39th Katoa Po 2019 - Night Relay

Event Info

When - 9th March 2019

5:30pm Registration/Campsite opens
6:30pm return Teamlists with names in running order
7:00pm Briefing for all competitors
Relay Starts at Dusk

Where - Rangatira E map (Scoria Road, off Poihipi Road)

Organizer - Taupo Orienteering Club

Planner and Controller - TBA

Entry Deadline - Tue 5th March 9pm
    - per club advise number of 5 and 7 person teams entering
    - email to: entries@taupoorienteering.nz

Entry fees - per team

  • 7 person team      $145
  • 5 person team      $105
  • 5 all juniors team  $75

What - The premier night orienteering competition in New Zealand. 2019 is going to be another classic so bring your tent, your cow bell and your club spirit for this event! This night relay for 5 and 7 person teams run 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 E map, new area.
It is a farm map with rolling to steep hills that are incised with complex, intricate gullies and other negative terrain features. There is a forest section with a smattering of slow undergrowth patches.


Camp site - The event centre and camp site will be located on the Scoria Road end of the map.
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.


Eligibility -

  • Leg 1 No M14+, No W16+
  • Leg 2 No M16-65, No W18-55
  • Leg 3 No M18-55, No W20-35
  • Leg 4 No M20-45, No W21E
  • Leg 5 No M21E
  • Leg 6 Open
  • Leg 7 Open

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 -

  • Leg 1- 15 minutes, median time 25 minutes (white)
  • Leg 2- 20 minutes, median time 35 minutes (yellow)
  • Leg 3- 30 minutes (orange)
  • Leg 4- 40 minutes (orange)
  • Leg 5- 50 minutes (red)
  • Leg 6- 45 minutes (red)
  • Leg 7- 50 minutes (red)


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.