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Northwoods Rogaine

Date:  August 26, 2017
Location:  Savanna Portage State Park
Courses:  6-hour and 3-hour options
Time:  9:30am to 3:30pm


Come and test your endurance and navigation skills at the Northwoods Rogaine on Saturday, August 26th at Savanna Portage State Park.  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. 


Teammate Finder

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 26th, 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.


Tentative Schedule

  • 8:30-9:15 - Check-in at Savanna Portage State Park Loon Lake picnic area (6-hour event)

  • 9:30 - Race Starts (6-hour event)


  • 11:30-12:15 - Check-in at Savanna Portage State Park Loon Lake picnic area (3-hour event)

  • 12:30 - Race starts (3-hour event)


  • 3:30 - Courses Close

  • 4:00 - Potluck, Awards, and Social



  • On or before August 11: $35/person *

  • August 11-August 24: $45/person *


* $5 discount for orienteering club members


  • Camping: $10/adult/night for Friday/Saturday night



Savanna Portage is located 17 miles north and east of McGregor Minnesota.  The address is:  55626 Lake Pl, McGregor, MN 55760.  From the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area, take MN HWY 65 North approximately 140 miles.  Turn onto Lake Avenue and follow the road 10 miles to the park.  The start/finish will be at the Loon Lake picnic area.



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

Race results are usually published within 24-48 hours of the event.  View our Race Results page to see the results.


Race Management

  • Race Director: Owen Baird

  • Setter/Vetter: Owen Baird, Jerritt Johnston



If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.

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