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Challenge the GATs Adventure Run / Rogaine

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

 


Come and join us for a great day in the woods!

Our Challenge the GATs fall ROGAINE has a challenge for everyone – Orienteer, Adventure Racer, Family, Clubs, or avid Bushwhacker! Everyone comes back from the woods with a story to share.

All are welcome, whether you are recreational or competitive. We would like to encourage you to be part of a team of 2, 3 or 4. The acronym ROGAINE actually means Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance. Solos are accepted the 2h event only and with special permission for the 3h. 

Make a Weekend of it with Mountain Biking on the Sunday!

If you are coming from out of town, why not make a weekend of it? Orienteering Ottawa is holding a Bike-O on the Sunday morning at Lac Beauchamp. Registration is the day of the event. There will be a new cherished title awarded to the King/Queen of the GATs who gets the highest ranking in the combined 6h Rogaine and Sunday's Bike-O. Stay tuned .... details will be given closer to the date.

Rogaine Workshop:

Our very successful Rogaine Workshop and Club Night is back again this year at MEC on Thursday, September 12th.

Open to all .... we will be covering topics such as:

  • navigation/map reading,
  • route choice/winning routes,
  • nutrition and prep,
  • team dynamics,
  • .... plus a sneak preview of the map by the course setters. 

Updates re time etc. will be posted on our webpage closer to the date.

2019 Event Information

Welcome to a great day of adventure, food and comraderie. A ROGAINE starts with participants visiting as many checkpoints as they can (or wish to) to collect points within the course time limit (your choice of 2h, 3h or 6h). It is up to participants to choose their own unique route around the course and between checkpoints using a course map and compass.

The 3h and 6h events are team events with two, three or four members. The price includes a hot banquet-style meal and the awards party for both events.

The two hour event is designed for those new to rogaining, juniors and solos. The regular price includes snacks and prizes.

The 6h event course will cover an area up to 25km² using a detailed topographical map. The 3h course covers ~15km2 and the 2h covers ~10km2.

We are also offering an introductory package designed for families or those who are new to orienteering and map reading. See below for details.

Categories:

2h: Teams of 1, 2, 3 or 4: All Male, All Female, Co-ed, Masters (average age of 45+ as of Dec. 31, 2019), Family, Introductory, Solo

3h and 6h: Teams of 2, 3 or 4: All Male, All Female, Co-ed, Masters (average age of 45+ as of Dec. 31, 2019)

3h solo: This year the 3h has a remote start that is close to trails so there is no safety issue for experienced orienteers. If you would like to do the 3h solo OR if you would like to find a partner, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put you on the list. Solos in the 3h are not eligible for prizes. 

Location and Directions

Base Camp is at the Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield. There will be a remote start for all events. All courses will finish at the Wakefield Community Centre.

Schedule for the Day

6 Hour Team Event

Time Event
8:00 Registration
8:30 Instructions and distribution of maps
9:00 Bus to Start
9:30 Mass Remote Start
15:30 End of race at Wakefield Community Centre
15:30 - 17:00 After-race meal, results, and prizes

3 Hour Team Event

Time Event
11:15 Registration
11:40 Instructions and distribution of maps
12:10 Bus to Start
12:30 Mass Remote Start
15:30 End of race at Wakefield Community Centre
15:30 - 17:00 After-race meal, results, and prizes

2 Hour Team / Family / Introductory / Solo Event

Time Event
10:15 Registration
10:45 Instructions and distribution of maps
11:15 Walk to Start
11:40 Mass Remote Start
13:40 End of Race at Wakefield Community Centre
13:40 - 14:45 After-race snack, results and prizes


Scoring

  • Teams collect points for each checkpoint visited.
  • The point value of each checkpoint is shown on the map.
  • Your finish time is not recorded until ALL members of the team have crossed the finish line.
  • If you arrive after the time limit, 10 points will be deducted for each minute late.
  • Ties will be broken by order of arrival at the finish.

NB: All teams must check-in (for safety purposes) by downloading the information from their SI timing chip at the finish.

Results will be available after the event at the Wakefield Community Centre and posted at ottawaoc.ca.

Equipment

Each participant is required to carry the following equipment while on the course:

  • Whistle
  • Map (given at registration)

Each team is required to carry the following equipment while on the course:

  • Compass (available for rent when registering)
  • Watch
  • SI timing chip to record that you have been to a checkpoint
    • 2h and 3h teams must have a SI timing stick (available for rent at $5)
    • The 6 hour teams will be given a SI 10 or SI 11 that holds 60 controls if they do not have one of their own. This is included in their registration fee.

6h teams are also required to carry the following items:

  • Emergency Blanket
  • Flashlight or head lamp
  • First Aid kit
  • Cell Phone

For All Participants: The following equipment is not mandatory but is highly recommended depending on the weather conditions:

  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Trail-running shoes or walking boots
  • Long pants
  • Raincoat
  • Synthetic clothing + extra clothing in a waterproof bag
  • Water and high energy food (there will be water in a few spots on the course)
  • Change of clothes for after the event

** It is up to competitors to use the map and compass only to navigate to each control. No other navigational tools are permitted to be used (you may carry phones and GPS devices with you for post-race training and safety purposes).

Refreshments

Snacks will be provided for the 2h participants. A hot meal is included in the registration fee for the 3h and 6h participants. People in the 2h event are welcome to stay for the hot meal served at 15:30 at an additional cost of $15.

Registration

Registration will open on March 1, 2019 and closes on Sunday, October 20th, 2019.

Introductory Registration Package

The introductory package is designed for families or those who are new to orienteering and would like to enter the 2 hour Rogaine. The package cost is $50 which includes entry for two adults and any number of children 15 and under. If needed, there is free SI (timing chip) rental. Please make sure that you indicate that you would need to rent a compass ($5 charge) or SI stick (free) on the registration form as we have limited availability. Additional adults on the same team may be included at a reduced rate of $15/person. 

Outside Clubs / Schools / Teams

If your club, school or team would like to enter the Rogaine please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special pricing and a separate start time of 10:15am.

Race Fees

  2 hours 3 hours 6 hours
Solo Fee $35    
Team Fee (per person) by Monday, September 16 $25 $45 $65
Team Fee (per person) after Monday, September 16 $30 $50 $75
Optional Hot meal served at 15:30 $15 included included
SI Rental $ 5 $ 5 included
Compass Rental $ 5 $ 5  $ 5


Bus transport to the remote start for the 3h and 6h is included in the price. 2h competitors have a 15 minute walk to the start.

All Juniors (age is <21 on December 31st of event year) receive a discount.

All Orienteering Club Members registered in the 3h and 6h event receive a discount. (Become a Ottawa Orienteering member). If you are a new member and you join in the fall, your membership is good for the following year as well.

Refunds / Cancellation Policy

Full refund minus an administration fee of $10 for 2h teams, $20 for 3h/6h teams is available until Sunday, October 20th. There is no refund after October 20th.

In the event that a race is cancelled or postponed due to factors beyond our control (including, but not limited to, severe weather, flood, pandemic, or any factor that may make the operation of the event dangerous to participants, staff and volunteers), Orienteering Ottawa will make every effort to reschedule the race to a later date of its choosing. However, no refunds will be issued if a re-scheduled date is not possible. If a new date is offered, no refund will be granted to registrants who are unable to participate in the rescheduled event.

If you have any questions regarding the event, payment or cannot find a partner, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need a partner or would like to apply to run the 3h solo, please indicate your name, age, event duration (2h, 3h or 6h), fitness level and your general objectives for the day.

For more information on other meets with Orienteering Ottawa, visit our website at ottawaoc.ca.

Register here for the 2h / 3h / 6h event                           Who's Coming?

Groups are to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing, special start times and confirmation.

 

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2019 Challenge the GATs.