Central New York Orienteering
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 2-3, 2017
Bowman Lake State Park, McDonough, NY

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Special Notice: The total entries for this event is limited to the first official 50 registrants.
For those hardy souls who have been begging for an "Individual ROGAINE" event, CNYO, the little club who does, proudly announces the continuation of yet another event with the endurance navigation theme — the "REGAINE®"!

"What is it?" — In simple terms, a ROGAINE-style Motala. Part ROGAINE, part Mountain Marathon, a hardy bit of navigational and physical skill with much strategizing. The REGAINE concept is quite simple — competitors head into the wilderness SOLO on a ROGAINE-style map and course (i.e. endurance score format) in four separate "segments". At the end of each run stage of a segment, you return to base camp for a mandatory rest stage. Repeat this process for the entire 24 hours of the event.

"ROGAINE-Style? What's that?" — ROGAINE is a commonly used acronym that refers to an endurance (usually 24-hour) orienteering score event. That is, in the prescribed amount of time available, competitors navigate to "controls" at specific land features spread around the mapped terrain using only a detailed topographic map, compass, and their wits. These locations have various point values assigned to them and the overall objective is to acquire as many points as possible in the set time limit. In a standard 24-hour ROGAINE event, teammates work together with the navigation, strategic planning, and energy conservation in the forest throughout the event. In the REGAINE, each competitor must work alone while in the forest as they would during a standard orienteering event.

"When will this happen?" — The thirteenth rendition of this one of a kind event, will be the weekend of Sept. 2-3, 2017 based out of Bowman Lake State Park and using the surrounding DEC State Forests in Pharsalia and McDonough, NY. Packet pickup and late registrations will take place from 4 - 9 pm Friday Sept 1 and from 8 - 11:15 am on Saturday Sept. 2 at base camp, located at the "Ballfield" area at Bowman Lake ('O' directional signs will be posted in the park). All registrations for the competitive classes will close at 11:30 am Saturday with a general meeting of ALL participants starting shortly after. Event starts at 12 noon.

"Where is Bowman Lake State Park?" — Bowman Lake State Park is situated in McDonough, NY, aprox 9 miles (15km) due west of the village of Norwich on 745 Bliven-Sherman Rd. Visit the Park's web page for detailed driving directions. If unable to go online, send a request to the registrar (address below) for specific directions.

"How will we find our way?" — The map was updated in the summer of 2017 and uses a scale of 1:30,000 with a 5-meter contour interval. The ROGAINE-style map for this REGAINE uses standards developed for CNYO "GAINING" events by DMJ Cartographics using specifically flown LIDAR topographic data, high-resolution orthophotographs, and some fieldwork. In other words, it will have much more detail than the average USGS map but will not be as elaborate as most standard orienteering maps. Each competitor will receive a map and a map case at 11:45 AM on Saturday, 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

"How much will this cost and when are entries due?"The total entries for the full 24 hour event will be limited to the first official 50 registrants. Registrations received or postmarked on or before Aug. 26 (one week prior) will pay $55 per person. Register after this date, by any means, and the cost goes up to $65 per person. As well, ANY registrations received after Wed. Aug. 30 may not be guaranteed a pre-marked map and will have to pay the Park's daily entry fee of $5 at the gate.. Entries for only a portion of the full 24 hour event can pay a "prorated" fee of $15/segment to run, i.e., running only one segment equates to $15, running two segments = $30, etc. Other individuals not directly competing (i.e., family members or "support" crew), but wishing to take part of the Hash House food during the event may pay $15/person day of event. There will be a $3 surcharge for paying via PayPal.

"What do you get for these amazingly low prices?" — Each pre-registered (by the 8/26 date) individual gets free admission into the park, the pre-marked competition map & plastic map case, a free location to pitch a tent, a small token to commemorate the event, punch cards specific for each segment or free loaner "dibblers" (if needed), control descriptions, and of course the typical CNYO elaborate Hash House with "gourmet" fare of burgers, dogs, pasta, chili, cold & hot drinks and other assorted high fat/carbo food like materials. This food will be served throughout the event beginning shortly before the end of segment 1. If an individual has very "specific" dietary needs they may deposit those at the hash house and we'll have our "chefs" do their best to have it prepared for your arrival — but no guarantees.

"What is the terrain like?" — The terrain consists of typical Central New York glaciated terrain ranging from flatter, old farmland fields (often overgrown) to very hilly boreal and hardwood forests. Mobility will range from extremely fast runnablity in mature woodlots and fields to slow passage sections due to young hardwood regrowth/logged/blackberry patches (NYS reforestation lands are actively harvested). Trail/Truck path coverage in the area is best described as moderate with a fair number of old stonewalls existing throughout. Weather at this time of year can range from mid 50s to upper 90s for daytime highs with quick developing rain (and lightning) storms are very possible during mid-summer with high humidity conditions common. Primary insect problems will be from deer flies during the day and possible mosquitoes at night. Ticks are not commonly a problem but may be possible. It also gets very dark at night. Equipment for all of these possibilities should be considered. Plan for the worse and hope for the best.
  "What do we need to bring?" — REQUIRED: compass, whistle, water bottles, watch. RECOMMENDED: Packable foods and liquids, leg covering, insect protection, extra clothes, sensible footwear, flashlight/headlamps, sunscreen, personal first aid supplies, day packs, other prudent gear for safe and comfortable travel in forested and unfamiliar terrain. Sorry, interactive GPS or altimeters are not allowed in orienteering events (data collection only devices are acceptable).

"What are the specific rules?" — The following are the basic rules specific for this event. These, and most rules of all ROGAINE events, will be enforced during this event. As it was last year, the segment "run stage"/"rest stage" time allowances are "free form". That is, instead of prescribed 6-hour segments divided into stages with predetermined time breaks, we'll have 8 time breaks when added together equal 24 hours. These breaks can be used as the competitor desires during each segment. Complete regulations concerning stage structure will be posted on this web site or are available on request from the registrar.


The event starts at 12:00 noon on Saturday; competitors will receive the maps at 11:45 AM.

The overall 24-hour competition is divided into four "Segments" of time. Each Segment of time is split into a Run Stage and Rest Stage. The division of times allowable for these stages during the event are:
    One, 5-hour stage,
    Two, 4-hour stages,
    Two, 3-hour stages,
    Two, 2-hour stages and,
    One, 1-hour stage.

Throughout the event the competitors have the choice as to which sequence to do the Stages within each Segment and what time divisions will be used for each stage within the segment.

For example, in the first Segment, the individual decides to Run 4 hours then Rest 2 hours. In the second Segment, Run 3 hours then Rest 1 hour. In the third Segment, the competitor is getting tired so he Runs 2 hours then Rests 5 hours. Finally, in the fourth Segment, Rests 3 hours and Runs 4 hours. The person in this example has run a total of 13 hours of the allowable 16 hours maximum for the complete 24-hour event and hastaken a "double" rest going into the final segment.)

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A competitor may NOT run back-to-back stages at any time during the event. They may rest on back-to-back stages (as in the last Segment of the example above).

Before each Segment begins, the competitor must declare Stage sequence (run-rest vs. rest-run) and the time divisions he or she will use for each stage. This declaration can not be changed once the Segment is underway.

Penalties for returning late (overtime) from a running stage are as follows;
    Segments I thru III will have the start of the next run begin three times the overtime amount.
    Overtime on Segment IV will have points subtracted from the competitor's overall score by starting with 1 point for the first minute overtime and doubling after each subsequent minute i.e., after 10 minutes OVT, 512 points will be subtracted from the grand total.

Participants must complete this event under their own foot power; they may not use motorized vehicles, bicycles, accepted rides, etc., at any time. No aid from others is allowed while a competitor is in the terrain, including but not limited to drops of extra food and supplies in the competition area as well as ANY navigational assistance. Deliberate following or working with another competitor is NOT allowed.

Highest point total at the end of the event wins. Ties will be broken using the "first in-first win" method.

General Questions — This event is in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Central Region. Up to date details along with specific and complete rules for this event and other CNYO Rogaines will be posted on this web site or by contacting the registrar at sochopx@aol.com.

"How do I enter?" — Use the standardized CNYO 'Gaining Entry Form (doc format; pdf format) and enter online, or send in a paper copy.

Complete the entry form and send to the Registrar along with your check made payable in U.S. funds to "CNYO" OR e-mail your completed entry form to the Registrar and pay via PayPal through our website. There will be a $3 surcharge for paying via PayPal.

An entry is not considered complete or official until an entry form and payment are received.

CNYO accepts payments using PayPal.
Standard Entry
(before 08/26/2017)
$55 plus $3 surcharge

One Segment Only
$15 plus $3 surcharge

Two Segments Only
$30 plus $3 surcharge

Three Segments Only
$45 plus $3 surcharge
Late Entry
(after 08/26/2017)
$65 plus $3 surcharge

Food Service Only
$15 plus $3 surcharge

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Central New York Orienteering, 321 State Route 38, Locke, NY 13092 Updated: 08/04/2017