How to have a marked route from the map collection point to the start triangle if they are not the same location and you feel the distance or terrain warrants it.

If the actual start is some distance from the timed start (the map collection point), for example, fifty metres or more, you can show a marked route from the timed start to the start triangle in Condes by right-clicking the start triangle and selecting the “Marked route from time start” check box in the Start point dialog box.

If you want to indicate on the control description that there is a marked route to the start triangle, select the “Show in control description” check box and entering the distance in the “Marked route” text box (or let Condes calculate it for you by selecting the “Auto-calculate distance” check box.

Relevant rules for start procedures.


Orienteering is a sport in which the competitors navigate independently through the terrain. Competitors must visit a number of control points marked on the ground in the shortest possible time aided only by map and compass. The course, defined by the location of the controls, is not revealed to competitors until they start.

2.9 (IOF 2.10)

Orienteering Australia may decide special rules or norms which shall be followed, e.g. Orienteering Australia Anti-Doping Rules, International Specification for Orienteering Maps, International Specifications for

Sprint Orienteering Maps, Principles for Course Planning, IOF Control Descriptions: Australian Edition, IOF Standard Symbols for Orienteering Maps: Australian Edition.

22.7 (IOF 22.8)

The point where orienteering begins shall be shown on the map with the start triangle and, if it is not at the time start, marked in the terrain by a control flag but no marking device.

If you accept that the start is a control point, then the competitor must pass through the start triangle.

ISOM 2017-2

701 Start

The place where the orienteering starts. The centre of the triangle shows the precise position where the orienteering course starts. The start must be on a clearly identifiable point on the map. The triangle points in the direction of the first control.

ISSprOM 2019

701 Start

The start or map issue point (if not at the start) is shown by an equilateral triangle which points in the direction of the first control. The centre of the triangle shows the precise position of the start point.

IOF International Specification for Control Descriptions, p4 and p16

Start location

Shown in the first line of descriptions, using the description as if it were a control feature.

Optionally this may be preceded by a line showing the distance to the location of the start triangle from the timed start if these are not within a few metres of each other.

Distance from Timed Start to the Start Triangle

This is an optional line showing the distance to the start triangle from the point of the timed start. This will typically be required for an arena start, or when there is a long run out to the start triangle. It is not required if the start triangle is near to the point where the timing starts.

If the control description shows the distance from the timed start to the competition start point, it is shown on the control description as a marked route, implying that the competitor must follow the marked route from the timed start to the start triangle.

In my opinion the rules (competition rules, control description specs, and mapping specs) require the competitor to pass through the start triangle (i.e. pass by the flag marking the start point).

If you wish to dispel any doubt, you can always emphasise the requirement in the event instructions.