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Rogaine Series

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 6 May 2013, 10:31 PM  
The NorthWest Club Rogaine series starts this Sunday with 4 rogaines all of 90 minute duration, and is an ideal event type to bring newcomers along as 20 of the 30 controls are easy to medium difficulty.
See www.rogaineseries.co.nz for details.

Please register before Wednesday evening to get the discounted earlybird fees, and if you enter the series you get a great discount.

We'll have heaps of great prizes with Bivouac Outdoors our main sponsor see www.bivouac.co.nz

We have record numbers to date, so should have a great atmosphere, and a lot of fun.

Show Profile  darren Posted: 11 May 2013, 4:29 PM  
Following on from the NW Rogaine Series comes the NavQuest 3hr rogaine series in June. The NavQuest is co-organised by The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and the local orienteering club with events in Rotorua (OBOP), Waiuku (CMOC), Tawharanui (AOC) and Kapiti Coast (WOC). The NavQuest is designed primarily to provide a 'team orienteering' experience for secondary school students (teams of 4) with an Open category (teams of 2-4) for anyone not at school. A multi-map format is used, sometimes of varying scales to add to the fun, with mainly yellow/orange level control sites. There are loads of awesome spot prizes and the entry fees are CHEAP! only $15 (school) and $25 (open) for 3hrs of fun and adventure. For more info and to register your teams online check out the website - http://www.opc.org.nz/navquest/

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 15 May 2013, 9:02 PM  
278 people to the first rogaine which is a record for us, despite being Mothers Day, which is really pleasing.

The mystery is why do so many so called regular orienteers not attend.

Plenty of stategy, plenty of good navigation, and plenty of practice before Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 15 May 2013, 9:31 PM  
And (at least round here) many rogaine participants would not dream of attending something called orienteering:-))

Show Profile  comatose Posted: 16 May 2013, 11:10 AM  
Hi Rob, I guess as a family with younger kids, the rogaine format does not suit as well as regular orienteering events. Can't really send under-10s out to fend for themselves on a rogaine map, so a parent has to go with them, which then compromises the challenge a parent can get out of it. 90 mins is a bit long for younger kids, so the time gets shortened accordingly. And then to top it off, it costs over twice as much for a family of 4 to do a rogaine than an OY event ($60 vs $24-$30) because there is no family discount and littlies count as juniors. So you pay more to get less quality orienteering out of it and I guess that tips the balance too far. It's a bit too much to pay for a nice walk in the forest (even allowing for spot prizes). Maybe you could consider letting under 10s do it for free, or have a family entry fee that allows for these factors?

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 16 May 2013, 1:03 PM  
Comatose,

We have been talking about under 10's being free, plus we have been negotiable with families with young ones.

I find it impressive how the littlies can handle 90 minutes, and they'll certainly get better with more practice.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 16 May 2013, 2:55 PM  
It would be good to have a discussion about pricing strategies. Charging ENOUGH is one topic, there is some evidence that perceived value is related to price. Discount for club membership is another that Simon has raised, I think we might be shooting ourselves in the foot with "promo" events where we let everyone in at member rates. Other ideas: a person who is essentially a chaperone/coach gets in free; and lower junior rate or rates. What's so magic about 50%?

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 19 May 2013, 6:16 PM  
Big day for Greg today.

He beat Gene and Matt on grunty farmland over 90 minutes, plus won the major spot prize.

Show Profile  darren Posted: 6 June 2013, 1:05 PM  
The OPC NavQuest 3hr rogaine series kicks off in Rotorua this weekend with Orienteering BOP planning a cool event in the Redwoods Forest. Over 150 pre-registrations were in before the deadline last night. There will be very limited maps available on the day if you forgot to pre-register online. These will be first in first served. There are 3 more NavQuest events in June being co-organised by CMOC (16 June - Waiuku), AOC (22 June - Tawharanui) and WOC/HV (30 June - QE Park). These will be great for anyone up to orange level and there are some great spot prizes to give away! Make sure you don't miss out. For more info and to pre-register, see the webiste - http://www.opc.org.nz/navquest/

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