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Rogaining - What is it?

You may or may not have heard of Rogaining, if you like the great outdoors, running trails or tramping in the hills and mountains with friends then you will love Rogaining.  

Rogaining is a sport of long distance cross-country navigation where you route plan and navigate between checkpoints using a variety of different map types. In a rogaine, teams of 2-5 people choose which checkpoints to visit within a time limit with the intent of maximizing their score. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation for the natural environment are features of the sport. Championship Rogaines are 24 hours long, however Rogaines can be as short as 2 hours.

John and Judy Knight from Outside Sports both took lace in the 6 hour mixed event at the MT Outdoors Wanaka Rogaine on Saturday September 13th 2014. The organisers of the MT Outdoors Wanaka Rogaine like to think of it as ‘strategic mountain running in a team’.

Rogaine NZ Judy Knight Outside Sports

The MT Outdoors Wanaka Rogaine has 6 hour and up to 12 hour options where you have exactly 6 or 12 hours to get to and record the codes of as many check points as you can. Some check points are worth more than others do you have to be strategv about which ones you will aim for. It is very rare in any Rogaine that you will get to all of the check points so you have to plan carefully to get as many points as you can. 

Rogaining Outside Sports NZ Judy Knight

Below are a few questions that we asked John Knight from Outside Sports about his Rogaining experience.

What was the full name of the event and which category did you compete in?

MT Outdoors Wanaka, Rogaine. September 13 2014, 6 hr mixed 40-54 event

What made you want to enter this event?

A fun day out in an amazing part of Central Otago New Zealand, Cainmuir station. Scrambling around the countryside looking for checkpoints (you have a map with checkpoints and clues on it and you have to navigate your way to and then find  these checkpoints)


What was the best thing about this event? 

The weather was perfect and the scenery as you can see from the photos was incredible.


Have you done Rogaining before?

We've not done this particular course before, every Rogaine course is different, but we have been doing Rogaines for ever! (20 yrs plus for John)


What was your aim, i.e. just to finish, to get a certain time etc?

These days our aim was to finish and to do okay.


What was the most useful piece of kit you took with you or used?

Our map and food, lots of it. Being outdoors in a mountainous region for 6 hours the weather and temperature can change considerably so we both wore layers of Icebreaker Merino Clothing which helped to keep us warm without overheating when it got warmer later in the day. 

Would you do it again next year?



What is the website that people can visit for more information about this event? 


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