Central New York Orienteering
2015 Finger Lakes National Forest ROGAINE
Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, 2015
Hector, NY

Directions to Meet Site and Timing of Arrival: The event center is the Potomac Group Camp on Potomac Road in Finger Lakes National Forest. From Ithaca, a convenient route is to go west on NY 79 to the junction with NY 227 (stop sign at bottom of big hill), right turn to Reynoldsville on NY 227, turn left (north) in Reynoldsville on Potomac Road. From Watkins Glen, follow NY 414 to NY 79, then (when NY 79 turns sharply right uphill) continue on NY 227 to Reynoldsville, turn left in Reynoldsville on Potomac Road. Coming from the north, go on either NY 414 to County Road 1, turn east and continue to Potomac Road, turn right (south) to the group camp, or take NY 96 south to NY 227 in Trumansburg, take the first right from NY 227 onto Searsburg Road (which will later become County Road 1) and continue to Potomac Road, turn left (south) to the group camp. Orienteering signs will go up on Friday at the junction with Potomac Road and NY 227 on the south, and with Potomac Road and County Road 1 on the north.   The Potomac Group Camp is walk-in only (about 100-200 meters). Park on the east side of Potomac Road. If you are camping, you may proceed to the very small parking area just before the gate on the access road to the campground, unload your gear there to carry it into the camp, then move your car back out to the east side of Potomac Road. The latitude and longitude for the base camp are: 42.493575, -76.789058.

Required information session followed immediately by map distribution will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Please allow for a few minutes extra time to walk into the camp site from your car. The mass start is at 12:00 noon. Also, if you did not already check in with the registrar on Friday evening, please allow some time to pick up your meet packet from the registrar before 10:00 AM, so that we aren't trying to distribute material people to 50 people in the last five minutes!

Central New York Orienteering Club welcomes the brave, the strong, and the daring to their 25th rendition of orienteering's most physically challenging technique - the ROGAINE (Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance). This form of long-distance orienteering team event originating in Australia during the mid-1980s and has spread the world over.

What is a ROGAINE? The concept is very straightforward — teams of two or more people have a fixed amount of time (6, 12, or 24 hours in this particular event) to visit as many checkpoints as possible by walking, running, or resting as they see fit. These checkpoints (controls) are spread over a large area and are pre-marked on a detailed topographic map which is provided to the participants just prior to the start of the event. Varying point values are assigned to each of these controls. Each team amasses as many points as possible before time expires by visiting what they consider to be an optimum set of controls since it will be impossible for most to visit all available control sites. The team with the highest total score decides placing with point total ties broken by the team's return time. 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. 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.

Duration: This year's annual meet will consist of three events in one: A 6-hour, a 12-hour, and a 24-hour. Participants may sign up for one of the lesser "distances" and move up to a longer event after the start, BUT; a team may NOT move down to a shorter distance after this time. This is the second event in the 2015 CNYO Gaining Trifecta Cup Series.

Whistle, Water bottle, and Watch.
   Recommended: 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.
   Provided: Either a special-purpose topographic map consisting of multiple 11" x 17" 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. We expect to be using SI electronic punching for this event — each team will need one SI finger stick, which may be rented if you do not own one personally. (You will want an SI-6, SI-10, or SI-11 stick if you are doing the 24-hour event and possibly the 12-hour event in order to ensure that there is capacity to record all controls, and there will be an extra fee of $2 if you want to rent one of these. Other models are capable of recording 30 or fewer controls and should suffice for the 6-hour event; we can loan you one of these at no extra charge. Food is continuously available at the base camp from 3:00 PM on Saturday until at least 1:00 PM 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.

Time: Maps will be distributed to teams on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 10:00 AM. Mass start is at 12:00 noon.

Base Camp, Start/Finish Area: A primitive camping area in Finger Lakes National Forest. 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. Camping involves a walk of about 100 meters from the road — access to the camping area is gated. Number of campers may be limited to 40 people.

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 (except for dataloggers without a display, or GPS watches used in a non-navigational mode, if you want your GPS track for after-event route analysis). 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 place the SI finger stick you are carrying into the hole of the electronic box until the box beeps and blinks to prove your visit. If the box doesn't beep or blink, there will be a mechanical punch hung nearby with which you can punch on your map as a backup verification. 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: We will keep track of placings in all of the the usual IRF rogaine categories (Men, Women, Mixed, in each of the various age subcategories of Youth (all team members under age 23), Open, Veterans (all team members 40 years of age or older), Super Veterans (all team members 55 years of age or older), Ultra Veterans (all team members 65 years of age or older)), as well as the overall placing, in the printed results of the event. We will likely provide some sort of physical award for some of the placements in at least some of these categories!

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 50s or 90s (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 at the Potomac Group Camp on Potomac Road in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Parking will be restricted to the east side of Potomac Road, and the later arrivals at the event site may have a little extra distance to walk from their vehicles. The latitude and longitude for the base camp are: 42.493575, -76.789058.

Nearby Accommodations: Ithaca is the nearest town on the east side 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. Coming from the west, Watkins Glen might be a better choice.

Registration Fees: Preregistration is strongly preferred. Online entries, and mail entries postmarked by June 29, 2015, will have an entry fee of $55/person. Entries received with a postmark by July 6 will be charged a $5/person late fee. After July 6 up through the day of the race, there is a $10/person late fee. Payment by check or money order payable in U.S. funds may be made to: Central New York Orienteering. Mail to the registrar at: CNYO, c/o Barbara Dominie, 3378 Pine Hill Road, Marathon, NY 13803-2315. Alternatively, e-mail the forms to the registrar, Barbara Dominie, sochopx @ aol.com, and pay online using PayPal. Remember, there is a $3.00 surcharge for paying online.

All participants will be required to sign a liability release waiver. Minors will need the liability waiver signed by a parent or a legal guardian. On-site registration by minors will require the presence of a parent or legal guardian to sign the waiver if the form has not been filled out in advance.

Entry Forms: Use the standardized CNYO 'Gaining Entry Form (doc format; pdf format) and enter online, or send in a paper copy.

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Late Entry for One
$65 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Two
$130 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Three
$195 plus $3 surcharge

Food Service Only
$15 plus $3 surcharge

If you have further questions, please contact the registrar at sochopx @ aol.com.

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Central New York Orienteering, 6187 Smith Rd, North Syracuse, NY 13212-2513 Updated: 07/07/2015