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Challenge the GATs Fall Adventure Run / Rogaine

Saturday, October 21st, 2017


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

Our Challenge the GATs ROGAINE series has a challenge for everyone – Orienteer, Adventure Racer, Family, Scout Troop, Outdoor-Ed program, Ski Team, avid Bushwhacker alike! Everyone comes back from the woods with a story to share.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are recreational or competitive. Solos are accepted for the 2h event only. We would like to encourage you to be part of a team of 2, 3 or 4 for the 2h, 3h and 6h events. The acronym ROGAINE actually means Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance.

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

Register here for the Introductory Package                        Who's Coming?

 

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

2017 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. 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 families, clubs, juniors, solos and those new to orienteering.

We are also offering an introductory package designed for families or those who are new to orienteering and map reading. The package cost is $50 which includes entry in the 2h event for two adults and any number of children 15 and under. We also include (if needed) one free SI (timing chip) rental per team plus the opportunity to attend a complimentary 1/2 hour map reading session. Additional adults may be included at a reduced rate of $15/person. Please note the special pricing and separate registration form for these people.

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

Categories:

2h: Team, Family, Introductory, Club and Solo

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

Location and Directions

Base Camp is at Vorlage Ski Hill, 65 Chemin Burnside, Wakefield, Québec. There will be a remote start provided by bus for the 3h and 6h event. The 2h event will start and finish at Vorlage.

Schedule for the Day

6 Hour Team Event

Time Event
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 Instructions and distribution of maps
9:10 Bus to Start
9:40 Mass Start
15:40 End of race at Vorlage
15:40 - 17:00 After-race meal, results, and prizes

3 Hour Team Event

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

2 Hour Team / Family / Introductory / Solo Event

Time Event
9:30 - 10:20 Registration
9:50 Optional FREE Map Reading Clinic
10:25 Instructions and distribution of maps
10:50 Mass Start from Vorlage
12:50 End of Race at Vorlage
12:50 - 14:00 After-race snack, results, cash BBQ
13:30 Presentation of Prizes

Scoring

  • Teams collect points for each checkpoint visited.
  • The point value of each checkpoint is shown on the map.
  • 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 Vorlage and posted at ottawaoc.ca.

Equipment

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

  • Compass (available for rent at the event)
  • Whistle
  • Map (given at registration)

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

  • 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 when registering for $5)
    • The 6 hour teams will be given a SI 10 or SI 11 that holds 60 controls. This is included in their registration fee.

Teams participating in the 6 hour category are also required to carry the following items:

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

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)

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

Vendors

Equipment vendor o-store.ca will be set up at the event site all day. If you wish to buy a high quality compass, SI timing chip or any other orienteering equipment or clothing you will be able to do so from them either before or after your event.

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 15:40 at an additional cost of $15.

Registration

Early Bird discount in effect until Monday, September 18th

Registration closes on Sunday, October 15th.

Introductory Registration Package

The introductory package is designed for families or those who are new to orienteering and map reading who 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 compass rental and free SI (timing chip) rental plus the opportunity to attend a complimentary 1/2 hour map reading session. Please make sure that you indicate that you would need a compass or SI 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.

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. Orienteering Ottawa is also offering a 15% discount on a 1.5 hour OutReach session if you register a group for the Challenge the GAT's event.

Race Fees

  2 hours 3 hours 6 hours
Solo Fee $35    
Team Fee (per person)  $30 $55 $75
Optional Hot meal served at 15:40 $15 included included
SI Rental $5 $5 included

All transaction fees (Zone4 and credit card) are included in the price of the event.

All Juniors (age is <21 on December 31st of event year) receive a discount of $10 off the adult race fee.

Orienteering Ottawa Members receive a discount of $5 (Become a member). If you are a new member and you join in the fall, your membership is good for the following year as well.

Bus transport to the remote start for the 3h and 6h is included in the price.

Refunds / Cancellation Policy

Full refund minus an administration fee of $10 for 2h teams, $20 for 3h/6h teams is available until Sunday, October 15th. There is no refund after October 15th.

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, 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.

See stories from previous years here. The winning routes from the 2016 Challenge the GATs 2 hour, 3 and 6 hour events and more are posted there as well.

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

Register here for the Introductory Package                       Who's Coming?

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

 

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2017 Challenge the GATs.