12-13 July 2024 Savitaipale

Adventure race in the astonishing landscapes of the Lake Saimaa.

It's good to know basics about orienteering and navigation. Teams are responsible of their own navigation. Maps are great quality and up to date.

Terms and conditions of participation and registration

Insurance coverage and participation right

  • Each participant participates at his own risk. Competitors are responsible for their own insurance coverage. The organizer has liability insurance that compensates for personal and property damage caused by the organizers' mistakes.
  • Children under the age of 18 need a guardian's written permission to participate. We generally recommend the Explore and Adventure series for participants under 18 years of age.

Entering and participation fee

  • Registration takes place using the attached form.
  • Participation is confirmed by paying the team fee.
  • Participation can be canceled by 31 May 2024, when 50% of the participation fee will be returned.
  • A team can transfer the right to participate to another team by the day before the competition without any fee. Any changes has to be reported to info@saimaachallenge.fi
  • The right to participate cannot be transferred to the next year, and cancellation does not result in a discount on the next year's participation fee.
  • If the organizer has to cancel the event due to the restrictions of the authorities or another 'force majeure' reason, the organizer will deduct a processing fee of €30 from the participation fee. The rest will be returned to those who have already paid the participation fee.

Participation fees

  • Participation fees until May 31st.
    • Extreme-class € 240 per team
    • Challenge-class € 210 per team
    • Adventure-class € 170 per team
    • Explore-class € 150 per team.
  • The participation fees will increase on June 1st +€30 / team.
  • The participation fee is paid by bank transfer using the payment information available at confirmation email of the registration.

Content of the participation fee

  • All classes
    • compaetition material and arrangements
    • maps (two sets of maps for each team)
    • GPS tracking
    • meal after the race
    • shower and sauna
    • kayaks, padels and life vests (using your own padels and vests is alloweed)
  • Extreme and Challenge
    • transportation to the start (outside of the competition center)
  • Extreme
    • gear transportation to the transfer area

Team limitation

  • Jokaiseen sarjaan otetaan 60 joukkuetta. Joukkueet hyväksytään mukaan ilmoittautumisjärjestyksessä.

Saimaa Challenge 2024

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Competition includes some quests that will challenge competitors and offers great experiences.

Event info and rules

Saimaa Challenge is a multisport adventure event.

In the event, two-person teams navigate from one check mark to another by running, (mountain) biking and paddling in the order according to the route book. The maps are distributed to the participants two hours before the joint departure, after which the participants plan the routes they will use themselves. The checkers have the familiar orange-white checkered flag from orienteering. Some of the checkers have tasks (quests), where the participants must follow separately given instructions. In longer series, Quest tasks measure the participants’ knowledge and skills of the sport, in shorter series they offer memorable experiences.

The event’s Explore series (duration about 3 to 6 hours) is designed for those trying the sport as a low-threshold option that can be completed with a regular bike and basic navigation skills.

The Adventure series (5 – 10 hours) offers a little more of a challenge, but can be completed well without previous experience in adventure races. The track has been made even easier for 2024.

The Challenge series (7 – 12 hours) is still slightly higher in terms of difficulty. In the Challenge series, the planning will be more challenging and the terrain will be more diverse.

The Extreme series (15 to 22 hours) challenges the participants mentally and physically with its length and physical challenge. In sports skills, the demands are clearly higher than in other series. Very few separate quests.

The event takes time for all participants and the best of all series are rewarded. In the Explore and Adventure series, the winners are awarded with a commemorative prize, but the actual prizes are drawn among the finishers. In the Extreme and Challenge series, prizes are awarded based on the results to the best.