After only a few years on the world map the Park World Tour has gained many followers. Park races are becoming increasingly popular, not least in the big cities - from Sydney to Shanghai. The Stockholm City Cup paves the way for a new orienteering tradition, with races for everyone in historical venues such as Gamla Stan and Djurgarden, right in the centre of the city. Jonathan, 12 years old, and John, 63, can compete on the same course as sprint world champion Jimmy Birklin. A national youth cup in Sweden gathered more than 10,000 young participants in 1998, with the youth final held in conjunction with the Park World Tour final in Gothenburg at the famous Liseberg amusement park.
The park races attract orienteering organisers in Asia, Australia, Africa and America. In Europe, more than 20 countries announced their interest for hosting Park World Tour events in 1999. The Czech Republic organised the first open, national championships in park orienteering in 1998.
With professional organisation and good conditions for runners, the public and the media, the Park World Tour wants to create high class competitions, to give the top orienteers the attention they deserve and to raise the profile of the sport.
Orienteering is reaching out all over the world - and the Olympics may not be far away.