Bulletin 2

We welcome you to the 17th Istanbul 5 Days, will be held between 01 – 05 November 2023. The terrains, special sites of the city and the legendary Grand Bazaar will be hosting our extremely joyful and highly competitive events for those willing to enjoy a week full of orienteering with 5 stages in 5 days.

Organizer Club & Organizing Committee

Organizer Club İstanbul Orienteering Spor Kulübü (IOG)
Event Director Güven Solmaz
Race Director Tatiana Kalenderoğlu
Event Coordinator Furkan Topal
Technical (IT) Director Zeynep Abalı
Official e-mail info@ist5days.com

Event Programme

31.10.2023 Arrivals, Registration & Model Event, Event Center
01.11.2023 Middle Distance, Belgrad Forest, Binbaşı Çeşmesi
02.11.2023 Long Distance, Belgrad Forest, Azizpaşa
03.11.2023 Sprint, Prince Islands, Kınalıada (WRE)
04.11.2023 Middle Distance, Gebze / Mudarlı (WRE)
05.11.2023 Supersprint, Grand Bazaar / Fatih
* WRE - World Ranking Event


Class* Year Born Class* Year Born
W/M 10 -2013 W/M 35 -1988
W/M 12 2011-2012 W/M 40 -1983
W/M 14 2009-2010 W/M 45 -1978
W/M 16 2007-2008 W/M 50 -1973
W/M 18 2005-2006 W/M 55 -1968
W/M 20 2003-2004 W/M 60 -1963
W/M 21A - W/M 65 -1958
W/M 21B - W/M 70+ -1953
W/M 21E - W/M OPEN -
* W: Women / M: Men

Entries & Payment

Entries will be closed on October 25th. After the late entry dates, it may be possible to register daily at the event sites, but these entries will be subject to map and start time availability. Therefore those missing the late entries may not be guaranteed participation in their requested classes.
Payments shall be done online with credit card. For early and normal registrations, the date of online payment with credit card will be considered as registration date. If you do not have the possibility to pay with credit card, please send us an e-mail at info@ist5days.com and let us know, so that we can give you additional information on exceptional payment methods. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from us after the payment is approved.

All Fees

Type of Fee
Late Registration Period
Entries Per Stage 25€
Grand Bazaar 35€
All Stages 110€
Children aged 10 and under Free of Charge*
Children from 11 to 14 40% discount*
Discounted Countries** 20% discount*
Transport *** Per Stage (1,2 ve 4) 15€
SI Chip Rental Per Stage 3€
SI Chip Fee If Lost 50€
Changes Free of Charge

*In 21E categories, a 5€ difference will be applied for each WRE stages.

* Discounts are valid only for entry fees.
** Discounted Countries : Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine
*** The bus will depart from Yenikapı

Time Control System (Electronic Punching)

The Sportident electronic timing and punching system will be used.
May we remind you:

  • If you have your own SI card you may use it, otherwise you have to rent one when getting your bib number.
  • You have to return the rented SI card back to the organizer after your last stage.
  • The SI card rental fees are given above, in the “All Fees” table.
  • If you lose or don’t return it, you have to pay an additional 50€.

Results & Prizes

Overall results will be according to the rankings of the first 4 stages.
The prize-giving ceremony will be separate for each WRE stages.
Grand Bazaar stage will be a separate race.
All winners will receive medals and souvenirs from our sponsors.


  • Sarnıç Otel
    Adress: Küçük Ayasofya Caddesi No:26 Sultanahmet / İstanbul
    A limited number of rooms are available.
    Single Double Triple
    Room only 45€ 50€ 80€
    Room and Breakfast 50€ 58€ 92€
  • Amiral Palas Hotel
    Adress: Bayram Firini Sok. Cankurtaran Mah. No: 3 Sultanahmet / İstanbul
    A limited number of rooms are available.
    Double Triple Deluxe Double
    Room and Breakfast 110€ 130€ 130€
Please inform us to reservation. info@ist5days.com

Transportation to Event Sites

  • There is a bus transportation to the competition areas for stages 1, 2 and 4.
    The bus will depart from Yenikapı.
    Fee per Stage 15€.
    For transportation requests, please send an e-mail. info@ist5days.com
  • For the stage 3, you can check the Kınalıada ferry times.
  • For the stage 5, transportation options are available by metro and tram.
    Please be aware that the roads will be closed for the Istanbul marathon on the same day. It's advisable to use public transportation instead of your own vehicle.

Event Center

IOG Club House [ 41.181918, 28.989226 ]
Bahçeköy Merkez Mah. Valide Sultan Cad. 28A 34473 Sarıyer, Istanbul
The event center and Model event will only be open between 14.00-18.00 on 31.10.2023.
On other days, when you encounter a problem, you can stop by the info tent or send a message to info@ist5days.com.

How to get to the Event Center?

You can use bus transport to the Event Center. Take 42M from Zincirlikuyu to Bahçeköy or 42T from Taksim to Bahçeköy. From Bahçeköy bus stop [41.180161, 28.989909], walk about 300 m to the Event Center towards the Belgrad Forest Entrance direction. Or you can take the M2 metro line to Hacıosman, to the last station on this route. Just on the street level there are bus stops [41.139816, 29.030720]. You'll take the 42HM from Hacıosman to Bahçeköy.
You can find all the information about bus lines on www.iett.gov.tr

Preliminary Technical Information
Terrain & Map

Stage 1 | 01.11.2023 | Belgrad Forest, Binbaşı Çeşmesi - Middle Distance
Sample Map The terrain has many knolls and erosion gulleys, unlike Belgrad Forest. Runnability and visibility are high however, some bushes reduce the speed in places.

Coordinates : 41.165392, 28.933005
Stage 2 | 02.11.2023 | Belgrad Forest, Azizpaşa - Long Distance
Sample Map The terrain consists of steep valleys and dense vegetation. Runnability and visibility are good.

Coordinates : 41.146016, 28.956811
Stage 3 | 03.11.2023 | Prince Islands, Kınalıada - Sprint
Sample Map WRE and NEW MAP!
The terrain is very steep. It mostly consists of streets. Vehicle traffic is very low. It is recommended to wear running shoes. There will be artificial barrier to make route choices.

- Athletes who will run 21E to get WRE points, they also need to register via eventor.

Coordinates : 40.910572, 29.055230
Stage 4 | 04.11.2023 | Gebze / Mudarlı - Middle Distance
Sample Map WRE
The JWOC 2021 was held on this terrain.
Some areas show detailed contours and have a lots of rocky features. It is a broadleaf forest consisting of oak and hornbeam trees. The ground is often covered with undergrowth. The forest has every kind of vegetation. Runnability ranges from normal to good, in some areas runnability is reduced because of vegetation and rocky ground. Visibility is partly poor and good because of dense vegetation.

- Athletes who will run 21E to get WRE points, they also need to register via eventor.

Coordinates : 41.005649, 29.560590
Stage 5 | 05.11.2023 | Grand Bazaar - Supersprint
Sample Map You'll need headlamp. Don't forget to bring it with you!
The Grand Bazaar offers a short and very fast orienteering within a net of small streets. It needs high speed and concentration. The most difficult part is “multilevel” orienteering which often requires climbing stairs. The open areas might be slippery if it rains.
Due to historical ground, no orienteering or spiked/stud shoes are allowed!

Coordinates : 41.009750, 28.969441