IOF recipient of Jukola message 2011

Posted on | June 19, 2011 | Category: News

Since 1950, the competitors of Jukola relay figuratively carry a message with them throughout the relay. When the winning team reaches the finish, the last leg runner reads the message out loud. This time the Jukola message was dedicated to the International Orienteering Federation in honour of its 50th Anniversary.

The message read:

Our national author Aleksis Kivi put the following words into the mouth of Aapo of Jukola:

“But should the fortress now surrounded be lacking a commandant to maintain order and organise defence, then would disorder and unruliness spread among troops, and soon would both the fortress and its people be lost”.

With this idea in mind have we, the orienteers of Jukolan Viesti, carried the following message to the goal in order to congratulate the International Orienteering Federation now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary:

From near the south-eastern border of Finland and the springy heaths of Virolahti, Jukolan Viesti salutes the celebrating association and brings greetings from all its participants, who have come from dozens of countries and provide an outstanding example of the uniquely diverse character of our sport.

Virolahti, 19th June 2011

The Orienteers of Salpa-Jukola

IOF President Åke Jacobson and IOF Secretary General Barbro Rönnberg received the message read by Halden’s Olav Lundanes.

“Jukola relay has a very special place in international orienteering, and we are honoured to receive this message on the occasion of the IOF’s 50th Anniversary”, President Jacobson said.

Halden’s Olav Lundanes reads the Jukola message dedicated to the International Orienteering Federation.
Photo: Anna Zeelig

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