General Info

Clube de Orientação de Viseu – Natura

Câmara Municipal de Penedono; Câmara Municipal de Sernancelhe; FPO – Federação Portuguesa de Orientação, IOF – Federação Internacional de Orientação

Event Coordination
Event Director:  Rui Martins
FPO Event Adviser:  Alexandre Reis
Technical Director:  João Moura
Map Makers: Tiago Aires e Rafael Miguel
Course Setters:Miguel Nóbrega, Susana Almeida and João Moura

Model Event:
Serra do Sirigo, Beselga. Map between the 2 events location, in the municipality of Penedono;
Sprint Beselga. Map similar to Penela da Beira Sprint.
– The maps must be taken from the Secretariat, during the day 0 (Friday) 21st of January;
Price per map: 4€.

BIB number:
The BIBs will be assigned by the organization, which should be used by all athletes;
The bib number should be picked at the Secretariat, prior to the event;
No athlete will be allowed to start without the respective Bib number. The Portuguese athletes may also use the official Bib number provided by de POF.

No athlete will be allowed to start without an SI-card (chip), BIBs or with a number different from the registered one;
No athlete will be allowed to start without a bracelet attesting the presentation of a vaccination certificate or negative test to COVID-19; 
– In WRE stages, Elite classes athletes cannot use GPS clocks;
– Start lists won’t be printed;
– The supplementary control description in available with map;
There will be temperature control before entering the start zone. If higher than 38º C, the process is repeated after 1 minute. If it still remains higher than 38º, the athlete will be taken to the isolation room;
Changes  to the SI-card should be made in advance by  e-mail , or at the event’s Secretariat;
– SI changes on the days of the event will only be accepted after validation in the secretariat and will cost 2 €;
The open classes, W/M10 have no departure time. They will have a time interval where they can start with “START station”
– It won’t be allowed any change of start time on competition classes in event days;

– Athletes must disinfect the hands and put the mask before moving on to the informatics; 
– Results won’t be printed. There will be live results in the website of the event;
– Due to COVID-19, at the arrivals only sealed bootles of water will be given at the arrivals;

Participants should follow the indications of the organization regarding the accesses to the arenas and parking. All locations of interest are available in the page Locations.

The organization will not provide hard floor. The evolution of COVID-19 pandemic, forced the organization to not provide services that may increase the risk of disease outbreaks. We believe this is the best decision for the organization and athletes;
There is available a wide range of private accommodations either in Sernancelhe (see here) or Penedono (see here).

The organization will not provide a place for showers, as it happens with the hard floor.

Will work in the arenas of the three stages (see locations). The clubs and athetes should solve all the issues they need by email in the days before the event.

The organization will not provide babysitting.

There will be a bar with some food and drinks in both arenas. The bar will be explored by external entities.
The bar service, including its operationalization is not a responsibility of the event’s organization. Nevertheless, we please ask all participants to respect the COVID Contingency Plan.  

Available in  all the stages;
– In stage 2, there will be WC in the quarantine (only for Elite Classes). The remaining athletes should use the WCs in the arena;
– In stage 3, there will be two portable wc cabins in the arena plus one in the starting area. There are also some public stores nearby. 

Electronic Punch Control
SPORTident is the official electronic event control system in FPO Competitions, being enabled the contactless mode (SIAC);
A SICard will be asigned to athletes who do not indicate the SICard number at the time of registration; Renting one SICard has the cost of 1,50€/day for Competition classes, and free for Formation or Open Classes;
Rented SICards must be returned to the organization at the end of the athlete’s participation; Losing or non returning a rented SI Card implies the payment of 50€.

Athletes affiliated in FPO or non-affiliated in FPO (Portuguese Orienteering Federation) are covered by FPO insurance (Non federated portuguese athletes or resident in Portugal must provide the BI / CC / Passport number).  
Athletes filliated in FEDO are covered by FEDO insurance.
– Foreign and/or non-resident athletes are not covered by any insurance, being their responsibility the insurance.

Map Collection:
There will be no collection of maps at the end of the courses. We appeal to Fair Play to all participants.

Elite Class:
If the number of members in the men’s Elite class exceed 100 athletes, we will be divide it into Men Super Elite and Men Elite;
IOF World Ranking dated to 01 Januare 2021 will be used to distribute the athletes into the two classes.

World Ranking Event
The sprint and long distance stages will be WRE;
In WRE stages, athletes cannot use GPS clocks;
– In WRE stages, the startlists will follow the inverse order of IOF ranking at the 1st of January of 2022.

Traffic Indication:
There will be traffic indications made by organization using orange and white arrows; Even though athletes should be autonomous considering the information provided in Locations. Athletes must follow the organization instructions.

Race time limits:
Sprint: 1 hour;
Middle Distance: 2 hours;
Long Distance: 3 hours;

The Competition is ruled by the POF (Portuguese Orienteering Federation) and complemented by IOF regulations on missing situations.

Beira Alta O’Meeting
Prizes for the first three places on each class (5 in Elite Classes). The final result is the sum of points of the 3 stages;
There is no prizes for the formation classes (M/D 10 and 12). All the athletes will receive a award;
Awards for the winners of open classes, namely:

  • Awards for the winners of open classes in the forest stages – considering the sum of the two stages;
  • Awards for the winners of open classes of the sprint stage.

Awards for the 3 clubs with highest scores.

World Ranking Event – Sprint and Long Distance
The sprint and long distance stages are WRE;
Prices for the top five athletes in the Elite Classes.

COVID-19 Information
Considering the pandemic situation that we are facing in Portugal (and in the rest of the World), and even if the orienteering is a sport with a low risk associated, the organization established a contingency plan to protect all participants and staff. This contingency plan is available in event’s website and should be carefully read by all athletes.
The main actions (that do not dismiss the reading of the contingency plan) are:
All athletes must sign the Covid-19 responsibility term. The Portuguese athletes can submit them through the FPO website or send through the email up to the 21st of January. Foreign athletes should send it (download here) through the email This step is a requirement to participate in the event;
Athletes older than 12 years must present one of the following:

  • A valid EU Digital COVID certificate;
  • A valid recovery certificate;
  • A valid negative test certificate (a PCR test is valid for 72h while an antigen test is valid for 48h).

The athletes must present one of the certificates in the covid checkpoint available in the event arenas. In this checkpoint, the organization will place an inviolable bracelet on the athletes with a valid certificate. If valid for both days, a white bracelet is given. If valid for only one day, an orange bracelet is given instead. This means that athletes with an orange bracelet will need to present a new test certificate on Sunday;
Athletes younger than 12 years old do not need to present any certificate but must go the covid certificate checkpoint in order to receive a white bracelet, after proving their age;
All athletes must wear a facial mask on the arenas and start area (in the case of the sprint, also during all the quarantine) as well as follow all the remaining rules described in the contingency plan;
All athletes must maintain a secure social distance;
The organization will have testing points in both areas that can be used by the athletes. The conditions are the following:
The interested athletes should send an email to the organization requesting this service ( The email should contain the following information:

  • Complete name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Identification number / passport number;
  • Address in Portugal.

The Portuguese citizens can take advantage of the free tests offered by the government (4 per month). If they have already exceeded the free tests, the cost is 20€;
For foreign athletes, the cost is 20€;
The payment can be made in cash to the entity responsible for the tests;
Thank you for your comprehension.