Heading Out for a 12 Hour Rogaine

Team Virtus will be sending the brothers Lamb to Chillicothe, OH on November 14th for the Sleepy Hollow 12 hour Rogaine. Casey, Zack, and myself will be meeting in Ohio for the race.  Unfortunately, Bob and Drew couldn’t make it because they “had to work” and stuff.

For those of you that only know rogaine as a product for hair-loss, let me enlighten you.

This is not what we mean when we talk about a Rogaine.

This is not what we mean when we talk about a Rogaine.

There are two stories behind the term rogaine.  I have read that it comes from the first two letters of the names of the three athletes who supposedly invented the sport.  There names were Rod, Gail, and Neil.  Rogaine is also an acronym. The letters stand for Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance.

This is the Rogaine we are referring to.

This is the Rogaine we are referring to.

A rogaine is an orienteering race usually lasting 12 to 24 hours where each checkpoint has a point value. Teams of two to five can get checkpoints in any order they so choose, and the team with the most points at the end of the race is the winner.  So, strategy plays a huge role in a rogaine race.  Do you try to get all of the low-value checkpoints that are closer and easier to find?  Or do you try to go for the high-value points that are farther away and more difficult to locate?

We have participated in adventure races with small rogaine sections in them, but this will be our first true rogaine race. It should be interesting to say the least, and I’m sure we’ll learn a lot.  We’ll post a race review and share our lessons learned when we get back.  That’s assuming we all survive.

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About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on November 2, 2009, in Upcoming Races and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Have fun, ya jerks. I’ll just be sitting here waiting for a report so I can live vicariously

  2. Right now the forecast is sunny for 3 days leading up to the race, and a “few showers” (30% chance) with a high of 58 and a low of 36. Of course that could change completely between now and then. I can’t wait! Just hope I’m completely recovered before the race gets here.

  3. I’m so pissed that I’m sitting here at work knowing that you a-holes are on the eve of greatness…I’ve had to deny insurance coverage to at least 3 Medicaid patients just to satisfy my anger.

    Who knows, maybe they’ll get so mad that they fill out a job application???

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