SEQ Bulletin – March 2018

Mini Rogaine (Sun 25 March) and Training Day (Sat 24 March) – Entries Closing Soon!

The mini rogaine is heading to a new location this year – don’t miss out!
The 3hr event, ‘Scarpering on the Escarpment’, will be held near Mt Cotton, a short drive SE of Brisbane. The terrain is great for navigating with well defined spurs and gullies. The faster teams will be challenged to complete the two maps offered and sweep the course… but an element that will come into play is how well they can plan a route on the fly for the second map? This is a great training run as a lead up to the Raid events coming up soon.
Mini Rogaine – Sunday 25 March – Register Here

On the day before the mini rogaine is the annual Training Day, which will be held at Bunyaville State Forest just 12km from the Brisbane CBD. The program is aimed at both novice and semi-experienced rogainers. The day will be adapted to the number of participants, and their level of navigation experience. The programme will consist of both theory and hands on exercises.
Training Day – Saturday 24 March – Register Here

The 2018 Australasian Rogaining Championships – 25/26 August – Entries are open!
Entries in the Australasian Champs are now open on the event website!
Don’t miss out on the $10 early bird discountavailable until 31 March!
When you enter you have the option of buying bus tickets to and from the event and extra meals before the event. You can also order meals for non-competitors, and we have a limited number of Silva Expedition compasses for sale.
You can also order some cool event merchandise.
Remember, this event is not just for elites, everyone is welcome.
Once you’ve entered, please tell your friends that you’re attending by responding to the Facebook event invitation.
Please also spread the word to those that you think might be interested within Qld and interstate. If you can’t compete please think about volunteering to help.
The Gympie Regional Council have generously offered financial support to the event (see http://www.visitgympieregion.com.au for information on the region).

Colts Academy (youth skills clinic) – 15 April   
In an Australian first, the Colts Academy is a youth training event to develop skills in rogaining and Adventure Racing. The day is structured around a skills clinic based on the core disciplines of adventure racing: navigation (hosted by Orienteering QLD), mountain biking (hosted by Bike On) and kayaking (hosted by Paddle Perfect), followed by a practice event. So if you are a young person interested in getting into the sport (or if you know a young person who would benefit), sign up for the Colts Academy, and throw a team together for the Colts Raid (see below).
All ages 21 and under are welcome, kids under 14 need to be accompanied by a Guardian.

Colts Raid (youth adventure race) – 22 April 
Australia’s first youth-only Adventure Race. Building on the Colts Academy youth development program, the Colts Raid represents a pathway for youth to put their navigational and adventure racing skills to the test.  And once you’ve tried your hand at the Colts Raid, why not step it up to one of the longer format Raid races? To lower the barrier to entry even further, we have now made the Colts Raid race open to both teams of 2 and teams of 4.

Free Questgaines!
Questgaines are being held each week all over Brisbane. These 1-hour mini-rogaines can be done as individuals or in a group, and best of all, they’re free! Check out the blog for information.

Upside Down Results
Congratulations to all of those that competed in the Upside Down Rogaine at Lake Cressbrook. A big thank you goes out to Paul Elby and all the volunteers who made the event happen. Congrats to Ali Wright and David Schloss who edged out Gary Sutherland and Trevor Mullins for the win, with Errol Bebbington, Daniel Browning and Jacqueline Dukino very close behind in third place.
You can see the full results, team routes and the Strava Flyby on the Results page.

Upcoming Events
The following events are also open for entry on the Rogaining Queensland Calendar:

22 April 2018 Scatter Raid The Scatter Raid is an all new event in the Raid Adventures line up, adopting a scatter scoring format. Open to teams of 2 or Solo entrants, competitors will race to collect as many check points (of equal value) as possible over a 3 hour time period. The scatter course introduces a different element of strategy to the race, with teams able to work to their strengths across the disciplines of mountain biking, kayaking and running. Note that this is a stand alone event run on the same day and course as the Colts Raid.
05 May 2018 Rogue Raid The Rogue 24 is another sell out and set to be the biggest 24 hour adventure race in terms of competitor numbers in Australia, ever. We have almost 200 competitors signed up and ready to race with a waitlist looking for a place on the start line. Event organiser Liam has just returned from an epic Godzone adventure, you can read his race report here.
Note that places in the 6 hour event option are still available, but are over half full. Full details on the race including entries can be found via the link on the left.
13 May 2018 Cyclegaine Come along for a day of fun in the beautiful Granite Belt and wine country region. The event map includes State Forest areas with a network of roads, tracks and fire trails. Enjoy a meal after the event (included in your entry fee) and stay a while to explore the surrounding area. The 6 hour event starts at 10am, and the 3 hour event starts at 12:30pm (map handout 1 hour before the start of each event).
28 July 2018 Wildfire Raid The Wildfire Raid will be hosted from the Kindilan Adventure Camp in Redland Bay. This is an all new area to adventure racing in QLD and offers up a plethora of fantastic course options for a sprint length adventure race. Entries for both the 6 hour and 3 hour events are now open and limited, so get in soon to secure a spot.

Entries in the MOJO Raid will open in mid-April and there will be pre entry available for anyone who has a current Volunteer Reward (to guarantee your spot).
For details on all the other events this year, check out the Rogaining Queensland Calendar.

SEQ Rogainer of the Year Competition
The current standings in the 2018 ROTY competition are now on the QRA website, with Dave Schloss and Linda Thompson currently in the lead. Who will be our winners this year?

QRA AGM 2018
The AGM was held at the conclusion of the Upside Down at Lake Cressbrook. There were no changes to the Committee roles, but if you have any interest in helping on the Committee this year please let us know.

MTBO 
The Multi Terrain Bike Orienteers Club will be holding Round 1 of the 2018 State Series at the Mt Crosby riverside reserve on 15 April. Enter here
The 2018 Australian MTBO Championships will be held in SE Queensland on 19 and 20 May this year. There will be a Sprint and a Middle Distance event on the Saturday with a Long Distance event on Sunday morning. All events are between 30 and 60 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane. Here is a chance to test yourself against the best MTBO riders in Australia or just to have fun on some top class courses. Details can be found at www.ausmtbochamps.com

Call for Volunteers!
The rogaining association and all QRA events are run entirely by volunteers. We actually need all QRA members to volunteer some time each year to sustain the sport. If you are interested in organising or assisting in running a rogaine please get in touch, it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore Queensland and practice your nav all while giving back to the organisation.
The Rogaining Queensland Event Calendar is available at qldrogaine.asn.au/event-calendar. The volunteer page on the website has a description of each of the event volunteer roles. Please send an email to volunteer@qldrogaine.asn.au to put your hand up. It’s a lot of fun, you learn heaps about rogaining and we have many experienced hands to support you.
If you have any interest in helping on the Committee in any way please also get in touch via volunteer@qldrogaine.asn.au.

Volunteer Rewards Policy
Volunteers at QRA or Raid Adventures events who have contributed at least a full day to an event and have given up their opportunity to compete are offered a $50 credit towards entry in a QRA or Raid Adventures event of their choosing within the following 12 months. A list of people who have earned rewards is on the website. The reward can be claimed by emailing the support@qldrogaine.asn.au when entering an event.

Rogaining around the world…
There will be no World Rogaining Championships in 2018. The 2019 event has been awarded to Spain, and the event website is now available. The 2020 event has been awarded to the USA. From 2020 onwards, the World Rogaining Championships will be held every second year.
The first 24hr rogaine to be held in Romainia will be held on 30 June 2018: https://rogaining.ro/en/

…and across Australia…
A list of upcoming interstate rogaines can be found at rogaining.org.au/events.

Rogaining Stories
We’re always keen to hear from QRA members about your rogaining or other outdoor experiences. Please share your stories by posting on the wall of the official QRA Facebook page. Don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page. If you don’t have access to these sites and would like to share some news, send it to bulletins@qldrogaine.asn.au and we will post it.

Hope to see you at a QRA event, soon.
Paul Guard
QRA President

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