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Sat 7 Jun 2008, 9:00am

Where: Piha, Piha

Ticket Information:

  • Six hour: $38.00
  • Three hour: $33.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Shaun Collins

Rogaine is the sport of long distance cross country navigation in which teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible within a given time limit.

We'll be offering a six hour or a three hour event, teams of two to five people, meal provided, lots of spot prizes.

Entry forms and more details are available on the website at

For those that haven't done one of our rogaines and may be asking "what is a rogaine?" - Here's how it works:

You turn up to register one hour before the start and pick up your race pack (9.00am for the six hour event and 12noon for the three hour) and start planning your route. Included in your race pack is a map to plan where you are going to go. The map is a topo map with a few corrections we have done to mark new tracks (we supply this map). On the map there are lots of checkpoints, each worth a different number of points.

The object is to get as many checkpoints in the time allowed (for our event three or six hours). So in the planning time (one hour) you have to decide if you will go far away from the event centre to get a few of high pointers or stay closer and get lots of lower points. The catch is that you have to plan to be back on time, because for every minute that you're late after the three or six hours you lose 10 points (a big incentive to get back on time) and if you are more than half an hour late you get "timed out". You may find that you change from your planned route as you go because the tracks are faster than you thought - that's fine, you don't have to stick to your original plan. And you can come back to the event centre as often as you like.

So at 10.00am for the six hour and 1pm for the three hour event, everyone heads off in lots of different directions - its a crazy start!. The event is done in teams of two to five people and the teams must stay together at all times.

Then at 4.00pm everyone should be finishing at the same time. When you finish you add up all your points (each checkpoint has a wee flag with some letters on it that you have to record). We have a meal for all competitors (included in your entry fee) and then the prize giving.

The navigation is reasonably easy as all the checkpoints are on tracks. There's no bush bashing through the thick Waitakere scrub!

Usually these are really social events with teams comparing where they went afterwards and debating the best route. The teams thing is great for the competitors too because you have to get along and take turns at navigating etc.

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