Vuokatti organizes Jukola relay in 2027
Vuokatti has been selected to host Jukola relay in 2027. This will be the first time that the world’s biggest orienteering event will be held in Kainuu region. The main organizers for the event will be Vuokatti Sport and Sotkamon Jymy.
Having two main organizing parties, it means that both parties have their own main responsibilities. Sotkamon Jymy will be responsible for the competition itself, whereas Vuokatti Sport is in charge of event safety, traffic, restaurant and other main operations outside the competition. CEO of Vuokatti Sport, Mari Varjonen, was naturally happy about the decision which resulted in Vuokatti getting the competition.
”This is fantastic news, what else can you say. Of course we have a lot of work to do within next four years, but I am sure that these people will make a great event happen. It is exciting to see all the passion that the orienteering people around here have for this process and I want to give special thanks to Sotkamon Jymy already at this point..”
”Kainuu region has a long history with oritenteering and of course the Kainuu Orienteering Week gives us credibility with bigger events. Already during the application process, it has come clear that many people from the area are willing to put effort for this event and this will be a great chance for us to show our knowledge as a whole region,” states the chairman of Sotkamon Jymy, Antti Flöjt.
Vuokatti provides an area with great infrastructure and beatiful terrain
The competition center will be located right by Vuokatti Sport, the Olympic Training Center. The infrastructure in the area will decrease the need for temporary buildings and construction compared to an average Jukola relay event
”I have been attending Jukola relays soon 50 years and I can proudly say that 2027 Jukola relay will be held in exceptional environment. First of all, the Vuokatinvaara terrain is beatiful and challenging enough for everyone and of course the infrastructure in the area can be utilized for a great competition center. In fact, I believe that the competiton center with all its surroundings was one of the key reasons why we got this event in Vuokatti,” comments the race director of Jukola 2027, Jyrki Uotila.
The next Jukola relays will be held in Porvoo (2023), Kauhava (2024), Mikkeli (2025) and Kotka (2026).
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