Come and test your endurance and navigation skills at the Northwoods Rogaine on Saturday, August 13th near Drummond, WI. This team-based orienteering event challenges teams to visit as many checkpoints as possible within a given time limit. We offer both 3-hour and 6-hour course options, so the event is open to both casual hikers and competitive orienteering racers alike. So what are you waiting for? Come out and join the Minnesota Orienteering Club at our Northwoods Rogaine!
New to Rogaines?
ROGAINE (Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance) is a type of orienteering event which is longer in distance than a standard sprint-style orienteering course. The event is a ‘score-o’ format, which means that teams are allowed to choose their own route and visit checkpoints in any order. It’s a time-based challenge, so teams will visit as many checkpoints as possible during the given time limit. Teams which finish after the limit are given penalty points, which are deducted from their overall score. Typically, checkpoints are assigned different point values (difficult ones are given a higher point value than easy ones), though at our Northwoods Rogaine, all checkpoints are worth the same value.
Teams of 2, 3, or 4 are welcome. Single persons may enter and will be teamed up on the day with other single persons of similar goals/abilities. Solo racers are not allowed for this event.
Need help finding a team? Check out our Teammate Finder!
This event follows the usual Score-O Rogaine format. Controls may be visited in any order and will be worth 10 points each. The race cutoff time is 3:30pm, regardless of the time the race starts. Every minute (or portion of a minute) past 3:30pm will incur a 5-point penalty.
Competition rules are based on those outlined by the Australian Rogaine Association, with the following changes:
R2: A team with any member under 18 years of age must have at least one member over 18 years of age.
R27: The event shall end at a specified clock time, rather than a set number of hours after the start time.
Additional rules will be advised at the pre-start briefing on August 13th, and on the Announcements page when available.
Mandatory Gear List
Be sure to read our Mandatory Gear List. Participants will not be allowed to participate unless they bring this equipment.
Be sure to read our Announcements page for the latest information about the event.
8:30-9:00 - Check-in at Drummond Public Library (6-hour event)
9:05 - Bus leaves for start; map distribution on bus (6-hour event)
9:30 - Race Starts (6-hour event)
11:30-12:00 - Check-in at Drummond Public Library (3-hour event)
12:05 - Bus leaves for start; map distribution on bus (3-hour event)
12:30 - Race starts (3-hour event)
3:30 - Courses Close
3:40 - Bus leaves start/finish area for Drummond
4:00 - Potluck, Awards, and Social
On or before July 31: $35/person *
August 1-August 10: $45/person *
* $5 discount for orienteering club members
Camping: $10/adult for Saturday night
Near Drummond, WI. Gathering point at Drummond Public Library (Google Maps), with a bus shuttle to the start/finish.
From the Twin Cities area: Take I-35 north to Hwy 70 (exit 165). Go east on Hwy 70 to Spooner, WI, and turn left on Hwy 63. After approximately 7 miles, turn right to stay on Hwy 63 to Drummond. In Drummond, turn left on Wisconsin Ave, then left on Superior St, and the library will be on your right.
Due to lack of parking at the start/finish area, a shuttle bus will be used to transport racers 6 miles from the gathering point at Drummond Public Library to and from the start/finish. Please make sure that you are on time for your bus loading and departure (9am for the 6-hour race; 12 noon for the 3-hour race).
We’re typically asked what type of training or preparation should be done prior to this event, so here’s some info that will cover the basics:
Navigation: At least one team member should have prior experience with detailed map navigation, and it is recommended that you are comfortable and proficient with doing a typical 'Red' (advanced) orienteering course. Additionally, we encourage all teammates to come out prior and try one of our standard orienteering events to gain experience. This will definitely give your team a leg-up on what to expect on race day. Also, keep in mind that we have some awesome Permanent Orienteering Courses (POC) which can be done at your team’s leisure prior to the event.
Running/Trekking: All team members should be comfortable with running or trekking 8-12 miles through wooded terrain.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What type of punching will be used?
A: MNOC will utilize electronic punching for all checkpoints.
Q: Roughly how many checkpoints will be on the map?
A: 30-40 checkpoints.
Q: How many maps will be provided to each team?
A: Each participant will receive their own map(s).
Q: Will clue sheets be provided?
A: Yes – every map will include a clue sheet.
Race results are usually published within 24-48 hours of the event. View our Race Results page to see the results.
Race Director: Ian Harding
Setter/Vetter: Ian Harding, Mike Carlson
If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.