Explore Asia's diverse cities with a new perspective:
Stay tuned to #AsiaCityRace 2022.
Welcome to ORIEN.ASIA’s newest urban orienteering series—#AsiaCityRace, the newest City Race Series of Asia!
AsiaCityRace invites all to visit Asia’s cities and experience them by orienteering—the navigation sport for you to discover stories and treasures in urban neighbourhoods.
Join the stages in one of the participating cities. Explore their diverse urban cultures.
See you in Asia!
Usually (but not necessarily), each stage will take place over three days with the typical distances as follows (listed distances are for Open/Elite classes):
- Sprint (Friday): 2-4 km, winning time 12-15 minutes
- Long (Saturday): 10-16 km, winning time up to 90-100 minutes
- Middle (Sunday): 5-8 km, winning time around 30 minutes
All races take place in urban areas (downtown, suburb, parks etc.)
The programme for each stage may vary, and there may be different or additional races such as Micro Orienteering or Sprint Knockout. The organiser may decide on the programme in consultation with the #AsiaCityRace coordinators.
The following categories shall always be offered:
- M/W E (Elite): [SUSPENDED IN 2022] Any age (hardest)—runners must be registered IOF athletes (i.e. collecting points)
- M/W 21 (Open): Any age
- M/W 12 (Junior): Born in or after 2008
- M/W 16 (Youth 1): Born in or after 2004
- M/W 20 (Youth 2): Born in or after 2000
- M/W 35 (Master 1): Born in or before 1985
- M/W 50 (Master 2): Born in or before 1970
Competition classes usually use SPORTident punching.
Checkpoints must be visited in sequence (except in a Score-O race where specified).
Motion classes (non-competition classes) may be offered as well. These are good choices for you as a beginner to try and practise urban orienteering!
Results of each stage are calculated by finding the average of the metrunner-points of all races of that stage.
For each race, metrunner-points are calculated thus:
1000 x (Winner's time)/(Your time)
Special rules apply for relay, Score-O and sprint knockout:
- For a relay, each team will get metrunner-points according to the above formula. All members of a team with get the same amount of points. The mapping of categories for results calculation purposes from relay to #AsiaCityRace shall be specified beforehand.
- For a Score-O, the formula is 1000 x (Your score)/(Winner's score)
- For a sprint knockout with qualification round, the formula is (Sum of metrunner-points of all rounds competed in)/4. If there is no qualification round (i.e. direct quarter-final), the formula is (Sum of metrunner-points of all rounds competed in)/3.
The overall series results are calculated by adding up the metrunner-points of each stage. The number of best results that will count is as follows, depending on the number of stages successfully held in that year's series:
- 1-2 stages: all stages count
- 3 stages: best 2 stages count
- 4-5 stages: best 3 stages count
- 6 stages: best 4 stages count
- 7-8 stages: best 5 stages count
- 9 stages: best 6 stages count
- 10 stages: best 7 stages count
metrunner-points are credited directly into the runner's metrunner account, and can be used for discounts in participating events and shops.
For each stage, there will be 3 prizes for each category.
For the entire series, there will be 3 prizes for each category.
Sponsored prizes may be offered, stay tuned!
Organise an #AsiaCityRace stage and bring the excitement of urban orienteering to your city!
Please read the provisions below and contact us.
General provisions (see exceptions below):
- Requests to organise shall be received by 1 November the previous year. The request shall include proposed dates and draft race programme (i.e. what race on what day). Late requests will only be accepted if the number of confirmed stages is less than 6.
- The maximum number of stages in a year is 10. The minimum number of stages is 3.
- Each stage must include a minimum of 2 races. There is no upper limit to the number of races in one stage. At least one stage must be of at least 75% middle distance.
- Each stage shall have a name consisting of [City name] City Race (e.g. Bangkok City Race). If the city has an airport with IATA code, the stage may also have #[IATA code] (e.g. #BKK) as part of the stage name, or as an alternative name.
- All races must use the latest IOF Sprint Orienteering map standard (as of 2021, this is ISSprOM 2019). The map scale may deviate from 1:4000 depending on race requirements (e.g. Micro Orienteering would have a larger map scale), but cannot be smaller than 1:5000 unless granted an exception by the #AsiaCityRace coordinator.
- Races may be World Ranking Events at the same time. In that case, the WRE classes must be the ones that count for #AsiaCityRace (i.e. M/W Elite, or Open during 2022). The calculation of metrunner-points is independent of the calculation of WRE points.
- All venues must be suitable for running with shorts and road running shoes. Forest sprints are not accepted.
- The categories listed on this website shall be offered. Additional categories may be offered at the discretion of the local organiser, but these will not be calculated for #AsiaCityRace results.
- Entry via Metvigo shall be provided. Other entry methods may also be provided.
- Revenue share system shall be used. The exact share depends on the level of managerial and technical involvement on the side of #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA. The revenue share will cover the expenses incurred by the respective sides.
- The local organiser may opt to provide flights (at least Premium Economy class, from Sweden and back) and accommodation for at least 1 coordinator from #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA, in exchange for a substantially higher revenue share.
- An official hotel shall be designated by agreement of the local organiser with the #AsiaCityRace coordinator. Hotel + race packages shall be provided.
- The local organiser is responsible for the stage prize. #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA is responsible for the series prize.
- There shall be at least 3 stage prizes and 3 series prizes for each category.
- The local organiser may solicit sponsors for the respective stage. #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA may solicit sponsors for an entire series or specific stages. In case of conflict, the choice of sponsor by #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA shall prevail.
For stages that are part of a larger multi-day event (supersedes the corresponding general provisions above):
- Part or all of the multi-day event may constitute an #AsiaCityRace stage. At least 2 urban races must be included in the event to be eligible.
- The races that constitute the #AsiaCityRace stage shall be named as a City Race according to the above rules.
- Only the races taking place in an urban environment may count for #AsiaCityRace.
- If the multi-day event has overall prizes, then it's not necessary to have a separate prize for that #AsiaCityRace stage.
- The cancellation policy specified on this website shall be followed.
Special provisions for #AsiaCityRace2022 (and if necessary, even the 2023 series) which supersedes the general provisions above:
- In light of the gradual reopening of Asian countries to international visitors, we're prepared to accept any organiser requests after 1 November if the number of stages has not reached 6.
- The country must accept, at a minimum, fully COVID-19 vaccinated travellers from the following countries: Sweden, at least one other Nordic country, at least one other non-Nordic country in EU/EEA/Switzerland/UK, and at least one Asian IOF member (according to IOC continent definition), as of the proposed dates of the stage.
- The minimum number of stages for #AsiaCityRace2022 is 1. If there are only 1 or 2 stages successfully held, all stages will count for the series results.
- #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA reserves the right to combine #AsiaCityRace2022 with the 2023 series, if necessary.
#AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA reserves the right to amend the above provisions, as well as other provisions listed in other parts of this website, as necessary.
Race jersey - sponsored by Oland
Not a usual "running race"
Do you love running? Then you will love this “unusual running” race.
In fact, the #AsiaCityRace series is based on a sport called orienteering. This sport differs from running in that:
Route not marked
Map released as pre-race info
(Not required during race)
Map required and distributed at the race
(Kept secret before the race)
You must follow the designated route
You find your own route to the next checkpoint
Orienteering is more exciting and requires good strategy, technique and route choice, not just physical strength!
Try this beloved sport in Asian cities NOW—you will love it.
Competition class or Fun class?
We offer two main classes, Competition class and Fun class. Find out which one you’d like to join:
|Competition class||Fun class|
Punch all checkpoints
Punch as many as you can
Punch in any order
The fastest runner wins
The team with the highest score wins
For competitive runners
For weekend fun
2-3 people per team
If you are an adult and can run 10-15 km, you’ll make it for urban long distance. Urban middle distance races are shorter, around 5-10 km in distance. Sprint races are even shorter at 2-4 km.
Occasionally, micro orienteering races (1 km or shorter) are featured as well.
Youth and senior classes are shorter in distance (minimum 4 km for urban long distance).
You may also consider joining a motion (come and try it) category of your chosen distance, although there will be no prizes.
The cancellation policy will vary from stage to stage, and shall be specified in the respective bulletins. But in general:
- Refunds shall be provided if the event is cancelled more than 7 days in advance
- Refund or entry transfer shall be provided as an option if the event is rescheduled
- Refund shall be provided if the runner cannot enter the country due to travel restrictions
- If refunds are made in vouchers, it must be in the form of an #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA value voucher, good for another #AsiaCityRace / ORIEN.ASIA event up to the end of next year. Stage organisers are not allowed to refund in the form of vouchers that are good only for their own events.
- In other cases, it’s up to the stage organiser to specify the cancellation policy, please refer to the respective bulletins.
ORIEN.ASIA is the Asian platform for orienteering. Established in 2017, the platform has attracted runners from not just all around Asia, but also international orienteers around the world.
In 2019, ORIEN.ASIA co-organised Tropical Orienteering Week in Kuantan, Malaysia and Thailand International Orienteering Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
metrunner is a sports travel platform. You can use it to discover new places, find running and orienteering events to meet new people, and to collect points for future use. Points can be used for discounts in participating events and shops.
About Metrunner AB
Metrunner AB is the company managing ORIEN.ASIA and the metrunner platform. It also manages the Sweden Marker brand. Founded by Raphael Mak in 2018/2019, it is based in Gothenburg, Sweden and strives to bring the fun of discovery to everyone around the world.
Metrunner AB offers a range of services for clubs, businesses and organisations to promote quality events and tourism planning. Strategic partners include MetOC of Hong Kong and the Thai Orienteering Association.