You are warmly invited to the WMOC which will be held as part of
WMG2017. Entries are now open
and Bulletin 1 published
As host city for the ninth World Masters Games, Auckland will welcome 25,000 athletes from more than 100 countries, competing across 28 different sports for the ten days of competition from 21 to 30 April 2017.
Come early to acclimatise and familiarise with New Zealand’s Orienteering terrain at the Oceania Championships
over Easter weekend, and the "Middle Earth" events to be held near Rotorua, in the Central North Island’s geothermal region during the intervening week. Then stay on afterwards to explore our beautiful country.
WMOC - Sprint
Both qualification and final races will take place in the heart of the city. The qualification race will be around Auckland’s newest waterfront development: formerly a large industrial area, it is now a vibrant harbour-side of cafes, sleek apartments, parks and gardens. The terrain is varied, with areas of fine detail and lots of route choice, but little elevation difference.
The Sprint final will be held on The University of Auckland’s City Campus – a complex maze of university buildings set in undulating park-like surroundings with some formal gardens.
WMOC - Long
Two qualification races and the final will be run in Woodhill Forest, an extensive commercial exotic forest and recreation area northwest of the city. The forest is mostly radiata pine planted on undulating to moderately steep sand-dune terrain, with good runability. There are also small pockets of native New Zealand bush with reduced visibility and runability, and a coastal strip that contains more intricate sand-dune systems and variable vegetation including some rough open areas and some areas of windblown sand. There is a network of widely spaced forestry roads and some motorbike tracks, but otherwise there are few paths. The terrain is similar for all three races.Woodhill is awesome!