Rogaining is team sport of long distance cross-country navigation and enjoying. It is closely related to orienteering and many people enjoy both sports. The events can take up to 24 hours on route choosen by the competitors.

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2015 Bulletin 1

Retki-Rogaining 2015

VIII Retki Rogaining
16.-17.5.2015 Jyväskylä, Finland

All orienteerers, hikers, mountain runners, hill walkers, outdoor adventurers, firms, friends and families are cordially welcome to participate in the oldest Finnish 24h rogaining event.


Jyväskylän opiskelevat partiolaiset ry.


The rules of the International Rogaining Federation are followed in the competition.

By registering to the competition, you agree the IRF rules. Competitors will be penalized according to the rules in case of violations.

Event schedule:

Registration starts February 1st 2015 12:00 Finnish time(GMT +2.00)

Start of competition May 16th 2015 12:00

Event Centre

Event Centre is Matkailutila Surkeenjärvi. Road address: Surkeenjärventie 170, 41800 Korpilahti.

Location on kansalaisen karttapaikka.

Location on google maps.

Hash house

Hash house is located in the event centre

Competition classes

There are three competition classes in the Retki Rogaining.


A competition team consists of 2 to 5 members. A team which has a member who is under 18 years of age, shall also have a member who is over 18 years of age. All participants in 24 hour classes under 18 years need to have a written permission from their legal guardian for taking part on the competition unless their legal guardian is in the same team.

Team classes

In the 24-hour competition there are several team classes.

The teams compete in every class for which they are eligible, for example juniors, seniors and veterans compete in open category, too.

In the 8-hour competition there is only one team class, OPEN.

In the MTB 8-hour competition there is only one team class, OPEN.

Age limit

All participants in 24 hour classes must be at least 14 years of age.

Preliminary competition timetable


Registration opens February 1st 2015 12.00 Finnish time(GMT +2.00)

Entry fees

The entry fee of a team is the sum of individual fees of the team members.

ClassPaid by 28.2. Paid by 30.4.Paid by 10.5.
24 h 65 eur/person 75 eur/person 85 eur/person
8 h 45 eur/person 55 eur/person 65 eur/person

Cancellation policy

In case of a cancellation, the organisers refund the team as follows:

A team can change its members using the internet service free of charge until 10.5.2015. Any other change, after given date, or change requiring manual labour, costs 5 euro, and must be paid in cash at the event centre before the competition material is handed to team.

Event map

Scale 1:40 000 - 45000, contour interval 5m, topographical map based on maanmittauslaitos material 02/2015 and Lidar based contours.

Paper used in the map will be waterproof A2-sized sheet. Separate map covers are not necessary. Same paper will be used in WRC 2015.

Extra maps can be bought after the competition


The visits at the checkpoints are recorded by the teams by using sport ident system (24 hour classes) or by mobile phones (8 hour classes). The rent of the sport ident system is included in the fee of 24 hour classes. In 8 hour classes you must have an own mobile phone.

Punching system used in 8 hour classes is similar to the system used in Tampere Yörogaining and Halloween hike. Example video and punching instructions in finnish. Phone needs to be a smart phone with nfc support or phone with camera and QR reading software.


At the Hashhouse.

All catering at the hash house in the competition centre during the event (Sat 14:00 - Sun 12:00) is included in the fee. Besides that there will be springs along the course and maybe some other water points. Spring water is usually very clean but we can not guarantee that. Drinking from the springs is on your own responsibility and if you have any doubt about the water quality you should use some type of water purification.

Meal (included in the fee) will be available after the race. Breakfast (not included in the fee) is available in Saturday morning before the race.


Three best teams in every class shall be awarded a prize.


Public transport to the competition centre is not available. Closest place with an airport is Jyväskylä (Tikkakoski). Closest places with train stations are Jämsä and Jyväskylä. Closes places with a bus connection are Korpilahti, Jämsä and Jyväskylä. If you need transportation to the competition centre contact the organizers.

Compulsory equipment

Team must carry a mobile phone and first aid kit with an emergency/space blanket. Every team member must carry a whistle. Helmet is also obligatory for MTB race.

Compulsory equipment must be with the participant during the whole race. Rogainers are not allowed to leave the compulsory equipment in a backpack and then leave the pack for example 100 metres behind while visiting control.

Compulsory equipment checks can be performed at any time, before the race, during the race or right after finishing the race. Missing compulsory equipment is penalized as in the rules. During the race the time spent on checking the equipment is counted as race time and there is no compensation on time lost. Keep the compulsory equipment easily accessible.

For your own safety and for accurate navigation we suggest also plaster, sports tape, water container, some food, spare undershirt, windproof jacket, torch/head light and compass. You can leave other than obligatory equipment on the trail but only after the start of the race and you must have it with you when you finish your race.


You can put up your tent free of charge in the event centre. Night temperature is typically between -2 and 5 degrees in the competition centre area in May but can be as low as -5!

There will be accomodation available in the competition centre. Accommodation can be reserved through competition website. Do not try to contact Matkailutila Surkeenjärvi directly because accommodation reservations will be handled by competition organizers.

Event centre accomodation is available in big cottages (20 persons per cottage). Cottages have rooms with various amount of beds. There is common living room, sauna, kitchen, fireplace and three toilets in the cottages. Price is 20 eur/person/night.

Photos and information about the cottages.

Other accomodation close by can be found from Jyväskylä, Jämsä and Petäjävesi municipalities.


Showers are at the Event Centre.

Additional information

Further information will be added on the website whenever it becomes available. You may also contact the organising committee:
Chairman of the Organising Committee: Riku Pulliainen (, +358 40 077 9761)
Course setter: Tommi Lahtonen (, +358 50 583 6044)
Internet services, registration and timing: Miika Pietilä, miikapietila at miip biz