33rd Youth Jukola Saarijärvi Saturday 18.8.2018


Youth Jukola is an international orienteering relay of 7 legs for junior orienteers. The team is mixed, consisting of both girls and boys.


Leg, age, level of difficulty, and estimated course lengths:


Leg Year of birth Level of difficulty Course length
1. M/W16 Year -02 or later M/W14 4.4 km
2. M/W16 Year -02 or later M/W14 3.7 km
3. W14 Year -04 or later W12 2.5 km
4. M/W14 Year -04 or later M/W12 2.5 km
5. W16 Year -02 or later W14 3.3 km
6. W18 Year -00 or later W16 4.7 km
7. M/W18 Year -00 or later M16 6.2 km


All legs include approximately 400m of marked route. Gaffling/Forking is used on all legs, except on the 5th leg.



The relay starts at 11.30 a.m. with a mass start. The winner is expected to finish at 2.30 p.m.


Competition rules:

The competition rules of the Finnish Orienteering Federation (FOF), the organization instruction of Youth Jukola, and instructions given by the organizers must be followed. The use of spike shoes is prohibited. However, dobb spiked shoes are allowed.


GPS tracking:

The organizer has reserved GPS tracking devices for the top teams of the relay for tracking during the competition on legs 2, 5 and 7. If a team refuses to carry GPS tracking devices, the team will be disqualified from the competition. Own GPS tracking devices are allowed. Specific instructions for using the GPS devices can be found on the organizer’s website.



The contest is primarily aimed at club teams. Clubs that cannot put together their own relay team may form combination teams. Students from schools or youth organizations can also form teams. Runners from an orienteering club participating in a school or youth organization teams must ask permission from their own club. The team composition needs to be made according to the table presented above (leg and age). Girls can run the last leg. Furthermore, the organizer forms combined teams of runners who have signed up for the orienteer pool. Combination teams are not eligible for prices.



The registration for the relay opens on June 19th and ends on August 6th, 2018 at midnight (EEST). Entries are processed through an online registration service, which can be found on the organiser’s website.


Late registration:

Late entries will be accepted until midnight on August 13th, 2018 with an additional fee.


Participation fee:

110€/team. Late registration 165€/team.

The participation fee for the registration and late registration is paid online using the official registration service.


Team Compositions:

The final team compositions shall be registered by Friday August 17th, 2018 no later than 9 p.m. using the registration system or using the form available in the competition office.


Competition office/INFO:

On Friday August 17th 2018 the competition office is located at the sports hall (address: Sivulantie 6, 43100 Saarijärvi) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, August 19th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the competition office is situated at the competition center.


Punching system:

Each team must have at least three Emit cards. The same emit card may not be used by two different teams. Emit cards can be rented from the race organizer for 4 €/card. The sufficient amount of emit cards shall be reserved during the registration process online. The Emit card numbers are not needed in advance, they will be registered into the system when the runners enter the start or changeover area.


Club tents:

Club tents can be set up in the competition center on Friday, August 17th, 2018 from 5 p.m. onwards. Tents can only be set up on reserved places. The booking of a tent place must be done during the registration process online. The size of the tent place is 5m x 6m and the fee is 10€/tent.



Orienteering map 8/2018, scale 1:7 500, contour interval 5 m. The size of the map is A4, and it is in a plastic cover.

Old maps and terrain description are available on the competition website.


Forbidden area:

The competition area is declared forbidden for competition and training until the 2018 Youth Jukola Relay. The forbidden area is presented on the competition website, as well as in the map register on the Finnish Orienteering Federation’s website.



The terrain is a typical central Finland forest, which has plenty of paths and mostly good visibility. There is a frisbee golf course in the area. The northern slope of Kusiaismäki hill consists of bare rock and cliffs while the southern part is open pine forest and more runnable. From the event centre to the top of the Kusiaismäki hill is approximately 80m climb.


Directions to the competition center:

The competition center is located at Kusiaismäki ski centre (Hyppyrimäenti 1, 43100 Saarijärvi). The event will be sign posted from the road E13 ‒ approximately 3km from Saarijärvi town centre towards Äänekoski. The drive from this junction to the parking area takes approx. 1 min. The signs will be displayed at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 17th, 2018.



Parking is at the competition centre.


Washing and changing

Washing and changing facilities are located at the competition centre.



The organizer provides accommodation on the floor of the sports hall for the night between Friday and Saturday (sleeping bag, matress etc. are not included). Price for the accommodation is 15€/person/night including breakfast. Evening meals are offered on Friday evening for 6€/meal. The accommodation and evening meals must be reserved during the registration process. Remember to inform if a special diet is required.

Accomodation is located at sports hall in town centre (address: Sivulantie 6, 43100 Saarijärvi). The signs will be displayed at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 17th, 2018.

Camping space is available at Ahvenlampi Camping. Other accommodation services can be found here.



Three training packages are available for 5€/map. Contact Minna Truhponen (+358456174555) email:



There is a restaurant and cafe at the competition centre. Lunch is available at the restaurant. Remember to request a special diet by August 13th,


Main Officials:

Organiser Ilpo Liimatainen +358 452106007
Planner Eero Vartiainen +358 405289867
Information Officer Arja Niskakangas +358 407207182
Controller(SSL) Tommi Tervakangas +358 40 5447450
Course Controller Jarmo Puttonen, VaajTe +358405169928


Welcome to Saarijärvi!

Saarijärven Pullistus, Kaukametsäläiset, Finnish Orienteering Federation (FOF), and City of Saarijärvi