M21U, W21U, M35U and W35U. What is it all about?
U stands for Ultimate.
Ultimate challenge for ultimate fun!
Basically, runners in those classes run on a map without paths and tracks.
Experimentaly, these courses were introduced in OOcup 2011, and due to very good acceptance by runners we will keep this form of challenge. For example, here are a few words from Tomaš Dlabaja (Czech national team runner) about OOcup after he ran the M21U at Oocup/2011.
Why? Simply, to make the already crazy game even more exciting and challenging. Afterall, orienteering is just a game. We want to offer something new to those of you who enjoy contour reading and really difficult orienteering (regular courses will already be difficult). Many terrains in Slovenia have perfectly complex contour/rock structure but their value from orienteering perspective is sometimes lowered by dense path network. We want to give you the possiblity to get as much fun from certain terrain as possible. These classes are made for those who want even more technical challenge and adventure!
Course planning for “U” classes will be given special attention to assure fairness. There are a few aspects that need to be taken care about like for example avoiding legs paralel with paths, legs same as those on regular courses etc…