Interest is sky high for next summer’s O-Ringen in Sälen. 10,792 participants registered for the orienteering event by 1 November, many more than the same time last year.
”It’s incredibly exciting. We’ve not had so many entries to O-Ringen at this time since the competition last took place in Sälen in 2008. That time the event attracted 24,375 participants,” comments Jimmy Birklin, general secretary for the competition in Sälen.
The first entry deadline on 1 November is usually a good indicator of how big O-Ringen will be. During recent years, O-Ringen has reported 5-7,000 participants at this time. Last year in Borås he final number of participants was 18,058.
This year, O-Ringen can note 10,792 entries on 1 November but we can only speculate on the final numbers of people who will run at next summer’s orienteering festival in Sälen. Projected figures suggest that it will be a real festival, with up to 25,000 participants experiencing the 52nd edition of O-Ringen.
It is also worth noting that the last time O-Ringen visited Sälen in 2008 was the second largest O-Ringen ever behind the record year at Falun in 1985, where 25,021 people participated.
”As something of a challenge we’ve said that it’s time to break the record from Falun 1985, but our main focus is to create a dream event for everyone attending O-Ringen in Sälen,” says Jimmy Birklin.
”Of course we’re really happy about the high level of interest. Through our unique concept based on mountain orienteering and accommodation in holiday cottages, we now have proof that people are very interested in competing at Sälenfjällen,” concludes general secretary Jimmy Birklin.