Previous Updates

Here we archive the updates from our main page for your reference:

Update - 8 March 2022: Course Lengths Day 3 and Winner Shirts

We have made a few changes to our web pages I would like to make you aware of.
Course Lengths: The preliminary lengths for Day 3 (Kronberg) have been published, thanks to our course designer Klemens: Click on the button below to view them together with the length of Day 1 and 4. The lengths for Day 2 (the sprint) should be published in the next few days.
On the Merchandise page, we have added a short story how the BF5Days winner shirts have mad a difference again at a race in the Hunsrück.


Update: 11 November 2021

At the beginning of November we spent an intensive week in and around Bodenmais and there are quite some new developments. Ingo Horst, who makes all our maps, joined us to draw the last missing map for the BF5Days, “Kronberg /Crown Mountain”. All of us are very excited about this competition area, here is a short description:

This area is an orienteer's dream consisting of mostly open “white” forest punctuated by rock formations of all shapes and sizes from small boulders to large rock walls. Two good forest tracks run along the slopes of the hill which are connected by many easy runable tracks. Fast running times are expected , although like everywhere in the Bavarian Forest there are nearly no flat parts to the map, elevation gain will be integral part of any run.

During numerous day inside the forest we walked extensively over the ground the courses will cover, checked the concept of the various courses and pre-marked some of the control post locations. One result is that we decided to use a map scale of 1-5000 for the run on the Kiesriegel / Pebbels Bar map. We believe that this scale will portray the many rock formations in more detail and lead to a better running experience. However, this will not be a sprint distance day, we only adjusted the scale of the map. It is still a relatively wild area of the forest which never ceases to impress us.

I have added detailed descriptions to each event day to the website which you can see in PDF format here.

The city administration of Viechtach gave us the outstanding permissions to use all public spaces within the old city. I am pleasantly surprised how much support we are getting from the entire administration up to the point that parts of the old city will be closed during the run for through traffic. Maybe not essential to the run but nevertheless great news s that the local brewery, the Gesselschaftbrauerei Viechtach became the official sponsor of the city sprint and will supply the prices for the City Championship.

We also met with the directors of both tourism offices for a detailed discussion regarding the accommodation situation. We added quite a few resource to our Accommodation page with helps and hinds how to find the accommodation you need. We also discussed the situation with public transport with the idea to be able to access all venues from Bodenmais conveniently by public bus. There is already a direct bus from Bodenmais to the event centre at Bretterschachten stopping right in front of registration. We hoping for an increase of frequency which would make it even more feasible to use this bus. This discussion has not been concluded and we will publish any news here. Until then, we already added some details on bus timetables and routes on our Location page.

We also put our small webshop live, there you can pre-order your event merchandise in advance and after payment, pick it up during the event. Click here for details and the webshop.

Lastly, we started an interesting discussion on our facebook page on how to best describe a special control post location (click here for the picture) on the control description.

Things are progressing rather nicely and I am looking forward to seeing you all next year in the forest around Bodenmais. 

Update: 12 August 2021

We have been working on the city sprint stage of the BF5Days. The town of Viechtach has been confirmed and is very keen on hosting us. They will provide a large parking area 5 minutes walk from the town square where the event centre and the finish line will be located. The mapping of the competition area has been progressing nicely. You can find map samples and some photos of Viechtach below. This is an intricate area with small passages, steep staircases and narrow alleyways, in short: An orienteer’s dream. It nearly seems like there is no right angle in this entire town.

We have also secured the event centre for the main forest stages. This is a purposely built cross country skiing centre which lies unused in summer so it is just waiting for us. It provides shelter, toilets and ample parking with a large meadow for the runners to get ready before heading into the Forest.

We have further explored the main forest map “Rote Höhe” (Red Ridge) looking for control post locations. Remember what Ingo Horst, our map maker had to say regarding the terrain: “In parts this is the nicest terrain in which I was allowed to orienteer”. We see this as a confirmation that the rock strewn Bavarian Forest with its open woodlands will be that fantastic area we thought it would be! Above and below are some pictures of the new map and the forest.

Unfortunately, our plan to use the Waldbahn (the local railway) as a shuttle to the start of one forest section did not work out. While the railway was very keen on this idea and would have added more carriages to facilitate all of us, it was the competition area that just did not work out. We already have an alternative and will post further news here as they develop. 

Update: 30 June 2021

The team has been busy with advancing the planning of the BF5Days. Our mapmaker, Ingo Horst, has finished the map of the main competition area, “Rote Höhe” (Red Ridge). This map will then be adjusted for changes in spring next year. Here is what Ingo has to say regarding the terrain: “In parts this is the nicest terrain in which I was allowed to orienteer”. We see this as a confirmation that the rock strewn Bavarian Forest with its open woodlands will be that fantastic area we thought it would be! Above and below are some pictures of the new map and the forest.

The city sprint has been confirmed to be in Viechtach, a beautiful old village with small alleys, passages and staircases in the city centre. We will post pictures and map samples soon.

We are still in discussion with the local authorities about a special arrangement: We hope to run one of the middle distance days in the hills bordering the scenic Regen gorge. As there is not enough space to park, we will arrange a shuttle by the Waldbahn, the local forest railway. Parking will be within 300m of the train station, followed by a 15 minute scenic train ride along the Regen River to a small railway halt. From there it will be another 500m walk to the competition centre. Above is a picture of the Waldbahn, we will post more details once the arrangements have been confirmed.

And lastly, we made some minor changes to the Event Details so please check if you haven’t been on the page for a while: Most forest maps will now be of the scale 1-7,500 as this will better display the intricate terrain. Some start times have also been adjusted. 

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