2021 Australian Rogaining Championships

The event map covers beautiful Mallee country only 3 hours drive north of Adelaide, with a complex creek network, deep erosion gullies and spurs, fabulous views from the hilltops and absolutely no spinifex!

The weekend offers two events in one: The 24-hour championship and a family/novice-friendly 8-hour event.

While you’re in the area, explore some of the local attractions such as the Burra mine site. Known in South Australia as The Monster Mine, in the 1850s it was the largest mine in Australia, and produced 89% of the world’s copper. Grab a Burra Heritage Passport Key from the visitor centre and visit some of Burra’s historic places or, on the drive out to the rogaine site, stop at Cobb and Co Corner to grab a selfie in front of the Midnight Oil House. Stay a few days in the Clare or Barossa Valleys and soak in the region’s best wines and food.

About the event

The Australian Rogaining Championship is a 24-hour event, starting at midday on Saturday, 29 May 2021.  The championship event will conclude at midday on Sunday, 30 May. The non-championship event is a straight 8-hour event also starting at midday on Saturday, 29 May and finishing at 8pm on Saturday, 29 May 2021.

The challenge is to amass as many points as possible by visiting checkpoints of varying value in the time available. However, your team can always come back to the event centre (Hash House) at any time for a snooze and a feed before heading out again. Our catering team will be providing soups, hot food and hot drinks to keep your team on the go. The catering will only be available at the Hash House. Water and fruit drops will be provided at numerous locations in the event area covered by the provided map.


The venue for the 2020-21 Australian Rogaining Championship is within the Goyder Council, at Bri Glen Springs approximately 80kms north of Burra and 25kms east of Whyte Yarcowie.

The Hash House site is approximately 250kms from Adelaide.  Depending on road congestion allow approximately 3.5hrs driving time to reach the Hash House from Adelaide airport.

Burra, located in South Australia’s mid-north, is a significant SA tourist attraction and would be a suitable location for those requiring accommodation pre- and post-event. The town is fully serviced with supermarkets, a bakery, cafes, service stations and a hospital, and is approximately 75 minutes’ drive from the Hash House.

Another local township with full services is Jamestown, located approximately 50kms from the event site to the west. Travel time is approximately 60 minutes from here to the Hash House.

Limited services are also available at Hallett, Whyte Yarcowie and Terowie on the Barrier Highway (A32).

Driving on country roads – a caution

Kangaroos are prolific on South Australian country roads and all competitors are urged to avoid driving at dawn or dusk. If this cannot be avoided, please allow for extra travel time to drive slowly and with care.

The Map and Course

The course will be set at a high navigational standard. However, easier control locations and possible route choices for family teams and 8-hour competitors have been factored in.

This area is classic South Australian spur/gully terrain featuring significant (dry) water courses, open sheep grazing country and native Mallee, with numerous hilly ranges requiring special attention.

The final map will be printed on A2 Teslin waterproof paper at a scale of 1:40,000 showing 10m contour detail.  Each competitor will be issued with a map. A full size non-waterproof paper map will be provided to each team to assist with course planning and/or as a souvenir.

Team scoring will use the Navlight electronic scoring system. Each team member will be provided with a Navlight wrist band. All team members must tag the Navlight punch at each control for the team to be awarded points for that control.

The setting team of Jenny Casanova, Zara Soden, Mark Corbett and Steve Cooper are all highly experienced rogainers (and orienteers). They have all set numerous events in SA as well as competed locally, nationally and internationally.  The map has been prepared using Ocad 11 software based on local landform shapefiles.

Bus Transport

Bus transport between downtown Adelaide, Adelaide airport and the Hash House has been arranged on Friday, 28 May 2021, with the return journey on Sunday afternoon.

Bus departure times from the Adelaide locations are based on the Hash House arrival time of between 5pm and 6.30pm. As such, we urge participants flying into Adelaide to plan their flights to arrive at the Adelaide airport prior to 1pm Friday, 28 May 2021.

Bus departure from the Hash House on Sunday afternoon will be at approximately 2.00pm, with expected arrival time at Adelaide airport approximately 5.30pm.

Hash House

The Hash House will be open from 1pm on Friday, 28 May until the event finishes and results are announced on the Sunday. Friday night dinner and Saturday morning breakfast will be provided by our caterers as an extra service.  Please refer to the Event Entry Information below. While the Hash House is open, hot water will be available (with tea/coffee/Milo) depending on current Covid-19 Health restrictions. You will need to provide your own crockery and cutlery. Washing up facilities will be provided.

The Hash House is a full bush setting with no facilities. It is suitable for all forms of camping and all vehicle types, including camper-vans and trailers. Portable chemical toilets will be provided, but no showers or power will be available.

A marquee with tables and chairs primarily for the use of interstate visitors will be provided, however, it would be greatly appreciated if as many participants as possible bring their own shelter, table and chair.

Camping at the Hash House site will be available on the Sunday night for those wishing to extend their stay.

Administration Centre

The Administration Centre will be open at the event site from 5pm to 8pm Friday, 28 May to address last minute team changes, queries and the processing of extra meal services.

The centre will re-open from 8am Saturday, 29 May with map handout at 9am.  Further details of the schedule will be provided with the Final Instructions that will be emailed to all entrants and posted on-line two weeks before the event.

Event Entry Details

Participants will be required to pre-enter via the South Australian Rogaining Association (SARA) event registration portal. This is a six-step process where team member details and product purchase requirements are entered. The final step confirms the entry and takes you to the checkout for payment options.

The entry fee is the same for both the 24-hour championship and 8-hour non-championship events.

Standard Entry Fee

Adult: $130.00
Child: Free (under 9 years old on 28 May 2021, must be in a team with two paying members)
Concession: $110.00 concession rates are available for:

  • Full time students 9 years or older
  • Holders of a Centrelink Pensioner Concession card
  • Holders of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Care card

The entry fee includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch at the Hash House.

A late entry fee of $30.00 applies to all entries received after midnight on Sunday, 2 May 2021 until midnight on Sunday, 9 May 2021.

No entries accepted after midnight Sunday, 9 May 2021 (approximately 3 weeks prior to event).

Extra Services

Extra services that can be purchased with your initial team entry or added at a later time include:

  • Bus – Downtown Adelaide to Hash House one way – $35
  • Bus – Adelaide Airport to Hash House one way – $35
  • Bus – Hash House to downtown Adelaide one way – $35
  • Bus – Hash House to Adelaide Airport one way – $35
  • Friday night meal – $25 ($15 for child under 10 years old)
  • Saturday breakfast – $10
  • Supporter Meal Package – $40. Includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch at the Hash House. This is included in the registration fee for competitors.

Team Changes

Team changes for teams that have already been entered can be self-serviced through the registration portal, until one week before the event. Go the Event Entry tab and click ‘Edit Team’. If you need to cancel any extra services or need a refund, please contact the treasurer.


Event merchandise can be purchased prior to the event through the SARA website – go to BUY tab. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery. Currently this portal is closed as the logo is being updated.

Refund Policy

Full refunds (less fees if applicable) will be available until the close of standard entries. After that date, the refund amount will be at the organiser’s discretion and allow for pre-ordered services, food and facilities.

If the event has to be cancelled due to circumstances outside of SARA’s control (fire, flood, pandemic etc), a refund will be made to the maximum extent possible after allowing for unavoidable costs incurred.

In the event that Covid-19 border restrictions prevent a team from competing or impose significant quarantine restrictions entering SA or returning from the event a full refund will be made available.


For additional information contact the Event Coordinator Craig Colwell

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Adult$130.00 (AUD)
Student / Concession$110.00 (AUD)Available to students and seniors, you may need to present ID at the event check-in.
ChildFREEChild tickets available for children under the age of 9
Family$370.00 (AUD)Team members should be related. At least one team member to be aged under 14 years old, and at least one related member aged 19 or over.
Hash House Only$40.00 (AUD)For extra guests you might bring along who are not competing, but would like to enjoy the Hash House facilities and food.
Late Fee$30.00 (AUD)A Late Fee Surcharge of $30.00 (AUD) will be added to registrations made after 11:59pm 2 May 2021

Entries Received

Refine display of entries:

Team No. Event Duration Categories Members
1 24 Hour Australian Championships X Steven I Frigo (SA), A J Herbert (SA)
2 24 Hour Australian Championships M Ronnie Taib (NSW), David Williams (NSW)
3 24 Hour Australian Championships X, V, S Richard Robinson (QLD), Vivienne Prince (NZ)
4 24 Hour Australian Championships W, V Tamsin Barnes (QLD), Wendy Read (QLD)

Category Legend

Gender and Age Categories

Super Veteran
Ultra Veteran
Code Name Description
Gender Categories
W Womens All team members are female
M Mens All team members are male
X Mixed Team contains at least one female and one male
Age Categories
U Ultra Veteran All team members are 65 years of age or over on the first day of competition
S Super Veteran All team members are 55 years of age or over on the first day of competition
V Veteran All team members are 40 years of age or over on the first day of competition
J Junior All team members are under 23 years of age on the first day of competition. A team needs to have a minimum of two members who are aged 14 on the first day of competition or above. If a team has a member under the age of 14 on the first day of competition, there must be a team member over the age of 18 (and under 23).
Special Categories
F Family At least one related member aged under 14 years old, and at least one related member aged 19 or over
N Novice The first rogaine event for every team member

What do I Bring?

We've compiled a gear checklist to help you prepare and pack for this rogaine. Other than the mandatory items, all other lists are only suggestions to make your event a fun day out.

Mandatory Gear

Out on course

Extras On Course


Map Planning

Hash House meal



Bus transport between downtown Adelaide, Adelaide airport and the Hash House has been arranged on Friday, 28 May, with the return journey on Sunday afternoon.

Bus departure times from the Adelaide locations are based on the Hash House arrival time of between 5pm and 6.30pm. As such, we urge participants flying into Adelaide to plan their flights to arrive at the Adelaide airport prior to 1pm Friday, 28 May.

Bus departure from the Hash House on Sunday afternoon will be at approximately 2.30pm, with expected arrival time at Adelaide airport approximately 6.30pm.

We may pick up passengers in Gepps Cross if needed. Please contact us if this is required.

Use the quantity to represent the number of people travelling.


The Saturday evening and Sunday morning and lunch meals are already included in the normal entry fee.

Purchase a Friday evening and/or Saturday morning meal (these are not included in the normal entry fees.) Use the quantity to represent the number of people to purchase meals for.

If you have supporters joining you at the event, purchase their meals here are well.


We’re pleased to be able to offer you the following selection of rogaining merchandise.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be a member to Rogaine?

    No, you don’t need to be a member, just rally your friends and make a team, we supply the location, you provide the adventure.

  • Is there a minimum age that my partner needs to be?

    Each team should be made of at least one person who is an adult, ie over 18.

  • How many people can I have in my team?

    Two to five members make up a team.

  • Can I bring my dog to a rogaine?

    No, sorry Fido must stay at home. As much fun as you and your four legged friend would have, unfortunately, a lot of our events are either in private property or DENWR owned land and dogs or cats are not permitted.

  • I am not fit or fast, can I still rogaine?

    Yes, of course you can, remember you plan your own adventure. Pack a picnic, or just meander through the bush, or the suburbs, stay close to the Hash House and most importantly, enjoy the experience.

  • Can I bring my family?

    Yes, this is a perfect sport for families! We have children in prams and we have grandparents who join in the fun too! Remember we provide the location, you supply the fun!

  • What if I get lost or injured?

    First, you will need to stop, breathe and remain calm. On the event map, you have an emergency phone number and you can call in for help. We can then walk you through the procedures to come and get you.

    Surprisingly even experienced people get lost at times on the map and then re-orientate themselves.

  • What is included in my entry fees?

    As part of your event entry you will get; post event food, insurance cover, Navlight wrist tag, a high quality event course map, camping fees and any associated National Parks entry fees (where applicable).

    Oh, and you’ll get access to a wonderful part of South Australia that you may never have been to, and may never get access to again (majority of our events are held on private land which we get special permission to use!)

  • What is the mandatory gear required?

    At every event each individual must have the following items; Roller bandage, whistle, and a foil safety blanket. We suggest you also take a compass, first aid kit, energy food and your own water.

  • Do I need to use a compass? What sort?

    When competing in our bush events, part of the mandatory gear is a compass. At every event we hold a training session for novices or those of you who feel a bit rusty. Experts will mentor you one-on-one on how to use yours, if you are a little nervous.

    Check out our friends at Orienteering Services of Australia, they have a great range at all entry points.

  • How do you navigate by moonlight? (bush rogaines)

    You should never be in the dark with a map in your hand! So, how do you get to navigate safely and efficiently when you can’t see past the end of your torch beam and the shadows are making every contour feature look like the Hilary step on Everest?

    Foremost, make sure you have a good head torch to assist in your nav, oh and maybe a spare battery or two also. It’s also useful to became proficient at daytime navigation by practicing at previous events.

    An easy way to get quality practice time in without the worry of having to spend a night out is to go out a few hours before sunrise with an old event map found in our map library. Take a friend who has more experience and polish your skills together, learning and teaching each other.

    For your initial forays choose an area with plenty of interesting features to navigate between and a good relocation feature like a road in case things go pear shaped. Once you are completely comfortable in this sort of terrain you can up the ante and try more challenging areas or longer events. It’s also worth choosing nights with good weather so you don’t have too much to deal with at once.

    Alternatively on the day at each event we hold a tips and tricks session, make sure you register for these and our mentors will help with any questions and share some inside secrets about the course on the day.

  • Can I wear my GPS watch?

    Rogaining is an activity based on only competing using the provided event map and if required a hand-held magnetic compass. The use of GPS devices to gain an advantage is not permitted. As such, if you wish to record your track, then your GPS watch or tracker should be stored in your pack back. For Championship events they must also be placed in a sealed bag (provided at the Administration desk). In relation to Smart phones which may also have in built GPS apps, these should only be used for emergency calls and taking photos. For some events uploading photos to Facebook sites, during the event, may be allowed or even gain bonus points. As technology is constantly changing, the rules governing GPS devices are constantly being assessed to provide the best fit for the sport. See section R7 of the rules for further details.

  • I am nervous about navigating at night, what should I do? (bush rogaines)

    You could start with going to our training page and watching our helpful training videos. Alternatively on the day at each event we hold a tips and tricks session, make sure you register for these and our mentors will help with any questions and share some inside secrets about the course on the day.

  • Do I really need to stay out all night? (bush rogaines)

    Of course not, why would you want to do this? When there is hot food at the hash house and a crackling fire, leave the all night stuff to the crazy elite rogainers. Come back in and enjoy the finer things!

  • What is the hash house?

    The hash house is the central base camp, the hub of every rogaining event. We all know it as the place where you start and finish the event, registration happens here, the best cheese toasties served in the morning are served up here and along with home cooked hot Saturday night meals. Generally located pretty close to the awesome bonfire!

  • How long do I have to stay out on course?

    You only need to stay out on course for as long as you want to. This could be after one check point or control, or after several hours. Just make sure you aren’t late back to the finish line!


Effective 1 June 2012
Approved at Australian Rogaining Association (ARA) AGM at Australian Rogaining Championships 2012 at Parachilna Gorge, South Australia on 4 May 2012

Australian Rogaining Association Technical Regulations

Rogaining is an amateur sport to be enjoyed by social and competitive participants and event organisers. These technical regulations have been drafted with simplicity and enjoyment as primary guides and govern the conduct of all rogaining events organised by any rogaining association affiliated with the Australian Rogaining Association (ARA). The regulations are composed of four parts as follows:

  • Preamble
  • Competition Rules
  • Technical Standards
  • Australian Championship Requirements


P1. The Preamble, the Competition Rules and the Technical Standards apply to all state championship rogaines as well as the Australian Championships. The Australian Championship Requirements apply to that event only.

P2. State Associations may adjust the technical regulations for specific minor (ie non-championship) events, where they consider this appropriate, by decision of their association management committee. They may also adjust the technical regulations for a specific state championship event where there are compelling reasons to do so. Any adjustment proposed for an Australian Championship rogaine requires the written approval of the ARA executive, acting on the advice of the ARA Technical Subcommittee.

P3. The Technical Standards set out the minimum requirements for championship rogaines. Improvements beyond these minimum standards are encouraged. In this context the ARA reaffirms as policy the “Guidelines for Organisers” published in the latest edition of the manual “Organizing a Rogaine” published by the International Rogaining Federation. The ARA recommends the techniques described in that manual except where they are superseded by these Technical Regulations.

P4. The ARA supports the policy promulgated by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) on the prohibition on the use of performance enhancing substances by participants in sport.

P5. In interpretation and use of these technical regulations, participants, organisers, committees and jury panel members shall at all times be guided by a sense of fair play.

P6. Apart from the event specific adjustments set out in P2. above, these technical regulations can only be altered by decision of the ARA Council.

P7. For the majority of participants, rogaining is a social and recreational activity. The purpose of these regulations is to introduce a standard based on wide experience that will enhance the sport in general and allow for a competitive element to the sport that is based on fairness. Many of the competition rules relate to safety and etiquette on which the reputation of rogaining with government and landowners is founded and which, if contravened, will threaten the survival of the sport. Organisers must pay particular attention to ensuring that all participants in an event, irrespective of their competitive status, are aware of the importance of abiding by the regulations on which the sport’s reputation depends. In particular competition rules; R1, R2, R5, R9, R10, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R18, R19, R20, R21, R22 & R29 are fundamental to the continued survival of the sport. Participants who contravene these rules may be banned from future rogaines.

Competition Rules:

Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation for teams travelling on foot. The object is to score points by finding checkpoints located on the course within a specified time. Checkpoints may be visited in any order.


“The course” means anywhere a team travels during the time of the rogaine but specifically excludes the access road and areas in the proximity of an administration area designated by the organisers for non- competition use, for example for parking or camping. “Event site” includes the course and any administration, access and non-competition areas.


R1. A team shall consist of two, three, four or five members.

R2. A team that has a member under fourteen years of age shall also have a member eighteen years of age or over.

R3. Competition placings are awarded in several sections based on the age and gender composition of teams. Each team shall be deemed to be entered for all sections of the competition for which it is eligible.

R4. No member of a team shall have been involved with the organisation of the rogaine so as to have a prior familiarity with the rogaine course or the fieldwork of the rogaine map.

Respect for Land and Property

R5. Competitors shall respect public and private property.

  1. Competitors shall not cross newly sown ground or growing crops, except if specifically permitted by the organisers, or any area deemed out-of-bounds by the organisers and shall keep a reasonable distance from dwellings and stock with young.
  2. Competitors shall take due care when crossing fences, crossing at corner posts, solid posts or between wires wherever possible. Each team shall leave gates in the same state as they were found.
  3. Competitors shall not discard litter or light fires at the event site nor smoke on the course.
  4. Competitors shall not unduly damage or disturb native flora or fauna.
  5. Dogs and weapons of any kind, including firearms, are prohibited at the event site.
Conduct of Competitors

R6. Competitors shall not enter the course until the official start is signalled.

R7. Navigational Aids

  1. The only navigational aids that may be carried on the course are magnetic compasses, watches and copies of the competition map.
  2. The possession of other navigational aids, including pedometers, altimeters and GPS receivers on the course is prohibited except when event organisers provide a means by which information on the devices cannot be accessed whilst on the course.
  3. The possession, at the event site, of maps that provide additional information not shown on the competition map is prohibited.

R8. The use of aids for course planning other than for distance measurement and scoring estimation is prohibited.

R9. Competitors shall travel only on foot.

R10. Members of a team shall remain within unaided verbal contact of one another at all times whilst on the course. A team shall demonstrate compliance with this requirement to any event official or other team on request.

R11. Organisers shall issue checkpoint recording devices, which shall be a scorecard &/or an electronic recorder to one or more members of each team. Electronic recoding devices shall be attached to the competitors by a tamper-proof device, such as a wrist band, before the commencement of the event. Tamper-proof devices shall only be cut or removed by event officials.

R12. A team shall surrender its recording device(s) to any event official, and shall advise their team number to any event official or other team, on request.

R13. A team shall not accept assistance from, nor collaborate with, other people, nor deliberately follow another team.

R14. No food nor equipment shall be left on the course before the event for a team’s use, and no food or equipment shall be discarded on the course unless retrieved by the team during the event and brought by the team with them to the finish.

R15. Competitors shall carry a whistle at all times whilst on the course. In an emergency a competitor shall give a series of short blasts on their whistle.


R16. All team members shall approach to within 5 metres of each checkpoint for which points are claimed.

R17. In order to gain points for a checkpoint teams must record their visit to that checkpoint using the recording device provided by the organisers in the correct square, where a scorecard is used. If a team punches an incorrect square, they must notify the organisers of the details of this immediately upon returning to the administration to be eligible to be credited with that checkpoint.

R18. Where more than one electronic recording device is provided to a team, all devices must record a visit to a checkpoint to gain points for that checkpoint.

R19. Teams shall fill in any intention sheet at the checkpoint with the time of arrival, the team number and the number of the checkpoint that they intend to next visit.

R20. If a recording device is lost, a team may present in its place a record of punch marks or a record of the electronic “punch” human readable back-up codes on any single sheet. The organisers will accept this single sheet from the team provided that the punch/record marks are discernible, and the team can identify to the organisers the checkpoint number for each of the marks.

R21. Competitors shall not deliberately rest within one hundred metres of a checkpoint unless the checkpoint is also a water drop.

R22. Competitors shall not adversely interfere with a checkpoint, water drop, any other facility placed upon the course by the organisers, or the equipment of any other team.

Administration Areas

R23. Whenever a team visits an administration area, all team members are required to report together to the organisers and surrender their team’s scorecard and/or “check-in” their electronic recording device(s). The team shall only collect its scorecard and/or “check-out” their electronic recording device(s) immediately prior to leaving that administration area.

R24. A team is considered to have completed the event when:

  1. all team members have reported together to the designated finish administration area and
  2. they have surrendered their recording devices.

The team finish time is the latest time recorded for any member of the team.

R25. If a competitor wishes to withdraw from a team for any reason the entire team shall return to an administration area and notify the organisers. The original team shall be deemed to have finished the event. If a new team is formed it may be admitted to the competition at the discretion of the organisers but no points shall be credited for checkpoints already visited.

Penalties and Protests

R26. The penalty for breaching these rules is disqualification except for rules R16, R17, R18 and R19 for which the penalty is the loss of points for the checkpoint under consideration. Any team disqualified under this rule shall be recorded as DSQ.

R27. A team may voluntarily withdraw, by advising the organisers immediately upon their finish, if they have breached any rule for any reason and shall be recorded as W/D.

R28. A team may report in writing to the organisers about any team thought to have breached these rules, or may protest in writing to the organisers about any actions of the organisers that they consider made the competition unfair.

  1. Within 45 minutes of the nominated finish time, if the violation was detected on course
  2. Within seven days of the results being published, if the violation is only evident through examination of the results or admission after the fact by a competitor.

R29. The event shall end at precisely the set number of hours after the actual starting time, both times as defined by the organisers’ clock. Where multiple timing devices are in use, the organisers shall ensure all clocks used to record finishing times are synchronized. Teams finishing late will be penalised at the rate per minute or part thereof specified in advance by the organisers. Teams finishing more than thirty minutes late shall be deemed ineligible for a placing and their result shall be recorded as LATE.

R30. A team’s score shall be the value of the checkpoints visited and correctly verified in accordance with these rules, less any penalties. The team with the greatest score, or in the event of a tie the team that finished earlier, shall be awarded the higher placing.

R31. In the event of a checkpoint being damaged or deemed misplaced or missing by the organisers, teams shall be awarded the checkpoint score:

  1. If the punch is missing or damaged but the team has a correct record on the intention sheet.
  2. If the punch is missing and there is no intention sheet, but the team can satisfy the organisers that they visited the correct site.
  3. If a checkpoint is missing or misplaced but the team can satisfy the organisers that they visited the correct site.
  4. For a correctly recorded visit to a misplaced checkpoint.
  5. If an electronic “punch” fails but the team has either (where applicable) a punch on a backup control card or record of the human readable back-up code for that checkpoint.

R32. Any team hearing a distress signal must abandon their course and help in any way needed. No team shall be penalised for any rule breached in the course of giving such help.

R33. Communications devices such as mobile phones may be carried for safety purposes when event organisers provide a means by which the devices cannot be accessed whilst on the course. Use of a phone whilst on the course is prohibited.

Technical Standards:

These Technical Standards apply to all championship rogaines held by ARA affiliated associations.

T1. All championship rogaines shall be of 24 hours duration and shall start and finish at 12 noon or such other time as may be agreed that will give essentially equal duration of daylight both before and after the period of darkness. State championship rogaines shall not be run in competition with the Australian Rogaining Championships and state associations shall notify the ARA of the proposed date for their championships by not later than the ARA AGM of the year prior to the event.

T2. The course shall be so designed that “finishing the course” by visiting every checkpoint is unlikely, but that the winning team is likely to visit a significant majority of the checkpoints.

T3. The organising team shall include one or more Course Vetters who are suitably experienced rogainers approved by the organising association. The Vetters shall ensure the fairness of the event and that the style, balance and length of the course are appropriate to the event. The Vetters shall also inspect the course looking for any unwanted problems that it could present to competitors, including the location and number of water drops, any inaccuracies in checkpoint placement or description, and potential safety hazards. The Vetters, operating independently of the person who set that checkpoint, shall check the location of each checkpoint. The Vetters shall check to ensure the map, the checkpoint description, the terrain accuracy and checkpoint locations are fair from all obvious attack points in all reasonably expected light conditions. In the event of an unresolved dispute, the Vetters shall refer the matter to the organising association.

T4. Each competitor shall be provided with a copy of the event map. The map shall:

  1. Be at a scale between 1:24,000 and 1:64,000.
  2. Have a contour interval that is not more than 20 metres and is suitable for terrain legibility.
  3. Be clearly readable under natural and artificial light.
  4. Be pre-marked with grid or magnetic north lines, magnetic north, checkpoint locations and numbers, water drop locations and known out of bounds areas

T5. Advance information for the event shall be available at least 2 weeks before the event and shall state the map scale and shall give a brief description of the terrain. It shall also state the starting and finishing times, the time at which maps and checkpoint descriptions become available and the points penalty for finishing after the nominated finish time.

T6. A copy of the Competition Rules shall be referenced in the pre-event information. In addition, a copy of the Competition Rules shall be on display at the administration area from the time that maps become available until the finish of the event.

T7. Each competitor shall be provided with a complete list of checkpoint descriptions. Descriptions shall follow the guidelines promulgated in the IRF “Organizing a Rogaine” manual, and in particular the “the-a” convention whereby features explicitly shown on the map are prefixed by “the” and those not so shown are prefixed by “a”.

T9. The identifying numbers allocated to checkpoints shall be allocated in ascending order of points value in order to facilitate route planning. It is preferred that the leading digit(s) of the checkpoint number reflects its points value.

T10. Each checkpoint shall be allocated a single points value that shall not change during the competition. Additional points shall not be available to competitors for visiting specific combinations of checkpoints or specific checkpoints at specific times.

T11. Markers used at checkpoints shall be:

  1. three-dimensional with a minimum of three vertical faces,
  2. a minimum 800 cm2 on each face,
  3. of bright colours, preferably orange and white,

so as to be clearly visible in the open in daylight from at least 50 metres.

T12. Each marker shall be placed in such a manner that competitors who successfully navigate to the correct position have little or no trouble finding the marker. Unless located on a specifically defined point feature or otherwise indicated on the checkpoint description sheet the marker shall be generally visible from at least 25 metres in most directions in clear daylight and shall be between 0.5 and 2 metres above the ground (preferably near eye level). Any punch or recording device attached to the marker shall be easily reached. Markers shall be as close as possible to the checkpoint feature. Where it is necessary to place a marker in a position which is either more than 10 metres, or not obviously visible, from the feature then a magnetic bearing and distance to the marker from the feature shall be included in the checkpoint description.

T13. Where electronic checkpoint visit recording devices are used the organisers shall establish a procedure for fairly dealing with a failure of such devices and/or the enabling software and shall advise competitors of this procedure in the pre-event information.

T14. During the event, the organisers shall not release any information relating to provisional results, the progress of any team, or the route chosen by any team.

T15. Competitors shall be able to obtain suitable food and drinks at one or more “hash houses” at all times not later than six hours after the start until at least one hour after the finish of an event. If there is more than one hash house it is not necessary that all remain open for the full time, but when maps are distributed competitors shall be informed of the hours between which food is available at each one.

T16. In the event of there being inadequate sources of naturally occurring drinking quality water on the course, organisers shall provide sufficient water drops that competitors do not have to carry an excessive quantity of water. Organisers shall ensure that water is available at these water drops for the duration of the event. Water drops shall be placed on obvious navigational features and described on the checkpoint description sheet. Their locations shall be vetted in the same way as checkpoints. Water drops may be at checkpoints. Organisers may provide fruit or other food on the course at either water drops or checkpoints for the use of participants. Any such food points, including the times of food availability at the point, shall be so noted on the checkpoint description sheet. General details of water and food provided shall be included in pre-event information.

T17. Competition categories shall be provided as follows:

  1. There shall be three gender classes of competition:
    • Men (all team members must be male)
    • Women (all team members must be female)
    • Mixed (teams must contain at least one female and one male)
  2. There shall be three age categories of competition within each gender class:
    • Open (no age restriction)
    • Veteran (all team members must be 40 years of age or over on the first day of competition)
    • Super Veteran (all team members must be 55 years of age or over on the first day of competition)
  3. At the discretion of the organising association, there may be additional age categories, for example Junior (under 18 years), Under 23, Ultra-veteran (65 years and over). See Clause C6 for Australian Championship categories.
  4. Teams are deemed to compete in every category for which they are eligible.

T18. The full results of the event shall be made publicly available as soon as reasonably practical after the event. These results shall show the team members’ names, team number and points score for every team, together with their overall placing and their placing in every class for which they are eligible. Withdrawn, late and disqualified teams shall also be shown.

T19. Any report of an alleged rule breach by a team, or protest by a team against the organisation of an event under R28a shall be considered and determined by a three person jury prior to the announcement of the results for that event. The jury shall be drawn from a panel of suitably qualified and experienced rogainers nominated by the organising association. The names of panel members shall be made known to the association members either by publishing at least annually in the association newsletter or website, or by setting out in the pre-event information distributed to participants. For the Australian Rogaining Championships, the panel shall be as specified in Clause C8. The panel members selected for any specific jury shall be selected by the organisers and shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Members of the team protesting, reporting or being reported against shall not be on the jury.
  2. Members of the organising team shall not be on the jury.
  3. No member of the jury shall have a vested interest in the jury’s determination to the extent that disqualification of any team, who is the subject of the jury’s determination, would move that member’s team’s placing into or within the first three placings in any age/gender category.

The event organiser and Course Vetter shall assist the jury in hearing any report or protest as required, but shall not have a vote in the determination. In hearing any protest or report, the jury shall use all reasonable means to gather as much data as is reasonably necessary, and shall give a fair hearing to both the team making the report/protest, and the party being reported/protested against.

T20. Organisers may charge a fee of up to $20- for the submission of a protest, provided that this is stated in the pre-event information distributed to participants. This fee shall be refunded if the protest is upheld, or if the protest is dismissed, but the jury considers that the protest was well intentioned. No fee shall be charged for teams making a report pursuant to rule R28.

Australian Championship Requirements:

These Australian Championship Requirements apply to all Australian Championship rogaines.

C1. Australian Rogaining Championships (Championships) are the Championships of the ARA and are conducted annually, but their organisation is the responsibility of the designated ARA affiliated state association. Each ARA affiliated state association will be required to conduct the Championships in turn on a rotation basis. Some flexibility is permitted to allow associations to exchange their allocated years by mutual agreement with one another to suit their specific requirements. The “roster” of states allocated the Championships for at least the following five years shall be notified to the ARA Annual General Meeting, with confirmation of the state to hold any specific Championships and the dates upon which it will be held similarly notified at least two years in advance. The date of the championships for the following year shall be reconfirmed at the AGM. There shall be at least six months between consecutive Championships.

C2. The Course Vetter for the Championships shall be an experienced rogainer who has participated in at least three prior Australian or state championship rogaines and is approved by the ARA. The organising association shall advise the ARA of the names and experience of all key technical organisers of the Championships, including the Course Vetter, not less than one year prior to the date of the event. Any changes to the Course Vetter following their approval by ARA shall be notified to the ARA as soon as practical.

C3. A perpetual trophy is awarded to the winning team in each age and gender category as defined in Clause T17 and Clause C6 of the ARA Technical Standards (ie a total of 15 trophies). These trophies are to be held by that winning team until the following year’s Championships. Six months prior to each Championships, the ARA Secretary shall contact each holder of a Championships perpetual trophy and agree how these trophies are to be transported to the Championships. Every effort shall be made to transport all trophies with Championships participants, but where this is not possible the cost of the transport shall be borne by the ARA. It is recommended that the Championships organisers contact the ARA Secretary six months prior to the event to confirm the status of the perpetual trophies. Immediately following the Championships, the organisers shall notify the names and contact details of the holders of all perpetual trophies, in writing, to both the ARA Secretary and the organisers of the following year’s Championships.

C4. The map to be used for the Championships shall meet the following additional requirements:

  1. Be at a scale in the range 1:25,000 to 1:50,000.
  2. Be printed in at least four colours.

C5. The use of reflectors or reflective material to enhance checkpoint visibility is not permitted.

C6. The following age categories shall apply for the Australian Rogaining Championships:

  1. Open (no age restriction)
  2. U23 (all team members must be under 23 years of age on the first day of competition)
  3. Veteran (all team members must be 40 years of age or over on the first day of competition)
  4. Super Veteran (all team members must be 55 years of age or over on the first day of competition)
  5. Ultra Veteran (all team members must be 65 years of age or over on the first day of competition)

The date of birth shall be collected for each team member to verify age category and may be used to provide pre-qualifying status for world championship or similar events.

C7. The team with the highest score in the Championships in each gender class shall be the Australian Rogaining Champions, irrespective of which age category they are entered in.

C8. The jury of three persons for the Championships shall be drawn from a panel consisting of the President, Secretary, Treasurer and Technical Subcommittee Chair of the ARA plus all members of state association committees and all state representatives on the ARA technical subcommittee.

C9. Interstate Challenge Trophy

  1. Each team entering shall nominate for each member the state association of membership or the country of origin for international competitors. This shall be included in the results and used for Interstate Challenge point scoring.
  2. Placings in each of the categories in C6 for mens, womens and mixed may earn points toward a state’s Interstate Challenge score.
  3. For the purposes of determining placings in the Interstate Challenge, any team that does not contain an Australian state representative should first be removed from the results table. Points should then be awarded as follows:-
    1. If only one state is represented in a category, then no points will be awarded in that category.
    2. If only one team is competing in a category, then no points will be awarded in that category.
    3. If more than one state is represented in a category, but only two teams are represented in that category, then
      • First place scores two points
      • Second place scores one point
    4. Otherwise,
      • First place scores three points
      • Second place scores two points
      • Third place scores one point
  4. If a team has representatives from more than one state, the points scored by that team shall be shared proportionally among the team members’ states. (e.g. If a team consisting of two Queenslanders and a Tasmanian win a category, then two points are awarded to Queensland and one point is awarded to Tasmania.)
  5. If a team has both Australian and international members, the points scored by that team shall be shared as in item 5, but with no points being allocated to the international competitor. (e.g. If a team consisting of a Victorian and a New Zealander win a category, then 1.5 points are awarded to Victoria only.)
  6. A team scores Interstate Challenge points in every age category for which they are eligible.