Central New York Orienteering
2019 Charles Baker ROGAINE
Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 2019
Sherburn, NY

More info coming soon!

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. 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

Partner matching: If you want to enter the race but don't have a partner, let us know when you register, along with info about your navigation and endurance abilities. We have had fair success in past years in helping to match up compatible teams—obviously starting inquiries well in advance is more likely to achieve success than waiting until the day before the event.

  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 (with display—dataloggers OK) 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 public access trails crossing private property).

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint is marked by an orange and white "control", usually two or three metal signs about a foot square strapped around a tree near eye level. There will be a small electronic box by each control into which you will insert your SI card to register your visit. There will also be a pin punch hanging beside each flag as a backup in case of an electronics failure, which may be used to mark your map as a proof of 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 50 control points distributed over the roughly 150 square kilometers covered by the map.

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Central New York Orienteering, 321 State Route 38, Locke, NY 13092 Updated: 2/4/2019