● Bring excitement of planning, judgement and physical challenge to participants
● Encourage young people to meet challenges, explore their potentials, grow and learn through determination
● Raise fund for AYP, supporting youth work
Background of Rogaine:
30 years ago, Rod, Gail, and Neil Phillips, founders of Rogaine, noticed that hiking competition required all participants to follow the same sequence in visiting checkpoints.
All participants competing in the race could only follow the others in the same direction which did not test their own navigation and mountaineering skills. Hence, they created Rogaine, which required participants to set their own route for the cross-country navigation. Rogaine first started near Melbourne during the 1970s and by word-of-mouth extended across Australia, then to New Zealand, USA, Canada, Germany. Currently, 20 countries affiliates with International Rogaining Federation based in Melbourne. The International Rogaining Federation organize the World Rogaining Championships in different parts of the world bi-annually attracting thousands of Rogainers to join.
Rogaine was introduced by The Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP) in 2007, and the first Rogaine competition in Hong Kong was held in the same year. Rogaine is an all-rounded challenge which matches well with AYP. Both Rogaine and AYP encourage young people to meet challenges, explore their potentials, grow and learn through determination. To date, Rogaine has become our annual fundraising event. 6-hour and 24-hour race is organized in every alternate year.
How To Play:
Rogaining is a long distance cross-country navigation which required team of two to four members to visit check points within time limit. Participants navigate by compass and official map between checkpoints that may vary from open farmland to hilly forest. They are also required to use their e-cards to punch the control unit at check points to keep record. The team which has the highest total marks will be the champion. If there is more than one team getting the highest mark, the team which finishes the race within the shortest time will be the winner.
SETTING YOUR OWN ROUTE
The race itself has no set route; Rogainers set their strategy, plan their own route according to their ability and preference.
COUNTING ON PLANNING
Rogaine strongly emphasizes on planning. Since no supply of food and water other than the event centre and official water points, participants have to prepare sufficient food and drinks before the competition. Besides, participants are required to submit their flight plan before start-off, review during the competition and fill in intention sheet about their route at specific check points.
COMBINING PHYSICAL CHALLENGE & JUDGEMENT
Physical requirement for Rogaine is generally higher than ordinary orienteering competitions because of long hour race. Besides, Rogaine requires map work and route planning skills more than hiking or cross-country competitions. The requirement of judgement and physical challenge makes Rogaine a challenging and exciting game.
- Date: 19 January 2020 (Sunday)
- Venue: North East New Territories
- Type: 2 – 4 members a team, 6 hours and 3 hours Score Event
- Event Map: Scale 1:20:000, V.I.:10m
- Quota: 1,000 People, application is on a first-come-first-served basis (The organizer reserves the right to amend the quota)
- Meals: Free light meals will be provided
- Training: Training details please refer to Training and Preparation
Training and preparation
GENERAL RULES OF SCORING
Though Rogaine competition has a number of classes, same rules of scoring is applied. Rogainers are advised to familiarize with the scoring system before the competition, master Rogaine’s rules and set their own strategies tactically.
● No team shall start before the organiser announcing start. The event will finish according to the organiser’s clock. Time penalty system will be applied. Score will be deducted for every minute or part of a minute late. Teams finish over 30 minutes than competition time will not get any score or position.
● This is a score event. You can take the check points in any order. Each check point carries certain score.
● A team’s score include check points score which will be verified by organiser, less penalties. The team with the highest score will be the winner. If two teams get the same score, the team with less competition time will be the winner.
1. Where is the start point and end point?
The start point and end point are usually located near the event centre. The exact location of the event centre, with details of event information will be provided about one week before the event.
2. What is the distance the group required to travel?
Stan Group AYP Rogaine Charity Race 2020 is a scoring event. There are no fixed routes and the parts of the course competitors visited are entirely up to the team members.
3. Will the classes race in the dark?
All classes will start in the morning of 19 January 2020. 3 and 6 hours classes are not required to race in the dark unless you cannot report to the finish within the race time limit due to any delay.
4. Do all team members race together?
Rogaine is not a relay event. All team members on list must register on the event date, otherwise the team will be classified as unofficial and the team result will not be recorded. Members of a team shall remain within a distance of 10 metres at all times whilst on the course. All members must visit check points together. Violation of this rule will risk disqualification.
5. If a member withdraws from the race, can the other team members continue the race?
If a member withdraws from the race, the entire team shall return to the event centre and notify the organizer. The original team shall be deemed to have finished the event. If a new team is formed it may be admitted to the competition at the discretion of the organizer but no points shall be credited for checkpoints already visited.
6. Can a support team set up for the racing team?
Teams compete on a self-sufficient basis. Any support in whatever form and from whatever source are not allowed. No food or equipment shall be left on course before the event for a team’s use. Competitors shall travel only on foot and shall not take any transportation during competition.
7. What kind of competition materials will be provided by the organizer? When will such materials be provided?
The organizer will provide number bibs, maps and control cards. Number bids, maps and control cards will be provided at Event Centre on the event day.
8. Can GPS be used for navigation?
The only navigational aids that may be carried on the course are magnetic compasses, watches and copies of the competition map. The possession of other navigational aids, including pedometers, altimeters and GPS device with map display is prohibited during competition.
9. Can participant bring their own maps or use other maps for competition?
Apart from the competition maps provided by the organizer, no other maps in whatever format are to be used during the competition.
10. How many maps will be provided?
Each team member will be provided a map. Only competitors who show up at the event day will be provided with maps.
11. How many SI cards will be provided?
Each team will be provided a SI card.
12. If number bid is lost during competition, can it be re-issued?
If competitors lost the number bibs during competition, he/she together with his/her team members should return to Event Centre together for re-issue of number bibs. Violation of this will risk disqualification.
13. If SI card is lost during competition, can it be re-issued?
If the team lost the SI card during competition, the team should return to Event Centre for re-issue of control card and the team shall indemnify the organizer HK$700 for the lost. Violation of this will risk disqualification.
14. What kinds of equipment are necessary for the competition?
Compass, whistle, watch, headlamp/torch, mobile phone and drinking water are compulsory for every participant. First aid kit, waterproof marker pen and thermal/space blanket are compulsory for every team. (The exact compulsory equipment list and amount are listed in the Event Information)
15. What will happen if compulsory equipment is lost during competition?
All teams and team members must bring all compulsory group/personal equipment. Checking of equipment by officials will take place at start or any check points. Competitors fail to produce such equipment will not be allowed to start or will be stopped from competition.
16. Is it necessary to wear the T-shirt provided by the organizer?
No, but the organizer recommend competitors to wear it as this will be easier for the staff and rescue team to identify the competitors during the event.
17. Will water be provided by the organizer?
● Event Centre will NOT provide water before the competition start. Competitors will have to bring enough water to the event centre. Water will only be provided from afternoon on the event day at the Event Centre.
● Water points will be set in competition area. Location will be pre-printed on the maps. Competitors need to bring their own containers for refilling water.
18. How is luggage storage arranged?
Participants can leave their belongings at designated area. However, the organizer bears no responsibility on any loss or damage of your property. Therefore, DO NOT bring any valuable items.