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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2010 Bulletin 2


Competition Centre

The Competition Centre of Retki Rogaining is at Rimmin kämppä (small hut in the middle of the forest) in the village of Lauttakulma. There will be road signs from Hirsilä on road number 66 to direct you to the centre. Please just follow the Retki-Rogaining signs.


There will be a car park on the terrain and along the road leading to competition centre. The car park is close to the competition centre, but make sure you have enough time to walk and carry your equipment from your car to the centre.


The teams can camp on the area shown by the organizers from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. For other accommodation possibilities, please contact local lodging providers in Orivesi (

Registration and material

The teams shall register after having arrived to the competition centre to gain competition material. The registration is possible on Friday 20.00-21.00 and on Saturday 07.00-08.30. Each team will get number bibs, safety pins, SI-cards and other material used during the competition. The maps are given at 9.00 on Saturday morning. Teams are responsible for the material they receive and there is a fee of 80 euro for a lost SI-card.


Friday 23.7.2010
16.00 Road guidance ready
18.00-24.00 Office open - camping
20.00-21.00 Registration open

Saturday 24.7.2010
7.00 - 24.00 Office open
7.00 – 8.30 Registration
9.00 - 10.30 Distribution of maps and other competition material
12.00 Start
20.15 Finish closes (8 h event)
22.00 Prize giving ceremony (8 h event)

Sunday 25.7.2010
00.00-14.00 Office open
12.30 Finish closes (24 h)
14.00 Prize giving ceremony (24 h)


The map is in scale 1:40 000 and has contour intervals of 5 metres. It is actually a small magnification of a 1:50 000 topographic map. The map is printed on one 80 cm x 70 cm sized paper. Each team member will receive his/her own map and a plastic map cover. Some newer paths and roads are not marked on the map. The stones shown in map are clear in the terrain but on the other hand all stones which seem to be large and clearly visible in the terrain are not marked in the map. As well the marking of open bedrock and steeps is in some cases varying but in general the appearance of the map corresponds well with the scale. Minor objects are not marked at all. All open cuts are not shown in the map. There are some restricted areas shown on the maps where it is not allowed to move outside marked paths and roads. Competitors shall not enter into yards or otherwise disturb local people. There are some new houses which are not shown on the map. More information about map you will get on competition material.


Teams may visit the controls in any order. Teams are not allowed to plan the course inside buildings. Most parts of the competition area is forestry lands and parts are protected areas – Siikaneva and some small areas near Siikaneva area. There are may small lakes in the competition are, crossing the lakes by swimming is forbidden.


The controls are marked with an orange-white flag and a reflector. There is also SI-unit at each control. There is model control at start area. Theh controls are numbered from 20 to 110. The first digit indicates tens of points of the control e.g. control 24 gives 20 points. Controls with three digits are worth 100 points e.g. 110 gives 100 points. Control descriptions will be given on a separate sheet of paper. Refreshment controls are shown in the control descriptions. Some of the refreshment controls are located in court yards.


The SI timing system is used. SI card must be cleared before start. Team must punch the controls they wish to gain points. Every team member have his/her own SI-card, and all team members must punch during 60 seconds. In case of a lost SI-card it is possible to receive new one from the competition centre but the controls on the lost card must be visited again to gain the points. Teams are responsible for clearing the SI-card at start area. If the card is not cleared it does not record any controls. SI-card will mount on competitors wrist and if the sealing is broken the team will lose all the points.

Visiting controls

All team members must stay together, i.e. within 20 metres from each other during the whole race and all team members must punch during 60 seconds. The behaviour of the teams is monitored during the event. Competitors are not allowed to rest within 100 meters from controls unless the control is a refreshment control. Competitors are not allowed to spoil or damage controls, refreshment controls or any other structures built by organizer. Refreshment controls There will be springs, vells or water containerd at refreshment controls. Competitors are not allowed to spoil, use excessively or use the water for washing at refreshment controls. The taps must not be left running.

Start and finish

The start and finish are located in the Rimmin kämppä, hut area. Competitors shall finish at latest on Saturday at 22.00 (8 h) or on Sunday at 12.00 (24h). For missing the time line, a team gains 10 penalty points for each starting minute. Teams finishing more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified and stated as late arrivals. In the 24 hour competition team finishing more than 30 minutes late will be disqualified and stated as late arrival.

Obligatory equipment

For your own safety each team must carry

* a mobile phone in a waterproof package (working in finnish mobile network, Phone must be closed from saturday 11.30 AM until sunday 12.00 (noon))
* a first aid kit with emergency blanket
* first aid gauze (pack or two rolls)
* plaster
* sports tape

Each competitor must have

* a whistle
* a water container
* some food
* a cap
* spare undershirt
* windproof jacket

All obligatory equipment must carry whole time. You can not leave those on the trail, when you visit in controlpoint, no that is not permitted.

Meals during the competition

During the competition competitors can eat and drink in the restaurant tent. There will be bouillon, bread, pickled cucumber, potato chips, raisins, bananas, water, juice, and tee served. Competitors are advised to bring with them sports drinks and nutrition which they are used to use during this kind of events. We need to carry all water in competition center, so please make all sportdrinks you use at home or at least take your own water with you.

First aid

Each team must have a first aid kid. At the competition office will be first aid equipment for injuries, but not to take along.

In the case of emergency

If your team faces am emergency during the competition, you must notify the organizers of the event immediately for further assistance, if it is needed. If the emergency is life threatening, you must call 112, the common emergency number. If it is a less hazardous emergency, please call the organizers at 045 6307851. There is a 24 hour service at this number. Please register this number on the mobile phone which you carry with you during the race. You can swich on your mobile phone durin the race, until use use it in emergency case. Using of mobile phones will be monitor. You may call 045 6307851 also if a checkpoint has been vandalized, there is no water at a water post or you come across another technical problem along the course. Toilets There are toilets at the competition centre. In the terrain there are no toilets by the organizer but there are toilets along the marked paths in the Siikaneva area.

Shower and sauna

There is a washing possibility after the race.

Meal after competition

There will be warm meal served for two hours after the competition is over in the restaurant tent.

Prize giving ceremony

Prizes will be awarded 2 hours after the finish of each event in the competition centre area. In the 8-hour event there are no prized depending on success but a lottery. In other classes the best teams will be awarded. During the ceremony there will be also some lottery prizes for participants and to receive such a prize you have to be present in person to collect the prize.

Special rules for competition centre

Competition centre is in the middle of pinewood. So to make fire is absolutely prohibits.

Otherwise rogaining returns its roots. Competition center is in the middle of nowhere, no houses, no electricity, no comforts... As it has been in the early days of rogaining.