When - Saturday 14th March 2020
- 4:00pm Campsite opens
- 5:30pm Registration opens
- 6:30pm return Team lists with names in running order
- 7:00pm Briefing for all competitors
- Relay Starts at Dusk
Where - Rangatira North map, (off Poihipi Road)
Organizer - Taupo Orienteering Club
Planner - Graham Teahan
Controller - Phil White
Entry Deadline - Tue 10th March 9pm
Courses - see below.
Entry fees per team
The premier night orienteering competition in New Zealand. 2020 is going to be a real classic so bring your tent, your cow bell and your club spirit for this event! This night relay for 5 and 7 person teams runs deep into the night. The relay starts about dusk with a mass start for the white course. It progresses to harder and longer courses. The final two legs are mainly for elite runners. Individuals enter the event and the clubs will be sent a list of competitors from which they will allocate the legs, according to ability and age, according to the criteria below.
The Terrain -
The event is on the Rangatira North map, last used in 2015.It is mainly a farm map with rolling to steep hills that are incised with complex, intricate gullies and other negative terrain features. An area of forest has been added to the map which will add a little spice to the courses particularly the longer legs.
Camp site -
The event centre and camp site will be located on the central part of the map with great night time views of the town.The camp site is a paddock adjacent to the event centre and start finish. There will be plenty of camping space for tents and campervans. There will be portaloos on site. There will be room for club tents overlooking the finish. You will need to be self sufficient for camping including water.
• In the past we have allowed runners on the 1st leg to represent more than 1 team. This year we would prefer each team provide 5 or 7 separate members, who are running for 1 team only. We have broadened the eligibility for most legs to help with this.
• Exemptions to the above rules will be considered on their merits by the controller. The essential essence of the competition is fairness. The controller will use this as the guiding principle for determining if nominally ineligible runners can drop down a leg.
Estimated Winning Times -
Special Rules -
Every team finishes, so there are no DSQs. Every missed punch incurs a 15 minute penalty. DNF are the slowest time for that leg (when all the penalties are added in) plus a 15 minute penalty. Placing’s are determined solely by time, including penalties.
Deliberate manipulation of the rules, eg having an overseas W21E running Leg 4, can incur additional penalties at the discretion of the controller.
Sport Ident -
To allow for smooth organization and cater for the inevitable last minute changes all teams will be issued with a set of SI cards allocated to each leg.
It is imperative that these cards are given to the appropriate leg.
Some notes from the Course Setter -
The Katoa Po relay is on the Rangatira North map which is accessed from Poihipi Road, a short distance from the top of Control Gates Hill. The location will be signposted from the top of Control Gates Hill.
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