swede Ulla Lindkvist Swede Ernst Jönsson
1975 Haninge 9,322 Swede Anne Lundmark fin Matti Mäkinen
1976 Ransater 14,843 Hungarian Sarolta Monspart Swede Gert Pettersson
1977 Visby 7.186 Finnish woman Liisa Veijalainen Norway Sigurd Dähli
1978 Skara 15,148 Finnish woman Liisa Veijalainen Swede Kjell Lauri
1979 Örebro 15,842 Swede Britt-Marie Karlsson Swede Lars-Henrik Undeland
1980 Uppsala 16,342 Finnish woman Liisa Veijalainen Swede Lars Lönnkvist
1981 Mohed 20,650 Swede Annichen Kringstad Swede Jörgen Mårtensson
1982 Luleå 15.003 Swede Annichen Kringstad Swede Lars Lönnkvist
1983 Anderstorp 24,603 Swede Annichen Kringstad Swede Håkan Eriksson
1984 Bräkne-Hoby 17,469 Swede Karin Gunnarsson Swede Kent Olsson
1985 Falun 24,995 Swede Annichen Kringstad Swede Joakim Ingelsson
1986 Borås 18,790 Swede Annichen Kringstad Swede Erik Olsson is different
1987 Norrkoping 17,413 Swede Katarina Borg Swede Lars Lönnkvist
1988 Sundsvall 17,708 Swede Barbro Lönnkvist Swede Lars Lönnkvist
1989 Ostersund 18.609 Swede Barbro Lönnkvist Swede Niklas Löwegren
1990 Gothenburg 20,762 Norwegian Ragnhild Bente Andersen Swede Per Ek
1991 Arboga 16,770 Swede Arja Hannus Swede Håkan Eriksson
1992 Södertälje 19,452 Swede Gunilla Svärd Denmark Allan Mogensen
1993 Falkenberg 14,853 Swede Annika Zell Norway Petter Thoresen
1994 Örnsköldsvik 14,600 Swede Katarina Borg Norway Petter Thoresen
1995 Hässleholm 14,187 Finnish woman Eija Koskivaara Swede Jörgen Olsson
1996 Karlstad 16,034 Swede Annika Zell Swede Jörgen Mårtensson
1997 Umeå 11,179 Swede Katarina Borg Swede Jörgen Mårtensson
1998 Gävle 13,249 Norwegian Hanne Staff Swede Johan Ivarsson
1999 Bor length 15,238 Swede Jenny Johansson Swede Fredrik Löwegren
2000 Hallsberg 13,740 Norwegian Hanne Staff Swede Jimmy Birklin
2001 Märsta 12,525 Swede Marlena Jansson Swede Johan Ivarsson
2002 Skovde 14,651 Swiss Simone Niggli-Luder fin Mats Haldin
2003 Uddevalla 14,998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Heather Monro fin Mats Haldin
2004 Gothenburg 13,259 Swede Jenny Johansson Russian Valentin Novikov
2005 Skillingaryd 12,657 Swede Emma Engstrand Swede Emil Wingstedt
2006 Mohed 14,050 Swiss Simone Niggli-Luder Lithuanians Simonas Krepsta
2007 Mjolby 13,793 Swiss Simone Niggli-Luder Norwegian Nordberg is different
2008 Halls 24,375 Norwegian Anne Margrethe Hausken fin Tero Foehr
2009 Eksjö 15,589 Swede Helena Jansson Swede Martin Johansson
2010 Örebro 16,058 Swede Simone Niggli Swede David Andersson
2011 Hälsingland 12,939 Swede Tove Alexandersson Swede Erik Rost
2012 Halmstad 21,172 Russian Tatiana Ryabkina Norwegian Olav Lundanes
2013 ground 12,907 Swede Tove Alexandersson Frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou
2014 Kristianstad 22,571 Swede Tove Alexandersson Frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou
2015 Borås 18,058 Norwegian Anne Margrethe Hausken Swede William Lind
2016 Halls 24,313 Swede Tove Alexandersson Frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou
2017 Arvika 15,127 Swede Tove Alexandersson Swede William Lind
2018 Örnsköldsvik 18,000
2019 Norrkoping 21,221
2020 Uppsala
2021 Are

Web links

Commons : O-Rings  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  • O-Rings magazine 2005 Småland, Skillingaryd

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Number of participants ( memento of the original from August 19, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on oringen.se, accessed July 26, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.oringen.se