Jukola relay

The Jukola Relay is an orienteering relay race held annually in Finland since 1949. Jukola is the biggest orienteering relay event in the world. The race takes place on a Saturday between the 13th and 19th of June in different sites around Finland. The northernmost location has been 50 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name Jukola is a family name in the classic Finnish novel, "Seven Brothers". The women's relay, known as the Venla Relay, is a daytime race on the Saturday afternoon. It is named after the main female character from the novel.

The Jukola 2012 relay start had 1600 men with their headlamps
350 half-platoon tents that were used to host the teams in Kuopio-Jukola
350 half-platoon tents provided by Finnish Defense forces were used to host the teams in Kuopio-Jukola.[1] Video of building the tent village.
Jukola 2012: 1250 maps waiting Venla orienteers from the first leg

The Jukola relay has seven legs with distances varying from 7 to 15 km. The starting time is around 11 pm when the sun sets. Runners for the first three legs usually wear headlights, depending on the geographical site (north or south of Finland) of the relay and the weather conditions. The winning team crosses the finishing line early on Sunday morning, around 6 or 7 am, and the last teams finish just before the finish is closed in the afternoon. Women can participate in the Jukola relay in non-official teams (non-sports club teams, like company, family or other teams).[2]

For the women, an individual race with a mass start was organized in 1951. This was turned into a three leg relay race in 1978 and then a four leg relay race in 1981. In 2012 the Jukola relay attracted close to 1700 teams and the Venla relay more than 1250. Clubs from 20 different countries took part.

The "Kaukametsäläiset"[3] association is the founder of the Jukola relay and it is also the owner of the rights to the Jukola event.

The Youth Jukola relayEdit

Since 1986, a Jukola relay event for young orienteers has been organized as a separate event in August each year. The Youth Jukola relay[4] is the world's most attended junior orienteering relay.

History of Jukola and VenlaEdit

Year Location Jukola Starters Jukola Finishers Jukola Winner[5] Venla Starters Venla Finishers Venla Winner
1949 Helsinki surroundings 41 15   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1950 Rural municipality of Helsinki
to City of Helsinki
62 45   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1951 Hollola, airport 71 37   IK Örnen - - -
1952 Vanaja, Miemala 83 57   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1953 Valkeala, Savero 82 31   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1954 Lahti, Arkiomaa 96 71   Hämeenlinnan Suunnistajat - - -
1955 Kangasala, Säynäjärvi 115 83   Asikkalan Raikas - - -
1956 Riihimäki, Paalijärvi 127 38   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1957 Virolahti, Ravijoki 108 59   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1958 Pyhäjärvi Ul, Vuotinainen 119 95   XYZ - - -
1959 Tyrvää, Vaununperä 134 112   Asikkalan Raikas - - -
1960 Kouvola-Valkeala 132 111   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1961 Tammela, Valkeaviita 143 113   Tampereen Pyrintö - - -
1962 Orimattila, Luhtikylä 173 119   Tampereen Pyrintö - - -
1963 Kiikala, Johannislund 154 86   Tampereen Pyrintö - - -
1964 Joutseno, Vesikkola 178 136   Tampereen Poliisi-Urheilijat - - -
1965 Petäjävesi, Kintaus 210 195   IFK Hedemora - - -
1966 Padasjoki, Tarusjärvi 225 176   Tampereen Kilpa-Veljet - - -
1967 Halikko, Hajala 264 214   Asikkalan Raikas - - -
1968 Mäntsälä, Kaukalampi 300 238   Asikkalan Raikas - - -
1969 Tyrvää, Roismala 327 280   Liedon Parma - - -
1970 Riihimäki, Paarijoki 383 250   Helsingin Suunnistajat - - -
1971 Vehkalahti, Pyhältö 329 264   IK Örnen - - -
1972 Paimio, Motelli 443 365   Liedon Parma - - -
1973 Hämeenlinna, Miemala 435 308   Angelniemen Ankkuri - - -
1974 Puumala, Pistohiekka 411 344   Liedon Parma - - -
1975 Kankaanpää, Niinisalo 475 384   Alavuden Urheilijat - - -
1976 Tenala, Spjutsböle 453 406   Gustavsbergs IF - - -
1977 Ruokolahti, Virmutjoki 471 395   Tampereen Yritys - - -
1978 Kuorevesi, Halli 595 490   Järvenpään Palo 190 174   Sippurasti
1979 Lapua, Simpsiönvuori 594 523   Lyn 225 209   Kalevan Rasti
1980 Rovaniemi, Ounasvaara 508 455   OK Ravinen 191 178   Hiidenkiertäjät
1981 Hyvinkää, Kytäjä 753 495   Almby IK 271 199   Bäkkelagets SK
1982 Liperi, Pärnävaara 728 647   OK Ravinen 237 228   Stora Tuna IK
1983 Valkeala, Selänpää 807 742   Vehkalahden Veikot 310 285   Almby IK
1984 Rural municipality of Heinola, Vierumäki 920 859   Almby IK 371 350   Stora Tuna IK
1985 Laitila, Tulejärvi 937 838   Almby IK 403 386   Stora Tuna IK
1986 Tampere, Kaanaa 991 945   IFK Södertälje 441 419   Halden SK
1987 Hollola, airport 1052 989   Hiidenkiertäjät 476 447   OK Hedströmmen
1988 Pudasjärvi, Isosyöte 976 874   Bækkelagets SK 423 398   Halden SK
1989 Joutseno, Myllymäki 1067 956   NTNUI 519 483   Helsingin NMKY
1990 Juva, Koikkala 1109 1011   NTNUI 573 548   Halden SK
1991 Vimpeli, Lakeaharju 1144 1061   IFK Södertälje 543 512   IFK Södertälje
1992 Virolahti, Ravijoki 1131 1050   IK Hakarpspojkarna 578 554   Kalevan Rasti
1993 Paimio, Vista 1051 982   Halden SK 545 518   Rastikarhut
1994 Pelkosenniemi, PyhäLuosto 982 873   Turun Suunnistajat 486 455   Tampereen Pyrintö
1995 Sipoo, Sipoo kk. 1107 989   NTNUI 597 537   Liedon Parma
1996 Rautavaara, Harsukangas 1049 963   Turun Suunnistajat 535 511   Bäkkelagets SK
1997 Jyväskylä, Killerjärvi 1172 1057   Halden SK 645 604   Bäkkelagets SK
1998 Siuntio, Svartbäck 1224 1113   Halden SK 667 635   Angelniemen Ankkuri
1999 Eurajoki, Rikantila 1226 1109   Bækkelagets SK 678 630   Tampereen Pyrintö
2000 Liperi, Pänävaara 1134 960   Halden SK 622 575   Liedon Parma
2001 Jurva, Tainuskylä 1189 1042   Turun Suunnistajat 689 639   Liedon Parma
2002 Asikkala, Vesivehmaa 1256 1063   Bækkelagets SK 728 694   Turun Suunnistajat
2003 Sulkava, Sulkava kk. 1205 1053   Halden SK 708 646   Tampereen Pyrintö
2004 Jämijärvi, Jämi 1314 1137   Kalevan Rasti 796 764   Ulricehamns OK
2005 Anjalankoski, Sippola 1331 1130   Kalevan Rasti 841 770   Ulricehamns OK
2006 Salo, Karjaskylä 1337 1115   Vehkalahden Veikot 854 798   Ulricehamns OK
2007 Lapua, Simpsiönvuori 1345 1151   Kalevan Rasti 881 798   Asikkalan Raikas
2008 Tampere, Kaanaa 1389 1172   Delta 951 870   Domnarvets GoIF
2009 Mikkeli, Kalevankangas 1412 1265   Kristiansand OK 978 911   Ulricehamns OK
2010 Hyvinkää, Kytäjä–Usmi 1537 1232   Halden SK 1083 997   Tampereen Pyrintö
2011 Virolahti, Ravijoki 1504 1298   Halden SK 1048 981   Domnarvets GoIF
2012 Vantaa, Sotunki 1685 1378   Kalevan Rasti 1246 1145   Halden SK
2013 Jämsä, Myllymäki 1632 1383   Kalevan Rasti 1210 1141   OK Pan Århus
2014 Kuopio, Vehmersalmi 1628 1357   Kalevan Rasti 1211 1139   OK Pan Århus
2015 Paimio, Mäntyrinne–Hiekkahelmi 1787 1514   Kristiansand OK 1286 1305   Domnarvets GoIF
2016 Lappeenranta, Raippo–Simola 1683 1374   Koovee 1358 1237   Halden SK
2017 Joensuu, Harpatti 1600 1351   IFK Göteborg 1269 1182   Alfta Ösa OK
2018 LahtiHollola, Hälvälä 1901 1644   Koovee 1632 1518   Stora Tuna OK
2019 Kangasala, Heponiemi 1950 1652   Stora Tuna OK 1692 1624   Fredrikstad SK

Upcoming eventsEdit

Year Dates Location Organizing clubs Official Website
2021[6] June 19–20 Rovaniemi, Mäntyvaara–Vennivaara–Olleronvaara Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura
2022 June Mynämäki Liedon Parma & Mynämäen Suunnistajat -52

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Puolijoukkueteltat pystyyn | Kuopio-Jukola 2014". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2016-05-28.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "General information". Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  3. ^ "Association Kaukametsäläiset". Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  4. ^ "Youth Jukola". Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  5. ^ "Jukolan Viesti results and teams". Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  6. ^ https://www.jukola.com/2020/en/the-arctic-circle-jukola-will-be-held-in-2021/

Further readingEdit

  • Uljas, Reimo: Jukolan viestit 1989 - 2008 with English summary, Kaukametsälaiset ry 2009, ISBN 978-952-92-5583-2

External linksEdit