Central New York Orienteering
2013 U.S. Rogaining Championships
Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 2013
Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, Newfield, NY
Time: Mass start at noon on Saturday. Map issue for planning at 10am on Saturday.

Duration: There will be options for 6-, 12-, and 24-hour competitors. Only the 24-hour event is the official U.S. Rogaining Championships. See more details further down about award categories and eligibility requirements.

What is a Rogaine? The concept is very straightforward—teams of two to five people have a fixed time (6, 12, or 24 hours in this event) to visit as many checkpoints as possible, walking, running or resting as they see fit. The checkpoints (controls) are spread over a large area, and are pre-marked on a map issued shortly before the start of the event. Point values for visiting each control vary (and are specified in advance) depending on such factors as the distance from the start/finish area, elevation, navigational complexity, and the whims of the course setter. The members of the team must stay together throughout the event, for reasons of safety.

Who may participate? Participants in rogaining come from diverse backgrounds, including hikers, cross-country runners, trail runners, adventure racers, ultra-runners, orienteers, and family groups. Even at a championship event such as this, a wide variety of competitive intensity is found, varying from the casual stroller wanting to add some variety to the weekend hike to serious athletes expecting to vie for the top spots in their category, going with no sleep and at a running pace for most of the event. Map reading skill is perhaps the most important specialized technique needed in the event. Route planning strategy is also very important.

Organizers: Central New York Orienteering

Base Camp, Start/Finish area: A primitive camping area in Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area. Drinking water and portable toilets will be available during event. Free overnight camping is available Friday and Saturday nights, and after the event on Sunday. Bring tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Provided equipment: Either a special-purpose topographic map consisting of two 11"x17" color sheets with partially overlapping coverage, or more likely a single offset printed sheet of a larger size, at a 1:30,000 scale, with a plastic bag for protection, and a set of control descriptions, are provided for each participant. The map has been created with a mixture of USGS-provided contour information, aerial photography from NY state, and field checking on the ground. 1 punch card is provided for each team. Food is continuously available at the base camp from 3pm on Saturday until at least 1pm on Sunday. The selection of available food will vary somewhat depending on time of day, and will include vegetarian options. Water is available at the base camp and at approximately five locations around the course.

Required equipment for each team: Whistle, Water bottle, Watch.

Recommended Equipment: Compass, Liquids, Food, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, Long Pants, Extra Clothes (including rain protection), Extra Socks and Shoes, Flashlight or Headlamp (for those in the 12- and 24-hour events), First Aid Kit, Small Pack for carrying the above equipment.

Rules: A full listing of the rules for rogaining may be found at the IRF website. A number of the more important rules for this race include the following examples, some of which vary from the customs in adventure racing or individual orienteering events. No vehicular transport is allowed during the race. No GPS systems or altimeters are permitted. No aid from others away from the base camp is allowed during the race (including drops of food or supplies before the race). It is permissible to return to the base camp area to replenish supplies, eat drink, etc. at any time during the event. Team members must stay within sight and speaking distance throughout the event, for reasons of safety. In the case of our race where there are three concurrent events, teams must select the race duration before the start—no changes allowed later (related to initiation of search and rescue operations). If you decide to quit early, you must notify the finish personnel before leaving the area. In this event, you must stay on public land (which includes public roads and a few trails crossing private property).

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint is marked by an orange and white "control", a triangular prism with sides about a foot square, or more often, two or three metal sheets of about the same size and the same color pattern wrapped around a tree trunk at about eye level. You use a pin punch hanging beside the flag to mark the appropriate box on your punch card carried with you to prove your visit. You will also be asked to sign a log at each control point, indicating your intended next stop and the current time, to assist in search operations if a rescue should become necessary. It is not compulsory to go to the control indicated on the intention sheet if plans change en route, but please do not intentionally fill in incorrect information in an attempt to mislead competing teams. The control flags will usually be visible from some distance, not intentionally concealed, but also usually not within view of trails or roads. Reflective markers will aid somewhat in locating control points after dark. There will be about 60 control points distributed over the roughly 120 square kilometers covered by the maps.

Scoring: The point value of all control points visited is summed. The point value of each control is ten times the value of the first digit of the control code printed on the map. A late penalty of 10 points per minute (or fraction) is subtracted from the score of any team finishing after 12 noon on Sunday. Any team finishing more than 30 minutes late will be disqualified. Tie scores will be decided by the order of finish times (faster team winning).
  Awards: The primary award categories will be Men, Women, and Mixed teams. Each of these categories is subdivided into Open, Veteran (all team members over 40), Superveteran (all team members over 55), or Junior (all 18 or under). While awards will be presented to the top 3 teams in all of these categories, there will also be Orienteering USA Rogaining Champion medals in each category with additional eligibility requirements. To be eligible for these Orienteering USA awards, it is necessary for all members of the team to be Orienteering USA members at the beginning of the event. Only the 24-hour event is recognized as the championship event, though there will be awards also in the shorter 6- and 12-hour events.

Terrain and weather: This area has rolling hills, mostly forested. There are many trails and dirt roads in the area, and a few paved roads. This area is not particularly noted for either ticks or poison ivy, but you might run across either annoyance. The weather at this time of year can provide high temperatures in the 50's or 90's (Fahrenheit), so come prepared for either extreme. What weather pattern will prevail on the weekend of the event should be sufficiently evident at the start of the event so that you are unlikely to need to carry the clothing for both extremes during the race.

Directions: The base camp will be located in a field (a different field from the start used in the two previous rogaines at Connecticut Hill) accessed by dirt road in Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, approximately 15 miles southwest of Ithaca, NY. The last two or three miles of driving will be somewhat slow, so allow a little extra time on the driving to the meet site. If there is a line of cars coming in from the paved road for the last 3 miles, nobody will be able to go faster than the person in front. Eric Smith recommends allowing at least 20 minutes for driving the last 3 miles. There will be orienteering road signs posted sometime Friday from the junction of NY 13 and Connecticut Hill Road to base camp. There is a small cemetery located on the southeast side of that junction. The road on the other side of NY 13 from Connecticut Hill Road is called Bull Hill Road, so beware of possible misleading information.

From the intersection of Elmira Road (NY Route 13) and Connecticut Hill Road (42.31720 N, 76.66482 W; Newfield, Tompkins County, NY), go northwest on Connecticut Hill Road for 2.8 km to Alpine Road (42.33364 N, 76.67960 W; Newfield, Tompkins County, NY). Go west on Alpine Road for 0.9 km to Swan Hill Road (42.33360 N, 76.69004 W; Catharine, Schuyler County, NY). Go west on Swan Hill Road for 0.5 km to Todd Road (42.33368 N, 76.69603 W; Catharine, Schuyler County, NY). Go west on Todd Road for 0.4 km (42.33368 N, 76.70077 W; Catharine, Schuyler County, NY). Go west on an unnamed road for 0.9 km to the Base Camp (42.33361 N, 76.71145 W; Catharine, Schuyler County, NY).

If you are proceeding from Watkins Glen, it is possible to come in on Swan Hill Road from the southwest side, but the dirt road is in poorer condition — maybe not a great choice if your vehicle has a low ground clearance, particularly if there has been a lot of rain in the few days immediately preceding the race. You can save a little distance from Ithaca, at the expense of a little more dirt road driving by going over from NY 13 on Millard Hill Road. Please park along the south side of the unnamed road. If you are camping and your car has a low ground clearance, you might want to avoid driving into the field where tents are permitted to be set up at the base camp. There is also a little bit of camping space available a few hundred meters up the road where the road finally drops down to the base camp site, and you might prefer to camp there and walk the last little bit to the event site.

Accommodations: Ithaca is the nearest town with a significant number of motel accommodations. While a motel on the south side of town would save you a few minutes driving time to the site, Ithaca is not a large town and it doesn’t take long to drive from one side to the other.

Fees: Preregistration is strongly preferred. Entries postmarked by July 1, 2013, will have an entry fee of $50/person. Entries received with a postmark by July 5 will be charged a $5/person late fee. After July 5 up through the day of the race, there is a $10/person late fee. Payment by check may be made to Central New York Orienteering. Minors will need a liability waiver signed by a legal guardian. On-site registration by minors will require the presence of a guardian to sign the waiver if the form has not been filled out in advance. All participants will be required to sign a liability release waiver. Use the standardized CNYO 'Gaining Entry Form (doc format; pdf format) and enter online, or send in a paper copy. It is possible to pay by PayPal.

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$60 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Two
$120 plus $3 surcharge

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$15 plus $3 surcharge

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Central New York Orienteering, 6187 Smith Rd, North Syracuse, NY 13212-2513 Updated: 07/10/2013