SEQ Bulletin – March 2020

A rapidly evolving situation…
A lot has changed since our last bulletin, especially in the last 48 hours. No doubt the situation will continue to change, as our public health system responds to the immense challenge represented by the Covid-19 crisis. QRA takes seriously the safety of our members and all those involved in organising and putting on events. Considerations and advice are changing daily in regard to Covid-19 and its implications to our sport, and we will continue to adapt to these changing conditions. 

At present, it is wise for all of us to stay home and physically isolate ourselves as much as we can to slow the spread of the virus as much as possible. This especially applies to any of you with existing medical conditions and anyone over 60 years old. Given the current set of circumstances, with further restrictions on non-essential activities imminent, the QRA Committee has decided to cancel our April events and will continue to review all other events on our calendar. Depending on the restrictions that are imposed, and the best advice available, we are hopeful that we can help to sustain and enhance the health of our community by encouraging some safe outdoor activities in the bush.

Training Day – 4 April
We have decided to cancel this event since it is impractical to maintain sufficient physical separation between people for the whole activity. Training notes are available on the event web page, and entry fees will be fully refunded.

Mini Rogaine – 5 April
All entry fees will be refunded to the teams that have entered so far. However, we hope to be able to set up a free three hour course on the Bunyaville map which can be undertaken in small groups (maintaining appropriate distancing between people) using the Maprun app to record your checkpoint visits. If this proves possible, we will update the event web page with more details. The course will be set up in a similar way to the Orienteering Queensland permanent courses. As long as official recommendations and restrictions allow, you might like to check out these courses to practice your navigation skills and maintain your physical and mental health in the coming days.

Rogue Raid – Was 2 May – Now postponed to 17 October
Liam St Pierre has announced the postponement of the Rogue Raid, and the other multi-discipline Raid events planned for this year are being reviewed. Plans for the Raid 100 are still progressing well with the scheduled timeline (2-8 May 2021) still in place.

8 hour, 6/12 hour, 24 hour rogaining events
It is likely that these events will be postponed or cancelled. However, we will continue to review the viability of holding these events, or replacement events (e.g. shorter bush rogaines or metrogaines). 

2020 Australasian Rogaining Championships – postponed
This event has been postponed, and it is expected that it will be held at a similar time of year in 2021 (April/May). It is therefore unlikely there will be an Australasian Championships this year.

MTBO 
For MTBO news, please visit www.mtbo.com.au

Rogaining around the world…
A decision on whether the European Rogaining Championships will be held in Latvia on 6-7 June 2020 will be made by early May. 
Keep an eye on the website of the 2020 World Rogaining Championships for updates on whether that event will proceed.
The 2022 WRC will be held in the Czech Republic.

…and across Australia…
The rogaining associations in each state and territory are making their own decisions about whether and how events will be held. Please visit their websites at these links.

Closing Thoughts
Please look after each other during the coming months and practice strong ‘Distance Socialising’ (i.e. keep in touch and support each other, but via the internet and phone rather than in person). 
Spending time in the outdoors (while being mindful always of the risks when we come into contact with other people) will hopefully continue to be a valuable way to maintain our mental health in this really challenging time.

All the very best, on behalf of your rogaining committee,
Paul Guard
QRA Communications

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